Cheers: Season 7, Episode 16

The Cranemakers (2 Mar. 1989)

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Rebecca and the company are forcing Woody to take a vacation, something he has not done since he's started working at Cheers. The company is sending him to Italy, and he's not happy about ... See full summary »



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Rebecca and the company are forcing Woody to take a vacation, something he has not done since he's started working at Cheers. The company is sending him to Italy, and he's not happy about it. But he goes. He ends up having a great vacation, but... Meanwhile, Lilith is well into her pregnancy and is becoming the stereotypical Earth Mother. Frasier is embarrassed by the way she's acting. However he changes his tune when he listens to the baby's heartbeat for the first time. He then becomes Earth Father. As part of this revelation, the Cranes relinquish the materialism of their lives and decide to live solely off the land out in the wilderness in a cabin Frasier intends to build. Realizing that they are true urbanites, Sam convinces them to try it for a week in a friend's cabin first before making up their minds for good. This pilot project shows them where geographically their hearts truly lie. Written by Huggo

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Lilith says she only knows one song - "My Funny Valentine" - but she has sung other songs in the past, such as "Our House" in "Dinner At Eight-ish". Bebe Neuwirth has performed on Broadway in "Fosse" and "Chicago" See more »


Fraser and Lilith's breath is not visible when they are in the cabin, as it should be when it is that cold. This scene was obviously filmed in a warm studio. See more »


Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane: Carla, sister-woman, why didn't you ever share with me the religious wonder of this experience when *you* were great with child?
Carla LeBec: I was too busy puking.
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »


My Funny Valentine
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Bebe Neuwirth
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Home On The Range
30 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Lilith and Frasier- overcome by the impending birth of their child- decide to abandon city life and live off the land. Gosh golly, I wonder if this will be permanent?

This is the next natural step in the pregnancy storyline as Lilith's hormones turn the usually-repressed woman into an earth-mother lunatic. Their decision to reject modern life is a bit predictable... Frasier barely survived a night of snipe-hunting never mind a life in the wilderness.

The sub-plot features Woody being forced to take a vacation, but luckily he learns useful Italian phrases, like "I have been hideously mangled by a train. Please shoot me."

Overall a decent episode with some solid laughs.


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