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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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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Alex Trebek ... Alex Trebek
Greg Davis Greg Davis ... Timmy (as Greg E. Davis)
Bernie Kuby Bernie Kuby ... Earl (as Bernard Kuby)
Johnny Gilbert ... Johnny Gilbert (voice)
Peter Schreiner Peter Schreiner ... Pete
Audrey Lowell Audrey Lowell ... Agnes Borsic
William A. Porter William A. Porter ... Milford Reynolds
Steven Rotblatt Steven Rotblatt ... Stage Manager


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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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Before he sends Timmy on his way, Sam tells him that he's going to give him $25 so that he can get a decent haircut. But Sam pulls only one bill out of his wallet. 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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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.13 (2015) See more »

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Great Use of the Popular Game Show
1 September 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Two major plots, both quite good. The first involves Sam leaving his little black book at the laundromat and having someone use it to contact women using his name. This is getting Sam into a lot of trouble. The second, and much funnier, is Cliff qualifying for Jeopardy. The stars align and he gets categories that are a piece of cake. But, of course, he can't handle success. There is a great final scene with Cliff sitting down with Alex Trebek at Cheers. Hilarious.

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