"I'm OK, You're Catatonic/Schizophrenic"
Season 5, Episode 14
#93 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date January 21, 1988
Production code 186215
Written by: Reinhold Weege
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: John Astin
Shlley Berman
Alex Henteloff
Kenneth Tobey
Raymond Singer
Mel Tormé
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I'm OK, You're Catatonic/Schizophrenic was the 14th episode of Season 5 of Night Court, also the 93rd overall series episode. Written by series creator Reinhlod Weege, the episode was directed by Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on January 21, 1988. 

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Dan ties up Mel Tormé so Harry can meet him but the judge is preoccupied with trying to keep his stepfather Buddy out of a mental hospital.


Buddy's patronizing younger brother, Phil, convinces him to commit himself to a mental hospital for the rest of his life. Harry angrily objects. Meanwhile, Dan has accidentally destroyed Harry's entire collection of Mel Torme records, but tries to make up for it by shackling the man himself in Harry's office until Harry returns from Buddy's hearing.

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The episode title comes from the book 'I'm OK, You're OK', by Thomas A Harris MD.

Scene Exerpts


  • Harry: Dan, Al (Buddy's friend) doesn't talk to people.
  • Dan: Oh.

[to Al]

  • Dan: Nice blinking with you!

  • Harry: [Al wants a noogie. Harry obliges followed by a blank expression from Al] It's worth it just to see your face light up like that.

  • Judge Harrison Kemp: Just who are you restraining, Mister?
  • Harry: It's not Mister, it's Judge Harold T. Stone.
  • Judge Kemp: Do you expect me to believe a man who wears a tie like that?

  • Dan: [after confessing he destroyed Harry's collection of Mel Torme albums] Harry, here it is in a nutshell. Mel Torme is in your office right now! He wanted to leave but I couldn't let him, so I locked him up with your trick shackles!
  • Harry: I don't have any trick shackles. Those are real, and I don't have a key!
  • Dan: Oh! Then I just managed to kidnap a well known jazz artist. Gotta go, bye!

  • Bull: So, Mr. Torme, how did you like your tour of the morgue?
  • Mel Torme: [emotional and wiping his brow] Very educational!

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