Cheers (1982–1993)
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Madame LaCarla 

Woody is appearing in a local production of Arsenic and Old Lace. The local theater critic gives the production a good review, but he deems Woody's performance weak. Stung by the critique, ... See full summary »


Tom Moore


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 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
Bebe Neuwirth ... Dr. Lilith Sternin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Georgia Brown ... Madame Lazora
Jeffrey Richman Jeffrey Richman ... Lee Bradken
Jim Brochu ... Bob
Barry Zajac ... Barry
Peter Schreiner Peter Schreiner ... Pete


Woody is appearing in a local production of Arsenic and Old Lace. The local theater critic gives the production a good review, but he deems Woody's performance weak. Stung by the critique, Woody decides to quit the show. Lee Bradken, the director, convinces Woody that all he needs to do to have a better performance is get to his true emotional feelings by writing them down on paper. Buoyed by the fact that the critic is coming back to re-review the play, Woody takes the task assigned by Bradken too much to heart. Meanwhile, Carla is worried because Madame Lazora, her spiritual advisor since she was seventeen, is coming by the bar to see her. Carla thinks it is to tell her some devastating news about her life. Instead, Madame Lazora comes to say that she is retiring to Florida, and that Princess Katja, her spirit guide and connection to the afterlife, has named Carla as the person who should take Madame Lazora's place. Carla is skeptical at first since she doesn't think she has the ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

3 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode that Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth) says the opening line, "Cheers is filmed before a live, studio audience." See more »


In the closing scene, when Woody walks behind the bar there is a woman at the bar just around the corner from Norm. In the next cut, she's gone, but her drink remains. Then in the transition when Carla starts playing Greensleeves on the piano, the drink disappears, Norm's beer remains, but Norm is gone. See more »


[Woody is appearing in a stage production of Arsenic and Old Lace]
Cliff Clavin: All I can tell you, Woody, is that Ma loved the play. There's something about the idea of sweet old ladies being cold blooded murderers just seemed to tickle her funny bone. All the way home, she just laughed and laughed. As a matter of fact, I woke up at three A.M., and there she was sitting in my room in a rocking chair, rocking back and forth, staring at me and making this low gutteral chuckle. Boy, does she love the theater.
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References Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) See more »


Performed by Rhea Perlman
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The Lowest Rated Episode?
21 March 2018 | by mthibeault-50021See all my reviews

It for sure isn't the best episode but it's still good. It's still funny. 7/10. If this is the worst episode that goes as evidence of how great this show is.

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