Cheers: Season 3, Episode 23

The Bartender's Tale (18 Apr. 1985)

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Sam hires a waitress that Carla considers to be a perfect replacement for Diane: she's smart, talented and charming, and Sam doesn't want to sleep with her. But then her sexy daughter shows up at the bar and potentially ruins everything.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso (credit only)
Lillian Huxley
Camilla More ...
Carolyn Huxley
Brynja McGrady ...
Brenda Wood (as Brynja Willis)
Gregory Snegoff ...
Tim Cunningham ...


In light of Diane's move to Europe with Frasier, Sam is looking for a new waitress. His criteria: someone with who he can have sex. Carla, who he has given approval power, is looking for someone a little more substantial as a waitress. After interviewing a few bimbos who Carla has exerted her veto, they come across Lillian Huxley, a matronly British career tavern waitress. She fits Carla's criteria to a T, even more so in the fact that she poses no sexual complication for Sam. Sam hires her, and admits after her one week probation that he made the right choice: she's a great waitress and the customers love her. He's even slightly relieved that no romantic complications will screw up this arrangement. Just at that moment, a beautiful woman walks into the bar: it's Lillian's daughter Carolyn. Carla threatens to quit if he goes out with Carolyn as she knows that will result in Lillian quitting. Sam begs Carla to let him go out with Carolyn. Carla agrees, only if he tells Lillian and gets... Written by Huggo

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This is the first episode to air after the death of Nicholas Colasanto (Coach). He had kept a picture of Geronimo in his dressing room as a good luck charm, and after his death, that picture was hung on the bar/set wall in memory of "Nicky." This is the first episode in which the picture can be seen, behind Ted Danson after Lila spins him around at the bar and the camera angle changes so that the far wall where the piano stands can be seen. Though it moves around a bit depending on the episode, that photograph stayed on the wall permanently. See more »


Carla Tortelli: [to Sam, about qualifications for a new waitress] All I want is someone who doesn't make us both think of the word 'boob' at the same time.
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The Bartender's Tale (#3.23)
12 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sam now needs to find a replacement for Diane. He goes through waitresses and Carla picks one that is perfect. She is a career waitress and great at the job. At the same time she is not hot so Sam won't date her. But one day her daughter comes to the bar and Sam wants to date her. He asks permission but the waitress thinks he has hots for her and he has to find a way to end this confusion.

A pretty fun story. First I didn't like it too much as it seemed to be against older women, but when they made the character so incredibly passionate that men died from it I found it hilarious.

We also saw a bit about Frasier and Diane in Europe and his mistake in the tips was another great joke.

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