"Santa on the Lam"
Season 9, Episode 11
#182 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date December 11, 1991
Production code 187242
Written by: Lee Maddux
Directed by: Howard Ritter
Guest stars: Joleen Lutz
Mike Finneran
Mel Tormé
Hansford Rowe
Terri Hanauer
Lisa Melilli
John Brennan
Dorothy Andrews
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Santa on the Lam was the 11th episode Season 9 of Night Court; it was also the 182nd episode in the series. Written by Lee Maddux, the episode, which was directed by Howard Ritter, originally aired on NBC-TV, December 11, 1991.

"Santa on the Lam"
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On Christmas Eve Dan tries to show a disillusioned Santa that the holiday spirit still exists as Harry tries to get away from a depressing lonely soul he's befriended.

Plot Summary

Mr. Billachi, an elderly former department store Santa, is brought into court for attacking the robot that replaced him. Disheartened by the commercialism of Christmas, he announces his intention to commit suicide, and Dan is the unlikely person who has to convince him that Christmas is still a time of giving and goodwill. His task is made harder by the fact that his normally cheerful co-workers are all complaining loudly about the mess-ups in their holiday plans.

Did You Know?


  • Reruns leave out the "naughty and nice" exchange before the woman tells Santa what she wants for Christmas.
  • The title refers to the American slang for "a hasty departure" especially when dealing with criminal activities and dates to about 1900.


  • Deck the Halls (uncredited) - Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant

Performed by the carolers

  • Silent Night - Written by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr, performed by the carolers
  • The Christmas Song - Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, performed by the carolers
  • Jingle Bells - Written by James Pierpont, performed by the carolers

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