Cheers (1982–1993)
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Look Before You Sleep 

Sam gets locked out of his apartment and is on a hunt for a place to stay.


James Burrows


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
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Frances Sternhagen ... Esther Clavin
Peter MacNicol ... Mario
Keene Curtis ... John Allen Hill
Bernadette Birkett ... Vera Peterson (voice)
Gordon Clapp ... Shriner
Deirdre Imershein Deirdre Imershein ... Julie


Since Sam's apartment is being fumigated after he has a sleepless night killing silverfish, Rebecca offers her pull-out sofa to him as a place to sleep. With some snide remarks about her love life, Sam declines her offer since he has a place to sleep with Julie, one of his stewardess bimbos. However Julie comes by the bar to tell Sam that their plans are off since she has a change in work schedule due to a Shiner's convention in Boston in turn resulting in extra flights in and out of Boston. After Julie leaves, Sam promptly locks himself out of the bar, not only without keys but also without his wallet and therefore without money and thus nowhere to sleep. Even if he had money to pay, there are no hotel rooms in Boston to be had due to the convention. Feeling he can't turn to Rebecca because of his earlier remarks to her, he tries all his other friends, but one after one, those attempts either for a key to get into the bar or for a place to sleep fall through. Sam has to decide if he ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama








Release Date:

1 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The finale was not the last actual episode shot. That would be "Look Before You Sleep" which contained several short scenes on a number of different sets. These were completed as pick-ups days after the finale was finished. See more »


It has been stated in multiple previous episodes that Norm has a key to the bar. Sam could have borrowed this key rather than run all over town. See more »


Esther Clavin: Dear Lord, bless Clifford and me, unworthy wretches that we are. Bless the postal system and keep it from harm by helping it to detect the real loonies. Bless our friends and thank you for letting Sam find succor here tonight. Bless the late Mr. Clavin. I know he's not in your vicinity but rather roasting in hell on a spit reserved for those who desert their family. Amen.
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I'm Tired Just Watching It.
18 September 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Sam accidentally locks himself out of the bar. His keys and his wallet are in there and he is out in the cold. He goes from place to place trying to get rest and it's a disaster. Of course, his one port in the storm turns sour on him. It's quite a tour de force.

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