Cheers (1982–1993)
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The Improbable Dream: Part 1 

Rebecca is in agony. She's not sleeping because she's having erotic dreams about Sam. She's used to dreaming about the rich and powerful, like Evan Drake, Donald Trump, Ted Turner and Robin... See full summary »


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 7 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
Roger Rees ... Robin Colcord
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... Tony
Peter Schreiner Peter Schreiner ... Pete


Rebecca is in agony. She's not sleeping because she's having erotic dreams about Sam. She's used to dreaming about the rich and powerful, like Evan Drake, Donald Trump, Ted Turner and Robin Colcord. To help her over her troubles, she asks Frasier and Lilith for some free advice. The problem with that act is not so much their advice or lack thereof, but that Sam overhears. To capitalize on this new information, Carla suggests to Sam that he make Rebecca go to sleep, and as she gets to the part in her dream where she and Sam are getting it on - and Sam should be able to tell by Rebecca's moaning and rolling around - he translate the fantasy of the dream into reality by actually being there in the flesh. He thinks it's a good idea. Rebecca reluctantly takes a nap in her office. When she's asleep, Sam sneaks into her office and places what he thinks are suggestions into her head. Sam's move doesn't have quite the effect he was hoping but he still may end up with the girl after all, unless... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

21 September 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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James Burrows earned a 1990 Emmy nomination for Best Direction in a Comedy Series for his work on this episode. See more »


In the final scene in Rebecca's office, as Sam and Rebecca get ready to kiss, the boom mic is moved from above them to the door, ahead of Robin's entrance. This is evident by the shadow of the mic and its boom very clearly cast on the wall behind Sam and Rebecca as it moves. See more »


Norm Peterson: Call me old fashioned Cliff, but the only thing I like floating in beer is my liver.
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Put Your Head on My Shoulder
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Paul Anka
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Sam's NIghtmare
30 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Rebecca has been having dreams about Sam, sexual fantasies. Of course, Sam and the gang get wind of this and he begins his prowling. Rebecca is like the Roadrunner. Sam is obsessed with her for some unknown reason. Certainly, she is attractive, but he has all these other women. Not only that, She treats him like the dirt that he really is. When she finally wants to give in to him to get the monkey off her back, so to speak, something intervenes.

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