Cheers

Season 7 Episode 20

Call Me Irresponsible

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 13, 1989 on NBC
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Woody gets gambling fever and tension mounts as Carla waits for Eddie to surprise her on their second anniversary.

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  • Carla gets increasingly worried that Eddie has forgotten about their anniversary as the clock ominously approaches midnight.

    8.8
    "Call Me Irresponsible" features Rhea Perlman at her best on this show. I love the Carla character. A sharp-tongued, quick-hitting, witty, and yet eerily vulnerable woman. Rhea Perlman gave dimensionality to her role, which is difficult to achieve given her personality traits but absolutely essential to her effectiveness. Perlman makes this episode a winner.



    Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson wrote this yarn late in Season 7. The episode focuses on Carla's growing impatience for Eddie's gift to Carla for their anniversary. A string of events unfolds in which she predicts that Eddie has left a gift. But each time she is disappointed, sometimes in heartbreaking fashion, when each gift is revealed to be nothing at all. An especially memorable moment is when Carla opens Eddie's laundry to find no gift. Director Burrows wisely quiets the bar to make the scene as effective as possible. Perlman's silent desperation is killer here. And as Carla yet again promises that Eddie will remember, the vulnerability masked by her snide sarcasm is remarkably tragic and effective.



    As usual, this episode balances the comedy and drama well. Woody decides to join the gambling pool. And as the basketball game begins, he wins each quarter. At first, he angers the bar with his egotistically proud reaction. Then he angers the bar with his silent gratitude. Both sequences are chuckle-worthy. But Rebecca's win (She enters the contest for the first time as well) is the most memorable. As she flashes the money in front of Woody's face, Cheers reminds us just how cursed Rebecca is. That wouldn't be a law enforcement official at the bar now, would it? Classic.



    Jay Thomas finally appears as Eddie LeBec at the end of the episode as he calls Carla just under the wire. This would be the last time we see Eddie on the show (unfortunately). His scene, while hardly memorable, is appropriately meager in tone -- as Carla is certain that Sam is behind the phone call. It makes for a fulfilling and somewhat bittersweet ending to the episode.



    "Call Me Irresponsible", while hardly masterpiece material, is most certainly successful at its task. Can't ask for more than that.moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe (1987-1993)

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd (1985-1993)

Fredric Cook

Fredric Cook

Detective McGuiness

Guest Star

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Marge

Guest Star

Michael C. Hawkins

Michael C. Hawkins

Delivery Man #1

Guest Star

Mark Arnott

Mark Arnott

Mark

Recurring Role

Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas

Eddie LeBec

Recurring Role

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr Lilith Sternin-Crane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Carla says that Eddie's first name is really 'Guy,' but the priest at their wedding said his full name was Edward Raymond LeBec.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Carla: I know what you guys think. You think he forgot. You think my marriage is in big trouble and that Eddie is turning into my typical creep husband. That's not true so just go back to your stupid lives. Norm, order a beer. Clvain, bore us. Woody, why don't you tell us about how another one of your relatives lost a body part in some farm equipment.

    • Woody: What's goin' on, Mr. Peterson?
      Norm: The flashing side of my gut that says "insert beer here."

    • Lilith: Frasier my fawn, I deserve a treat. Today my belly button turned from an inie to an outie.
      Frasier: This is news.

    • Rebecca: Isn't Eddie sweet? Why can't more men send flowers?
      Sam: I didn't know Mormons couldn't send flowers.
      Rebecca: I said More Men, not Mormon.
      Sam: I know they can't dance.
      Norm: No Sam, that's the Amish.
      Sam: Then why can't Mormon's send flowers?
      Rebecca: They can!! I just wish someone would send me some damn flowers!
      Sam: So why does it have to be a Mormon?
      Rebecca: Oh! (walks away)
      Sam: Some people you just can't discuss religion with.

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