Frasier and Diane bring Dr. Bennett Ludlow, Frasier's mentor, to the bar for a drink. Both Frasier and Diane are in awe of the man. Two weeks after that night, Carla has been getting expensive flowers from a secret admirer, and Dr. Ludlow has been canceling plans with Frasier and Diane. Frasier and Diane think that Dr. Ludlow doesn't want them as social companions. However, Sam believes that the coincidence between Carla's flowers, the nights she wants off and the nights where Dr. Ludlow cancels plans with Frasier and Diane is just a little too much. Could Dr. Ludlow be Carla's secret admirer? Frasier and Diane think the idea ludicrous. They learn that night by witnessing Dr. Ludlow and Carla's embrace that Sam is indeed right, much to Diane and Frasier's horror. Frasier implies to Dr. Ludlow that he would be better to return to his own social circle after this walk on the wild side, but they all, including Frasier and Diane, come to accept and support the relationship once Dr. Ludlow... Written by
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When Carla enters the front door of Cheers, an off-screen cast member (or possibly an extra) in a trench coast is partially visible. The trench coat is similar to the one Dr. Ludlow is wearing when he enters through that door minutes later, meaning the partially visible person is likely actor James Karen. See more
[about the possibility that Bennett Ludlow and Carla are dating
Sam, you're talking about one of the most distinguished and accomplished men of letters I know, dating a common barmaid.
You're dating a barmaid.
Well, she wasn't a barmaid when I met her.
Oh, that's right, that's right. She was a lunatic.
References The Brady Bunch