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Night Court: A Day in the Life

The courtroom staff has until midnight to adjudicate 200 cases.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x15
Production Number: 185945
Airdate: Thursday February 05th, 1987

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Guest Stars
Alix Elias
As Sue Boswell
Fred Applegate
As Ted Boswell
Gary Grossman
As Man in a Dryer
Jeanette Nolan
As Mrs. Smith
John Dullaghan
As Mr. Tuttle
Leslie Bevis
As Sheila
Phil Leeds
As God No. 2
Raye Birk
As God No. 1
Raymond Singer
As The Monk
Brandon Tartikoff
As Himself (As B. Donald Tartikoff)
Dannel Arnold
As Delivery Guy
Jim Doughan
As Jason the Pleading Man
Mark Blankfield
As Magician
Norman Bartold
As Mr. Reynolds
Main Cast
Harry Anderson
As Harold T. Stone
John Larroquette
As Dan Fielding
Richard Moll
As Bull Shannon
Charles Robinson
As Mac Robinson
Markie Post
As Christine Sullivan
Marsha Warfield
As Rosalind "Roz" Russell
Episode Notes
Brandon Tartikoff, who was head of programming at NBC while Night Court was part of the classic Thursday night line-up, made a cameo in this episode as an inside joke.

Episode Quotes
Sheila: (putting hands over Dan's eyes) Guess who.
Dan: (inhaling deeply) That's a captivating fragrance you're wearing. What do you call it?
Shelia: Mazola.

Harry: I guess we're gonna have to cancel the 10 o'clock break.
Dan: (screaming) NO! (Harry looks at him) What I mean, sir, is that I rely on that break to, uh... rejuvenate myself, to, uh...refresh myself, to...
Harry: To have cheap sex in the broom closet.
Dan: Absolutely not. Shelia brought her van.

Dan: Your Honor, they attempted to burn 1,200 copies of the same book. (hands charred book to Harry)
Harry: (standing, furious) I don't give a damn! (hands book to Mac) I feel it's my responsibility to set an example by fining radical extremists like this with every ounce of power that this state has seen fit to grant me!
Mac: (reading book title) "The Genius of Barry Manilow."
Harry: (bangs gavel) One dollar!

Harry: So you admit you've been doing this for money?
Mrs. Smith: Sometimes I do it for pudding.
Dan: (to Christine) Sometimes I do it in pudding.

Brandon: (to the Boswells) I'm sorry I'm late. Listen, I left as soon as I got your message.
Harry: Who are you?
Brandon: Brandon Tartikoff.
Roz: (to Bull) Brandon what-ikoff?

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

Man in a Dryer: My life is even more desolate and hopeless than before!
Roz: Yes, but at least now you have that nice, April fresh smell.

Downy Fabric Softener has promoted itself with the phrase "April fresh smell" for decades.

Mrs. Boswell: He killed Lucy!
Harry: There's been a death?
Christine: She's referring to the new Lucy TV show, sir.

Life With Lucy starred Lucille Ball and aired on ABC in 1986. It was canceled after 13 episodes due to poor ratings.

Mr. Boswell: We never even go out anymore.
Harry: Never?
Mr. Boswell: Well, we went out once for our anniversary.
Harry: And?
Mrs. Boswell: (sobbing) We lost Punky!

"Punky" is the title character on the sitcom Punky Brewster. It aired on NBC for two seasons, then went to syndication for two more years before being canceled.

The man who pays the fine for the Boswells, a Nielsen ratings family, is Brandon Tartikoff. Tartikoff (1949-1997) was the head of programming at NBC during its rise to #1 in the ratings. He was behind the development of the Thursday night "Must See TV" line-up, which included Night Court.

Brandon: Listen, don't worry about a thing. I'll have you out of here in time to see The Misfits of Science.
Roz: It's been canceled.

The Misfits of Science was a sci-fi drama on NBC that ran for 16 episodes in 1985-86.

Mac: (on phone to Bill Cosby) Why don't you suck on one of those Pudding Pops while you wait?

Bill Cosby was featured in a series of commercials for Jell-O products throughout the 1980's, including the Pudding Pops.

The other reference, as an inside joke, is that Cosby's #1-rated show was the lead program on the Thursday night "Must See TV" line-up.

Tuttle: Well....(long pause) it's...(long pause) a...(long pause) long....(long pause) story.

Tuttle, a Postal employee, talks extremely slowly, a comical reference to the bad reputation the U.S. Postal Service has for slow service.

Episode References
This is the first of four "Day in the Life" episodes. The other three were "Another Day in the Life" in season five, "Yet Another Day in the Life" in season six, and "Still Another Day in the Life" in season seven.

Delivery guy: (to Bull) And you had the....
Bull: Hogshead cheese.

In the second season episode "Dan's Parents" the Elmores brought hogshead cheese with them from Louisiana.

Warning: Night Court season 4 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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