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Ma Always Liked You Better 

A public works crew is doing some construction at the top of the bar stairwell, which is causing a slow-down in bar business. Sam wants to grease the wheels by bribing the workmen with free... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Jeff (as Rocky Laporte)
Peter Schreiner ...
Policeman #1
James F. Dean ...
Policeman #2
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A public works crew is doing some construction at the top of the bar stairwell, which is causing a slow-down in bar business. Sam wants to grease the wheels by bribing the workmen with free beer, but Rebecca refuses. The workmen initiate a work slow-down. After that Sam, thinks they have to up the bribe ante, but again Rebecca refuses. As such, Rebecca suggests building a back entrance to the bar from the alley. During that work, Norm gets stuck between the iron bars in the back window. They call in the police to get him unstuck. Rebecca uses this situation as an inopportune time to implement the earlier lesson from Sam. Meanwhile, Ma Clavin comes back to Boston for a visit. Cliff, with his new bachelor lifestyle, doesn't want her to stay with him. Woody, on the other hand, offers his place to Ma Clavin. Woody becomes Ma Clavin's surrogate son. The two of them have a great time together. Cliff initially feigns disinterest in Ma and Woody's relationship, but after Ma calls Woody "son",... Written by Huggo

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18 October 1990 (USA)  »

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When the construction workers come to the bar after Frasier fell in their hole, the near empty beer he had been drinking is in on the bar next to them. Half way through the scene it disappears for a couple cuts, then reappears. See more »


[Cliff and Woody are fighting over Ma Clavin's affections]
Esther Clavin: Now, now, boys. Let's not get into a Cain and Abel situation here. I can love you both for different reasons. Woody, I can love you because you're generous and kind and strong. And Clifford, I can love you because I'm your biological mother and nature dictates there be a bond.
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Ma Always Liked You Better (#9.5)
19 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There is construction done next to the bar and Sam wants to bribe them to make them work faster but Rebecca is against it. Cliff's mom is back and ants to live with him but he says he doesn't want to give up living alone. So she moves in with Woody and Cliff ends up being jealous about it.

Not a bad episode. Was kind of weird when Rebecca referred to Norm as an accountant, isn't he a painter now? Guess they needed it just for the sake of the joke.

It is always good to see Cliff's mother. Such a fun character, she had many great lines in this episode.

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