"A Guy Named Phantom (Part 1)"
Season 9, Episode 1
#172 in series (193 episodes)
Ep 9x1 - A Guy Named Phantom (Part 1)
Det. Pepitone (Raye Birk) has his eyes on Dan, who he suspects stole the $11 million in funds from the Phil Foundation, which he was entrusted to manage, as Dan later goes missing on the eve of a courthouse ball, which Dan plans to crash in "A Guy Named Phantom (Part 1)", the Season 1 opening episode.
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date September 18, 1991
Production code 187231
Written by: Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman
Directed by: Jim Drake
Guest stars: Gilbert Gottfried
Joleen Lutz
Raye Birk
Mike Finneran
Derek Zemrak
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A Guy Named Phantom (Part 1) was the Season 9 opening episode of Night Court; it was also the first of a two-episode story arc, and also the 172nd episode in the series. Written by Chris Cluess with Stu Kreisman. The episode was directed by Jim Drake, originally aired on NBC-TV, September 18, 1991.

"A Guy Named Phantom (Part 1)"
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While Harry and Christine try to sort out their feelings, Dan kidnaps her.

Plot Summary

In the Season 9 premiere, Harry masks his love for Christine, while a masked phantom, who's really Dan in disguise, resurfaces, after hitting "rock bottom", poses as "The Phantom of The Courthouse" (ala a sendup of "The Phantom of the Opera") in trying to vindicate himself and "rid the court of corruption", and hopefully find and "unmask" the real culprit, "holds Christine hostage" in the basement area beneath the courthouse and above the subway station, this on the eve of a big courthouse costume ball, prepares to make a grand entrance. When Dan goes missing, as NYPD Det. Frank Pepitone, who's been suspicious of him, tries to loacte him on the eve of Part 1 of two-episode story. Oscar: Gilbert Gottfried. Pepitone: Raye Birk. Harry: Harry Anderson

Did You Know?


The title is based on the proverb: "Where there's a will, there's a way".


  • Have Gun, Will Travel (1950's TV series) - "Have nose, will travel."
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Soundtrack Credits
  • High Hopes (uncredited) - Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, sung by John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Raf Mauro, and Bum extras

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