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The King of Beers 

A slot machine is accidentally sent to the bar. Everyone is hooked on playing it, which for them is not a bad thing as the machine is paying out to everyone, that is except to Rebecca. She ... See full summary »


John Ratzenberger


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 5 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 (credit only)
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Cliff Bemis ... Mike
Cameron Thor ... Marketing Analyst
Paul Willson ... Paul Krapence
Joe Costanza Joe Costanza ... Ray
Bradford English Bradford English ... Chuck
William Long Jr. William Long Jr. ... Mr. Hoffmeyer
Mirron E. Willis Mirron E. Willis ... Delivery Man


A slot machine is accidentally sent to the bar. Everyone is hooked on playing it, which for them is not a bad thing as the machine is paying out to everyone, that is except to Rebecca. She sees her losing streak on the machine as a metaphor of her life. Feeling sorry for her, Sam has the machine rigged to pay out to Rebecca to make her feel better. That act doesn't quite come out as planned. Fortunes seem to be on the upswing for Norm. A stint on a beer tasting survey panel parlays itself into a paid position at the brewery as a quality taste tester. Norm is in seventh heaven and doesn't even feel the need to get paid for such work. The position is on a trial probation basis and Mike, Norm's supervisor, assures Norm that he has the job permanently despite having an interview with the company president, Mr. Hoffmeyer, which is just a formality. The formality may not be quite so when loser Rebecca gets indirectly involved. But Rebecca's slot machine experience and Norm's interview show ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

8 October 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Norm Peterson says he is 43 in this episode, corresponding to actor George Wendt's age when the episode was shot. See more »


In the last scene involving the slot machine, the reels change position in the first shot after Rebecca hits the jackpot. See more »


Norm Peterson: Rebecca, has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason you always lose is because you think you're going to lose?
Rebecca Howe: Oh, don't give me that crap. I tried that positive thinking stuff, and I knew it wouldn't work, and sure enough, it didn't.
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »


This Old Man
Performed by George Wendt
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Two Time Losers
11 September 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Norm and Rebecca are the focus here. When a slot machine is accidentally delivered to the bar. Rebecca becomes hooked and the machine becomes a metaphor for her life--always a loser. Norm goes to a professional beer tasting and his comments get him a job for a week at a brewery. He does great, almost becoming a legend in one week. Hilarious scenes of him doing his job. But eventually has to meet the big boss to keep the job.

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