Cheers (1982–1993)
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Strange Bedfellows: Part 1 

Sam begins dating a city Councilwoman who is running for reelection, but Diane is convinced that she is just using him and will dump him after she is reelected.


James Burrows


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Max Wright ... Jim Fleener
David Paymer ... Phil Schumacher
Brad Burlingame Brad Burlingame ... Brian
Carolyn Ann Clark Carolyn Ann Clark ... April
Mike Hagerty ... Decker (as Michael G. Hagerty)
Charles Walker ... Reporter #1
Lawrence Lott Lawrence Lott ... Reporter #2
Tim Cunningham Tim Cunningham ... Tim


This is a story of old relationships and new relationships with a little politics thrown in. Sam and Diane, still in the rocky period following Diane Chambers day at the opera, are trying to ignore each other romantically and one-up each other with the passion of their respective dates. Frasier is celebrating the first anniversary of Diane leaving him at the altar by spewing venomous words in Diane's direction, although deep in his heart he still loves her. Thrown into this mix is beautiful City Councillor Janet Eldridge, who comes by the bar on her re-election campaign tour. Diane, who is politically at odds with the Councillor, is spurred to work on the campaign of Janet's opponent, Jim Fleener. Asking for volunteers to work on the Fleener campaign, Diane gets Frasier, who has no idea who Jim Fleener is or what he stands for but who just wants to spend time with Diane. Unlike Diane, Sam gets along very well with Janet, who he starts to date. Diane is suspicious of Janet's intentions... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

1 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Woody looks out the front door of Cheers and exclaims, "Wow, look at the size of that limo!". It's clear from the exterior shots of Cheers that it would not be possible to see a car on the street from that doorway. See more »


Cliff Clavin: [about a beautiful woman who walks by] Holy guacamole. Terre hauttie Indiana. I wouldn't throw her out of my bed for eating crackers.
Norm Peterson: Why else would she be there?
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References Kitten with a Whip (1964) See more »

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Sam Hits the Campaign Trail
21 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Kate Mulgrew is a councilwoman who visits the bar to do a brief press conference. Sam is very attracted to her and is soon involved. Diane suspects that Sam is being used and will be tossed aside in the end. The episode is more serious than most and we will be seeing two more before the season ends.

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