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"Dan's Operation (Part 1)"
Season 4, Episode 5
#62 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date November 6, 1986
Production code 185936
Written by: Bob Stevens
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: Todd Susman
Jack Riley
Leslie Bevis
Cal Gibson
Gary Grossman
Nicholas Worth
John Dullaghan
Nancy Parsons
Melody Rogers (Uncredited)
Charlotte Portney (Uncredited)
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Dan's Operation (Part 1) was the 5th episode of Season 4 of Night Court, also the 62nd overall series episode. Written by Bob Stevens, and directed by Jeff Melman, the episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on November 6, 1986. 

"Dan's Operation (Part 1)"
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Dan refuses to admit his surgery has weakened him and he overexerts himself into a coma.


Dan is hospitalized for surgery on a minor ulcer, but refuses to stay in the hospital. Insisting on returning to work, he eventually collapses and must return to the hospital in an even more serious condition. After foolishly attempting relations with Sheila while in his hospital bed, he falls into a coma.

Plot Summary

In the first episode of a two-part story, Dan (John Larroquette) insists upon disobeying his doctor's orders by returning to work immediately after minor ulcer surgery. Predictably ending up back in the hospital, Dan is still determined to prove that he's far from incapacitated, this time by making whoopee with sexy Sheila (Leslie Bevis) in his hospital bed. This, coupled with some angry words from Harry (Harry Anderson) , causes Dan to lapse into a coma--and to very nearly become a candidate for the morgue!

Cast (in credits order)


Guest stars/Recurring characters/cast

  • Todd Susman as Mr. Rodgers
  • Jack Riley as Dr. Flick
  • Leslie Bevis as Sheila
  • William Utay as Will Sanders (as Will Utay)
  • Cal Gibson as Morgue Attendant
  • Gary Grossman as Mr. Feldman
  • Nicholas Worth as Sister Ralph
  • John Dullaghan as Surgeon
  • Nancy Parsons as Nurse
  • Melody Rogers as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Portney as Court Stenographer (uncredited)