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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Your Back-Bacon Is Makin' Me Achin'!
1 May 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Maggie O'Keefe is back, which means the unfunny Annie Golden returns to mute the hilarity of John Ratzenberger's Cliff Clavin.

Turns out Maggie came back from Canada because she wants to "be Cliff's girl." That involves a second appearance on the show during which she renders all of her punchlines unfunny and even sucks the humor from her co-star's jokes.

The thing is, nothing can stop Ratzenberger from being funny. Cliff tells the story of his first steady girl Wendy Beeman, and how his commitment to her caused, understandably, "hysterical blindness." This ruins his date with the annoying Annie Golden, who consistently looks as if she is pondering suicide. If I was there, I would urge her to go ahead.

Kelsey Grammar has perfected his slow burn and is taking completely straight lines and turning them into comedic volcanoes... "Suffice it to say that... Lamaze class is not the place... to flirt."

Maggie eventually learns of Cliff's debilitating emotional ailment and heads back to Canada until the writers can think of a way to bring her back. Annie Golden gets the award for the Worst Thing About This Episode, and Cliff gets the award for the Best.

Note to writers: Enough with Maggie.


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