and here's how it went: "Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. it’s the After using a postal vehicle to drive to a tryst with Cliff and then falsely reporting it stolen to cover up the deed, Margaret was fired from the postal service. said this The Buffalo Theory as told by Cliff Clavin: No one can explain this as well as Cliff Clavin, on Cheers. They compromise, which shows them that one side might be more correct in their outlook than the other. Thanks for the tip, West! On the Cheers 200th Episode Special, host John McLaughlin asked Ratzenberger about Cliff Clavin. Sam realizes that Tiny has to go, but Sam and everyone else is scared of Tiny and Sam thus can't fire him. and was intended for only one episode. This page was last edited on 16 October 2020, at 18:35. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. However Ratzenberger said that he would describe Cliff simply as "A winged nut." She wants a trial separation for the time she's gone to live in the eco-pod. Sam asks Harry to devise and execute the ultimate plan to beat ... Sam gets locked out of his apartment and is on a hunt for a place to stay. Frasier does indeed get enough signatures to get Woody on the ballot. He lived with his mother, Esther Clavin (Frances Sternhagen) in a two-story house, where Cliff spent his childhood. , Since Wendt was cast as George (who evolved into Norm Peterson), Ratzenberger suggested to the producers that a know-it-all character should be added; this led to the creation of Cliff Clavin. When Woody won't sell, Rebecca sets Snuffles free in the country. Cliff briefly considered going with her, but ultimately his patriotism would not let him leave the United States. When ... Rebecca is having her rich man obsession again, the object of her affection this time being Mr. Gaines.  Choosing a character for a spinoff, 15 percent voted for Sam Malone, 29 percent opposed a character spinoff, and less than 10 percent voted for Cliff. Cliff was winning by enough that, had he made a small wager, he would have been guaranteed a win. With Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt.  The case resulted in an undisclosed 2001 settlement by Host International. On his first shift, ladies-man Henrí bets Sam that he can get more women's telephone numbers than Sam by midnight. The next day, Sam, called in by the fire department, arrives at the half burnt down bar. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. Starting with this season, the opening credits read "And, This is also the last season, in which the text reads ", Beginning with this season, the opening credits read ", This is the first season to have the 1987, This is the last season to have the Gulf+Western byline in the 1987, This is the first season to have the Paramount Communications byline in the 1987. machine. Pet is somewhat of a misnomer as the Boyds, from a farming background, see Snuffles as Christmas dinner.  He was also featured in an episode of Frasier, when he decided to leave Boston for Florida only to change his mind, much to the annoyance of Carla. Clifford C. Clavin, Jr. (born 1947 or 1949), is a fictional character on the American television show Cheers played by John Ratzenberger. The producers let him know that he had impressed them, but that he didn't really click as Norm.  George was Diane Chambers' first customer, had one line (consisting of the order, "Beer!") Carla did not like Cliff and often insulted him or his opinions (Carla's hatred ran so deep that in the Frasier episode "Cheerful Goodbyes" Carla has to be dragged out of Cliff's retirement party after she finds out he isn't leaving - a decision he made after misinterpreting a vicious tirade as a show of affection - and has to have a diver's spear gun wrestled from her hands). Razeghi, Andrew (2006). They asked Ratzenberger for an example, he improvised some dialogue for the know-it-all, and he was invited to play the role for a two-show tryout; he remained a regular throughout the show's 11-year run. A chatter-box by nature, Cliff was well known as a storehouse of useless trivia, often of dubious veracity and bearing little relation to the conversation going on at the bar.