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Night Courtin’ – Episodes 8-10

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    Episode 8 : This was probably my favorite episode so far. It basically concerns Larroquette in love. And how the girl he likes doesn’t like him back and it evolves into a big complication involving Harry, Bull and concert tickets. Basically, this episode delivered on the Larroquette front. And that is what I watch this show for.

    I’m guessing at one point during the series’ 9-Season run that Harry will hook up with that girl on the show who’s name I’m forgetting. I’m sure that if this is true and you’re a fan of the show, you’re rolling your eyes or something. It would be like staring to watch Seinfeld from the beginning and saying that you’d predict there would be an episode about jerking off.

    Episode 9 : This episode was Lana acting crazy after taking some medication to treat her sickness. I now remember her name because it was said a million times during this episode. Funny thing about that is during the cold opening it’s constantly mentioned how awful and sick she looks. She doesn’t really look that bad. She just looks pissed off. And how I said that her and Harry would hook up in the write-up for the last episode? WOAH IT KINDA SORTA HAPPENED IN THIS ONE.

    There’s a subplot in this episode concerning the latest prosecuted guy being a man dressed as a clown. This made me only think more of an alternate version of Tim Burton’s Batman where Larroquette played Harvey Dent. But did Jack Nicholson and Billy Dee Williams have any scenes together? Well in this alternate version, it would be the entire movie.

    Episode 10 : This episode felt a little different. It had a slightly different opening credits sequences, slightly different haircuts for some characters and Bull wearing a differnet uniform. Crazy! And I read that this was Lana’s last episode. This makes me wonder if this was the beginning of the Network retooling the show a bit to make it more popular. What also makes me think this is because the episode features super special guest star Yakov Smirnoff as you guessed it…a wacky Russian. It makes me wonder if the network wanted a zany big-name guest star for the first episode of the “retooled” Night Court. They figured that the zany guest stars what drew people into the show in the first place. That of course is wrong. It was always Larroquette. But I’m interested to see where it goes from here.

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Night Courtin’ – Episodes 5-7

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Episode 5 : This episode was centered around the village idiot (aka the “Screech”) of the series, Bull. It was serviceable. But the subplot involving porn was what brought most of the laughs. Larroquette spends a good portion of the episode just watching a porn tape. And what do you know? It’s easily the funniest thing of the entire episode. And I figure porn being used in the plot must’ve been pretty taboo in 1984? Am I right?

That brings me to another thing. There’s a The Elephant Man reference when Bull says “I am not an animal, I am a human being!”. Now, it’s kind of cute. Seeing as how that movie is 30 years old somehwhat forgotten by the mainstream. But back then, it would basically be like using “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Brokeback Mountain now.

Episode 6 : This was kind of a meh episode. It concerned Harry getting a death threat…yadda yadda yadda. Basically I kind of zoned out a bit. This came after a part where a bomb difusal guy came in to take care of a threat. It made me create a backstory in my head where he was basically Jeremy Renner’s character from the best picture of the year (tied with Inglourious Basterds) The Hurt Locker. But instead of Iraq he did all that stuff in World War II. Of course I would zone back in whenever Larroquette was on screen. So yeah, that says all you need to know.

Episode 7 : This had a Larroquette-centric subplot where it’s election night for the position of district attorney. This got me thinking about an alternate universe where Larroquette played Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman instead of Billy Dee Williams. Nicholson would’ve tried to steal the show, but Larroquette would’ve had it locked up in a vault.

For a few episodes it seemed like the show was going in a zanier direction. But this harkened back a bit with the main story being about a prostitute who’s in love with Harry. It also brings back the joke of Bull using big words to make up for his lack of education. This seemed to be a joke set up in the pilot episode that they never really continued on. But here they did it!

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Night Courtin’ – Episodes 2-4

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Episode 2 : The sign that this episode was going to work for me was when in the first image of the episode, a man dressed as Santa Claus in court, did not garner any laugh track reaction. In fact the overall episode lacked the laugh track overkill. I really appreciate that in this day and age of iCarly. Okay yes, I have overheard episodes that my little sisters have watched. I don’t actually seek them out on my own, that’s more of a Barry thing to do.

But anyway, this episode is surprisingly dramatic. It concerns a man who may or may not be Santa Claus and a troubled teen played by super special guest star Marty McFly. Whom you may remember from Casualties of War. The plot is kind of silly and cliched in a lot of ways. But I really appreciated it for trying to be a little dramatic. I guess you could say the same thing about that episode of Saved by The Bell where Jesse becomes addicted to diet pills. But we all know that episode is a classic anyway.

Episode 3 : The image of John Larroquette smoking a pipe is one that makes me want to do two things. One of those being taking up smoking pipes, other being dressing up as John Larroquette for Halloween. I had already promised a friend that I would be sporting a Short Round costume, but the call of the Larroquette is too small.

Anyway, this episode was about some of the mystery surrounding Judge Harry Stone. In a rather dramatic moment (Why so serious Night Court?), he reveals the one crime he committed. I said before that lead actor Harry Anderson bore a strong resemblance to a Dana Carvey/Ted Danson hybrid-being. But I realized that he also looks like Nick Nolte at angels. We just need a mugshot to know how true that really is.

Episode 4 : Maybe it was just my ADD kicking in, but this episode felt a little slow-paced at times. It features Judge Harry Stone dealing with his mom and stuff. I like both the character and the actor. But I watch this show for Larroquette. And I do appreciate the show’s attempts at drama. But that is becoming such a cliche for me to say that I think I will stop.

During the episode I thought of a haiku about Larroquette that I could compose. But I decided to save that for later. Probably when I get to the end of the first season. Ya dig?

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Night Courtin’ – Episode 1

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There’s a pretty common feeling I get whenever reading or hearing from TV on DVD addicts about the shows they watch. It’s often blah blah blah The Wire. Or Nip/Tuck this, Supernatural that. But I felt the need to go back a little. To remember that while we may be in a “golden age” of television, there was TV before 2003. So what show do I pick to represent this quest into slightly-older TV shows? Night Court of course!

Now I guess you’re feeling the need to know what has made me interested in Night Court in particular. “Why that show?” is what you ask. “Why not go back and watch…The Wonder Years or something? I feel that Night Court has made its legacy clear in a lot of modern shows I watch. I remember during the particular South Park episode “Roger Ebert Should Lay Off The Fatty Foods” that Cartman referenced Night Court in his Cheesy Poofs theme song. I believe the exact lyric was “I’m talking Night Court in its fifth season laaaaaaaaaaaaaame!!!!”. And the last season of 30 Rock featured an episode that was a Night Court reunion. Obviously there was the inherently funny gimmick of having a cast reunion of that show. The joke is in the complete randomness. But still, I assumed that Night Court had a major influence on 30 Rock. And to me that’s a pretty awesome thing. 30 Rock is one of the few shows that consistently makes me laugh out loud multiple times with every episode. And there is another reason, one that made me the most interested…

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