Cheers: Season 8, Episode 6

The Stork Brings a Crane (2 Nov. 1989)

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Rebecca discovers that it is the bar's 100th anniversary and plans a centennial type celebration, which is to include the Mayor of Boston, Raymond L. Flynn. The festivities don't end up ... See full summary »

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Gail Aldrich
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Rebecca discovers that it is the bar's 100th anniversary and plans a centennial type celebration, which is to include the Mayor of Boston, Raymond L. Flynn. The festivities don't end up being what she anticipates. First, she is the only one to dress in gay nineties costume. Second, the Mayor's office apprehends the ever over ambitious American, Cliff Clavin. Third, Mr. Weaver, a 106 year old man who Rebecca finds that lived in the neighborhood when the bar opened and who she invites to the festivities as a special guest, is a lecherous dirty old man hitting on all the women in the bar. Fourth, the barbershop quartet that Rebecca hires annoys all the bar regulars, especially Sam. And fifth, the two week overdue Lilith goes into labor. At the hospital, Lilith finds out that it is false labor. As Lilith has to wait yet a little longer for junior Crane to arrive, Frasier, with Sam in tow, volunteers to assist another patient in the hospital, not realizing that there's another patient who ... Written by Huggo

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Dr. Frasier Crane: Lilith, the child is two weeks overdue.
Woody Boyd: Boy, two weeks overdue? Boy, you'd be out a buck forty at the library.
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Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Performed by Douglas Anderson, James Kline, Peter Neushul & John Sherburn
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Come In, Mr. Weaver!!!
4 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

The Cheers gang celebrates the 100th anniversary of the bar while Lilith gives birth to baby Frederick. But this is 1989- doesn't the sign outside say Cheers was established in 1895? The discrepancy is explained away in a laborious and unfunny numerology gag. Luckily the episode gets better from here.

Why the hostility towards barbershop quartets? No reason is given. Raymond L. Flynn- the Mayor of Boston at the time the episode aired- guest stars as himself, although there's no reason you need to know that. This episode is the show's first attempt at high-energy physical farce, which would later be perfected in Season Ten's "An Old-Fashioned Wedding." This week's Un-Joke: Sam offers to boil water while Lilith is in labor. When she asks why he tells her he wants some tea. I'll give you a few minutes to laugh about this unexpected turn of events before I continue with the review.

A pregnant woman in the throes of labor decides Sam's smile is the secret to getting through childbirth without anesthesia. Frederick Crane is born offscreen in the back of a taxi and no explanation is given. Sam bangs a nurse to celebrate the birth of the child, and raging alcoholic Norm Peterson is left in charge of the bar after Rebecca, Woody and Carla all disappear off the face of the Earth for some reason.

Okay, the episode's not that bad. But it's not that good...

GRADE: B


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