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Backseat Becky, Up Front 

Evan Drake wants to speak to Rebecca about something important. She thinks it is finally to tell her that he loves her. In her mind, all the signs are there: since his divorce, he has had ... See full summary »

Director:

James Burrows

Writers:

Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla LeBec
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Tom Skerritt ... Evan Drake
Ron Barker Ron Barker ... Martin
Vince Howard Vince Howard ... Heppel (as Vincent Howard)
Al Rosen Al Rosen ... Al
George Shannon George Shannon ... Burns
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Evan Drake wants to speak to Rebecca about something important. She thinks it is finally to tell her that he loves her. In her mind, all the signs are there: since his divorce, he has had many of his business meals at Melville's so that he can be close to her, and he is currently in her office using her phone with his mouth inches away from where her own mouth is so often. He however tells her that he has accepted a job to take over the corporation's Japanese division and is off to Japan for good that evening. She is devastated. Sam feels that she needs to tell Drake how she feels before he takes off, or else she'll be in romantic limbo for the rest of her life. Sam even plans a party for Drake to give her such an opportunity. Opportunity after opportunity fails that evening for Rebecca to tell him what she wants, but as she finagles her way to drive him to the airport... What Rebecca does end up saying places a kibosh on Sam's own plans with Rebecca. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Director James Burrows received a 1988 Emmy nomination for his work on this episode. See more »

Quotes

[Sam talks about throwing a bon voyage party for Evan Drake, who is taking a job in Japan]
Sam Malone: I'll make it a Japanese theme. Yeah, yeah. We'll have chips and cheese.
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So Long Mr. Drake
27 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Rebecca is so desperate to hook up with a man who wouldn't give her the time of day. Drake is totally indifferent, only acknowledging her because she works for him. So this whole episode makes her look more pathetic than ever. She is frustrating because while smart in so many ways, she is out to lunch on this relationship. Sam has all he can handle in his life when it comes to sex and yet he can't tolerate not having Rebecca.


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