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"A Day in the Life"
Season 4, Episode 15
#72 in series (193 episodes)
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Jeanette Nolan guest stars as Mrs. Smith, an elderly woman Christine defends who's charged with, as Dan sarcastically refers to as "taunting her tawdry wares" amongst the male co-patients at the home for the aged where they all reside in "A Day in the Life" (ep.#15).
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date February 5, 1987
Production code 185945
Written by: Nat Mauldin, Teresa O'Neill & Bob Stevens
Directed by: Thomas Klein
Guest stars: Fred Applegate
Dannel Arnold
Norman Bartold
Leslie Bevis
Raye Birk
Phil Leeds
Mark Blankfield
Jim Doughan
John Dullaghan
Gary Grossman
Raymond Singer
Brandon Tartikoff
Jeanette Nolan
Jack Dodson(Uncredited)
Bevis Faversham (Uncredited)
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A Day in the Life was the 15th episode of Season 4 of Night Court, also the 72nd overall series episode. Written by Nat Mauldin, Teresa O'Neill, and Bob Stevens, and directed by Thomas Klein, the episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on February 5, 1987. 

"A Day in the Life"
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Harry must judge all his cases by midnight.


In the first of several "day in the life" episodes, the court has to process an unusually large docket (200 cases) before midnight - in this episode, to head off a federal judge's general amnesty setting free all defendants not arraigned by then.

Plot Summary

This is the first of four "Day in the Life" episodes, in which Harry (Harry Anderson) must judge a huge number of cases before a predetermined deadline. In this instance, Harry wants to dispense justice to 200 defendants in order to beat a midnight "general amnesty" ordered by a retiring federal judge. Among those appearing before Harry is NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff, who pleads on behalf of a Nielsen family that doesn't want to go to jail before they get a chance to watch Misfits of Science!

Cast (in credits order)


Guest stars/Recurring characters/cast

  • Fred Applegate as Ted Boswell
  • Alix Elias as Sue Boswell
  • Dannel Arnold as Delivery Guy
  • Norman Bartold as Mr. Reynolds
  • Leslie Bevis as Sheila
  • Raye Birk as God #1
  • Phil Leeds as God #2
  • Mark Blankfield as Magician
  • Jim Doughan as Jason the Pleading Man
  • John Dullaghan as Mr. Tuttle
  • Gary Grossman as Man in Dryer
  • Jeanette Nolan as Mrs. Smith
  • Raymond Singer as The Monk
  • Brandon Tartikoff as Himself (credited as B. Donald Tartikoff)
  • Jack Dodson (uncredited)
  • Bevis Faversham as Oliver Hardy (uncredited)