Season 9 Episode 21

Cheerful Goodbyes

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 2002 on NBC
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When the gang head to Boston where Frasier is speaking at a conference, they end up attending Cliff Clavin's retirement party along with a collection of Cheers patrons.

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  • Frasier and his family travel to Boston for a conference and run it to his cheers buddies.

    Frasier, Daphne, Martin, and Niles arrive in Boston for a conference, They run into Cliff Clavin, and old friend of Frasier's from Cheers, turns out he's retiring, so to not hurt his feelings Frasier and the others stay for the party.

    They run into the rest of Cheers minus Sam, and Carla tells Niles some of the stories of the things they use to do with Frasier, while Martin drinks beer with Norm, and Daphne listens and believes everything Cliff tells her.

    This was a great episode, it was great to see most of the cheers stars interact with Daphne, Niles and Martin, and Martin found someone who likes beer as much if not more then he does.moreless
John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Cliff Clavin

Guest Star

Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Tortelli

Guest Star

George Wendt

George Wendt

Norm Peterson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Carla: Remember when we took Frasier on that snipe hunt?

      She refers to the season 3 episode 'The Heart Is A Lonely Snipe Hunter' of Cheers.

    • L'Espalier, the restaurant Niles has reservations for, is a real place in Boston, as is one of the most expensive and well-regarded restaurants in the country. This was one of the few occasions that a real restaurant name was used.

    • Nitpick: Although it was impossible for this episode to feature the set of Cheers, for both legal and practical reasons, the explanation given of why the party wasn't being held at Cheers - that Sam was using it for a Red Sox reunion - leaves a lot to be desired. Sam or Cliff simply could have had their parties another night.

    • Norm explains why Vera won't be attending the party, and Frasier tells Niles that Vera is Norm's "much-storied" wife. It is highly appropriate that Niles be told about Vera, as Maris, Niles's first wife, who was never seen throughout the series, was based on Vera, who was never seen throughout the run of Cheers.

    • Interesting trivial bit of continuity concerning Cliff as he explains why his Mother is not at his party. Apparently she went to Bosnia, not Boston. Wonder if she said hello to Cliff's former mail-order bride, whom we find out about in The One Where Woody Shows Up as Woody mentions how she became homesick and returned to her native land, adding wisfully, "Man that Bosnia must be a beautiful place?"

    • Norm, Carla, Cliff, and Paul had all heard Frasier talk about his dad on "Cheers". Back then, Frasier said that his dad was a dead research scientist. The Cheers gang never mentions this. However, when Sam came back, he did mention it. Woody and Diane had never spoken of it in their returns either..

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Cliff: What's going down, Norm?
      Norm: My blood alcohol level. (Picks up a beer) Suds, do your work.

    • Marty: Why don't you come to Seattle some time? I'll show you around, buy you a beer at McGinty's.
      Norm: You mean that?
      Marty: Sure, it's only six hours flying time.
      Norm: I dunno, six hours... sitting in one place, not moving... it's just not me.

    • Cliff: Well, you were always there for me, Al.
      Phil: (annoyed) I'm Phil. Al's been dead for fourteen years, you dumb son of a bitch!

    • (Cliff thanks someone for a spear gun, but says he won't need it in Boston.)
      Carla: Give me that! Give me that!

    • Carla: I'd like to say that I'll miss you, but it sticks in my throat like your rotten deviled eggs! I hate your guts! The way you talk and talk and talk about nothing! The way you walk, your stupid white socks...
      Frasier: Carla...
      Carla: Back off, I'm toasting! The 20 years I have known you would have been less painful if I were covered with open sores and thrown into a pit with a bunch of diseased rats! But now, finally you're leaving! I know I am not as young as I used to be, but I can live again! I can live again! Finally, I can live! Anyway, God bless.

    • Cliff: The move is off!
      Carla: No, no, no!

    • Carla: Frasier, we were so close and then you had to show up and ruin everything!

    • Niles: If I hear one more of that postman's crackpot theories my head will explode.
      Frasier: Don't worry, Niles, no one takes him seriously.
      Daphne: I never knew how many letters there were in the dolphin alphabet.

  • NOTES (8)


    • Frasier: I still remember Sam throwing me a lavish party and dubbing me the Einstein of Cheers, against my modest protest that I was merely the Niels Bohr.

      Niels Henrik David Bohr was a Danish physicist who made fundamental contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr worked on The Manhattan Project and was a colleague of Einstein's.