Cheers (1982–1993)
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An American Family 

Carla tries to stand up to Nick when he demands custody of their first-born son, which means not giving in to his surprisingly irresistible charm.

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Nick and Loretta - Carla's ex-husband and his new wife - come to the bar to talk to Carla. Loretta can't bear children, so they want to take one of Carla and Nick's existing five kids, namely the oldest Anthony, who is under Carla's custody. Carla is incredulous and refuses. Nick threatens to take her to court, stating that in comparison to his stable life, she is an unfit single mother who works in a seedy bar night after night. She still refuses. It isn't until Nick speaks to her alone that she agrees. Everyone is stunned that Carla gave in. Although she says she's happy with one less child, they can tell that she truly is crushed. She finally admits that she could never stand up to the powers of Nick Tortelli, who has this secret magic over Carla and all women. The gang at the bar proclaim their support for Carla to stand up to Nick and not sign the legal papers. When Nick and Loretta come back with the legal papers, Carla tries to resist the powers of Nick, which, if she succeeds,... Written by Huggo

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29 November 1984 (USA)  »

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Per the title, long before reality television came along the TV show An American Family (1973) consisted of a weekly documentary which followed the real life daily adventures of the Loud family. See more »

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When Nick and Loretta come into Cheers to get the adoption papers signed, Sam is behind the bar, and the front table is empty. In the next instant, Sam is in front of the bar asking Carla if she has something to say to Nick. When Carla goes to answer Nick, he and Loretta are sitting at the table, and both have a drink, even though nobody served them. See more »

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Loretta Tortelli: I just realized that Carla and I are both women.
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References Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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Call Me Irresponsible
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Written by Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Dan Hedaya
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An American Family (#3.9)
10 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Nick comes to Carla and says he wants to have the oldest one of their kids. She doesn't want to, but after having a conversation with him in the office she agrees. Turns out he is really good with convincing women and does it to her all the time. But then she decides to stay strong and has all her friends from the bar on her side. So at the end Nick leaves without a child.

Not a bad episode. A good main idea of the story. One sure is curious what it is that he says that throws women off their feet, even Diane. And poor Carla, great performance. But it doesn't have too many high class jokes as most cheers episodes.


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