Cheers (1982–1993)
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Money Dearest 

Cliff sees dollar signs in his future when he successfully schemes to get his mom engaged to a wealthy bar patron. However, his plan soon backfires when his future father-in-law announces that he's giving his fortune away to charity.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Duncan Fitzgerald
Tom Ballard (as Thomas W. Babson)


Sam and Diane are still on their divergent paths to the supposed altar, Diane going on like they're engaged, Sam like they're not. Cliff is hoping for some other romance in his life. Wealthy and all alone in the world Duncan 'Fitz' Fitzgerald is a new patron in the bar, and Cliff can see himself on easy street for the rest of his life if Fitz and Cliff's mother, Esther, hit it off and get married. Much to Cliff's amazement, Fitz and Esther do hit it off and do get engaged. But much to Cliff's consternation, Fitz and Esther decide to donate all Fitz' excess money to charity. Cliff is no longer as happy about his mother's new romance. Can Cliff get over Fitz and Esther's financial plans and think about his mother's happiness instead? Something else may threaten Esther's happiness with Fitz. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama





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9 October 1986 (USA)  »

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The first of seven appearances of Cliff's mother, played by Frances Sternhagen. The character had been mentioned many times prior to this episode. See more »


Cliff Clavin: Normie. Call all my friends.
Norm Peterson: I think he moved.
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References The Time of Your Life (1948) See more »

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Money Dearest (#5.3)
20 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A rich guy is coming to the bar and Cliff has a great idea to hook him up with his mother. Soon the two announce their wedding. But the guy says that since Cliff's mother is the first one to love him for him and not his money he will donate money to charity. Cliff throws him a great bachelor party but at the end of it the guy dies.

I liked this episode. I like cliff's character and it is always nice to see his stories. It was great to meet his mother who is as lovely as Cliff with all her blabbering about trivia that I liked about her as much as him. And it was so sweet to see him worrying for his mother at the end. He sure is a good son.

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