Cheers (1982–1993)
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Much to Frasier's horror, his psychiatry mentor becomes involved with Carla and asks her to marry him. But she doesn't want to, even though she has just found out that she is pregnant with his baby.


James Burrows


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
James Karen ... Dr. Ludlow
Ernie Sabella ... Stan
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane


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 Huggo

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Comedy | Drama



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Guest star Ernie Sabella (Coach's Bar Patron in the "guessing game") went on to play Carla's cousin in the next season of Cheers (1982) - #4.8 Cheers: Love Thy Neighbor (1985). See more »


Sam mentions that Carla has been receiving flowers from her secret admirer "everyday for the last 2 weeks." Just a short time later, Frasier retorts that his mentor (Carla's admirer) has been dismissing him for 2 MONTHS. Sam is correct; Frasier is in error. See more »


Dr. Bennett Ludlow: You know Carla, I sort of have a dream girl myself.
Carla Tortelli: Oh, oh, tell me about her.
Dr. Bennett Ludlow: Well, she's a spunky, hearty, curly-haired little spitfire who doesn't know what's really good for her.
Carla Tortelli: I hope you find her someday.
Dr. Bennett Ludlow: Me too.
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Referenced in Cheers: I Kid You Not (1989) See more »

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Not to Be
16 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Frasier and Diane bring a man who is a legend as a psychiatrist into the bar. Things go badly because of the sycophantic behavior of Frasier. At some point, Carla approaches the professor about some food on his tie in her usual abrasive style. He finds her immediately attractive and begins to court her. What transpires is really a lot of fun with an absurd twist at the end.

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3 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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