I’ve recently finished watching the **Cheers – Season Four ** DVD and it got me to wondering. Has any other character in the history of television ever had such a run of great entrance lines as Norm Peterson? I think those “Normisms”, beautifully written and wonderfully delivered by George Wendt, are part of what made **Cheers ** so great.
Here are some of my favorites:
“What’s going on, Mr. Peterson?”
“Let’s talk about what’s going in Mr. Peterson.”
“Do you have room for a beer, Mr. Peterson?”
“No but I am willing to add on.”
“How are you today, Norm?”
“I’m on top of the world…which, it turns out, is a dismal place in Greenland somewhere.”
“How’s life treating you, Norm?”
“Like a baby treats a diaper.”
This is one I’ve used in real life.
“What’s shaking, Mr. P?”
“All four cheeks and a couple of chins.”
It killed, naturally.
So let me hear from you, fellow dopers! What Normisms do you remember, and have you ever used them in real life?
“It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear.”
For continuing entrances, you have to give credit to Lenny & Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley. The ladies would always be describing some disgusting, sub-human act or creature when they would stick thei heads in and say “Hello!”
‘How’s a beer sound Norm?’
“I wouldn’t know. I always drank 'em before they could make a sound.”
What would you say to a beer?
“Daddy loves you.”
(I hated the episode where Norm got his dream job [as a taster for a beer company] and Rebecca ruined it for him… kill the witch!)
I also like how, once the routine was established, they had fun with it:
(Sam, Diane, and Norm all enter the bar together. Norm stays near the entrance, an expectant look on his face. Sam and Diane look at Norm, then each other, and cry in unison “Norm!”)
Diane (diliberately stilted delivery): How - are - you - today, Norman?
Norm: Oh, as if you cared.
Another time, the gang is at a bowling alley. Norm ducks into the alley bar for a beer. “Norm!”
Sam: How the hell do they know him here?
Cliff: He’s got a life, you know.