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Night Court: Santa Goes Downtown

Two "John Doe" cases -- an older man claiming to be Santa Claus and a pair of teenage runaways who refuse to give their names -- are in court.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 185365
Airdate: Wednesday January 11th, 1984

Director: Asaad Kelada
Writer: Reinhold Weege


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Special Guest Stars
Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox
As Eddie Simms

Guest Stars
Jeff CoreyJeff Corey
As John Stevens ("Santa")
Recurring
Rita TaggartRita Taggart
As Carla B.
Recurring
Olivia BarashOlivia Barash
As Mary Elaine Montgomery

Co-Guest Stars
George D. WallaceGeorge D. Wallace
As Doctor
Recurring
Richard StahlRichard Stahl
As Dr. Peter Green
Main Cast
Harry Anderson
As Harold T. Stone
John Larroquette
As Dan Fielding
Richard Moll
As Bull Shannon
Karen Austin (1)
As Lana Wagner
Paula Kelly (1)
As Liz Williams
Selma Diamond
As Selma Hacker
Episode Quotes
Mr. Stevens: (having a heart attack) Listen, if I don't make it, tell Frosty goodbye.

Dan: (listening to Eddie insult Santa) He's a worm.
Liz: He's a kid. Someday he'll grow up.
Dan: And be a large worm.

Bull: You mean this guy's a fruitcake?
Harry: Bull!
Bull: I'm sorry. Alleged fruitcake?

Harry: Hey, Carla B., how'd you like to see a trick?
Carla: Sorry. It's my night off.

Mr. Stevens: Hi!
Selma: Hi.
Mr. Stevens: I'm Santa Claus.
Selma: I'm the Easter Bunny. We'll have lunch.

Harry: Hi. I'm Judge Stone. And you're...?
Eddie: Batman. This is my old lady, Wonder Woman.
Dan: Permission to smack him around a little, Your Honor.
Harry: Denied, but the court sympathizes, Mr. Prosecutor.

Harry: Are you that stupid?
Eddie: Hey, I ain't saying nothing without my attorney present.
Liz: She's here. Tell him if you're stupid or not.



Cultural References
Dan: (to "Santa") Saw you on the Perry Como special. Great.

Pop singer Perry Como had a long-running series of Christmas specials on television that began in 1948 and lasted until the mid-1990s.

Dr. Green: John Stevens, the man in the red flannel suit.

A play on the title of the 1955 novel and 1956 movie The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorReinhold Weege
Executive ProducerReinhold Weege
ProducerJeff Melman
Associate ProducerMarcia Govon
Production DesignerThomas Azzari
CastingEileen Mack Knight
Production AssistantSheila Lauder
Creative ConsultantTom Reeder
Associate DirectorGary Shimokawa
Main Title ThemeJack Elliott (1)
 
Warning: Night Court season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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