Cheers: Season 4, Episode 16

Cliffie's Big Score (30 Jan. 1986)

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Diane rejects Cliff's request to be his date for the postman's ball, so he asks Carla, who will go with him--for a price. But what will he do when Diane reconsiders and decides to go with him?



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Cliff has been awarded Postman of the Year by his branch office - one of 267 awards given out in the Greater Boston area - and wants to have a woman on his arms at the Gala Postman's Ball. He ends up with what is an unusual problem for him - two dates - but the predicament he achieved in a typical Cliff manner. After he bribed Carla to go with him, his first choice of a date, Diane, who initially declined his platonic invitation due to a timing conflict, changed her mind and agreed to go with him. Cliff would rather go with "classy" Diane. Although the guys think he should go with Carla only because she said yes first and the fact that Carla would kill him if she found out he asked Diane first, Cliff makes up a story to Carla that someone else has expressed interest in going out with her instead. On a further bribe by Cliff, Carla agrees to the change. Diane with Cliff and Carla with who she coins "tall, dark and gruesome" double date, Diane unaware that Cliff asked Carla, and Carla ... Written by Huggo

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In 2001, when the series was remastered, the season 5 opening sequence was accidentally put onto this episode. The season 5 opening sequence is where Kelsey Grammer's name appears for the first time. He does not appear in this episode and this episode did not originally air like that on NBC. See more »


Diane Chambers: Sam, look at all the people who've fallen hopelessly in love with me with only the slightest encouragement: you, Frasier...
Sam Malone: Yourself.
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References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »


Music by Erroll Garner
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by John Ratzenberger
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Cliffie's Big Score (#4.16)
15 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Cliff is having a postman ball and invites Diane to go with him. She says she is busy, so he invites Carla and has to pay her for coming but then Diane decides that it is better to go with Cliff and as he rather go with her he gets Carla another date as she finds out about it though she has a little revenge on him.

Cliff is pretty fun in this episode, I like his character more and more. The scene where he follows Carla's advice and sings to Diane is hilarious, also thanks to Diane's great facial expressions.

Carla's date was pretty fun as well, there wasn't too much of him and at first I thought it was the guy from Up'n smoke, but it was somebody else

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