| Season 1, Episode 6|
#6 in series (193 episodes)
|Network/Country:||NBC-TV / United States|
|Air date||February 15, 1984|
|Written by:||Bob Stevens|
|Directed by:||Jay Sandrich|
|Guest stars:|| Phil Leeds|
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Death Threat was the sixth episode of Night Court, also the sixth overall series episode. Written by Bob Stevens, the episode was directed by Jay Sandrich. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on February 15, 1984.
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Things are thrown into an uproar when Harry receives a threat via a rock thrown through the window and a bomb is discovered in the courtroom.
A rock thrown through the courtroom window and a fake bomb in the judge's chair, threaten the life of Harry Stone and this episode questions who the culprit is, quite a surprise, with homicide detective Womack (the rough noir-like George Murdock, not exactly the most comforting cop, his words to Harry leave him more concerned than feeling safe) on the case. Meanwhile Dan continues to evade a Hispanic shoeshine boy who wants his two dollars. The funniest scenes feature Phil Leeds, who claims to be God, using scripture and several incidents from the Bible in relative terms when talking to Harry or others.
The people in Harry's court remaining on edge produces some tense but amusing sight gags (like when Bull reenters the courtroom with everyone in attendance ducking for cover!), but the story is kind of scary if one thinks about it. How Leeds' God attempts to comfort Harry, it shows how Night Court finds methods to get alternating story lines to connect so that characters can confront a crisis or obstacle in a meaningful way that progresses the plot. Even though Leeds is nutty as a fruitcake, he does give advice that is food for thought which Harry does apply to his fear of going back into that courtroom.
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