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Woody for Hire, Meets Norman of the Apes 

While discussing exciting things in their lives, Woody tells the gang that he was just an extra on the TV show Spenser: For Hire (1985), and that he had rubbed elbows with its star, Robert ... See full summary »



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While discussing exciting things in their lives, Woody tells the gang that he was just an extra on the TV show Spenser: For Hire (1985), and that he had rubbed elbows with its star, Robert Urich. Everyone is excited for Woody until they see the episode on TV, where Woody claims that the ubiquitous "white shirt" on the screen is him. After that, everyone in the bar is skeptical of his story, until... Meanwhile, Norm is painting Cliff's apartment. Norm is expecting to get paid, while Cliff is expecting it to be a freebie, especially in light of the fact that Norm painted Ma Clavin's house for free - when Norm was not a professional painter - and that Cliff regards painting as menial work that even a trained monkey could do. This disagreement causes a rift between friends. A tit for tat may either resolve the rift or make it worse. Elsewhere in the bar, Rebecca has booked the pool room to a woman's book club every Sunday night to add a little class to the establishment. The book club ... Written by Huggo

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7 January 1988 (USA)  »

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This episode was inspired by Woody Harrelson first and only acting job prior to "Cheers" : an extra in the movie Harper Valley P.T.A. (1981). See more »


Even though it was a running gag with the "MONKEY" Duane was never revealed as an Orangutan which is an Ape. Also the day he comes to deliver it takes place on a SUNDAY and Duane shows up in a USPS uniform with a package that Woody signs for. There is no mail delivered on Sundays and even though that was a funny way to end the Cliff/Norm grudge. See more »


Sam Malone: What are you doing there?
Woody Boyd: Miss Howe put Moi in charge of refreshments for the book club.
Sam Malone: [points] Yeah, but what are those?
Woody Boyd: Finger sandwiches. You know the part that takes so much time is getting that middle knuckle right.
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References Tarzan of the Apes (1918) See more »

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That Distinctive Plain White One
29 April 2011 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Season Six of "Cheers" was all about re-booting the series, and at worst the show could be accused of going through an identity crisis. Nowhere is that more evident than this schizophrenically-titled episode, comprised of two very thin story strands that never quite gel. But it's a tribute to the show's writers and performers that it's still a fun episode with plenty of genuine laughs.

Woody insists that he made a guest appearance on a TV show while Cliff insults Norm's career as a house-painter. If you're looking for your requisite over-the-top Season Six sight gag you don't have to look far: we get not one but TWO chimpanzee appearances, the second monkey entering the bar dressed as a mailman. Who among us hasn't hired a orangutan in order to give our friends a giggle?

Woody's "I-told-you-so" celebrity encounter and the guest appearance by Robert Urich are handled with as much grace as they can be, but it's the book club C-story that offers the episode's best jokes.

"Will you excuse me- I have a cigarette going"


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