Season 3 Episode 19

Behind Every Great Man

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 1985 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Sam faces the ultimate challenge to his skills as a male animal; a lady reporter who has been investigating the Boston singles scene and has heard every line in the book.

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    Rhea Perlman

    Rhea Perlman

    Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

    George Wendt

    George Wendt

    Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

    Ted Danson

    Ted Danson

    Sam "Mayday" Malone

    Shelley Long

    Shelley Long

    Diane Chambers

    Nicholas Colasanto

    Nicholas Colasanto

    Ernie "Coach" Pantusso

    John Ratzenberger

    John Ratzenberger

    Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Norm: (walks in bar) Afternoon, everybody.
        All people in bar: Norm!
        Cliff: (walks in bar) Afternoon, everybody.
        All people in bar: (Silence)

      • Cliff: Hey Sam, you've got this textbook here. Why are you asking Diane for?
        Sam: It's more fun to steal than to study.

      • Sam: Does anybody remember anything that Diane has said about Impressionism?
        Carla: No, but I know she makes a bad first one.

      • Sam: You know I always say-"If it wasn't for all the people who say they never come to singles bars, singles bars would be out of business."
        Norm: Didn't Diane used to say that?
        Carla: When you talk all the time you're bound to say everything eventually.

      • Norm: Cliff, just how long did it take for you to create this little world you live in.

      • Sam: What would you like, Norm?
        Norm: A reason to live. Keep them coming.

      • Norm: Yeah, Cliffy had himself the "Ton O' T-Bone". For less than four bucks you get 24 ounces of USDA Choice "bef".
        Cliff: Bef? No, you mean beef.
        Norm: Beef? Don't be ridiculous, Cliffy. That stuff is "bef". You see it's a Hungry heifer trademark for a processed, synthetic – what – meat-like substance.
        Cliff: Ah, no.
        Norm: What do you expect for four bucks? You see me complainin' about the "loobster"?

      • [Norm and Cliff come back to the bar after lunch]
        Carla: So, how was your meal at The Hungry Heifer?
        Norm: Well, Cliff was a little fussy at first; but I think I made a convert out of this guy.
        Carla: Really?
        Cliff: Well, uh, yeah, my steak was a little gristly; but, uh, what do you expect from a place decorated with a mule depicting the Heimlich maneuver.

      • [Frasier is talking to Diane; Sam interrupts to ask about an artist]
        Frasier: What was that all about?
        Diane: Sam is developing an interest in the Impressionists
        Frasier: Hmm.
        Diane: Hmm, what?
        Frasier: Hmm, this is suspicious. I think it's part of Sam's grand design to win you back.
        Diane: Oh, not this again. It's starting to sound like a broken record.
        Frasier: Oh, now you're saying that I'm redundant, that I repeat myself, that I say things over and over.

      • [Cliff sees Paula Nelson enter the bar]
        Cliff: [to Norm] Hot babe, there, at twelve o'clock. I think it's the next notch on the old Clavin bedpost.
        Carla: The only notches on your bedpost come from banging your head in frustration.

    • NOTES (3)

      • George R. Wendt Sr., a retired Navy Captain, appears in the opening scene of this episode, initially seated at the bar next to his son.

      • Kelsey Grammer(Frasier) appears in this episode although he is not credited.

      • There is a mysterious credit of George R. Wendt as George; George Wendt doesn't play anyone besides Norm in the episode, although his middle initial is R. It is possible George Wendt brought his father on to play a barfly; an unknown older man sits next to Norm in the opening sketch.

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