History YMMV / NightCourt

3rd Dec '17 2:17:24 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* NightmareFuel: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_vdLRtLxUU This]] VanityPlate played after the closing credits after the second season, and was only used for ''Night Court''. Some people remember this show more for the horrifying laughter in the closing logo than for the show itself. Show writer Tom Reeder [[http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2012/12/rip-reinhold-weege.html?m=1 revealed in the comments on Ken Levine's blog post reporting Reinhold Weege's death]] that the laugh belonged to Weege's father, Chuck. He and his wife came to see every episode taped during Weege's tenure on the show, thus his laugh is also heard in the laugh track recorded for every episode until Weege left.

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* NightmareFuel: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_vdLRtLxUU This]] VanityPlate played after the closing credits after the second season, and was only used for ''Night Court''. Some people remember this show more for the horrifying laughter in the closing logo than for the show itself. Show writer Tom Reeder [[http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2012/12/rip-reinhold-weege.html?m=1 revealed in the comments on Ken Levine's blog post reporting Reinhold Weege's death]] that the laugh belonged to Weege's father, Chuck. [[note]]It had been long rumored that the laughter belonged to Creator/MelBlanc or Harry Anderson.[[/note]] He and his wife came to see every episode taped during Weege's tenure on the show, thus his laugh is also heard in the laugh track recorded for every episode until Weege left.
26th Nov '17 7:30:11 AM Freezer
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* ValuesDissonance: Dan's lecherous behavior pushed the limits of acceptability even for the time - even allowing for the exaggerated nature of the show's universe. In modern times, Dan libido ''might'' have been tolerated (though likely he would've been hit with multiple sexual harassment complaints, along with suspensions and mandatory counselling), but his habit of getting grabby would've gotten him fired with speed (if not arrested).
25th Oct '17 8:07:40 PM WildeOscar
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** It also sounds a little similar to the ''Series/BarneyMiller'' theme, interesting given both shows were comedies about people getting arrested.
3rd Sep '17 5:19:21 AM DoubleEdgedSword
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: One episode had an actor who played a [[Radio/TheLoneRanger Lone Ranger]]-esque character who was upset about a new, grittier movie that went completely against what his show/movies were about. He threatened to kill himself with a suspended air conditioner. In the end, it all worked out because the movie bombed with audiences, so the old guy wins a moral victory. While, as mentioned on the main page, this was based on something that actually happened in 1980, when the owner of The Lone Ranger copyright forced the original Lone Ranger actor from the TV series to stop touring with his costume because the owner wanted to do a DarkerAndEdgier film reboot, on 2013, ''another'' Darker and Edgier [[Film/TheLoneRanger film adaptation]] of ''The Lone Ranger'' was made by Disney, and was also poorly received. This would seem HilariousInHindsight except that Disney's ''Lone Ranger'' is on track to becoming one of the biggest {{Box Office Bomb}}s of all time.

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One episode had an actor who played a [[Radio/TheLoneRanger Lone Ranger]]-esque character who was upset about a new, grittier movie that went completely against what his show/movies were about. He threatened to kill himself with a suspended air conditioner. In the end, it all worked out because the movie bombed with audiences, so the old guy wins a moral victory. While, as mentioned on the main page, this was based on something that actually happened in 1980, when the owner of The Lone Ranger copyright forced the original Lone Ranger actor from the TV series to stop touring with his costume because the owner wanted to do a DarkerAndEdgier film reboot, on 2013, ''another'' Darker and Edgier [[Film/TheLoneRanger film adaptation]] of ''The Lone Ranger'' was made by Disney, and was also poorly received. This would seem HilariousInHindsight except that Disney's ''Lone Ranger'' is on track to becoming one of the biggest {{Box Office Bomb}}s of all time.time.
** In the Season 8 episode "Death Takes a Halloween", Harry jails a defendant who claims to be the Angel of Death. As a result, no one is able to die. The episode has a scene where Harry, while speaking on the telephone, makes some offhand or throwaway joke about people jumping off the World Trade Center and miraculously surviving.
4th Aug '17 5:31:12 PM TroperBeDoper
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** Wendell, the GentleGiant mental ward escapee from "Nuts About Harry" would go on to play someone [[Franchise/{{Predator}} not nearly as genial.]]
29th Jun '17 11:31:14 AM Mullon
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* EarWorm: That jazzy theme with its memorable hook (''Da-daaa daaaa daaaa, *clink clink*'')

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* EarWorm: That [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZudpHzV9vk jazzy theme theme]] with its memorable hook (''Da-daaa daaaa daaaa, *clink clink*'')
25th Jun '17 1:48:22 PM Morgenthaler
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** Ellen Foley, who played public defender Billie Young in season 2, sang back-up vocals for MeatLoaf. Her best known vocals are on "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" ("I wanna know right now / Will you love me forever?")

