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Cliff's Rocky Moment 

A man in the bar becomes sick of Cliff's obnoxious know-it-all behavior and challenges him to a fight. Will Cliff shut up, accept the challenge, or run away?



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Victor Shapone
Alan Koss ...
Elizabeth Hill ...


Tough guy bar patron, Victor, has taken a dislike to Cliff and his know-it-all attitude. Carla eggs Cliff on to confront Victor, as she says he is just a blow-hard who will back down once Cliff shows he's not afraid of him. Reluctantly Cliff does so, but Victor doesn't back down, wanting to "take things outside". While Victor goes out waiting for Cliff, Cliff sneaks out the Melville's entrance. The next time Cliff comes to the bar, he brings his tough guy colleague from the post office, Lewis, in the off chance that Victor shows up as well, which he does. Knowing that Lewis is there, Cliff verbally pushes Victor more. Lewis defends Cliff until what Victor says about Cliff makes Lewis think that Victor is right. Without his bodyguard, Cliff uses the oldest back down statement in the book: that he knows karate and his hands are lethal weapons. Victor says that he will leave Cliff alone if Cliff admits that he's a loud mouth know-it-all. It's time for Cliff to put up or shut up, Diane ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama





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26 January 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is one episode where Shelley Long's character Diane says, "poor Cliff," after he walks out of the bar thinking he will not return. Diane always being so formal always addressed Norm and Cliff as, "Norman" and, "Clifford," and this is one instance where she did not use the full name. See more »


The "Cliff Clavin" dummy that Diane is carrying up the stairs is much smaller than John Ratzenberger and is missing the white socks that he (Cliff) was wearing in that scene. See more »


References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Cliff's Rocky Moment (#2.16)
8 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the guys in the bar gets tired of Cliff and challenges him to a fight. Cliff doesn't want to fight but all his friends think he is a coward, so he says he just doesn't want to hurt him as he has a black belt in karate, but nobody believes him. So he does a great demonstration and breaks a wooden plate and a brick with his head. Everyone is impressed but he has to go to a hospital as he knows no karate.

The episode is a bit slow. There is no reason for the guy to be mad at Cliff and the whole episode is a bit tired. But the ending is great, nice twist and John Ratzenberger was great in this episode.

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