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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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The first part of the title is inspired by the ABC drama Spenser: For Hire (1985). It ran from 1985-1988. Woody claimed that he was in a show that was shot for that series in Boston, and bragging on how he talked to the show's star, Robert Urich. 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, Woody?
Woody Boyd: [rubbing his hands together] I'm wringing my hands with guilt.
Sam Malone: Oh. I don't think I've ever seen that before. Why?
Woody Boyd: I told a terrible lie to the guys, Sam.
Sam Malone: Oh, you mean about being on that TV show?
Woody Boyd: No, that was true, but I got a telephone call, and I pretended it was Robert Urich on the other end. I mean I didn't hurt anybody or anything, although your plumber seemed a little confused.
Sam Malone: Well, don't worry about it. I'm sure everyone will forgive you.
Woody Boyd: But it was a lie Sam, ...
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References Spenser: For Hire (1985) See more »

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Woody for Hire, Meets Norman of the Apes (#6.13)
2 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Woody gets a role as an extra in a Robert Ulrich movie and others don't believe him because one can't really see him on TV. And Cliff has Norm paint his place but doesn't want to pay him and makes fun of him. So they have a fight. And Rebecca has a book club meeting in the bar with old ladies who are getting very rowdy.

I already don't remember what his issue with the painters was, but the whole story of Cliff making fun of Norm because of what he does is my least favorite on the show. Cliff is just being mean there isn't that much funny stuff going on. I guess the most laughs are coming from the book club story.

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