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The Last Angry Mailman 

Frasier finds out some juicy information about Rebecca from her college days, specifically that she was the party girl on campus and that her nickname was Backseat Becky. Although ... See full summary »


James Burrows


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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Kirstie Alley ... Rebecca Howe
Rhea Perlman ... Carla LeBec
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
Woody Harrelson ... Woody Boyd
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Frances Sternhagen ... Esther Clavin
Kevin Dunn ... Jim McNulty
Don Sparks ... William Cronin
Tim Cunningham Tim Cunningham ... Tim
Hugh Maguire ... Hugh


Frasier finds out some juicy information about Rebecca from her college days, specifically that she was the party girl on campus and that her nickname was Backseat Becky. Although embarrassed by the information albeit one where how the nickname arose not divulged, Rebecca ultimately uses the nickname to her advantage. Meanwhile, Cliff and Ma Clavin, who is just like Cliff in the "know-it-all" department, are on a roller-coaster of emotions regarding the possible selling of their house to commercial developers. Cliff wants to sell in the name of progress, whereas Ma Clavin wants to preserve the memories of their lives in that house and not sell. Cliff and his Ma have to come to a consensus, but someone else or something else may beat them to the punch. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


If not mistaken, the set used for the interior of the Clavin's house is the same that was used when Sam and Diane were house hunting. On a similar subject, it was understood that Cliff and his mother shared an apartment (which did appear in at least one episode). See more »


In the previous/first appearance of Ma Clavin in Cheers: Money Dearest, Cliff set her up with millionaire Duncan Fitzgerald, hoping they would marry and he would become rich. Instead, she convinced Fitzgerald to give the bulk of his fortune to charity. Now, on being given a generous buyout offer on their home she leaps at the chance, as she laments "last night I was poor", and is now enamored with the wealth and opportunity selling their house offers. See more »


Dr. Frasier Crane: All right, stop everything. I've got a major news flash. I just had lunch with Miss Howe's former college classmate, and it seems that she had a nickname at UConn.
Sam Malone: Give, give.
Dr. Frasier Crane: Well, he wasn't sure how she came by this appellation, but it seems that at some point during her little sojourn there, she became known as... Backseat Becky.
[general laughter among the crowd]
Woody Boyd: Boy, what do you suppose that means?
Cliff Clavin: Woody, what that means is...
Carla LeBec: Cliff, Cliff, why don't you let someone who's been there tell it. ...
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References The Way We Were (1973) See more »

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Claven in Wonderland
25 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Cliff is at his best here. When developers want to buy his house, he balks at it. His mother supports him until she sees the offer. Cliff makes a stand by handcuffing himself to the house. In the other plot, Rebecca has been saddled with the nickname "Back Seat Becky." What transpires with this is hilarious, especially her encounter with Sam.

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12 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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