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"Who Was That Masked Man?"
Season 5, Episode 7
#86 in series (193 episodes)
Ep 5x7 - Who Was That Masked Man
An aged actor famous for his Lone Ranger-type character refuses to take off his mask, even after his studio obtains a court order barring him from appearing as the character in public as harry and the others are in awe at meeting "The Red Ranger" in "Who Was That Mashed Man?" in Season 5 (ep.#8).
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date November 19, 1987
Production code 186211
Teleplay by: Tom Straw
Story by: Tom Straw & Bob Colleary
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: Robert V. Barron
Teri Hatcher
Daniel Frishman
Mike Finneran
Mitchell Laurance
Arlan Feiles
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Who Was That Masked Man? was the seventh episode of Season 5 of Night Court, also the 86th overall series episode. Written as a teleplay by Tom Straw froma story penned by he and Bob Colleary, the episode was directed by Jeff Melman. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on November 19, 1987. 


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Synopsis

Dan's sadistic boss asks him to look out for his very attractive niece (Teri Hatcher) while Harry tries to prevent a TV hero of yesteryear from killing himself.

Storyline

An aged actor famous for his Lone Ranger-type character refuses to take off his mask, even after his studio obtains a court order barring him from appearing as the character in public. He threatens to commit suicide by dropping a two-ton air conditioner on himself. Dan is tortured by the closeness of District Attorney Daniels's very sexy, very willing, and very off-limits niece, Kitty.

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Quotes:

[the Red Ranger is seated under the air conditioner, holding a knife to the rope suspending it from the ceiling]

  • The Red Ranger: If I can't wear my mask, I'm gonna ride off into that last sunset!

[building]

  • Judge Stone: You can't do that! What about your fans, what are they gonna say?
  • Roz: So long, Kemo-slabe!

  • Distrct Attorney Daniels: [to Dan, while Kitty is wearing a trenchcoat] I have to take my niece shopping for some clothes.
  • Kitty: [turning to dan] All this time in New York.
  • Kitty: [opens the coat and Dan's eyes go wide] ... And not a thing to wear!!

  • Red Ranger: Maybe it is time I took this mask off...
  • Bill Oxley: Don't bother. I just got off the phone with the studio. They're pulling the plug. The movie bombed!
  • Mac: Aw, ain't that a shame!
  • Bill Oxley: (to Mac) They actually burned the screen.
  • Roz: What about your new Red Ranger?
  • Bill Oxley: He resigned on the way to the hospital.
  • Christine: (to Bill) The hospital?

Bill Oxley: Yeah, they... they jujube-eed him. [Oxley then walks off]

  • Bull: (to The Red Ranger) You must be thrilled!
  • Red Ranger: [gravely, to Bull] Oh no, my domed friend. A Ranger never rejoices in the misfortune of others.

[He bows his head, and solemly takes off his hat... then throws it into the air] Red Ranger: YEE-HA! [off their looks]

  • Red Ranger: Well, maybe just once!

[Kitty, DA Daniels's visiting niece, been aggressively teasing Dan, with her uncle's sadistic blessing]

  • Dan: (to kitty) No. And nothing will change my mind.
  • Kitty: Not even these pictures I took in the photo booth in the lobby?
  • Dan: [Dan looks at the pictures of Kitty, then gasps in shock] My God! How did you get the stool that high?

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