Cheers – The Last Resort – tape 289

The first episode on here has its opening slightly truncated. Diane boasts about getting a reservation at an exclusive restaurant, so Sam phones up to cancel, and then books in the name of a famous surgeon, in an episode called Young Dr. Weinstein.

In Knights of the Scimitar, Diane is attracted to a student in a class where she’s the teaching assistant. Cliff  becomes a member of the Knights of the Scimitar, and persuades Norm to join.

In Thanksgiving Orphans, the gang convene at Carla’s house, and it all descends into a big food fight. This episode even almost has an appearance by Norm’s wife Vera, but she’s hit by a pie before she gets through the door.

Vera Peterson

Before the next episode, the end of an episode of Plants for Free which includes an apology for the programme starting late “due to a major power failure during the previous programme”.

There’s no cold open for the next episode of Cheers, whch is very unusual – I suspect Channel 4 have sneakily edited this episode to get it back to time. The segue into the adverts also looks like they’re missing a whole chunk of a scene. In fact, it seems as if the advert were dropped straight over the playing episode.

Diane gets a rejection letter from a poetry magazine, but treats it like an achievement. Then Sam submits a poem, and gets accepted, leading Diane to scour the books lokking for where Sam copied his poem from.

Before the next episode, there’s an apology for the technical problems, and a nice precis of what was missed out.

Then, the episode The Book of Samuel. Sam goes on vacation, and while he’s away, Woody finds his little black book, and mistakenly invites Sam’s housekeeper on a date.

Following this, an episode of The Last Resort, featuring Dawn French

Dawn French

Jeremy Hardy, a ‘rising comedian’ does some stand-up.

Jeremy hardy on The Last Resort

Dr Ruth Westheimer

Dr Ruth Westheimer

Terry Gilliam is there to talk about The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

Terry Gilliam on The Last Resort

Music from Tom Jones

Tom Jones on The Last Resort again

To close the show, he performs Prince’s Kiss – this was precisely the point when his career, which at this time was still mored in the slightly cheesy vegas lounge era, suddenly moved into its latter, much hipper phase.

Sadly, this recording is incomplete, cutting off just before the show closes, as the tape ended.


  • Hamlet
  • Cream Silk
  • Our Price – World Party
  • Fiat Croma
  • Business Magazine
  • Castella Classic
  • trail: Rude Health/Hill Street Blues
  • Wang
  • Our Price – Rhythm of the Night
  • Castrol GTX
  • Daily Express
  • Castlemaine XXXX
  • British Telecom Pagers
  • Brook Street
  • Gold Blend
  • Flymo
  • British Telecom Pagers
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Brook Street
  • Esso
  • Kaliber
  • Daily Express
  • Air Canada
  • Exchange and Mart
  • Gold Blend
  • Stanley
  • Terry’s All Gold
  • Fison’s Levington
  • Now 9 – weirdly, only billed as a double album and cassette – no CD mentioned.
  • trail: The Last Resort

  • Old El Paso Tacos
  • Wrangler
  • Cream Silk
  • Duckhams
  • Qualcast Concorde
  • Combat Survival
  • Continental Airlines
  • trail: Nighttime
  • hertz
  • Hula Hoops – Cab Calloway
  • Our Price – Culture Club – This Time
  • L’Oreal Freestyle
  • Paul Simon – Graceland
  • Pan Am
  • trail: The Bofors Gun
  • Air Canada
  • Madame Tussaud’s
  • TV Times


  1. This Last Resort was when Dawn French remarked of Tom Jones that she was “moist” thinking about being on the same show as he was, and Terry Gilliam later made a joke about getting stuck to the chair as a result, right? A STELLAR DAY IN BRITISH BROADCASTING.

    1. It certainly stuck in my mind. As I said in the piece, I think this appearance made Tom Jones hip again for a young audience. It’s significant that he was still in a ;leather jacket and trousers, with slightly bushier hair – his look was unmistakably Vegas – but pretty soon his hair was shorter, and he started wearing sharper suits. It might not all have resulted from this appearance, but to me, at the time, it certainly felt like it did.

      1. You’re right, I’d say. Funnily enough, I think Ross might have had the same effect on Tom Jones as he did on Frankie Howerd, revitalising them both, career-wise. Sir Tom has never looked back.

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