Cheers (1982–1993)
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Father Knows Last 

Carla tries to trick a nerdy M.I.T. professor into believing that he's the father of her baby, so that he will support it.

Director:

James Burrows

Writers:

Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Mark King Mark King ... Marshall Lipton
Jack Knight ... Jack
Herb Mitchell ... Tom
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Mary
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff
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Storyline

Carla isn't hiding her secret very well: she's pregnant once again. Even though she is showing, she hasn't mentioned her pregnancy to anyone in the bar, nor has anyone in the bar approached her on the subject. Finally she announces that she is pregnant, only delaying the announcement because she wanted to tell the father first. To everyone's surprise, Carla announces that the father is M.I.T. computer geek Marshall Lipton. After talking to Marshall, Diane figures out that Marshall isn't really the father, nor does he know that he isn't. Diane confronts Carla with her deduction, and Carla admits that indeed Marshall is not the father. Carla was feeling alone in the world and wanted someone stable to support her new baby. Diane tries to guilt Carla in admitting the truth to Marshall. If Carla does tell Marshall, he may forgo his position as father. Carla may have to look for someone else to help her with the baby unless that person or people come forward. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First credited appearance for Mary Ellen Trainor in TV or film. See more »

Goofs

When Marshall first arrives at Cheers, he has two huge stuffed animals for Carla's baby. He sets them down by the coat rack and sits at the bar. In the next scene, the stuffed animals have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: You know the biggest argument I ever had with my wife was over naming our daughter. She kept insisting, insisting on Lisa, and I wanted to stick with the original name.
Sam Malone: What was that, Coach?
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Baby Girl Pantusso.
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Connections

Spoofs The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Walk Alone
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Shelley Long and the episode cast
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