Night Court

Season 3 Episode 16

Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Aired Unknown Feb 06, 1986 on NBC
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Harry's concern with Leon's imminent adoption blinds him to the presence of Mel Torme in the courthouse.

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  • Great Comedic Drama

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    Over the years "Night Court" dealt with some heavy issues. Some, sadly, were forced on the show due to the deaths of the actresses playing the bailiffs in consecutive years. This, however, is a sterling example of just how good comedic drama can be. Not since the early days of "M*A*S*H" has so much pain and fun been on the same page.



    This episode marked the directorial debut of John Larroquette, and he did a masterful job of running the show. Much of the humor in this episode centers around Mel Torme, Harry's idol, being in the courthouse because he had been burglarized. The comedic timing of Harry opening the door, and just as Mel turns around (where Harry and Mel would have been face to face) slamming it shut in his face is perfect and precise. Mel Torme later described it in his autobiography as "the best tradition of French farce".



    The central part of the story is that, after only a few days together as foster father and son, Harry and Leon are being separated because a couple has stepped forward to adopt Leon. Neither Harry nor Leon is very happy with the prospect. Leon, especially, rejects the thought of leaving the hip judge in favor of a man who LITERALLY gives him a $5 bill when he says, "Give me five" and thinks that playing baseball requires "a bat and a puck". Leon runs away from the adoptive parents, returning only to say a painful goodbye to Harry. The final scene, where Harry sits alone in a darkened court room while Torme sings "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" is powerfully haunting.



    This episode should have won Emmy awards for EVERYONE: Harry Anderson's acting, Larroquette's directing, Bob Stevens' writing, and even the people who were in the audience to watch it taped. It is THAT good.moreless
John Larroquette

John Larroquette

ADA Reinhold "Dan" Fielding

Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson

Judge Harold T. Stone

Richard Moll

Richard Moll

Bull Shannon

Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson

Mac Robinson [ 2-9 ]

Markie Post

Markie Post

Christine Sullivan [ 3-9 ]

Florence Halop

Florence Halop

Florence Kleiner [ 3 ]

Margot Rose

Margot Rose

Charlotte Lund

Guest Star

Iona Morris

Iona Morris

Mrs. Johnson

Guest Star

Lisle Wilson

Lisle Wilson

Dudley Johnson

Guest Star

Bumper Robinson

Bumper Robinson

Leon

Recurring Role

Mel Torme

Mel Torme

Himself

Recurring Role

William Utay

William Utay

Phil Sanders - episodes 32-166, Will Sanders - 170-193

Recurring Role

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