Cheers (1982–1993)
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Truce or Consequences 

Carla tells Diane a shocking secret about her relationship with Sam. It's an outright lie, but Carla does it just to prove that Diane can't keep a secret and will never be her real friend.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Jack Knight ... Jack
David A. Penhale David A. Penhale ... Customer #1
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


Because Carla and Diane are constantly at each others' throats, Sam wants them to sit down and have a heart-to-heart so that they can come to an amiable working relationship. Although somewhat reluctant because of their mutual dislike for each other, they decide to do it. Much to Sam's consternation, they decide to do it at the bar after hours. To lighten the mood, Carla makes one of her special powerhouse drinks: Leap Into an Open Grave. Once Diane's guard is let down after a few swigs, Carla proceeds to tell a story about Sam being the father of one of her children - Gino - to which she makes Diane swear she will not reveal to anyone. The next day, Carla waits to see if a hungover Diane will indeed keep to her word or if she'll spill the proverbial beans about the secret. Gino unfortunately takes the brunt of what happens in this situation. Written by Huggo

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pun in title | lock in | lies | See All (3) »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 November 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The recipe for the family cocktail Carla gives Diane called a Leap Into an Open Grave is: 1 shot vodka, 2 shots Pernod, 1 shot Baileys, 1 shot Poteen, Pineapple juice, 1 egg, and a dash of mint. See more »


Diane makes a very uncharacteristic grammatical error when she says, "Thank you, Sam, truly, for uh... getting Carla and I together at last." The correct pronoun usage in this sentence would be "Carla and me." See more »


Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: [to everyone in the bar] Who needs a ride home?
[there is no response]
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Come on, who needs a ride home?
Jack: I guess we're all sober enough to drive ourselves home tonight, Coach.
Cliff Clavin: Yeah, looks like you get to go straight home for a change.
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: I've never driven straight home alone. I wouldn't know how to do it.
Norm Peterson: OK Coach, you can take me.
Cliff Clavin: Oh, what a prince.
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Thanks Norm. I owe you one.
Norm Peterson: Anytime.
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References The New Truth and Consequences (1950) See more »

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Butting Heads
5 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Diane and Carla get into it to the point of Sam threatening to fire them both. They need to settle thing or they are out. This leads to a meeting after hours and Carla seizing control. What ensues is a story that rocks the bar, but, let's face it, there are some serious problems with it.

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