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Night Court: Season 8
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"Night Court" Season 8 DVD cover.
Program information
Episodes aired:
Dates aired:
September 28, 1990 - May 8, 1991
NBC-TV / United States
Previous Season:
Season 7
Next Season:
Season 9

Night Court: Season 8

Season 8 of Night Court began with the first of a two episode story "A Family Affair", which aired on NBC-TV on September 28, 1990; the season concluded with the conclusion of another two episode story arc, "Where There's a Will, There's a Tony", which aired on May 8, 1991 as a total of 24 episodes were aired in the season.


Originally conceived as the final season, Night Court’s eighth hit year saw the show’s creators moving some very long simmering subplots off the back burner and on the boil. As the season begins, Judge Stone (Harry Anderson), DA Dan (John Larroquette), Bull (Richard Moll), Mac (Charles Robinson) and Roz (Marsha Warfield) are welcoming Christine (Markie Post) back from maternity leave. The happy reunion is short-lived, however, as long-buried passions, secret guilts and long-lost relatives plunge the court into chaos. This being Night Court, we are also treated to visits from a trick-or-treating Death (Stephen Root) and time travels with an angel (Mel Tormé), and we brave a session at the horrific Day Court.

Season 8 (1990-91)

Image No. in season No. in series Title Director(s) Writer(s) Original air date Production code
Image Needed Bull.jpg 1 148 "A Family Affair (Part 1)" Jim Drake  Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman September 28, 1990 186931
Christine comes back from having her baby and has to deal with the shadow of her replacement, good 'ole Ted. Harry tries to avoid the tutor arranged to help him pass a crucial high school history test. Meanwhile Dan's sister comes to visit, and Dan asks Bull to take her out to see the sights of New York, unaware that his baby sister Donna (Susan Diol) is a chip off the old Fielding block.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 2 149 "A Family Affair (Part 2)" Jim Drake Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman October 5, 1990 186932
While taking his date to a swanky hotel for a romantic rendevous, Dan learns that Bull slept with his visiting sister Donna (Susan Diol).
Image Needed Bull.jpg    3 150 "When Harry Met Margaret" Jim Drake Benjy Compson October 12, 1990 186933
Harry's first date with Margaret Turner (Mary Cadorette), the new court reporter, turns into a disaster when he follows Dan's advice.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 4 151 "Can't Buy Me Love" Jim Drake Elaine Aronson October 19, 1990 186934
Dan is thrilled when he offers himself as a prize at a bachelor auction, until he sees the lecherous old woman who bids highest for him; and Christine is beginning to have doubts about her marriage to Tony.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    5 152 "Death Takes a Halloween" Jim Drake Harry Anderson October 26, 1990 186936
On Halloween, Harry locks up a defendant known as the Spirit of Death (Stephen Root), and people, including next scheduled victim Dan, stop dying.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 6 153 "Crossroads (Part 1)" Jim Drake Bob Underwood November 2, 1990 186937
When the staff is quarantined for the night, they spend the hours reminiscing about turning points in their lives. Part one of two part episode story.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    7 154 "Crossroads (Part 2)" Jim Drake Bob Underwood November 2, 1990 186938
Part two and conclusion of two part episode story. See Part 1, above.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    8 155 "Day Court" Jim Drake Kevin Kelton November 9, 1990 186935
Roz surprises everyone by becoming unbearably perky when the staff is temporarily assigned to daytime hours, and Christine decides she must totally change her personality to hang onto Tony and her marriage.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    9 156 "A Night Court at the Opera" Jim Drake Jim Pond & Bill Fuller November 16, 1990 186940
Dan tries to win over Margaret during a night at the opera and Bull acquires disciples convinced that he's their god.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    10 157 "Nobody Says Rat Fink Anymore" Howard Ritter Fred Rubin November 23, 1990 186939
Harry has to summon the courage to face a bully from his childhood who is brought before him in court, and Christine searches high and low for the perfect nanny.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    11 158 "Jail Bait" Christine Ballard Nancylee Myatt December 7, 1990 186941
A street artist helps raise Christine's spirits, and Mac and Dan indulge a passion for photography.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 12 159 "It's Just a Joke" Howard Ritter Lee Maddux December 14, 1990 186942
Everyone gets their two cents in when a comic's offensive routine sparks a First Amendment debate.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 13 160 "Bringing Down Baby" Charles Robinson & Howard Ritter Elaine Aronson January 4, 1991 186943
Roz loses yet another battle with courtesy and tact when she tells off the mother of an obnoxious child star shooting a TV pilot in the courtroom.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    14 161 "Presumed Insolvent" Jim Drake Kevin Kelton January 23, 1991 186944
Dan looks at Phil the wino in a whole new light when the bum rescues a defendant left penniless by the S&L crisis.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    15 162 "Mama Was a Rollin' Stone" Jim Drake Jim Pond & Bill Fuller January 30, 1991 186945
Dan anticipates a windfall from Phil the wino's will but gets a surprise instead. Bull anxiously awaits a visit from his mother, an old salt due to retire from the sea and come live with sonny boy.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    16 163 "Attachments Included" Jim Drake Fred Rubin February 6, 1991 186946
Christine finds herself tense over finalizing her divorce, Harry is nervous about moving in with Margaret, and Bull follows his mother's advice and looks for a wife — with the help of a matchmaker.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    17 164 "Alone Again, Naturally" Tim Steele Alison Rosenfeld-Desmarais February 13, 1991 186947
Harry gets a wealth of conflicting advice when he confides in his friends that he thinks Margaret is about to propose marriage.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    18 165 "Hey Harry, F'Crying Out Loud -- It Is a Wonderful Life ... Sorta" Jim Drake Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman February 27, 1991 186948
An angel appears in the guise of Mel Tormé to show Harry how dismal the courtroom would be if he'd never been born, especially with Dan as the corrupt judge in charge.
Image Needed Bull.jpg 19 166 "To Sleep, No More" Jim Drake Bob Underwood, Tom Abraham & Mike Underwood March 6, 1991 186947
Dan suffers all the pangs of a guilty conscience over misuse of the Phil Foundation funds. Bull tries out a toupee, the Shatner 2000. Bert Parks appears as himself.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    20 167 "With a Little Help from My Friends" Kevin Sullivan Nancylee Myatt March 13, 1991 186949
Roz tries Christine's "happy therapy" and sets the group back several months and Jack's son finally admits to himself and his dad that running the newsstand isn't for him.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    21 168 "Mac Takes a Vocation" Jim Drake Fred Rubin March 20, 1991 186950
Harry gets riled when a Supreme Court judge woos Mac away to serve as a vote-getting token on his staff and Dan hires an English valet in an attempt to replace Phil.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    22 169 "Harry's Fifteen Minutes" Jim Drake Jim Pond & Bill Fuller April 3, 1991 186951
Harry lets an article naming him one of New York's 10 most interesting men go to his head, and he disappoints Christine by fibbing to get out of a date. Dan tries to live up to his responsibilities as head of the Phil Foundation.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    23 170 "Where There's a Will, There's a Tony (Part 1)" Jim Drake Elaine Aronson May 1, 1991 186952
Harry experiences some very mixed emotions when Tony tries to win Christine back, and the transformed Dan gets some help in running the Phil Foundation, from Phil's twin brother Will. Part one of two-part episode story.
Image Needed Bull.jpg    24 171 "Where There's a Will, There's a Tony (Part 2)" Jim Drake Kevin Kelton May 8, 1991 186953
Conclusion of two-part episode story. See Part 1, above.