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"Contempt of Courting"
Season 4, Episode 8
#65 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date November 27, 1986
Production code 185938
Written by: Tom Straw
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: Ann Turkel
Marianne Muellerleile
Edgar Justice
Nedra Volz
Julie Paris
Blackie Dammett
Diane Adair
Tracy New
Charlotte Portney (Uncredited)
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Contempt of Courting was the 8th episode of Season 4 of Night Court, also the 65th overall series episode. Written by Tom Straw, and directed by Jeff Melman, the episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on November 27, 1986. 

"Contempt of Courting"
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Harry returns and finds a lovely woman substituting on the bench for him, who likes him a lot and jails Christine for mouthing off about perceived mistreatment of a client.


Christine butts heads with Judge Eve Gardner, Harry's temporary replacement. When Christine is thrown in jail for contempt of court, she asks Harry to go talk to the judge. To his own surprise, Harry ends up sharing a night of passion with her.

Plot Summary

In Harry's absence, night court is presided over by Judge Eve Gardner (Ann Turkel), who takes an immediate dislike to public defender Christine (Markie Post). Harry (Harry Anderson) returns just in time to spring Christine from jail after she has been cited for contempt of court. As it turns out, Judge Gardner's beef against Christine is not professional but personal--as Harry discovers when he ends up in bed with the amorous jurist!


Did You Know?

The title of this script for this sitcom about the proceedings in a courtroom is based on the legal concept of "contempt of court" where the judge in a trial declares a person or organization to have disobeyed or been disrespectful of the court's authority.

Cast (in credits order)


Guest stars/Recurring characters/cast

  • Ann Turkel as Judge Eve Gardner
  • Marianne Muellerleile as Millie
  • Edgar Justice as Father Luke
  • Sumant as Guru
  • Nedra Volz as Little Old Lady
  • Julie Paris as Hooker
  • Blackie Dammett as The Man
  • Diane Adair as Sally (as Diane Diefendorf)
  • Tracy New as Miss Lacawana (Uncredited)
  • Charlotte Portney as Court Stenographer (Uncredited)