"Some Like it Hot"
Season 1, Episode 10
#10 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date March 14, 1984
Production code 185368
Written by: Stu Kreisman & Chris Cluess
Directed by: Jay Sandrich
Guest stars: Mike Finneran
Yakov Smirnoff
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Some Like It Hot was the 10th episode of Night Court, also the 10th overall series episode. Written by Stu Kreisman & Chris Cluess, the episode was directed by Jay Sandrich. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on March 14, 1984. 

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A Russian (Yakov Smirnoff) who's a recent defector to the U.S., who also doesn't speak English who's charged with selling stolen property would rather burn down the courtroom, which he doused with gasoline and everyone in it than go to jail, as Harry has to try to communicate with him in trying to get him to surrender.

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Comedian Yakov Smirnoff makes the first of his recurring Night Court appearances as Russian émigré Yakov Korolenko, who spends much of his time waxing philosophical about life in the former Soviet Union. On this occasion, however, Yakov has been hauled into Night Court on a charge of selling stolen property. Having had plenty of experience in Russian jails, Yakov is not about to be locked up--and he's willing to set himself and the courtroom on fire to avoid this contingency!

  • Notes: With this episode, Karen Austin makes her final appearance as perky court clerk Lana Wagner, while Mike Finnerman) shows up for the first time as maintenance man Art Fensterman.

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