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** Ellen Foley, who played public defender Billie Young in season 2, sang back-up vocals for MeatLoaf.Music/MeatLoaf. Her best known vocals are on "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" ("I wanna know right now / Will you love me forever?")
14th Jun '17 9:43:48 AM JamesAustin
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* ChurchOfHappyology: Probably unintentional, since it was intended as a parody of pop psychology and not cults, but the support group Christine starts going to after her divorce has a lot of Happyology-esque traits.



-->(Having trapped a rival prankster judge in a giant balloon) "Cleaver, you may be younger. You may be faster. You may even be smarter. But you will NEVER, EVER, be crazier... [pulls out a giant pin] than me."
* [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Awesome]][=/=]MagnificentBastard: Dan gets one in "Harry and Leon" (Season 3, Episode 14).
** To explain, the episode starts as a sort of BigLippedAlligatorMoment with an employee from a "novelty entertainment" company named Paul Hodo (played by Lorry Goldman), who's the first case on the docket, being charged with "assault with a deadly weapon" ([[PieInTheFace throwing a pie]] that was frozen in a man's face, causing facial injury and a pending divorce). After the case ends as usual (Harry: "$200 fine and time served"), then-bailiff Florence telling the man that his price of USD$100 for pieing somebody in the face is too steep. Dan then insults Flo, and Flo is suddenly OK with the price, asking if the man took Visa credit cards.
** Near the end of the episode, after Harry's [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]] with Leon the shoeshine boy (offering to be his foster father for the time being), a field representative from the novelty gag company pies Dan in the face (with a chocolate-flavored pie, Dan's favorite flavor that Flo asked about earlier). Flo confesses about paying a pie thrower from the same firm from ''[[BrickJoke earlier in the episode]]''. Harry then tells Flo to stop covering for him; ''he's'' the one that paid the pie thrower. Christine Sullivan then confesses that she paid for the pie gag and so does Mac.
*** Dan then confirms that it was ''all four of them''. How?
-->'''Dan:''' (from serious to a tad maniacal) I made a deal with the guy out in the hall. I said if he took the money just for ''one hit'' and gave me the rest, I wouldn't sue him!
** So, $100 per PieInTheFace request. Four (Flo, Harry, Mac, and Christine) paid, so that's $400. $100 going to Paul Hodo leaves $300 left for Dan, so Dan hustled some money out of people whom he knew hated his guts. Dan then said he was going to buy him a nice suede jacket from Brooks Brothers and would come back to court tomorrow to rub it in the others' faces. Before he announces his shopping trip, he says the following:
--> '''Dan:''' You hate me. You all hate me. Everybody hates me! For the first time in my life, I'm taking advantage of being '''[[{{Jerkass}} me]]'''.
** GeniusBonus: According to [[http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ S. Morgan Friedman's Inflation Calculator]], $400.00 in 1986 dollars (1986 being the year the episode first aired) would be [[spoiler:$824.38]] in 2012 dollars. (Ooh, that would hurt those guys worse in 2012 [and even some more than that today].)
* CuteButCacophonic: "High pitched squeal" was pretty much Lisette's default setting.

