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Night Court: All You Need Is Love

The new Manhattan criminal court judge arrives: young, unorthodox Harold T. Stone. His first night is filled with grumblings from the court attorneys and the case of a wife who tried to shoot her husband.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 206719
Airdate: Wednesday January 04th, 1984

Director: James Burrows
Writer: Reinhold Weege

Guest Stars
Cal GibsonCal Gibson
As Man #1 in Courtroom
Matt LandersMatt Landers
As Man in Bathrobe
Rita TaggartRita Taggart
As Carla B.
Andrew BlochAndrew Bloch
As Leonard "Hacksaw" Hammond
Joseph V. PerryJoseph V. Perry
As Phil Kerr
Luke AndreasLuke Andreas
As Man #2 in Courtroom
Peggy McCayPeggy McCay
As Louise Kerr
Main Cast
Harry AndersonHarry Anderson
As Harold T. Stone
John LarroquetteJohn Larroquette
As Dan Fielding
Richard MollRichard Moll
As Bull Shannon
Karen Austin (1)Karen Austin (1)
As Lana Wagner
Selma DiamondSelma Diamond
As Selma Hacker
Gail StricklandGail Strickland
As Sheila Gardner
Episode Quotes
Harry: (Bangs his gavel) Ladies and gentlemen of the court. Well how the hell are ya tonight, huh?

Dan: I hope he plays chess.
Sheila: A new man has been appointed to the bench and all you hope for is someone who can play chess.
Dan: I also hope his first name is not "Shecky."

Lana: I don't know what's holding the judge up.
Dan: Diaper change, perhaps.

Sheila: He has a friend named "Hacksaw."
Dan: Blocky and Lefty must be caught in traffic.

Selma: I had a husband just like that.
Bull: Oh, yeah?
Selma: Yeah. I had to shoot him, too.

Cultural References
The title of the episode is taken from a 1967 Beatles song.

Bull: I think that's mercurial.

Bull's "word of the month" includes among its meanings "qualities of eloquence, ingenuity or thievishness attributed to the god Mercury" and "characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood," per the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Lana: My, how...
Bull: Minimifidian?

This word means "having the smallest possible amount of faith."

Lana: Is that a real word?
Bull: Does a bear extravasate in the forest?

Extravasate means "to force out from the proper vessels, as blood, especially so as to diffuse through the surrounding tissues." It can also mean "to pour forth lava or the like."

Episode References
Harry: I own every record Mel Tormé ever made. I'm gonna marry the girl that's impressed by that.

Mel Tormé became such a central, if almost always unseen, figure in Night Court because series creator Reinhold Weege was a huge fan, as is Harry Anderson.

Harry: (signing for package) Thanks. Sorry, I don't tip. Besides, how do I know you're not the type to go out and spend it on a Barry Manilow album?

Throughout the series Judge Stone badmouthed pop singer Barry Manilow at every opportunity. This culminated in an argument between him and Christine when she defended Manilow's music in the third season episode "Hurricane (Part 1)".

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