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"Welcome Back, Momma"
Season 1, Episode 4
#4 in series (193 episodes)
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A woman who claims to be Harry's long lost mother (Janis Paige) and a beauty pageant operator appear before the court in "Welcome Back, Momman" in Season 1 (ep.#4)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date February 1, 1984
Production code 185366
Written by: Reinhold Weege
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: Janis Paige
Peter Jurasik
Paul Krappel
Melanie Vincz
Martin Garner
Lena Pousette
Doreen Collodell
Stephanie Faulkner
Maria Rubell
Adele Yoshioka
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Welcome Back, Momma was the fourth episode of Season 1 of Night Court, also the fourth overall series episode. Written by series creator and executive producer Reinhold Weege, the episode was directed by Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on February 1, 1984.

"Welcome Back, Momma"
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A woman who claims to be Harry's long lost mother and a beauty pageant operator appear before the court.

Plot Summary

In a bittersweet episode, Harry is introduced to an elderly woman who was arrested for chucking a rock through a store window claiming to be his mother! The "Pleased to meet you", followed by a handshake from Harry to this woman sets off the opening credits perfectly! Screen veteran (of movies and mostly television) Janis Paige is the sweet old lady who knows about Uncle Otto and his missing digit, so Harry decides to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Plus, Harry has never known his mother (she left him when he was five), so this possible opportunity to reconnect he doesn't take in stride.

Meanwhile, Dan attempts to convince foreign beauties—having come to America in the guise that they would be participating in a legitimate pageant, the one responsible, organizing this supposed event, actually preying on them for other more despicable reasons, upon finding out this scam they react by beating him—to meet him at his apartment as he hopes to score!

Bull interacts with Miss Sweden (who looks like a farm girl, a little rough, but not too rugged) as he shows on paper in a doodle what his name is (it's all implied and expertly done by the two, as she storms off, speaking in her own language as he stands confused as to why she seems so insulted), by drawing a bull (to differentiate the difference in cow and bull…haha!). Melanie Vincz as bubble-headed Miss USA, Barbara (people call me Buffy!), full of perky sweetness, a wide smile and cheery energy is a real treat.

Cast (in credits order)


Guest stars/Recurring charactes/cast

  • Janis Paige as Eleanor Brandon
  • Peter Jurasik as Leonard Brandon (Eleanor's son)
  • Paul Krappel as Guy Harris
  • Melanie Vincz as  Miss U.S.A./Buffy
  • Martin Garner as Bernie
  • Lena Pousette as Miss Sweden
  • Doreen Collodell as Miss Chad
  • Stephanie Faulkner as Miss Italy
  • Maria Rubell as Miss Spain
  • Adele Yoshioka as Miss Japan