Cheers: Season 8, Episode 20

Fifty-Fifty Carla (8 Mar. 1990)

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Woody's theater group is mounting a production of Hair, and unbeknown to Woody it has a nude scene. Despite everyone in the bar trying to convince him of that fact, he thinks they are all ... See full summary »

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Woody's theater group is mounting a production of Hair, and unbeknown to Woody it has a nude scene. Despite everyone in the bar trying to convince him of that fact, he thinks they are all pulling his leg, that is until he reads it in black and white in the script. He is nervous about it until the director tells him that individuals can decide to take off their clothes or not based on how their mood sways them at the time. Being the professional that he is, Woody wants to be true to the production and wills himself to do it despite how uncomfortable he is. Will he when the time comes? Carla has her own problems. Eddie's will has finally been executed, and while Gloria, his other wife, got $100, Carla got everything else, which unfortunately was only debt. In discussion, Carla and Gloria negotiate splitting the $100, to which they also mutually agree that Carla would give Gloria half of everything that she would have got as well. Carla and Gloria end up being good pals, chumming around ... Written by Huggo

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Cliff does not appear in this episode. No-one seems to know where he is, so Norm calls the hospital and finds out Cliff has had minor surgery. He leaves Cliff talking on the phone. See more »

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In the scene where Rebecca comes over to Sam at the bar to ask if he got anything for Woody's opening night, we see Sam talking to a blonde woman wearing a light colored outfit. When Rebecca is walking away the woman at the bar is now a brunette with a dark blue outfit on. See more »

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Rebecca Howe: Woody. Are you really doing Hair?
Woody Boyd: Yeah.
Rebecca Howe: How do you feel about doing that nude scene?
Woody Boyd: What are you talking about Miss Howe?
Rebecca Howe: The nude scene. I was in a production of Hair when I was in college. There is this very famous scene where everybody takes off their clothes.
Woody Boyd: Come on, Miss Howe. It's not like I just fell off the turnip truck. That happened years ago. Back then, I might have believed this nude scene business. Actually, I guess I would have believed anything after being dragged three hundred...
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All Right, Carla, Give Her The Coat
7 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Carla collects Eddie's life insurance money but refuses to split it with his other widow Gloria.

What an opening! Roger Rees and Kelsey Grammar- as the show's two pompous pseudo-actors- try to out-monologue one another in a dramatic face-off! Classic! The stunt double who does Woody's butt walk left a little to be desired. But the episode is still great...

Carla has never been more funny or more engaging than in this episode and "Death Takes A Holiday On Ice," and I credit this to the presence of Anne DeSalvo as Gloria LeBec. I LOVE her and her character... she's completely believable, and consistently hilarious, even from the moment she walks in and delivers her first line: "Give me back my coat or I'm leaving with your pants." The plot provides a realistic moral dilemma for Carla: she needs the money, and her husband wanted her to have it, but she DID promise Gloria she'd split whatever she got.

Okay, so the idea of Carla developing the shakes because of guilt is a little broad, but the relationship between her and Gloria more than makes up for it. Maybe it's their shared circumstance- and husband- but the two of them seem to have an understanding as characters, a natural chemistry, and when Gloria's around the writers aren't busy making Carla out to a cold-hearted monster... it's suddenly possible to relate to Carla. Gloria seems to slip in and get the better of her without even trying, and maybe it's just nice to see Carla getting screwed for once instead of the other way around.

Woody is stuck in a pointless B-story about doing a nude scene in a play. Okay, the payoff is great, in which Frasier, Norm and Woody relate the horror of the performance, but that's about it. The real joy here is Anne DeSalvo working her magic as Carla's foil... I would have loved to see Gloria become a regular character and do this every week.

GRADE: A-


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