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The Heart Is a Lonely Snipehunter is the 14th episode of the third season of Cheers. It was written by Heide Perlman and directed by James Burrows. It originally aired on the NBC network in the United States on January 10, 1985.


Diane insists the boys take Frasier fishing with them, but they decide to take him on a snipe hunt instead.


  • [Shelley Long] as [Diane Chambers]
  • [Ted Danson] as [Sam Malone]
  • [Nicholas Colasanto] as ["Coach" Ernie Pantusso]
  • [Rhea Perlman] as [Carla Tortelli]
  • [John Ratzenberger] as [Cliff Clavin]
  • [George Wendt] as [Norm Peterson]

Recurring / Guest stars:

  • [Kelsey Grammer] as [Frasier Crane]
  • Alan Koss as Alan
  • Tim Cunningham as Tim
  • Walter Smith as Customer #1
  • Kim Elliott as Customer #2
  • H.B. Newton as Customer #3


Cold Open[]

A Customer is singing a song which passes on to Carla after she takes his order, it then passes from her to Diane to her customer, that one leaves but a third customer walks past her and catches the song, ordering from Coach who starts to sing it.

Trivia and Notes/Goofs[]

  • More on snipe hunts.
  • The title of this episode is a take on "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", a novel by Carson McCullers, and later a film by the same name.
  • Sam's claim that there is no such thing as a snipe is not true. Snipe are a genus of wetlands-dwelling birds native to Europe and North America. They are notoriously difficult to flush and to hit while on the wing, and this has given rise to the modern meaning of "snipe hunt", synonymous with "fool's errand".
  • The opening shot is of Boston Commons with the George Washington statue. In the distance is the John Hancock Tower.
  • The events of this episode are later referenced in the Frasier episode Cheerful Goodbyes, when Carla and Norm tell Frasier's brother Niles about the snipe hunt.