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Night Court: Dan, the Walking Time Bomb

A man from Dan's past shows up in court. He handcuffs a briefcase full of explosives to Dan's wrist and demands that Dan remember his name.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x12
Production Number: 186212
Airdate: Thursday January 07th, 1988

Guest Stars
Elayne BooslerElayne Boosler
As Joy Buscaglia
Patrick T. OPatrick T. O'Brien
As Ernie Carter
Main Cast
Harry AndersonHarry Anderson
As Harold T. Stone
John LarroquetteJohn Larroquette
As Dan Fielding
Richard MollRichard Moll
As Bull Shannon
Charles RobinsonCharles Robinson
As Mac Robinson
Markie PostMarkie Post
As Christine Sullivan
Marsha WarfieldMarsha Warfield
As Rosalind "Roz" Russell
Episode Quotes
Bull: Wanna hear what she calls me?
Dan: Her little stubble-headed mutant?
Bull: Pretty cute, huh?

Christine: (reading death threat sent to Dan) "Dear scum-sucking pig, prepare to die a lingering, horrible death."
Dan: Oh, maybe he's got me front-row seats at the Captain and Tennille reunion.

Christine: Your Honor, I'm worried about Dan.
Harry: Well, just don't make eye contact or show fear and he'll leave you alone.

Ernie: What do you people keep coming back in here for? His briefcase is filled with deadly explosives!
Roz: Hey, we just couldn't stand the thought of being outside while our good friend Dan was in here with his life on the line.
Ernie: Don't give me that crap. Fielding doesn't have any friends.
Harry: (to Roz) Boy, this guy's done his homework.

Bull: You're blind! You don't even know what I look like!
Joy: My fingers tell me you're a cross between a Cro-Mangon man and a balloon at the Macy's parade.
Bull: You're just saying that.

Mac: Wait! The initials on the briefcase have "E.C."
Ernie: Getting warmer...
Harry: Come on, Dan. Think. "E.C."
Dan: I got it! (runs to Ernie) You're Everett Cummings, and I slept with three generations of your family!
Ernie: No, but I'd love to hear the story sometime.

Episode Goofs
Joy: (handing Bull a record) Here. You left your Telly Savalas album at my place.

The album Joy hands Bull has an A&M Records label, but Savalas never recorded on A&M. Most of his albums were released on MCA.

Cultural References
Roz: (after Bull leaves) Love is a many-splintered thing.

A play on "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing," which was the Oscar-winning title song to the 1955 film and a #1 hit by the Four Aces.

Dan: Oh, maybe he's got me front-row seats at the Captain and Tennille reunion.

The Captain and Tennille are a easy listening duo comprised of husband and wife Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille. They had the #1 song of the year in 1975 with "Love Will Keep Us Together."

Dan: (after hanging up phone, singing) Oh, Danny boy, your pants, your pants are falling.

A play on the first line of traditional Irish ballad "Danny Boy," which begins, "Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling."

Joy: (handing Bull a record) Here. You left your Telly Savalas album at my place.

Although Telly Savalas (1922-1994) was best known as an actor in films such as The Dirty Dozen and the star of the TV series Kojak he released five albums in his career.

Dan: (after everyone runs out of courtroom) And I thank you for your support.

The Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler commercials of the 1980's ended with the slogan, "And thank you for your support."

Bull: (singing) I've been working on the railroad, all the livelong day.
Joy: (enters, hears Bull singing) Well, if it isn't Perry coma.

A play on Perry Como (1912-2001), a popular singer who had a career that lasted over 50 years. In addition to his music he was known for a long-running series of Christmas specials on television.

Episode References
Dan: You're Bob Underwood, and you found me in your refrigerator the night after your wedding!

Bob Underwood wrote several episodes of Night Court.

Christine: You mean Dan's name isn't "Dan?"
Ernie: No. It's....
Dan: (interrupting) Uh, Ernie, pal, buddy, friend....(makes electric razor noise and motions with his hand)
Ernie: Reinhold.

Dan's actual first name comes from the first name of series creator Reinhold Weege. This was first mentioned in the third season episode "Hurricane (Part 2)".

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