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Truce or Consequences 

Carla tells Diane a shocking secret about her relationship with Sam. It's an outright lie, but Carla does it just to prove that Diane can't keep a secret and will never be her real friend.



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Because Carla and Diane are constantly at each others' throats, Sam wants them to sit down and have a heart-to-heart so that they can come to an amiable working relationship. Although somewhat reluctant because of their mutual dislike for each other, they decide to do it. Much to Sam's consternation, they decide to do it at the bar after hours. To lighten the mood, Carla makes one of her special powerhouse drinks: Leap Into an Open Grave. Once Diane's guard is let down after a few swigs, Carla proceeds to tell a story about Sam being the father of one of her children - Gino - to which she makes Diane swear she will not reveal to anyone. The next day, Carla waits to see if a hungover Diane will indeed keep to her word or if she'll spill the proverbial beans about the secret. Gino unfortunately takes the brunt of what happens in this situation. Written by Huggo

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18 November 1982 (USA)  »

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The recipe for the family cocktail Carla gives Diane called a Leap Into an Open Grave is: 1 shot vodka, 2 shots Pernod, 1 shot Baileys, 1 shot Poteen, Pineapple juice and a dash of mint. See more »


Diane makes a very uncharacteristic grammatical error when she says, "Thank you, Sam, truly, for uh... getting Carla and I together at last." The correct pronoun usage in this sentence would be "Carla and me." See more »


Sam Malone: [about Carla and Diane] You straighten everything out, the two of you?
Carla Tortelli: Oh yeah. You know, it was great. She got sickening, and I told the biggest lie I could think of, and she started to sing.
Sam Malone: Why did you do that?
Carla Tortelli: She brings out the little devil in me, Sam. I don't know - I was getting a buzz on, feeling a little loose, I decided just to have a little fun with her.
Sam Malone: What did you tell her?
Carla Tortelli: Sam. It's something I told Diane and she swore she would never tell another living soul... She'll tell you ...
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References The New Truth and Consequences (1950) See more »

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Truce or Consequences (#1.8)
2 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Diane tries to become friends with Carla so the two stay after hours at a bar and have a nice drink. Carla also tells Diane a juicy lie about herself and Sam, basically that Sam is the father of her youngest son, she is sure that Diane will not be able to keep a secret. And it is true, next day it is all out.

Once again it is a pretty good episode with an original and fun plot line. I really wonder what it was about Clara's kid that made them all laugh so hard. Is it a joke I didn't get or will we all find it out later? Well, I guess we'll see.

But once again great sitcom quality. I wonder if I will ever like Diane.

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