Cheers: Season 8, Episode 4

How to Marry a Mailman (19 Oct. 1989)

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Rebecca has the opportunity for some free cosmetic surgery. There is much discussion among the gang what she should do if anything. What she finally decides upon gets Sam thinking about it.... See full summary »



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Rebecca has the opportunity for some free cosmetic surgery. There is much discussion among the gang what she should do if anything. What she finally decides upon gets Sam thinking about it. Meanwhile, Maggie O'Keefe, Cliff's one time postal girlfriend in Canada, has left a message for Cliff, stating that she is stopping by Boston and needs to see him. Upon seeing each other, Cliff isn't disappointed as Maggie wants to "be his girl". However, he immediately becomes afflicted with what he calls hysterical blindness. This condition happened to him only one other time, that when he almost got into a romantic relationship in high school. Then, as soon as he and Wendy Beeman started going steady, he lost sight only when she was around. His sight became normalized after they broke up. Frasier easily deduces that this affliction is a psychosomatic reaction to commitment, for which he can't prescribe a quick fix. Cliff is hoping that someone, namely Sam, can at least help him with his first ... Written by Huggo

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As Rebecca is telling Sam about her surgery outside the office, she opens the door and momentarily reveals someone in the office quickly ducking and hiding. See more »


Margaret 'Maggie' O'Keefe: I can't tell you how hard these months of separation have been. The men up in Canada, well they just don't compare to you.
Cliff Clavin: Oh, oh.
Margaret 'Maggie' O'Keefe: They're just pale, pathetic imitations of you Cliff.
Carla LeBec: Boy, that must be one butt ugly country.
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References The Phil Silvers Show (1955) See more »

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How to Marry a Mailman (#8.4)
8 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Maggie is back from Canada and wants to see Cliff. He is exited but when she sees them and asks to get married he develops a "hysterical blindness", so now he can't see anything. Sam helps him through the date. When Cliff falls into a pool Maggie finds out and Cliff says he recovered, only now he is paralyzed from the waist down.

Maggie didn't bother me so much this time. Luckily she didn't have too much screen-time and Cliff was very funny this time. I agree with Lilith, he should be a study in university! All those scenes with him having his hysterical blindness were too funny. And Sam was a great addition to the situation helping Cliff.

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