The rest of the characters in the show also received their moments to shine, with the “roaming barflies” from the first season dwindled down to the two most popular fellas: Norm and Cliff. Norm, especially, got extra attention this year, with his separation and newly found unemployment status leading to fresh storylines (the one in which he’s egged on to cheat on his wife is one of the funnier ones) Coach and Carla also continued their routines, with Coach multiplying his misunderstandings and Carla sharpening her already-poisonous tongue, especially against her main nemeses: “stick”. And oh yeah, Carla’s amazing ex-husband, Nick Tortelli, played handsomely by the great Dan Hedaya, also makes his first (but thankfully not last) appearance during this season, as does Markie "great tits" Post, playing Diane’s best friend, in one of the funniest episodes from the entire series (in my opinion) “Dinnertime!!”
Finally, the show has to be commended for both its season finales, the first one of which led to one of the best fights in TV history (and the “money shot” of the bar gang listening at the door) and this one, featuring Christopher Lloyd ("You sir, are an ignorant man!”), which provided just the required amount of guffaws, but even more importantly, a believable “break-up” between Sam and Diane that was as sad, as it was, brilliant. I’ve got my order in for Season 3 already…bring on Frasier Crane! PS: This show’s timeless theme song is on my list of tunes to be played at my burial.
Cliff’s Notes: The Wisdom of Cliff Clavin: This is about 4-minutes of Cliff’s best lines from the show, with an extra few words from Wendt about his friend. Decent.
Carla The Comeback Queen: Insults for Every Occasion: As I mentioned in my review earlier, this was the year of insults with Carla leading the way. This feature compacts a handful of her zingers into about 3 ½ minutes of fun. There’s a slew of them missing, but you get the basic idea. Danson says some nice things about her as well. Decent.
Di Another Day: Diane Chambers from A-Z: Yet another retro featurette, this time focusing on Shelley Long’s brilliant characterization of Diane Chambers. Easily one of the funniest and best written women roles in TV history. Wow, listen to me and the hyperboles today? Another 3 ½ minutes here. Decent, but now it’s starting to feel like filler.
Gag Reel: Bloopers from Season Two: This is exactly what the title implies with about 3 minutes worth of bloopers from the show. I love this kind of shite, so I enjoyed watching them, especially since they were all in their original TV versions, which shows you how friggin’ brilliant the "cleaned-up" DVD version looks in comparison.