Cheers (1982–1993)
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Father Knows Last 

Carla tries to trick a nerdy M.I.T. professor into believing that he's the father of her baby, so that he will support it.



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Carla isn't hiding her secret very well: she's pregnant once again. Even though she is showing, she hasn't mentioned her pregnancy to anyone in the bar, nor has anyone in the bar approached her on the subject. Finally she announces that she is pregnant, only delaying the announcement because she wanted to tell the father first. To everyone's surprise, Carla announces that the father is M.I.T. computer geek Marshall Lipton. After talking to Marshall, Diane figures out that Marshall isn't really the father, nor does he know that he isn't. Diane confronts Carla with her deduction, and Carla admits that indeed Marshall is not the father. Carla was feeling alone in the world and wanted someone stable to support her new baby. Diane tries to guilt Carla in admitting the truth to Marshall. If Carla does tell Marshall, he may forgo his position as father. Carla may have to look for someone else to help her with the baby unless that person or people come forward. Written by Huggo

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20 January 1983 (USA)  »

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First credited appearance for Mary Ellen Trainor in TV or film. See more »


When Marshall first arrives at Cheers, he has two huge stuffed animals for Carla's baby. He sets them down by the coat rack and sits at the bar. In the next scene, the stuffed animals have disappeared. See more »


Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Yeah, Norm, how come you and Vera never had any kids?
Norm Peterson: I can't, Coach.
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Gee, I'm sorry Norm.
Norm Peterson: I look at Vera, and I just can't.
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References Father Knows Best (1954) See more »


You'll Never Walk Alone
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Shelley Long and the episode cast
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One of the few missteps of Season 1
2 September 2014 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Season 1 of Cheers is nearly flawless, but this episode sticks out like a sore thumb. I know they had to write Rhea Perlman's pregnancy into the storyline, but ugh, this was a lousy way to do it. I find no humor at all in the prospect of Carla trying to foist fatherhood on sweet MIT physicist Marshall Lipton, after she becomes pregnant from a one-night-stand with her ex-husband, Nick. Good for Diane for shaming her into coming clean, but then Diane also tries to convince Marshall to marry Carla anyway? Uh, just no. The ending has the Cheers crowd serenading Carla with "You'll Never Walk Alone" -- this is writer Heide Perlman (Rhea's sister) at her worst.

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