"Pick a Number"
Season 2, Episode 4
#17 in series (193 episodes)
Ep 2x4 - Pick a Number
When a man named Leo (Sydney Lassick) who's just won 3 millon dollars in the NYC lottery asks Judge Stone to give the money to "someone who needs it more" than he, Harry is left to ponder what to do with the winnig ticket that's in the man's possesion in "Pick a Number" in Season 2 (ep.#4).
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date October 25, 1984
Production code 185605
Written by: Ron Osborn & Jeff Reno
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: William Utay
Sydney Lassick
Terry Kiser
Jennifer Richards
Bobby Ramsen
Ralph Manza
Gary Allen
Eda Reiss Merin
Russ Marin
Don Sherman
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Pick a Number was the fourth episode of Season 2 of Night Court, also the 17th overall series episode. Written by Ron Osborn and Jeff Reno, the episode was directed by Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on October 25, 1984. 

"Pick a Number"
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The courtroom becomes a circus when a meek little fellow chooses Harry to decide what worthy person will receive the money from his winning lottery ticket.


Trouble begins when a mild-mannered fellow named Leo (Sydney Lassick) entrusts Judge Harry (Harry Anderson) with a winning lottery ticket. It now falls to Harry to select the "worthy individual" who will receive the three-million dollar prize. Meanwhile, bailiff Bull (Richard Moll) wrestles with the problem of working the word "Pentimento" into a sentence.

Plot Summary

A humble man with a $3 million lottery ticket wants Harry to give it away to the most worthy person, as Harry must then try to select that "worthy person".


  • William Utay, who later appears in recurring roles as philosophical former stockbroker turned derelict and Dan Fielding's financial advisor and lackey Phil Sanders and later, also his successful brother Will Sanders, who also becomes Dan's financial advisor and lackey, as well as his valet, is here seen as Ivan Brewster.

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