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-->(Having -->'''Harry:''' ''[having trapped a rival prankster judge in a giant balloon) "Cleaver, balloon]'' Cleaver, you may be younger. You may be faster. You may even be smarter. But you will NEVER, EVER, be crazier... [pulls ''[pulls out a giant pin] pin]'' than me."
* [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Awesome]][=/=]MagnificentBastard: Dan gets one in "Harry and Leon" (Season 3, Episode 14).
** To explain, the episode starts as a sort of BigLippedAlligatorMoment with an employee from a "novelty entertainment" company named Paul Hodo (played by Lorry Goldman), who's the first case on the docket, being charged with "assault with a deadly weapon" ([[PieInTheFace throwing a pie]] that was frozen in a man's face, causing facial injury and a pending divorce). After the case ends as usual (Harry: "$200 fine and time served"), then-bailiff Florence telling the man that his price of USD$100 for pieing somebody in the face is too steep. Dan then insults Flo, and Flo is suddenly OK with the price, asking if the man took Visa credit cards.
** Near the end of the episode, after Harry's [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]] with Leon the shoeshine boy (offering to be his foster father for the time being), a field representative from the novelty gag company pies Dan in the face (with a chocolate-flavored pie, Dan's favorite flavor that Flo asked about earlier). Flo confesses about paying a pie thrower from the same firm from ''[[BrickJoke earlier in the episode]]''. Harry then tells Flo to stop covering for him; ''he's'' the one that paid the pie thrower. Christine Sullivan then confesses that she paid for the pie gag and so does Mac.
*** Dan then confirms that it was ''all four of them''. How?
-->'''Dan:''' (from serious to a tad maniacal) I made a deal with the guy out in the hall. I said if he took the money just for ''one hit'' and gave me the rest, I wouldn't sue him!
** So, $100 per PieInTheFace request. Four (Flo, Harry, Mac, and Christine) paid, so that's $400. $100 going to Paul Hodo leaves $300 left for Dan, so Dan hustled some money out of people whom he knew hated his guts. Dan then said he was going to buy him a nice suede jacket from Brooks Brothers and would come back to court tomorrow to rub it in the others' faces. Before he announces his shopping trip, he says the following:
--> '''Dan:''' You hate me. You all hate me. Everybody hates me! For the first time in my life, I'm taking advantage of being '''[[{{Jerkass}} me]]'''.
** GeniusBonus: According to [[http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ S. Morgan Friedman's Inflation Calculator]], $400.00 in 1986 dollars (1986 being the year the episode first aired) would be [[spoiler:$824.38]] in 2012 dollars. (Ooh, that would hurt those guys worse in 2012 [and even some more than that today].)
* CuteButCacophonic: "High pitched squeal" was pretty much Lisette's default setting.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dan Fielding. Even though he balanced between being a JerkAss and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold [[UnpopularPopularCharacter (and was downright]] ''[[UnpopularPopularCharacter loathed]]'' [[UnpopularPopularCharacter in universe by almost everyone)]], to date, whenever anyone mentions the show he (as well as actor John Larroquette) are usually the first people that come to mind. Larroquette's portrayal was so good, he won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for four years straight, and probably only did not win a fifth time because the man was so classy, he removed himself from consideration to give someone else a chance to win.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse:
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Dan Fielding. Even though he balanced between being a JerkAss and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold [[UnpopularPopularCharacter (and was downright]] ''[[UnpopularPopularCharacter loathed]]'' [[UnpopularPopularCharacter in universe by almost everyone)]], to date, whenever anyone mentions the show he (as well as actor John Larroquette) are usually the first people that come to mind. Larroquette's portrayal was so good, he won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for four years straight, and probably only did not win a fifth time because the man was so classy, he removed himself from consideration to give someone else a chance to win.



* EpilepticTrees: One popular theory among fans of ''Night Court'' and ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is that Harry Stone is an alias for con-man Harry The Hat and the reason for the latter character disappearing from Boston for the better part of a decade was that he was busy running a long-con playing judge in New York City. The ''[=Cheers=]'' writers actually alluded to this when the Harry the Hat character appeared on that show after ''Night Court'' began. Someone asked where he'd been, and he replied, "[[LampshadeHanging I got a night job]].".
** Of course there's also a theory running in the opposite direction that Harry the Hat is an alias for Judge Harry Stone who is attempting to pull the world's greatest prank by posing as a two-bit con man.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: One episode had an actor who played a [[Franchise/TheLoneRanger Lone Ranger]]-esque character who was upset about a new, grittier movie that went completely against what his show/movies were about. He threatened to kill himself with a suspended air conditioner. In the end, it all worked out because the movie bombed with audiences, so the old guy wins a moral victory. In 2013, a DarkerAndEdgier [[Film/TheLoneRanger film adaptation]] of ''The Lone Ranger'' was made by Disney, and was also poorly received. This would seem HilariousInHindsight except that Disney's ''Lone Ranger'' is on track to becoming one of the biggest {{Box Office Bomb}}s of all time.
** Actually, it was more a parody of what happened in 1980, when Lew Grade (the guy who brought us ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/TheMuppetShow'') attempted a DarkerAndEdgier reboot called ''The Legend of the Lone Ranger'', and lawyers forced the original Lone Ranger actor to stop touring with his costume; legal stuff ensued, the public got wind of this and supported the actor, resulting in the movie dying quickly at the box office. (This was pretty much the nail in the coffin for Grade's movie-making aspirations; his previous film, the notorious flop ''Film/RaiseTheTitanic'', as well as the Music/VillagePeople movie ''Film/CantStopTheMusic'' had killed the ITC/EMI joint venture AFD (Associated Film Distribution) and forced him to sell the remainder of the AFD films to Universal.)

