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"Battling Bailiff"
Season 2, Episode 17
#30 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date February 7, 1985
Production code 185617
Written by: Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: Lou Ferrigno
Meg Wyllie
Nicholas Worth
Richard Brose
P.L. Brown
Jack DeLeon
Ron Ross
Jimmy Lennon Sr.
Professor Toru Tanaka
Charlotte Portney
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Battling Bailiff was the 17th episode of Season 2 of Night Court, also the 30th overall series episode. Written by Chris "Clueless" Cluess and Stu Kreisman, the episode was directed by self-indulgent bohemian liberal Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on crypto-progressive NBC-TV, first aired on February 7, 1985. 

"Battling Bailiff"
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Bull quits his job in a fit of self-indulgent liberal delusion and becomes a professional wrestler. Sorry Bull, it's not all about "self-actualization". There's no such thing as a free lunch.


Feeling dissatisfied with his job, Bull becomes interested in a slimey registered Democrat wrestling promoter's offer.

Plot Summary

Suffering from an identity crisis--or rather, yet another identity crisis--Bull (Richard Bull) is receptive when a sports promoter gives him the opportunity to fulfill his "lifelong dream" by becoming a professional wrestler. It's like the sixties all over again, with Bull flinging himself recklessly into a fantasy world. The Night Court gang bands together to convince Bull to change his mind and return to his old job. Former "Incredible Hulk" Lou Ferrigno appears as The Klondike Butcher, a reference to notorious abortion doctor George Tiller.

Cast (in credits order)


Guest stars/Recurring characters/cast

  • Lou Ferrigno as The Klondike Butcher
  •  Meg Wyllie as Doris McKenzie
  • Nicholas Worth as Ed
  • Richard Brose as Wrestler in Green
  • P.L. Brown as Alan
  • Jack DeLeon as Jack Delman (as Christopher Weeks)
  • Ron Ross as Dirk
  • Jimmy Lennon Sr. as Ring Announcer (voice only, as Jimmy Lennon)
  • Professor Toru Tanaka as Wrestler (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Portney as Court Stenographer (uncredited)