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What is... Cliff Clavin? 

What is... Jeopardy! (1984)? The answer is the show that is coming to Boston for a one-time only appearance and that Cliff has made it on as a Boston-based contestant. Cliff is cocky about ... See full summary »



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What is... Jeopardy! (1984)? The answer is the show that is coming to Boston for a one-time only appearance and that Cliff has made it on as a Boston-based contestant. Cliff is cocky about his chances of winning. He is even more sure of winning after he sees the Jeopardy! board topics. An incident at game itself makes Cliff question his long held fascination with the game. A subsequent personal meeting later with Alex Trebek at Cheers restores his faith in what he can do for the overall good of mankind... or at least anyone who watches Jeopardy! Meanwhile, Sam's little black book is missing. Apparently the current holder of the book is working his way alphabetically through the book, calling up women and making dates as Sam to meet them at the roller rink, with the women to wear a black leather mini-skirt and French cut panties. The mystery person is currently at the H's and so Sam enlists Rebecca's help to set a trap for the mystery man. Written by Huggo

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18 January 1990 (USA)  »

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Cliff's final response, "People who have never been in my kitchen," later became an actual category on Jeopardy! (1984). See more »


Cliff Clavin's Final Jeopardy response appears, disappears and then reappears again throughout the round. It's most noticeable as Alex Trebek is explaining to Clavin that he'd surely win the game as long as he didn't do anything foolish. See more »


Norm Peterson: Could I have another beer?
Rebecca Howe: I dont see any money Norm.
Norm Peterson: Yeah... yup. I really should go hit that bank machine I guess. But I hope on the way out I don't happen to just inadvertently mention that one thin Carla and I happen to know about you.
Rebecca Howe: Shut up Norm and drink your free beer.
Norm Peterson: This bluffing thing is a goldmine.
Carla LeBec: Yes, I've given you a wonderful gift my son. You must use it for good only, never for evil.
Norm Peterson: Free beer is good, right?
Carla LeBec: You learn fast, young Norm.
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A Legendary Game Show saluted within a Legendary Sitcom; or Art imitating Life imitating Art! (or some such equivalency!)
4 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MARKING the arrival of a film or TV Series as an important little tidbit of American Pop Culture is the inclusion of one program, such as JEOPARDY, in the plot of an episode of another show; be it a Sitcom or a Drama.

SO it is with this particular episode of CHEERS, which puts our good buddy, Cliff (John Ratzenberger) in a situation where he is a contestant on the game show. All points to his having success; what with all categories on the Jeopardy Game Board are obviously subjects with which the Letter Carrier has a high degree of familiarity.

IT has been said that "Pride cometh before the fall"; and it is certainly an apt example of the old deadly sin. Cliff is oh so close to realizing a dream of a lifetime; only to give it up to the higher purpose of giving the audience some laughs. As always, the situations are well thought out and virtually guaranteed to go over. (The use of testing material must be in use to some degree; which is enhanced with the presence of a live, in studio audience for the cast to play up to.) AS in most all sitcom series episodes, a sub-plot is employed; making the half hour move as well as giving every cast member something to do. Everyone gets their chance to shine; which means the happiness is equally divided between the entertainers and entertainees.


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