|"The Former Harry Stone"|
| Season 1, Episode 3|
#3 in Series (193 episodes)
Terry Kiser makes his first appearance as hotshot newspaper reporter Al Craven, who tries hard to find the criminal file on Judge Stone, which Lana stumbled upon while routinely going through the court files in "The Former Harry Stone" in Season 1 (ep.#2).
|Network/Country:||NBC-TV / United States|
|Air date||January 18, 1984|
|Written by||Tom Reeder|
|Directed by:||Jay Sandrich|
|Guest stars:|| Barney Martin|
|IMDB||The Former Harry Stone|
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The Former Harry Stone was the third episode of Night Court, also the third overall series episode. Written by series creator and executive producer Reinhold Weege, the episode was directed by Jay Sandrich, who was also well known for his work on the ABC-TV sitcoms SOAP, Benson, and, later, two other successful NBC shows, The Golden Girls and Empty Nest. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on January 18, 1984.
An office bet over what Harry's true age is leads to the discovery that he has a criminal record.
Plot Summary Edit
Lana learns that Harry has a criminal record when she tries to find out his age to settle a bet. Barney Martin appears in this episode. Terry Kiser makes his first appearance as hotshot newspaper reporter Al Craven, who tries hard to find the criminal file on Judge Stone, which Lana stumbled upon while routinely going through the court files, who was once arrested for running into a liquor store with a '64 Cadillac years earlier as a teenager taking a joyride in his dad's car; the charge and the story, if released to the public media, could be devastating to his judicial career.
Harry winds up admitting this to the reporter, as he admits he spent time in a reformatory tor the offense, which drove a further wedge between he and his dad, who died soon thereafter. Meanwhile, A man, Ronald McKenzie (Joey Aresco) is brought before Harry for disorderly conduct after starting a brawl at his wedding ceremony after learning his bride-to-be, Vickie Guyer (Judy Landers) was once a nude centerfold in a men's magazine, as Harry rules in against Ronald, but manages to get the couple to reconcile as then then marries the two in his chambers, with both attorneys, Liz and Dan, and Lana, and the bailiffs as witnesses, which brings home the message that there are some things we do which we later regret that we cannot change, but which we would like to, that we have to move on from. Incodentally, Craven decides not to print the story, not seeing anything interesting in "a judge who once got busted for taking a teenage joyride"!