"Billie and the Cat"
Season 2, Episode 3
#16 in series (193 episodes)
2x3 - Harry puts Billie behind bars
Harry puts new Public Defender Billie Young (Ellen Foley) behind bars for contempt of court for refusing to to reveal the whereabouts of a cat her client is accused of kidnapping in "Billie and the Cat" in Season 2 (ep.#3).
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date October 18, 1984
Production code 185604
Written by: Zachary D. Wechsler
Directed by: Lee Bernhardi
Guest stars: Joel Brooks
John Scott Clough
Yana Nirvana
Luis Contreras
Bob Perlow
Don Calfa
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Billie and the Cat was the third episode of Season 2 of Night Court, also the 16th overall series episode. Written by Bob Stevens, the episode was directed by Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on October 18, 1984. 

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Harry sends public defender Billie Young to jail for refusing to reveal the whereabouts of a cat her client is accused of kidnapping.


On her first day on the job, new Public Defender Billie Young takes an aggressive stand in defense of her client against a powerful corporation, a stand that leads to her being jailed for contempt.

Plot Summary

With this episode, Ellen Foley joins the cast as no-nonsense public defender Billie Young. Immediately upon arrival, Billie runs afoul of zany night-court judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson), refusing to reveal the whereabouts of a cat "kidnapped" by her client during a most unusual custody battle with a large and powerful corporation. Needless to say, Billie ends up behind bars--and Harry is instantly smitten by her wrathful beauty


Reportedly, the Night Court producers had wanted to add Markie Post to the regular cast immediately after her debut appearance, but she was still contracted to another TV series, ABC-TV's The Fall Guy, and wouldn't be free to assume the role on a permanent basis until the 1985-86 season.

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