In Sam's unfortunate presence (unfortunate for Sam in more ways than one), Anthony and Annie tell Carla and Eddie that they're expecting - meaning Carla will become a grandmother - and that... See full summary »

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In Sam's unfortunate presence (unfortunate for Sam in more ways than one), Anthony and Annie tell Carla and Eddie that they're expecting - meaning Carla will become a grandmother - and that they plan on continuing to live at her house after the arrival of the baby. Carla is angry and goes into a deep depression. Carla implies that her issue is that she has gone from being a child herself to being a grandmother, missing out on her own growing up, including her adolescence and middle age. Being a grandmother means her life is almost over. This news in turn affects Rebecca as Carla is in hibernation while she awaits "the angel of death", so Rebecca is short staffed at the bar. Rebecca, who herself has to schlep drinks to the customers, is a reluctant and lousy waitress. The gang think that something that Carla referred to - a slumber party - might get her out of her funk, as in the words of Lilith, recreating a childhood ritual often helps in getting one out of depression around aging. ... Written by Huggo

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Anthony and Annie Tortelli make their final appearances on Cheers, after the failure of The Tortellis. See more »

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Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane: [about slumber party pranks] According to my patient, when the first person falls asleep, the others take her underwear, dip it in water, and then put it in the icebox for an hour to freeze it solid.
Carla LeBec: Or they could let you wear it for ten minutes.
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Carla Is Ugly and Old
29 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Carla learns her son and daughter-in-law are expecting, which would make her a grandmother, which would lead her to a mid-life crisis and a late-season episode that was less than spectacular. You can sense that the writers were going for bigger, broader story lines this season because they were still unsure of what "Cheers" would be without Diane Chambers/Shelley Long.

The good thing about the transitional nature of Season Six was that characters like Woody and Frasier began to develop: Dr. Crane marries Lilith and becomes the cynical slow-burner we know and love while Woody takes up acting, a plot line that would carry on until the series' end. The downside of Season Six is episodes like this- a weak premise with even weaker execution: the show goes completely off the tracks when Sam and The Gang crash the slumber party as "The Four Swell Guys." It's corny and embarrassing. Elizabeth Ruscio as Dorothy "Dorothy" Greenberg is dreadful, begging for a slap across the face, and horrific gargoyle Rhea Perlman looks even more frightening in her black shades and scarf.

There are some good lines sprinkled throughout but nothing to write home about.

GRADE: C


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