Cheers

Season 7 Episode 12

Please Mr. Postman

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 02, 1989 on NBC
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Cliff's loyalties are tested when his new ladylove, a fellow postal employee, commits a rule infraction on his behalf.

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  • Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America's best

    9.5
    Cheers strikes again in this series classic that introduces a love interest for Cliff: Margaret O'Keefe. Annie Golden plays her as an admiring and then adoring woman -- a perfect match for Cliff. "Oh, God, there's another one!" Carla says. "The few." "The proud." "The undatable." Golden is top-notch in her guest appearance -- so good that she would return for more episodes down the line.



    The episode itself is terrific. Brian Pollack and Mert Rich wrote this gem with two plots that weave their way into one so brilliantly at the end of the show. In the first, Cliff is designated to train a new postal service employee. He dreads the assignment because "they slow him down". Of course, this leads to the predictable, yet still funny, jokes about slow mail. Well, Cliff meets Margaret, and it is clear quickly that (1) she is a devoted postal employee-to-be and (2) that she has the hots for Cliff.



    This begins a "torrid love affair" that involves a motel, stealing a post office vehicle, and corruption at the highest levels of the U.S. Postal Service. One of the best scenes of the episode involves Margaret's plea to Cliff for help. "You have to make up a story to cover for me!" Margaret cries out. "This is my life. My dream," Cliff replies. "This is my shoulder," she retorts. "This is our story," he concludes. So well done.



    But then Margaret loses interest in Cliff because he is no longer an innocent man. So she asks that they come clean to the post office, predicting that there would be only small punishment. She is wrong. She ends up being canned while Cliff gets punished in ultimate mailman style: 6 weeks at Rottweiler Ridge.



    Her duty for mail is too much. She decides she must go to Canada to deliver mail and asks Cliff to go with her.



    Plot #2: Sammy tries another way to have Rebecca melt in his hands. This go-round it involves a song: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". But, before he figures out what song it is, some others ring in their suggestions. One of those songs is "Ballad of the Green Berets."



    It is here where Pollack and Rich pull off the master conclusion. Cliff wants to go with Margaret to Canada, but Woody happens to be murmuring the ballad -- and the men of the bar all hum in their support. This leads to a tremendous conclusion where Cliff chooses duty over woman:



    One hundred men will test today

    But only three win the Green Beret!moreless
Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane (1986-1993)

Shelley Long

Shelley Long

Diane Chambers (1982-1987)

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe (1987-1993)

Annie Golden

Annie Golden

Margaret O'Keefe

Guest Star

Howard Mungo

Howard Mungo

Policeman

Guest Star

David Angell

David Angell

Himself (uncredited)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sam tries to find out what song makes Rebecca melt he discovers it is "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" but, on the DVD and syndication version of this episode, he plays "Unchained Melody."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Rebecca passionately kisses Norm)
      Rebecca: I don't know what go into me. Please apologize to Vera.
      Norm: Are you kidding? After that Vera should apologize to me.

    • Cliff: My first time and I get arrested.

    • (Sam wants to know Rebecca's turn on)
      Rebecca: Okay I'll be honest with you. I do have one. I'll give you a hint.
      Sam: Great. Why?
      Rebecca: Because you'll never get it and I mean that in every sense of the word. It's a song.

    • Cliff: Some mornings you get up; look yourself in the mirror and ya gotta ask "why me?"
      Norm: Cliffie, it's just a hair cut. It'll grow back.

    • Sam: I've been embarrassed for the last time. I just came onto Rebecca for the I don't know how manyth time.
      Carla: 4,659.
      Sam: Thank you, Carla.

    • Cliff: Was it my imagination or was that woman coming on to me?
      Norm: Cliffie, Walt Disney should've had your imagination.

    • Margaret: It's been my life long dream to be part of the few, the proud-
      Carla: The undateable!

    • Margaret: You have to make up a story to cover for me.
      Cliff: You want me to lie? This is my life, this is my dream.
      Margaret: (pulling down her shirt collar) This is my shoulder.
      Cliff: This is our story.

    • Cliff: As they say in the service, here's looking up your address!

    • Sam: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling."
      Woody: No Sam, I'm just a little tired is all.
      Sam: No, that's Rebecca's song.

  • NOTES (3)

    • First appearance of Annie Golden as Margaret O'Keefe, a colleague of Cliff's who develops into a love interest for him.

    • Supervising producers David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee left the series after this episode to develop and produce Wings. They can be seen in this episode's cold openening, sitting at the bar near Cliff.

    • This episode won the 1989 Writer's Guild award for comedy writing.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Please Mister Postman: A song that has the distinction of having reached #1 twice. In 1961 "Please Mister Postman" was a hit for a group called the Marvelettes; it reached number one again in 1975 as recorded by the Carpenters.

    • When trying to guess which song made a teenage Rebecca's knees turn to butter, Sam sings snatches of Blue On Blue by Bobby Vinton, Cherish by The Association, and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly. Frasier suggests Che Gelida Manina from the opera La Boheme by Puccini. Cliff suggests Ballad of the Green Berets by Sgt. Barry Sadler, and Woody sings part of it; later Woody singing it while Sam, Frasier and Norm hum it reminds Cliff of his duty to his country.

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