Cheers (1982–1993)
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Breaking in Is Hard to Do 

The Cranes have received some devastating news: their one-year old son, Frederick, is intellectually average, the manifestation of which is that he has yet to utter his first word. Lilith ... See full summary »


Andy Ackerman


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
Roger Rees ... Robin Colcord
Clive Rosengren ... Doug Aducci
John Boyle John Boyle ... Prison Guard
Edward Penn Edward Penn ... Prisoner
Paul Willson ... Paul Krapence
Philip Perlman ... Phil


The Cranes have received some devastating news: their one-year old son, Frederick, is intellectually average, the manifestation of which is that he has yet to utter his first word. Lilith thinks that it's because they as parents don't spend enough time with him. Lilith decides that she will be a stay at home Mom. When Lilith uncovers her domestic inabilities, Frasier takes over. But Frasier's idea of care-taking his son is to take him to Cheers and hang out with the guys, of which Lilith is unaware. Lilith is depressed that she sees Frasier as a better parent than her, that is until she finds that he has spent the day with Frederick at the bar. Nonetheless, Frederick's stay at Cheers has an unexpected but in Lilith's mind successful outcome. Meanwhile, Rebecca receives a dirty love letter from Robin, which is making her pine for some physical contact with him. Unfortunately for her, he is not allowed conjugal visits. Carla thinks Rebecca should make her next visit with Robin a ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

1 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Norm walks in the bar he complains to the gang that they are installing parking meters "up there." This would suggest that the meters are something new to the area. But in the episode Rebecca Redux, 4 episodes before this one, while Sam is going out to get groceries for the bar, Carla gives Sam some change and tells him to feed her meter. See more »


In the final scene, Lilith orders a Manhattan. The drink Sam makes for her appears to be an Old Fashioned. See more »


Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane: I feel like a failure - a failure as a mother, ergo as a woman and a person. Do you make a drink for failures here at Cheers?
Sam Malone: Ah, hold on a sec. Phil, what are you drinking?
Phil: A Manhattan.
Sam Malone: [to Lilith] Manhattan.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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3 September 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A couple of fun plots. Carla talks Rebecca into going to the prison to see Robin, with sex the target. Meanwhile, the Cranes have found out that their little boy may be average. This is devastating to them. There is one two second thing that makes this all worthwhile.

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