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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Trivia

The first appearance of Sam's little black book. 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: Diane. Make a toast.
Diane Chambers: Oh, all right. 'To the baby. With Marshall as the father, it's sure to have brains. With Carla as the mother, it's sure to have... need for them.'
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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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There's Always a Clunker Along the Way
6 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode just didn't click. Carla is pregnant and she attempts to make a nerdy MIT professor the father. He had a single encounter, which makes him a possibility. But Diane is on to her and much of the show involves a big time guilt trip, perpetrated by her. But the show gets utterly sappy at the end and Diane becomes a buffoon after so much integrity and strength.


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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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