Cheers: Season 1, Episode 15

Father Knows Last (20 Jan. 1983)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Mark King ...
Marshall Lipton
Jack Knight ...
Herb Mitchell ...
Mary Ellen Trainor ...


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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Comedy | Drama





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20 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Diane. Make a toast.
Diane Chambers: Oh, all right. 'To the baby. With Marshall as the father, it's sure to have brains. With Carla as the mother, it's sure to have need for them.'
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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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Father Knows Last (#1.15)
4 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Carla is pregnant again and she tells the MIT professor that it is his kid to get some support. But Diane figures it out and shames Carla into confessing the truth. The whole bar crew and the regulars though feel very bad for Carla and decide to all "adopt" the child and help Carla to support and taking care of him.

Oh man, I can't stand Diane. Really, don't get me wrong, I find it very wrong to trick men into believing that your kid is theirs. But her high morality and sticking her nose into other people businesses just getting on my nerves.

Carla was great in this episode though. Her laying on the pool table eating pickles was hilarious. And the final scene with her walking with the donation jar in front of the singing crowd was very well done.

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