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* EpilepticTrees: One popular theory among fans of ''Night Court'' and ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is that Harry Stone is an alias for con-man Harry The the Hat and the reason for the latter character disappearing from Boston for the better part of a decade was that he was busy running a long-con playing judge in New York City. The ''[=Cheers=]'' writers actually alluded to this when the Harry the Hat character appeared on that show after ''Night Court'' began. Someone asked where he'd been, and he replied, "[[LampshadeHanging I got a night job]].".
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". Of course there's also a theory running in the opposite direction that Harry the Hat is an alias for Judge Harry Stone who is attempting to pull the world's greatest prank by posing as a two-bit con man.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: One episode had an actor who played a [[Franchise/TheLoneRanger [[Radio/TheLoneRanger Lone Ranger]]-esque character who was upset about a new, grittier movie that went completely against what his show/movies were about. He threatened to kill himself with a suspended air conditioner. In the end, it all worked out because the movie bombed with audiences, so the old guy wins a moral victory. In 2013, While, as mentioned on the main page, this was based on something that actually happened in 1980, when the owner of The Lone Ranger copyright forced the original Lone Ranger actor from the TV series to stop touring with his costume because the owner wanted to do a DarkerAndEdgier film reboot, on 2013, ''another'' Darker and Edgier [[Film/TheLoneRanger film adaptation]] of ''The Lone Ranger'' was made by Disney, and was also poorly received. This would seem HilariousInHindsight except that Disney's ''Lone Ranger'' is on track to becoming one of the biggest {{Box Office Bomb}}s of all time.
** Actually, it was more a parody of what happened in 1980, when Lew Grade (the guy who brought us ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/TheMuppetShow'') attempted a DarkerAndEdgier reboot called ''The Legend of the Lone Ranger'', and lawyers forced the original Lone Ranger actor to stop touring with his costume; legal stuff ensued, the public got wind of this and supported the actor, resulting in the movie dying quickly at the box office. (This was pretty much the nail in the coffin for Grade's movie-making aspirations; his previous film, the notorious flop ''Film/RaiseTheTitanic'', as well as the Music/VillagePeople movie ''Film/CantStopTheMusic'' had killed the ITC/EMI joint venture AFD (Associated Film Distribution) and forced him to sell the remainder of the AFD films to Universal.)
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-->"Why do you think I keep coming to work? For my health?" ''(lights up cigarette)''
* HeReallyCanAct: This is in the YMMV section for aesthetic reasons, but anyone who was a fan could tell you the show had an uncanny ability to provide equal parts humor and pathos almost constantly.

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-->"Why -->'''Selma:''' Why do you think I keep coming to work? For my health?" ''(lights health? ''[lights up cigarette)''
cigarette]''
* HeReallyCanAct: This is in the YMMV section for aesthetic reasons, but anyone SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: Anyone who was a fan could tell you the show had an uncanny ability to provide equal parts humor and pathos almost constantly.



* NightmareFuel VanityPlate: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_vdLRtLxUU This]] played after the closing credits after the second season, and was only used for ''Night Court''. This troper remembers this show more for the horrifying laughter in the closing logo than for the show itself.
** [[WordOfDante Show writer Tom Reeder]] [[http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2012/12/rip-reinhold-weege.html?m=1 revealed in the comments on Ken Levine's blog post reporting Reinhold Weege's death]] that the laugh belonged to Weege's father, Chuck. He and his wife came to see every episode taped during Weege's tenure on the show, thus his laugh is also heard in the laugh track recorded for every episode until Weege left.

