"A Closer Look"
Season 7, Episode 23
#146 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date April 11, 1990
Production code 186353
Written by: Bill Bryan, Fred Rubin & Bob Underwood
Directed by: Howard Ritter & Harry Anderson
Guest stars: Bob Sarlatte
Lou Bonacki
Lois Foraker
Debbie McLeod
Luis Contreras
Jan Rabson
Marianne Muellerleile
Melba Englander
Essex Smith
Dorothy Andrews
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A Closer Look was the 23rd episode of Season 7 of Night Court, and the 146th overall episode in the series. Written by Bill Bryan, Fred Rubin and Bob Underwood, the episode, directed by cast member Harry Anderson and Howard Ritter, originallly aired on NBC-TV on April 11, 1990.

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Harry, his court and co-workers come under the sharp journalistic eye of a TV reporter doing a story on typical night court events.


An investigative TV reporter from a popular local area tabloid TV news program "A Closer Look" is watching everyone's daily duties in the court as they all have to be on their toes.

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Audio/visual unsynchronised

When Mac is talking about what he does with his computer, a video game pops up that is Super Mario Brothers the original first game but the sound that plays is from Super Mario Brothers 2.


  • Pac-Man (video game) - In-game audio is overlaid during gameplay of Super Mario Bros.
  • super Mario bros. (video game) - The gameplay footage is shown on a computer monitor.

scene exceprts

[discussing plea deals before session]

  • Dan: Mackinaw.
  • Christine: Now this guy, he's a family man. Do you have to charge him with indecent exposure?
  • Dan: A guy shows up at a public beach wearing nothing but a hot dog bun and relish, what am I supposed to charge him with?
  • Christine: Vending without a license?

  • Harry (Judge Stone): You robbed an international house of pancakes? How waffle!

  • Dan: Your Honor, this is the second time the defendant has been tried for robbing the Manhattan Butcher Shop.
  • Harry (Judge Stone): So we *meat* again. Looks like someone hasn't *loined* his lesson. Well, apparently he doesn't realize what's at *steak* here.
  • Harry (Judge Stone): [as the courtroom clears unamused] Hey, where you going? This is *prime* stuff.

  • Ed Druthers: So how does a man get lost in the system for 41 hours?
  • Mac: In this case, Borelli was arrested at the 33rd Precinct. Some doofus put him on a bus to the women's jail instead of here.

[cut to Druthers interviewing Borelli]

  • Ed Druthers: You were sent to a women's detention center, de-loused in jail with 300 women. Why didn't you say anything?
  • Mr. Borelli: [shrugs] Would you?

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