Cheers (1982–1993)
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Strange Bedfellows: Part 3 

Councilwoman Eldridge presses Sam for a marriage proposal, but Sam remains noncommittal. She then dumps Sam after he and Diane create a scene at her press conference. The incident leads Sam to a proposal--but to whom?


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Kate Mulgrew ... Janet Eldridge
David Paymer ... Phil Schumacher
Steve Giannelli Steve Giannelli ... Steve
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... Alan
J.J. Wall J.J. Wall ... Reporter #1
Lawrence Lott Lawrence Lott ... Reporter #2
Sheila Scott Wilkinson Sheila Scott Wilkinson ... Reporter #3 (as Sheila Scott-Wilkinson)


Norm continues to have supposed problems with his sister-in-law Donna, which is made worse by Vera's absence. Meanwhile, Diane returns to Cheers, despite her assertion that she would never step foot in there again, if only to apologize to Sam about accidentally eavesdropping on his and Janet's private conversation. Diane doesn't have an opportunity to do what she wants, but gains some intelligence on how best to get the upper hand in her and Sam's relationship, which leads to a public spectacle. The aftermath of that spectacle leads to Sam coming to a conclusion about his marital life. Sam picks up the telephone and tells the person on the other end that he wants to marry her. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

15 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the common expression "Politics makes strange bedfellows" commenting on the odd compromises and partnerships that come in the political arena. See more »


In this and the previous episode, Norm mentions that his wife Vera has to go to Springfield because her parents have an emergency. This leaves Norm at home alone with his wife's sister. There's no explanation about why Vera's sister doesn't also need to help with this emergency. See more »


Janet Eldridge: Haven't you ever thought about you and me tying the knot?
Sam Malone: Oh, you told me you didn't go in for that kinky stuff.
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References Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) See more »

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Under the Desk
21 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This finishes off Season 4. Sam has been torn through this three part conclusion. So even before Diane goes after him at the press conference, he is ambivalent. Woody is the scene stealer here to go along with with the tenuous relationship with the councilwoman. She is a true politician (and later a Starship captain) and so it's hard to read her. There is a phone call at the very end and we must go to the next season to see what happens.

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