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* NightmareFuel VanityPlate: MagnificentBastard: Dan.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Dan gets one in "Harry and Leon" (Season 3, Episode 14).
** To explain, the episode starts as a sort of BigLippedAlligatorMoment with an employee from a "novelty entertainment" company named Paul Hodo (played by Lorry Goldman), who's the first case on the docket, being charged with "assault with a deadly weapon" ([[PieInTheFace throwing a pie]] that was frozen in a man's face, causing facial injury and a pending divorce). After the case ends as usual (Harry: "$200 fine and time served"), then-bailiff Florence telling the man that his price of USD$100 for pieing somebody in the face is too steep. Dan then insults Flo, and Flo is suddenly OK with the price, asking if the man took Visa credit cards.
** Near the end of the episode, after Harry's SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} with Leon the shoeshine boy (offering to be his foster father for the time being), a field representative from the novelty gag company pies Dan in the face (with a chocolate-flavored pie, Dan's favorite flavor that Flo asked about earlier). Flo confesses about paying a pie thrower from the same firm from ''[[BrickJoke earlier in the episode]]''. Harry then tells Flo to stop covering for him; ''he's'' the one that paid the pie thrower. Christine Sullivan then confesses that she paid for the pie gag and so does Mac. Dan then confirms that it was ''all four of them''. How?
--->'''Dan:''' ''[from serious to a tad maniacal]'' I made a deal with the guy out in the hall. I said if he took the money just for ''one hit'' and gave me the rest, I wouldn't sue him!
** So, $100 per PieInTheFace request. Four (Flo, Harry, Mac, and Christine) paid, so that's $400. $100 going to Paul Hodo leaves $300 left for Dan, so Dan hustled some money out of people whom he knew hated his guts. Dan then said he was going to buy him a nice suede jacket from Brooks Brothers and would come back to court tomorrow to rub it in the others' faces. Before he announces his shopping trip, he says the following:
---> '''Dan:''' You hate me. You all hate me. Everybody hates me! For the first time in my life, I'm taking advantage of being '''[[{{Jerkass}} me]]'''.
* NightmareFuel:
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_vdLRtLxUU This]] VanityPlate played after the closing credits after the second season, and was only used for ''Night Court''. This troper remembers Some people remember this show more for the horrifying laughter in the closing logo than for the show itself.
** [[WordOfDante
itself. Show writer Tom Reeder]] Reeder [[http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2012/12/rip-reinhold-weege.html?m=1 revealed in the comments on Ken Levine's blog post reporting Reinhold Weege's death]] that the laugh belonged to Weege's father, Chuck. He and his wife came to see every episode taped during Weege's tenure on the show, thus his laugh is also heard in the laugh track recorded for every episode until Weege left.
5th Jun '17 4:25:21 PM jormis29
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** Actually, it was more a parody of what happened in 1980, when Lew Grade (the guy who brought us ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/TheMuppetShow'') attempted a DarkerAndEdgier reboot called ''The Legend of the Lone Ranger'', and lawyers forced the original Lone Ranger actor to stop touring with his costume; legal stuff ensued, the public got wind of this and supported the actor, resulting in the movie dying quickly at the box office. (This was pretty much the nail in the coffin for Grade's movie-making aspirations; his previous film, the notorious flop ''Film/RaiseTheTitanic'', as well as the Village People movie ''Can't Stop The Music'' had killed the ITC/EMI joint venture AFD (Associated Film Distribution) and forced him to sell the remainder of the AFD films to Universal.)

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** Actually, it was more a parody of what happened in 1980, when Lew Grade (the guy who brought us ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/TheMuppetShow'') attempted a DarkerAndEdgier reboot called ''The Legend of the Lone Ranger'', and lawyers forced the original Lone Ranger actor to stop touring with his costume; legal stuff ensued, the public got wind of this and supported the actor, resulting in the movie dying quickly at the box office. (This was pretty much the nail in the coffin for Grade's movie-making aspirations; his previous film, the notorious flop ''Film/RaiseTheTitanic'', as well as the Village People Music/VillagePeople movie ''Can't Stop The Music'' ''Film/CantStopTheMusic'' had killed the ITC/EMI joint venture AFD (Associated Film Distribution) and forced him to sell the remainder of the AFD films to Universal.)
9th May '17 4:13:11 AM jormis29
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** Season 4's "Author, Author" features a rare on-camera appearance by voice actor [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Joe Alaskey]] playing a man who was arrested for accosting a woman who has split-personality disorder... and happens to be played by a surprisingly formal-looking [[TheNanny Fran Drescher]].

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** Season 4's "Author, Author" features a rare on-camera appearance by voice actor [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Joe Alaskey]] playing a man who was arrested for accosting a woman who has split-personality disorder... and happens to be played by a surprisingly formal-looking [[TheNanny Fran Drescher]].Creator/FranDrescher.
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