Cheers: Season 7, Episode 20

Call Me, Irresponsible (13 Apr. 1989)

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There are a lot of transactions taking place in the bar this evening. Despite Rebecca's concern about its legality and its affect on the bar's license, Sam organizes the first sets of ... See full summary »

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There are a lot of transactions taking place in the bar this evening. Despite Rebecca's concern about its legality and its affect on the bar's license, Sam organizes the first sets of transactions: a basketball betting pool worth $500, $125 for each of the four quarters. Two reluctant bettors are Woody, who doesn't like to lose money or take money from his friends, and Rebecca, who eventually sees that $500 is more than she normally makes in an evening's work. The second transaction happens between the Cranes and Norm, the former who have hired the latter to decorate their unborn child's nursery in as neutral and unbaby-like a scheme as possible. And the third sets of transactions happen primarily between the gang at the bar and the local florist. It's Carla's second wedding anniversary to Eddie, and she is without Eddie for the evening as he's on the road with the ice show. Carla is certain that he'll come through with a romantic gesture for their anniversary regardless. He's got ... Written by Huggo

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Cliff Clavin: All right, I got it, I got it. The worst possible way to die: to be eaten alive by rats.
Norm Peterson: Naw, I think I can do better than that. I'd say the worst way to die is to be sliding down a razor banister, OK? A greased razor banister.
Dr. Frasier Crane: Wait, I've got it. To die alone, knowing that you have never been loved.
Norm Peterson: Come on Frasier, if you're not even going to try...
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Anniversary LeBec
30 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

It's actually rare to find a decent Carla episode, especially one in which it's possible to sympathize with her. Why? The character of Carla was always annoying but got worse and worse as the series went on. She became a hate-filled monster, spewing nastiness and cruelty, mostly on targets who never did anything to deserve such treatment. And what made that worse is that as an audience we were supposed to find her abusive behavior adorable.

See, Danny Devito could get away with this type of performance on "Taxi." His character, Louie DePalma, was rotten to the core, a sleazebucket who would sell his own mother for a buck, but Devito had a charm that transcended the character and made even Louie's lowest blows seem funny. Rhea Perlman doesn't have that. The Carla character is based on Louie, because the Charles Brothers wrote for that show before creating Cheers, and it's clear that Rhea Perlman is doing an impression of her husband Devito when she plays Carla. There's little doubt in my mind that she went over the script with him every week and took his advice about line readings and delivery. Once you see Danny as Louie you will notice the similarities when Rhea plays Carla. The only difference is it's impossible to love Carla, whereas it was impossible NOT to love Louie.

In this episode Carla waits for her absent husband to acknowledge their anniversary, and the series of gags that occur is well thought-out and very funny. Meanwhile, the gang gets gambling fever and places bets in a basketball pool. A very good episode all around... now repeat after me:

"I am a very stupid person"

GRADE: B+


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