Cheers: Season 3, Episode 17

The Mail Goes to Jail (7 Feb. 1985)

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Norm gets in trouble with the law after he helps Cliff out by finishing his mail route, and Cliff hangs him out to dry. Meanwhile, Diane gets stuck underneath the bar while trying to check the heating system.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Deborah Richter ...
Bambi (as Debi Richter)
Nick DeMauro ...
Customer (as Nick De Mauro)
Larry Harpel ...
Al Rosen ...


There's a chill in the air, even in the bar where there's a blockage in the furnace vent. The furnace repairman is delayed in his visit, so in the meantime, the collective in the bar suggests that the skinniest person try and shimmy down the furnace vent to unblock the clog, that person being Diane. Diane gets stuck in the vent, which is located underneath the floor, but that doesn't stop her from dispensing her wisdom to the gang as the bodiless voice. The chill is also affecting Cliff, who is under the weather, even so much so that he's come into the bar during the middle of his route to get something hot to drink. He's obviously sick, but won't let that affect him finishing his route. Actually he used all his sick days to take his trip to Florida. Norm, being the friend that he is, tells Cliff that the remaining handful of letters he can deliver for Cliff. Although initially reluctant to let Norm do this for him if only because of what he sees as Norm's lack of postal delivery ... Written by Huggo

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The glove on Sam's left hand is missing in the closeups of Diane in the vent. See more »


Norm Peterson: You know, Cliffie, these are all on my way home
[holding mail to be delivered]
Norm Peterson: . Let me drop these off for you, Cliffie. I gotta go home anyway.
Cliff Clavin: Naw, Norm. You're not trained. You're not qualified.
Norm Peterson: What qualified? You drop them in a slot. A chimp could do it.
Cliff Clavin: No way. They did a study at the University of Michigan. The chimps were 32% slower. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they were better with customer relations and everything, but...
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The Mail Goes to Jail (#3.17)
11 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Cliff is very sick and comes to the bar to get some hot soup before he finishes the route. Norm looks at the letters and sees that he can deliver them on his way home. He goes to do cliff the favor but gets arrested. And Cliff at first does nothing as he is afraid to lose his job but then he saves his friend.

I like Cliff and Norm as friends. So this was a sweet episode of their friendship. Norm helping Cliff and Cliff risking his mailman identity to save Norm.

Diane being stuck in the floor was kind of weird but funny as it was so uncommon for this show.

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