"Russkie Business"
Season 5, Episode 18
#97 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date March 28, 1988
Production code 186221
Written by: Tom Reeder
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: Yakov Smirnoff
Irena Ferris
Barbara Schillaci
Allan Kolman
Kary Lynn Vail
Johnny Carson
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Russkie Business was the 18th episode of Season 5 of Night Court, also the 97th overall series episode. Written by Tom Reeder, the episode was directed by Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on March 28, 1988. 

"Russkie Business"
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Yakov returns for some help in getting a visa to return to Russia to visit his mother. Johnny Carson appears as himself.


Yakov needs a visa to re-visit the Soviet Union and see his sick mother. When he is denied, Harry takes up his cause, but is stunned by the arrival of a beautiful Russian consul. Christine is crippled by embarrassment when Harry makes an offhand remark about a near-invisible birthmark over her eye.

Did You Know?


  • The episode title is taken from the 1983 movie Risky Business.

Soundtrack credits

You Do Something to Me (uncredited) Written by: Cole Porter Sung by: Barbara Schillaci

Scene excerpts


  • Yakov Korolenko:  Give her hell, Harry!

  • Harry: (referring to Yakov) How are we gonna get the guy a visa?
  • Ludmila Federova: He cannot have one, ever. I cannot ignore the law and let a possible subversive back into my country.
  • Harry:: Oh, come on! We both know he's not a subversive! He's just some poor schlep who wants to go home and visit his mom!
  • Ludmila: What is meaning of "sch-lep"?
  • Harry: Well, uh, let's see. Uh... you remember Jimmy Carter?

  • Yakov: What are you giving me, red tape? What does a person supposed to do to get some justice around here?
  • Harry: Well, you might start by explaining why you're acting like such a...
  • Dan: Yack-ass? [Dan then laughs]

  • Bull: Sorry, guess she wasn't interested.
  • Johnny Carson: (Inquiring about Christine, whom he sees in the cafetria and wishes to take out on a date)  I'm sorry to hear that...
  • Bull: Excuse me, but... aren't you married now?

[Carson furrows his brow]

  • Johnny Carson: I...I don't know!

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