|"The Eye of the Beholder"|
| Season 1, Episode 5|
#5 in series (193 episodes)
Prosector Dan presents the defendant, a porn filmmaker (Stanley Brock) and his buxom blonde "star" (Jennifer Richards), with the only real evidence a porn tape, shot in Central Park as Dan wants to "sample" the evidence in Harry's chambers in "Eye of the Beholder" in Season 1 (ep.#5).
|Network/Country:||NBC-TV / United States|
|Air date||February 8, 1984|
|Written by:||Reinhold Weege|
|Directed by:||Larry Balmagia|
|Guest stars:|| Al Ruscio|
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Bull feels misunderstood and quits in anger after being rejected by a big-brother child mentoring association who thinks his size and appearance is imposing and intimdating to kids... Meanwhile, a blind shoplifter awaiting trial keeps trying to give his police handler the slip.
Bull, who feels cheated because of his intimidating size wants to mentor a kid and a certain foundation (one of those "big brother" types) feels that Bull was too menacing/imposing to children. The rest of the episode follows his depression which soon turns to anger ("Why won't you all just leave me alone!" "I'm not an animal! I'm a human being!") as Bull contemplates quitting, moving away from the human race, maybe to Canada to be a lumberjack (?) or the North Pole.
Anyway, Bull goes on the building's roof to mull things over scaring his peers who, at first, believe he might be contemplating jumping! Of course he answers "Are you nuts?!" when Harry asks him about the idea of jumping.
Anyway, alternating stories include an obscenity charge against a porn filmmaker, Vincent Frago (Stanley Brock) and his "star", a buxom blonde named Iris Keller (Jennifer Richards), with the only real evidence being a porn tape, shot in Central Park, which a man named Leonard Blum (Philip Sterling) claimed to have seen being filmed, as Dan wants to "sample" the evidence!
While all the other drama regarding Bull and a blind man (played effectively by Al Ruscio) who keeps getting away from a security guard, constantly interrupting the cast during their conversations about Bull is transpiring, Dan is swept away in the viewing of the "evidence"! This is fun stuff with lots of jokes regarding Bull played to the hilt, along with the obvious influx of blind gags/zingers following Ruscio's character.
The final scene as Selma warns Bull never to worry or disrespect her again is a delight (she is so diminutive next to Bull, yet points that finger into his belly with conviction, fully in control and sincere in what she's saying). This is a strong episode for Bull, tailor made comedy exploiting his size and physical presence, not to mention his gifted facial talents and the ability to play even the most absurd dialogue with perfect straightness.
Cast (in credits order)
- Harry Anderson as Harold T. Stone
- Karen Austin as Lana Wagner
- John Larroquette as Dan Fielding
- Paula Kelly as Liz Williams
- Richard Moll as Bull Shannon
- Selma Diamond as Selma Hacker