Cheers (1982–1993)
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Tale of Two Cuties 

Carla has given birth to her twins, which results in some short term waitressing issues at the bar. Sam decides to hire Annie Tortelli, Carla's daughter-in-law, since the Tortelli's are ... See full summary »


Michael Zinberg


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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla LeBec
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Tom Skerritt ... Evan Drake
Mandy Ingber ... Annie Tortelli
Timothy Williams ... Anthony Tortelli
Bobbie Eakes ... Laurie
Paul Willson ... Paul


Carla has given birth to her twins, which results in some short term waitressing issues at the bar. Sam decides to hire Annie Tortelli, Carla's daughter-in-law, since the Tortelli's are facing some financial hardships. However, Evan Drake would like Rebecca to hire his "friend", Laurie. Having already hired Annie, Sam and Rebecca let Annie work solely for tips. Sam and Rebecca's waitressing problems don't end there. Annie is falling for Sam, especially since Anthony is unemployed and a bum by Annie's standards, and since Sam made an offhanded comment about Annie being beautiful. Sam tries to solve both his and the Tortelli's problems with one maneuver. With Laurie, Rebecca suspects that she is Evan Drake's young lover, to which Rebecca is devastated. Rebecca has open animosity toward Laurie, and uses words like slut, harlot and tramp to describe Laurie behind her back. Rebecca needs to find out for sure if Laurie is indeed Evan Drake's lover. When Rebecca thinks she has her answer, ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

21 January 1988 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of this episode is a play on words, inspired by the Charles Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities. It was originally published in 1859. See more »


Laurie would not have been able to hide the fact of being Evan Drake's daughter, because she would have provided her surname, also his, on her employment documentation. See more »


Rebecca Howe: I am going to pop her. I'm going to pop her. I'm going to pop her right in the kisser. I'm going to pop her, p-pop, p-pop, p-pop, p-pop...
Sam Malone: That's good. Now do bacon frying.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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26 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Carla's daughter in law and her son play an integral role here, which means it's too much. With Carla out, there is a kind of rotating barmaid thing going on. Evan Drake asks Rebecca to take on a waitress job and Rebecca immediately jumps to the conclusion that it is his mistress. Really a filler episode with little that could be called creative.

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