Cheers (1982–1993)
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Tale of Two Cuties 

Carla has given birth to her twins, which results in some short term waitressing issues at the bar. Sam decides to hire Annie Tortelli, Carla's daughter-in-law, since the Tortelli's are ... See full summary »



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Carla has given birth to her twins, which results in some short term waitressing issues at the bar. Sam decides to hire Annie Tortelli, Carla's daughter-in-law, since the Tortelli's are facing some financial hardships. However, Evan Drake would like Rebecca to hire his "friend", Laurie. Having already hired Annie, Sam and Rebecca let Annie work solely for tips. Sam and Rebecca's waitressing problems don't end there. Annie is falling for Sam, especially since Anthony is unemployed and a bum by Annie's standards, and since Sam made an offhanded comment about Annie being beautiful. Sam tries to solve both his and the Tortelli's problems with one maneuver. With Laurie, Rebecca suspects that she is Evan Drake's young lover, to which Rebecca is devastated. Rebecca has open animosity toward Laurie, and uses words like slut, harlot and tramp to describe Laurie behind her back. Rebecca needs to find out for sure if Laurie is indeed Evan Drake's lover. When Rebecca thinks she has her answer, ... Written by Huggo

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21 January 1988 (USA)  »

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The title of this episode is a play on words, inspired by the Charles Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities. It was originally published in 1859. See more »


It is against Massachusetts law to employ a minor in a bar. Sam and Rebecca would both know this, yet they hire underage Annie Tortelli as a waitress. See more »


Woody Boyd: You know, Darth Vader can't be Luke Skywalker's father. They don't have the same last name.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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You Must Be The Slut
29 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Too much Annie... too much Anthony. They were funny once, weren't they? I can't seem to remember... I have a vague recollection of Mandy Ingber and Timothy Williams being cute when they first appeared in "The Groom Wore Clearisil," but that was so long ago, and they're so screechingly unfunny here that I really can't tell anymore. Cheers hires not one but two temporary waitresses to cover for Carla on maternity leave, and neither one is funny.

Rebecca becomes positively unglued when she suspects Laurie of being Evan's mistress, and for our over-the-top visual of the week she actually punches the girl's lights out. Of course, this plot line only makes sense if Rebecca never asked for the girl's last name- which she would of course have to know in order to legally employ her at the bar. Best not to think about it.

The writers know Annie is not funny, so you can feel them ratcheting up her dialogue with as many bells and whistles as possible: "passionate macho stud-horse" being the worst offender. Still not funny. Anthony's voice is like gravel lurching around a broken blender, and there's something positively depraved at his gutter-stunted appearance. This is not one for the ages...


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