Picks and Pans Review: Cheers

updated 02/21/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/21/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (9:30-10 p.m. ET)

In what many will see as a further smudging of the thin line between politics and showbiz, House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. makes his professional acting debut (he was a butler in a high school play) at the Cheers bar, playing himself. An avid viewer of the sitcom, which is set on his home turf of Boston, O'Neill holds his own with the bar's regulars, including unemployed accountant Norm (George Wendt), who asks O'Neill, "Are you out of work too?" When the Speaker explains he's in the House, Norm replies, "Got the wife working, huh?" O'Neill is donating his $1,500 actor's wage to the Cambridge Boys Club.

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