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"Nuts About Harry"
Season 2, Episode 14
#27 in series (193 episodes)
Night Court episode 2x14 - Nuts About Harry
Dan argues the case against several escaped mental patients, who are brought into court for stiffing a cabbie of his fare, as temporary public defender Sue Harper (Deborah Harmon), who defends them, also tries to argue their grievances against condintions in the hospital where they reside as they stage a strike to convince the court they're being mistreated at the hospital.in "Nuts About Harry" in Season 2. (ep.#14).
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date January 17, 1985
Production code 185603
Written by: Tom Reeder & Stu Kreisman (story editor)
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: James Cromwell
Raye Birk
Deborah Harmon
 George Pentecost
Kevin Peter Hall
Kate Zentall
Charles Bouvier
Peter Iacangelo
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Nuts About Harry was the 14th episode of Season 2 of Night Court, also the 27th overall series episode. Written by Tom Reeder, the episode was directed by Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on January 17, 1985. 

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=Synopsis

A group of mental patients fleeing from their hospital run loose in the courtroom, with one, a mute, shutting herself in a closet with a revolver.

Storyline

Dan argues the case against several escaped mental patients, who are brought into court for stiffing a cabbie of his fare, as temporary public defender Sue Harper (Deborah Harmon), who defends them, also argues on their thier behalf concerning their grievances against the condintions in the hospital where they reside.

Plot Summary

A group of escaped mental patients use the courtroom to rebel against the shoddy treatment afforded them by their nursing-home staff.

When the patients, who escaped from the Morningdale Psychiatric Hospital arrive in court, Elmore Watkins (Charles Bouvier), a cabbie, complains that they had him drive around the city before stiffing him on the fare. Sue Harper (played by guest star Deborah Harmon), who's the visiting temp defense attorney from Legal Aid, is adamant in her defense of the patients that they're being "railroaded" in their complaints against the conditions and lack of priveleges in the hospital where they reside as she prepares to help the patients launch a complaint lawsuit against the hospital.

Things get a tad out of hand when one of the patients, Ann (Kate Zentall) a mute, locks herself in the chambers of Judge Harry (Harry Anderson), armed with a revolver.

Dr. Laurence Osbourne (George Pentecost), the psychiatrist who runs the hospital, contends to Sue and Judge Stone and the court that it's in the patients best interests to drop the complaints, as a lawsuit would put the hospital out of business, as the patients, many whom have no next of kin to look after their care, could wind up homeless, and those that do have relatives still wouldn't get affordable and adequete care, as the patients, with Harry's help, settle their demands with Dr. Osbourne, as they return to the hospital with him.

  • Note: This episode was originally slated to air on October 24, 1984, then on December 13 of that same year.

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