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"Hey Harry, F'Crying Out Loud -- It Is a Wonderful Life ... Sorta"
Season 8, Episode 18
#165 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date February 27, 1991
Production code 186948
Written by: Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman
Directed by: Jim Drake
Guest stars: S. Marc Jordan
Joleen Lutz
Mike Finneran
Sharon Lee Jones
Randi and Candi Brough
Thom Rachford
Richard Morof
Mel Tormé
Dorothy Andrews
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Hey Harry, F'Crying Out Loud -- It Is a Wonderful Life ... Sorta was the 18th episode of Season 8 of Night Court, the 165th overall episode in the series. Written by Alison Rosenfeld-Desmarais, the episode, directed by Tim Steele, originally aired on NBC-TV on February 27, 1991.


"Hey Harry, F'Crying Out Loud -- It Is a Wonderful Life ... Sorta"
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Synopsis

An angel appears in the guise of Mel Tormé to show Harry how dismal the courtroom would be if he'd never been born, especially with Dan as the corrupt judge in charge..

Storyline

Harry loses all interest in life after Margaret leaves him. An angel named Herb (in the shape of Mel Torme) shows him what life would be like in the court without him: Dan is a rich and corrupt judge, Bull is his stooge candidate for mayor, prosecutor Mac (who's miserable, divorced and battling a bad gastric ulcer) and Christine (who long ago threw away her high ideals in working in Dan's corrupt court) are the beaten-down court attorneys, and Roz (who's not employed in the court as a bailiff) goes to prison for resisting one of Dan's business enterprises.

Everything, the court building, the cafetria, now fuctioning, at Judge Fielding's control as a nightclub/casino (you need to know the passwoArd to enter) is black/white  like a 1930s/40s classic Hollywood film such as The Maltese Falcon, or the Cagney films such as The Roaring Twenties or Angels with Dirty Faces for, as Herb tells harry, "to prove his point".

When Harry sees Dan seduce a now clearly corrupted Christine, who, at first threatened to take his corrupt organiztion down, who then would engage with Dan in a torrid liplock (she tells Dan, I hate You!  I Hate You -- I "love" you!, as she melts at his lecherous charms), it's the last straw for him -- he's seen enough, he chooses to live again, and the angel Herb sends him on his way, back to what's now again hischambers --- with a rousing performance of "Start All Over Again."

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Trivia

The title refers to the 1946 Frank Capra Christmas holiday filn noir classic It's a Wonderful Life.

Connections

References
  • The Price Is Right (TV game show) - Dan: - "Miss Wagner, who's our next contestant on If The Price is Right?"
  • The Omen (1976 film) - Harry: "Damien? (when finding out through herb, his "guardian angel", that Dan has a wife and son, whose name is Damien when he sees a picture of the family in his chambers in his dream) As in..." Herb: "The Antichrist!"

Soundtracks

Soundtrack Credits
  • Pick Yourself Up (uncredited) - Written by Dorothy Fields, performed by Mel Tormé (as Guardian Angel Herb)
  • Auld Lang Syne (uncredited) - Insturmental

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