Monthly Archives: June 2017

Brittas Empire #5: “Assassin” (#1.06, 14/02/1991)

The season finale begins in the familiar setting of Brittas’ kitchen, where he is puzzled and concerned by the reports in front of him: on this occasion, it is the Centre’s pitiful visitor numbers. Later, in his office with his … Continue reading

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Cheers #6: “Now Pitching, Sam Malone” (#1.13, 06/01/83)

The next four episodes of the first season didn’t get recorded on my DVR so I pick up with episode 13, a Sam focused instalment. Here Sam finds himself having made a Faustian pact in giving his body over to … Continue reading

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Cheers #5: “Truce or Consequences” (#1.08, 18/11/82)

The first act of “Truce or Consequences” is a three-hander in an empty bar. Diane and Carla are collecting the glasses after closing time, when Diane decides to play around. Carla bluntly rejects this intrusion on her territory and they … Continue reading

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Cheers #4: “Friends, Romans, Accountants” (#1.07, 11/11/82)

The main joke in this episode is that Norm organizes a debauched toga party for his colleagues, a very large bunch of accountants. On the night everyone (apart from Norm who is alone in sporting a toga) stands around like … Continue reading

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Brittas Empire #4: “Stop Thief!” (1.05, 07/02/1991)

A good lively edition, with a straightforward sitcom situation: Carole loses a fiver hidden in the baby’s cot, Brittas ridiculously overreacts, conflating this supposed crime with a series of trivial property losses. He annoys his team by closing the centre … Continue reading

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Cheers #3: “Any Friend of Diane’s” (#1.06, 04/11/82)

A very Sam/Diane focused episode: the only other action is a side-plot where Norm tries to impress his new boss, who is the only one who fails to notice his ineptitude at hiding his passion for drinking beer and slovenly … Continue reading

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Brittas Empire #3: ‘Underwater Wedding’ (1.04, 24/01/1991)

This episode is an example of what the series is perhaps best remembered for: farcical, chaotic disaster situations with a mild tint of surrealism. It seems an ordinary morning; Brittas is in his office, interviewing a girl for job. Then … Continue reading

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