"All You Need Is Love"
Season 1, Episode 1
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Night Court ep. 1x1 - All You Need Is Love
New Manhanttan Court Judge Harry Stone in his first night on the job in "All You Need is Love" (ep.#1).
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date January 4, 1984
Production code 206719
Written by: Reinhold Weege
Directed by: James Burrows
Guest stars: Joseph V. Perry
Peggy McCay
Rita Taggart
Gail Strickland
Andrew Bloch
Matt Landers
Cal Gibson
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All You Need Is Love was the pilot episode of Night Court. Written by series creator and executive producer Reinhold Weege, the episode was directed y James Burrows, known for his production work on the ABC-TV/NBC-TV sitcom Taxi. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, premiered in midseason of the 1983-84 TV season, as a replacement series on January 4, 1984.

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The staff of a Manhattan arraignment court is surprised by the arrival of a maverick young judge named Harry Stone; his first ruling, that a feuding couple should go to dinner with the attorneys, results in a fight breaking out that injures Dan.

Plot Summary

As the youngest judge appointed to the court, Judge Harold T. Stone's first case in night court becomes fiery while settling and argument with a woman, her husband and her gun. As Harry is able to persuade the bickering couple to have lunch with the attorneys Dan Fielding, the Assistant District Attorney, and the Public Defender, Sheila Gardiner (Gail Strickland), the two get in a big fight there in the cafeteria, where both lawyers get entangled, and then susequently roughed up trying to stop the scuffle, and where Dan's shirt was ripped right off of his back, while in his suit!

As both the attorneys and the court clerk, Lana Wagner (Karen Austin) question the qualifications of the youthful looking Judge Stone, one who keeps his office filled with gag joke gifts (such as the can of fuzzy worms, which explodes open, frightening a startled Lana!), and one who appears in a pair of jeans, they are won over when he is able to do what they couldn't do -- get the warring couple to drop their charges against each other and reconcile.

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  • As Harry Stone walks near the "jury box/waiting area", you can see the boom mic a couple of times.
  • The title of this episode alludes to The Beatles' song of the same name.
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