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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a solid "average" Cheers episode
1 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this episode "only" a 7, because it represents the kind of high "average" quality (if that makes any sense) that Cheers consistently maintained. For most other comedy series, it would get an 8, or even a 9.

The plot is standard sitcom, with Cheers' writers and actors showing what they could do with otherwise worn-out ideas.

The most-interesting character is Cliff's co-worker, Lucas, played by Timothy Scott (usually billed as Tim Scott). The reason he looks so tall is not so much that he /is/ tall, but that everyone else is so short. The heights given in IMDb are exaggerated. For example...

Tom Skerritt is listed as 6', but I'm 5'9", and almost tower over him. (He's a cute li'l scudder, 'bout 5'5".) Ted Danson is listed as 6'2", but in scenes with Skerritt, it's obvious he's only slightly taller.

As Lucas, Scott resembles a badly wasted hippie, whose conversation is a series of near-incomprehensible mumbles. His best-known role was as Pea-Eye Parker in "Lonesome Dove", absolutely perfect casting.

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