[Ted enters Rebecca’s office]
Ted: Howdy, y’all.
Rebecca (who is making herself a drink): What would you say to a cocktail, Coach Lasso?
Ted: Oh, same thing I’d say to Diane Sawyer if she’d ever ask me out on a date, ‘Yes, please.’
Some of you may know that the all-time favorite sitcom of Ted Lasso creator, Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) is Cheers. Others of you may know that the real-life uncle of Jason Sudeikis is Cheers’ regular, George Wendt. What many of you might not know, however, is that the exchange above is a nod to Wendt’s character, Norm, in Cheers.
That was the line. So cool to pay homage to Jason’s uncle.— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) July 27, 2021
If you’re not familiar with Cheers, a 40-year-old sitcom, let’s just say that Norm was the Kramer of Cheers, for those of you more familiar with a 30-year-old sitcom, and Norm was frequently greeted by excited regulars of the bar. Norm, in turn, would always arrive with a witty retort, see, e.g., this montage of appearances, which take the same format as the Ted Lasso joke:
And if you’re wondering: Diane Sawyer would love to go on that date.
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