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"Hello, Goodbye"
Season 3, Episode 1
#36 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date September 26, 1985
Production code 185711
Written by: Reinhold Weege
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: William Utay
Ron Ross
Lana Clarkson
Cynthia Steele
Ford Austin
Charlotte Portney
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Hello, Goodbye was the series opening episode of Season 3 of Night Court, also the 36th overall series episode. Written by series creator Reinhold Weege, and directed by Jeff Melman, the episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on September 26, 1985. 


Everyone tries to adjust to Selma's death as Harry interviews possible replacements, but Bull goes on a drinking binge instead. Florence Halop joins the cast as new court bailiff Florence Kleiner. Markie Post joins the cast permanently as Christine Sullivan.

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Christine Sullivan is permanently assigned as the court's public defender in place of the departed Billie Young, much to the delight of both Harry and Dan; meanwhile, in grief over Selma's death, Bull goes on an all-night bender with a group of circus performers and shows up the next day drunk-and-disorderly.  Meanwhile, after a search for a new female bailiff, Harry finds an almost carbon copy of the deceased Selma Hacker in the equally feisty, acerbic, diminuitive Florence Kleiner (Florence Halop).

Plot Summary

Night Court begins its third season as Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson) and his staff resign themselves to the death of caustic, chain-smoking courtroom matron Selma Hacker (actress Selma Diamond had passed away a few months after shooting wrapped on Season Two). Taking things hardest is bailiff Bull (Richard Moll), who goes out on a drunken bender--only to be hauled back into court with a batch of bibulous circus performers. This episode marks the first appearance of Florence Halop as Selma's equally cranky replacement Florence Kleiner; as a bonus, Markie Post joins the cast in the previously recurring role of public defender Christine Sullivan, replacing Ellen Foley as Billie Young.

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