"Constitution (Part 1)"
Season 5, Episode 9
#88 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date December 3, 1987
Production code 186209
Written by: Tom Reeder
Directed by: Rich Reinhart
Guest stars: Richard Gilliland
Isabella Hoffman
Deanna Oliver
Darwyn Carson
Wayne Grace
Jeremy Lawrence
Ron Moody
Michael D. Roberts
Doug hale
erik Howell
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Constitution (Part 1) was the 9th episode of Season 5 of Night Court, also the 88th overall series episode, as well; as the first part of a two-part episode story arc. Written by Rich Reinhart, the episode was directed by Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on December 3, 1987. 

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Part 1 of two-part episode story arc. Harry tries to talk sense to Roz, a recently diagnosed diabetic who's convinced her life is over, and handle a desperate man holding an original draft of the Constitution hostage in the courtroom. Part 1 of 2 part episode story arc.


Convinced that "her life is over" after receiving the diagnosis form her doctor as being diabetic with the need to take insulin, as Harry tris to talk sense to her, as the new limitations on her lifestyle leads Roz to decide to to quit her bailiff's job in frustration. When she accidentally takes an overdose of insulin, she wanders around the courthouse in a delirious stage, in danger of falling into a coma or dying.

Meanwhile, in the courtroom, Harry had to stand between a one Nebitt Sherman (Jeremy Lawrence) the crazy hostage taker who stole the U.S. Constituion from a television studio as it was to use it for a TV special program which the President of the United States and various celebs were to appear on, and a squad of trigger-happy federal agents, led by an ecspecially overzealous Agent Moody (Michael D. Roberts) willing to shoot him in order to retrieve the pricelss, historic document.  

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[appearing are three actors playing U.S. Presidents, charged with soliciting a one Francine laRue, a prostitute]

  • Judge Stone:' Honest, Abe?
  • President Lincoln: Look, I don't have to take this. I'm a major talent in this town.
  • Francine La Rue: [to actor dressed as Lincoln] Wanna bet?

  • President Teddy Roosevelt: [to Christine] Hey, how'd you like me to charge up your San Juan Hill?


  • Christine: [to actor dressed as Teddy Roosevelt] Look, I may have to defend you, but I don't have to put up with your sleazy remarks.
  • President Roosevelt: Ooh, a filly with spirit! Looks like you need a Rough Rider!!


  • Chrsitine: Watch it. I speak softly but I carry a big knee!

  • Judge Stone: In the meantime, you gentlemen are going to have to decide whether you want your cases adjudicated together or separately.
  • Lincoln: United we stand, divided we fall!
  • Francine La Rue: Tell me about it!

  • Dr. Townsend: [Telling the others about Roz] She could faint... she could go into a coma... she could die.
  • Bull: [to Dr. Townsend] Boy, I sure hope she picks fainting!

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