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Sam Malone's Bottle Cap - Talisman used by bartender Sam Malone to cope with his alcoholism on sitcom CHEERS/NBC/1982-93.

Ted Danson as Sam Malone - CHEERS

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 so tight."

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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