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"Wonder Drugs"
Season 1, Episode 9
#9 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date March 7, 1984
Production code 185364
Written by: Howard Ostroff
Directed by: Asaad Kelada
Guest stars: Ron Feinberg
Arva Holt
Sandy Martin
Jack Riley
Lionel Mark Smith
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Wonder Drug was the ninth episode of Night Court, also the ninth overall series episode. Written by Howard Ostroff, the episode was directed by Asaad Kelada. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on March 7, 1984.

"Wonder Drugs"
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Lana disrupts the proceedings after taking a powerful cold medicine.

Plot Summary

Court clerk Lana takes medicine for a virus and suffers the many side effects, such as bouts of depression mingled with euphoria and a startling release of her inhibitions (she lays a kiss on Harry!). She scales the library bookcase like a monkey in Harry's chambers, becomes emotionally distraught when she believes Harry "led her on" with their kiss, leads Harry throughout the courtroom, ranting and raving about being betrayed, even at one point breaking out in song! Fans of Jack Riley (of The Bob Newhart Show) should get a kick out of his jerk clown, a repulsive creep who appears before the court after several charges including disorderly conduct.

Cast (in credits order)


Guest stars/Recurring characters/cast

  • Ron Feinberg as Man in Dress
  • Arva Holt as Woman Seated in First Row of the Gallery
  • Sandy Martin as Woman Seated in First Row of the Gallery
  • Jack Riley as Emil Dutton
  • Lionel Mark Smith as Steven Bostwick (as Lionel Smith)