Sam Malone's Bottle Cap -
Talisman used by bartender Sam Malone to cope
with his alcoholism on sitcom
Sam Malone (Ted Danson), a former relief pitcher
(for the Red Sox baseball team) turned
bartender, always carried around a bottle cap
for good luck.
Actually, Sam had a drinking problem and the
bottle cap was from the last bottle of beer he
ever had to drink. Carrying it around helped him
remember his problem.
As Sam told
Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) one
night at closing time "That little bottle cap
keeps me from drinking. When I was tempted to
drink I'd look at that bottle cap and it would
stop me. I remember holding onto that bottle cap
during some pretty rough nights. I'd wake up in
the morning and it was flat, I was squeezing it
Once, Sam let another baseball player (Rick
Walker) borrow his lucky charm to help him out
of his losing slump. While the cap was out of
Sam's care, he became clumsy and lost his edge.
When Sam discovered the cap was lost in Kansas
City, he got angry and grabbed a bottle of beer
with a real urge to drink. But instead he took
the cap off the bottle, poured its contents into
a heavy mug and faced down the foaming golden
brew. He then took the new bottle cap as a
replacement for his lost talisman.
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