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Night Court: Paternity

Dan's wild life has finally caught up to him: he's been served a paternity suit. Bull, meanwhile, has decided to run for bailiff shop steward.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x19
Production Number: 185950
Airdate: Wednesday March 18th, 1987

Director: Jim Drake
Writer: Teresa O'Neill

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Guest Stars
Fran Ryan
As Ethel La Rue
John Calvin
As Pete Petersen
Katherine Moffat
As Marilyn Scott
Matt Shakman
As Brian
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 Quotes
Dan: Last night I dated a Jets cheerleader.
Christine: And?
Dan: (in high voice) Touchdown!

Dan: Oh, wait a minute. You're that slimeball lawyer who capitalizes on other people's suffering and misfortune.
Petersen: Yes?
Dan: I want to shake your hand!

Dan: Now listen, kid, and listen good. There is no possible way I could be your father.
Brian: You mean you're gay?

Christine: Dan, I know this may be a waste of breath, but I just wanted you to know that the way you handled that boy showed a lot of warmth and human compassion.
Dan: I bet you're not wearing a bra.
Christine: You're a pig.
Dan: (makes oinking noises)

Cultural References
(after Dan leaves with Brian)
Harry: There he goes, Daddy Dearest.

A play on Mommie Dearest, the memoir (and film based on the book) by Christina Crawford about her mother, legendary actress Joan Crawford, that portrayed Joan in an extremely unflattering light.

Dan: Tonight, it's Gizelle, the hot oil wrestler.
Harry: Oh, yeah, she's the one with Wessonality.

"Wessonality" was a slogan for Wesson cooking oil for two decades.

Episode References
The puppet Bull has with him first appeared as Dennis Small's dummy in the fourth season premiere episode "The Next Voice You Hear...".

Warning: Night Court season 4 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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