"The Wheels of Justice (Part 1)"
Season 3, Episode 9
#44 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date December 5, 1985
Production code 185714
Written by: Jeff Reno & Ron Osborn
Directed by: Alan Bergmann
Guest stars: Brent Spiner 
 Annie O'Donnell 
Keri Houlihan 
William Utay 
Laura Jacoby 
Harold Pruett
Susan Ruttan
Charles Bouvier
Charlotte Portney
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Wheels of Justice: Part 1 was the ninth episode of Season 3 of Night Court, also the 44th overall series episode. Written by Jeff Reno and Ron Osborn, and directed by Alan Bergmann, the episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on December 5, 1985. 

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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.


A budget crisis in the state legislature freezes the paychecks of all city employees, including the court staff. Harry faces his own crisis when the law forces him to side with a sleazy landlord against a poor cleaning lady and her unstable son. When the son is shot during an attempted armed robbery, Harry quits.

Plot Summary

In the first episode of a two-part story, the Night Court staff is cut off from their paychecks by a municipal budget crisis. This freeze could not have come at a worse time for Harry, who is trying to save a cleaning lady (Susan Ruttan) and her troubled son (Harold P. Pruett) from being tossed into the street by a nasty landlord (Charles Bouvier). Unfortunately, Harry is forced to side with the landlord, much to his dismay, leaving the mother in tears, and her son furiously telling Harry off. Ultimately, tragedy strikes, as the son is later involved in an armed robbery, and is shot, leaving Harry so horrified that he quits his job! This episode marks the first appearance of the Wheelers, a rambunctious family of indigents who claim to hail from West Virginia (future Star Trek: The Next Generation regular Brent Spiner is seen as Bob Wheeler).

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