Cheers: Season 9, Episode 13

Honor Thy Mother (3 Jan. 1991)

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Woody, without authorization from Sam or Rebecca, has placed a free drink coupon into a coupon book. Rebecca and Sam hate the idea as it will only attract a gaggle of freeloaders into the ... See full summary »



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Woody, without authorization from Sam or Rebecca, has placed a free drink coupon into a coupon book. Rebecca and Sam hate the idea as it will only attract a gaggle of freeloaders into the bar. The coupons also place a further strain between Sam and John Allen Hill, who tries to use them to his advantage. The bar's troubles are nothing compared to Carla's. Carla's mother, Mama Lozupone, has had the "death" dream. She and Carla are currently on the outs since Carla has not stuck to family tradition that has been handed down for generations. The tradition is that every female in the family has named one of her sons with the given name of her father and the maiden name of her mother, which Carla refuses to do because... even if it would make her Mama happy before she dies. But she has a change of heart, thinking about herself and if her kids didn't do something she wanted while on her deathbed. She asks all of her kids if anyone would be willing to change their name, and Gino comes ... Written by Huggo

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The title is based on a biblical reference from the Ten Commandments - Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. See more »


Carla Tortelli-LeBec: All of the kids were there, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask them if anyone would fulfil their Grandmother's dying wish and change their name to Benito Mussolini.
Sam Malone: Any takers?
Carla Tortelli-LeBec: No, but I got two Madonnas and an MC Hammer.
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References The Parent Trap (1961) See more »

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Honor Thy Mother (#9.13)
20 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Carla's mother has a "death dream" which means she should die soon. Carla goes over and her family again has a fight over Carla refusing to follow the tradition of calling one of her sons with the first name of her dad and maiden name of her mom, which in her case would be Benito Mussolini. Turns there never even was a "death dream" and it was just a trick to make Carla do it.

Ah traditions. People often stick to them no matter how harmful and stupid they are. This episode shows very well the harm of such traditions. And we also get to laugh about Carla now having two Madonna's and one MC Hammer among her kids. And Gino even volunteered to be Benito Mussolini.

Also the scene of Frasier telling Carla how all myths about death were nonsense and then got all scared when Lilith came and poked him on the back saying that it is time to go.

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