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Night Court: Season 3
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"Night Court" Season 2 DVD cover.
Program information
Episodes aired:
Dates aired:
September 26, 1985 - May 8, 1986
NBC-TV / United States
Previous Season:
Season 2
Next Season:
Season 4

Night Court: Season 3

Season 3 of the NBC-TV sitcom Night Court began on September 26, 1985 with the airing of the episode "Hello, Goodbye". The season finale episode, "Hurricane, Part 2", the conclusion of a two-episode story, aired on May 8, 1986, as a total of 22 episodes were aired that season.


The laughs happen at night -- at least they do in Night Court! The third season of this Emmy Award-winning comedy continues its light hearted look at the crazy cases and characters that appear in the Manhattan Municipal Court in New York City, where just about anything -- as well as everything -- seems to happen! In this season, (Christine Sullivan), who filled in for an absent Billie Young (Ellen Foley) in the season 3 episode "Christine and Mac (a.k.a. Daddy For the Defense)", joins the staff as Markie Post, from ABC-TV's The Fall Guy, permanently joins the cast in the role of the now-new Public Defender, replacing Foley in the cast.

Also this season, Dan moonlights as a paid escort; Bull is in danger of being held in contempt of court; Judge Stone attempts to help his childhood and magician, The Fabulous Falcone (Carl Ballantine) Christine quits her job after a mugging; and, in a multi-episode story arc, lifelong bachelor Harry finds himself in an unfamiliar role when he volunteers to temporarily serve as a foster parent to a child named Leon (Bumper Robinson), a 12-year-old orphan boy.

Season 3 (1985-86)

Image No. in Season No. in Series Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
Image Needed Bull.jpg 1 36 "Hello, Goodbye" Jeff Melman Reinhold Weege September 26, 1985 185711
Everyone tries to adjust to Selma's death as Harry interviews possible replacements, but Bull goes on a drinking binge instead. Florence Halop joins the cast as Florence Kleiner. Markie Post joins the cast permanently as Christine Sullivan.
Night Court episode = 3x2 - Mr. Slotkin's hostages.png 2 37 "The Hostage" Jeff Melman Bob Stevens October 3, 1985 185713
A strange little man charged with stealing electronic parts takes Dan hostage and demands the rest of the parts he needs to communicate with his home planet of Saturn.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 3 38 "Dad's First Date" Jeff Melman Bob Stevens October 17, 1985 185716
Christine's father has his first date in eight years and ends up before Harry, along with the tenants of a clothing-optional building.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 4 39 "Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations" Alan Bergmann Teresa O'Neill October 24, 1985 185712
Mac tries to hide Quon Le from his prejudiced grandfather, who's going to loan Mac the money he needs to open a restaurant.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 5 40 "Halloween, Too" Alan Bergmann Teresa O'Neill October 31, 1985 185719
Harry falls hook, line and sinker for a beautiful woman, who turns out to be a real witch.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 6 41 "Best of Friends" Reinhold Weege Howard Ostroff & Gilbert Spragg November 7, 1985 185716
Dan has a real problem when his high school buddy comes to visit as a decidedly changed man.
NC ep 3x7 - Dan's Boss.jpg 7 42 "Dan's Boss" Jeff Melman Bob Stevens November 14, 1985 185720
Dan's life becomes a living hell as he tries to butter his new boss: a little person with a very nasty personality. First appearance by Daniel Frishman as Vincent Daniels.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 8 43 "Up On the Roof" Jeff Melman Jeffrey Davis & Julie Fleischer November 28, 1985 185721
Harry tries to free a rock star literally imprisoned by his overly solicitous entourage.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 9 44 "The Wheels of Justice (Part 1)" Alan Bergmann Jeff Reno & Ron Osborn December 5, 1985 185714
Everyone is in a financial crisis when the city can't pay its employees, Harry has to evict a woman and son from a sleazy hotel, and a homeless couple from West Virginia tells their tale of woe. Part 1 of 2 part story arc.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 10 45 "The Wheels of Justice (Part 2)" Alan Bergmann Nat Mauldin December 12, 1985 185715
Conclusion of two-part story. As everyone is in a financial crisis when the city can't pay its employees, so Harry decides to quit his job, as his elderly replacement dies in the courtroom, as then, the gang persuades Harry into returning to the bench.
NC ep 3x11 - Walk Away, Renee.png 11 46 "Walk Away, Renee" Jim Drake Teresa O'Neill December 19, 1985 185723
Nobody wants to break the news to Bull that his new girl friend is a prostitute.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 12 47 "Dan's Escort" Jim Drake Teresa O'Neill January 9, 1986 185724
Dan takes a job as a paid escort for a wealthy, lonely woman who expects a lot for her money, and Yakov appeals to Harry for help when his wife is arrested on a visit to the US.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 13 48 "The Night Off" Jim Drake Nat Maudlin & Reinhold Weege January 16, 1986 185725
A crazy judge brought in to substitute for Harry imprisons Dan and Mac for contempt and appoints Florence and Phil the wino as the defense and prosecuting attorneys.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 14 49 "Harry and Leon" Jeff Melman Nat Maudlin January 23, 1986 185727
Harry takes pity on the building shoeshine boy (Bumper Robinson), who seeks refuge from a social worker trying to place him in another foster home.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 15 50 "The Apartment" Jim Drake Teresa O'Neill January 30, 1986 185728
Harry throws a surprise birthday for Dan whose date is extremely anxious to be home by midnight.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 16 51 "Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye" John Larroquette Bob Stevens February 6, 1986 185729
Harry's concern with Leon's imminent adoption blinds him to the presence of Mel Torme in the courthouse.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 17 52 "The Mugger" Jim Drake Robert Perlow & Gene Braunstein February 20, 1986 185726
Christine decides to quit after she's mugged in the cafeteria, but a man takes her hostage in the courtroom before she can leave.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 18 53 "Could This Be Magic?" Jim Drake Lisa A. Bannick & Jack Carrerow February 27, 1986 185725
Harry decides to help his idol, a down-and-out magician, who goes on to help himself to Harry's possessions.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 19 54 "Monkey Business" Jeff Melman Nat Mauldin March 6, 1986 185721
Bull tries to save a baby orangutan from animal-research experiments.
3x21 - Flo's Retirement.jpg 20 55 "Flo's Retirement" Tim Steele Nat Mauldin March 13, 1986 185730
The staff tries everything they can think of to postpone Flo's mandatory retirement.
3x21 - The Hurricane - Part 1.png 21 56 "Hurricane (Part 1)" Jeff Melman Reinhold Weege May 1, 1986 185731
The courtroom becomes a delivery room when Hurricane Mel traps four pregnant women. Part 1 of two-part story arc.
Night Court epi. 3x22 - The Hurricane - Part 2 - Harry delivers baby.png 22 57 "Hurricane (Part 2)" Jeff Melman Reinhold Weege May 8, 1986 185732
The courtroom becomes a delivery room when Hurricane Mel traps four pregnant women. Part 2 and conclusion of two-part story arc.