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Night Court: Dan's Parents

Bob and Mucette Elmore arrive in Harry's office with a surprising announcement: they're in town from Louisiana to see their son, Dan Fielding.

Episode Info


Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: 185614
Airdate: Thursday January 10th, 1985

Director: Jeff Melman
Writer: Reinhold Weege


Guest Stars
Jeanette NolanJeanette Nolan
As Mucette Elmore
Recurring
John C. BecherJohn C. Becher
As Judge Tallon
John McIntireJohn McIntire
As Bob Elmore
Maurice MarsacMaurice Marsac
As Head Waiter
Main Cast
Harry AndersonHarry Anderson
As Harold T. Stone
John LarroquetteJohn Larroquette
As Dan Fielding
Richard MollRichard Moll
As Bull Shannon
Selma DiamondSelma Diamond
As Selma Hacker
Ellen FoleyEllen Foley
As Billie Young
Charles RobinsonCharles Robinson
As Mac Robinson
Episode Notes
Writer Reinhold Weege used John Larroquette as the adviser for the unpleasant foods mentioned in this episode. Larroquette, a native of New Orleans, told TV Guide when discussing the foods mentioned in this episode, "I'm a Creole. I'll eat anything."



Episode Quotes
Selma: I think I came here once with my husband.
Mucette: You were married, Selma?
Selma: Do chickens have lips?
Bob: (looking over menu) Yeah, but I don't see it on the menu.



Cultural References
Selma: Come on, Bambi. Thumper is gonna be very cross with you!

The prostitute has the same name as the fawn in the classic Disney film Bambi. Thumper is the rabbit in the film.

Mac: (ordering dinner) I know what I want. I'll start with the foie gras, followed by the potage a la tortue. Coq de bruyere for my entree. Some baby carrots, not too soggy. And for dessert, the baba au rhum.

Foie gras is duck liver; potage a la tortue is tortoise soup; coq de bruyere is grouse; and baba au rhum is a yeast cake (baba) soaked in rum.

Dan: You probably came from some kind of normal family. I was raised by the folks from Deliverance.

Deliverance is a 1972 film starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox as four Atlanta businessmen who encounter horrors while on a canoe trip in rural Georgia. The mention of the film typically evokes references to stereotypes of southerners as uneducated and inbred.

Billie: We're talking about your parents.
Dan: We're talking about Ma and Pa Kettle!

Ma and Pa Kettle were a hillbilly couple created by author Betty MacDonald in her novel The Egg and I and featured in a series of ten films from 1947 to 1957.



Episode References
Harry: Excuse me, I thought you said your name is "Elmore."
Bob: Well, it is.
Harry: But Dan...?
Bob: Oh, that's his real name, too. Fielding's his middle name.

This episode establishes that Dan's real last name is Elmore and that Fielding is his actual middle name. A third season episode establishes that Dan's real first name is "Reinhold," meaning that Dan Fielding's full real name is Reinhold Fielding Elmore.



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