Cheers: Season 9, Episode 7

Breaking in Is Hard to Do (1 Nov. 1990)

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The Cranes have received some devastating news: their one-year old son, Frederick, is intellectually average, the manifestation of which is that he has yet to utter his first word. Lilith ... See full summary »



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The Cranes have received some devastating news: their one-year old son, Frederick, is intellectually average, the manifestation of which is that he has yet to utter his first word. Lilith thinks that it's because they as parents don't spend enough time with him. Lilith decides that she will be a stay at home Mom. When Lilith uncovers her domestic inabilities, Frasier takes over. But Frasier's idea of care-taking his son is to take him to Cheers and hang out with the guys, of which Lilith is unaware. Lilith is depressed that she sees Frasier as a better parent than her, that is until she finds that he has spent the day with Frederick at the bar. Nonetheless, Frederick's stay at Cheers has an unexpected but in Lilith's mind successful outcome. Meanwhile, Rebecca receives a dirty love letter from Robin, which is making her pine for some physical contact with him. Unfortunately for her, he is not allowed conjugal visits. Carla thinks Rebecca should make her next visit with Robin a ... Written by Huggo

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In the final scene, Lilith orders a Manhattan. The drink Sam makes for her appears to be an Old Fashioned. See more »


Dr. Frasier Crane: [about spending the day at the bar with Frederick] I thought that Frederick might enjoy himself.
Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane: Enjoy himself in a bar? He's eleven months old. What kind of values can he learn here?
Dr. Frasier Crane: Well, I thought the place had a lot to offer.
Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane: Oh, please. He'll never learn to speak in this environment.
Norm Peterson: [Norm walks into the bar] Afternoon everybody.
Frederick Crane: Norm!
Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane: [looks lovingly into Frederick's eyes] He said Mommy!
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Breaking in Is Hard to Do (#9.7)
19 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Cranes have a bad news: their son is only of average intelligence. They decide it may have something to do with them not being with him all day. \They decide one will be a caregiver. First Lilith tries but it doesn't work out too well. And then Frasier does and brings Frederick to Cheers, but this is how he finally says his first word.

A Cranes episode! Loved it. So many great moments. Like when they were fighting whose gene pool is less good. How they were discussing who will stay with him. That great sentence Lilith said when asking Sam for advice, how it all worked out and his first word.

The second story about Rebecca wanting to get into prison to have sex with Robin and teaming up with Carla was also a great one.

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