"The Spy Who Came In for a Cold One" is the first Christmas episode of the NBC sitcom Cheers, originally aired as the twelfth episode of the its first season. The episode title derives from the 1963 John le Carré British novel "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold" (and its 1965 theatrical adaptation).
Stranger Eric Finch enters the bar and claims to be a spy. When Diane makes corrections, Eric admits that he is not. When he pulls out poems, claiming them as his own, Diane sees him as an aspiring poet and decides to give him another chance. However, Coach recites a poem that Eric simultaneously recites, which turns out to be from another author, destroying Diane's faith in him. Eric then claims to be millionaire "Thomas Hilliard III", who wants to buy the bar from Sam with a $2 million check. Angry and betrayed, Diane tears up the check pieces and expresses no regret until a chauffeur calls the man "Mr. Hilliard". To cheer her up, Sam assures Diane that he will never sell the bar.
|Ted Danson||Sam Malone|
|Shelley Long||Diane Chambers|
|Nicholas Colasanto||Coach Pantusso|
|Rhea Perlman||Carla Tortelli|
|George Wendt||Norm Peterson|
|Ellis Rabb||Eric Finch|
|Jack Knight||Himself (Jack)|
|Robert Evan Collins||Chauffeur|
The episode was made available on the Cheers: The Complete First Season DVD set, released by Paramount Home Entertainment on May 20, 2003. CBS Home Entertainment through Paramount re-released the episode on the Cheers: The Complete Series DVD set on May 5, 2015.
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