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  • Florence's goodbye to everyone in "Flo's Retirement" really stands out.
  • Dan revealing his true opinion of Harry's style of justice in "The Wheels of Justice: Part II."
    Dan: You were good, Harry! Very good. You were impartial. You were fair. Patient. Compassionate. Understanding. And I admired you. (Harry looks at Dan with surprise) That's really hitting below the belt, isn't it?
  • Roz, the first to be snarky and the last to ever get sentimental, talking at Dan's funeral with frank honesty about how Dan once risked his life to save her and what a good person he was deep down.
    • Oddly enough Christine, who was the target of Dan's lecherous advances for years, took his apparent death the hardest of anyone.
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    • This was doubly touching as everyone else who spoke at the service was either unable to think of anything nice to say about Dan or wound up cracking wise about what a pervert he was.
      • To be fair, knowing Dan that's exactly what he would have wanted anyway.
      • Eh, sorta. He did rib Harry pretty hard about the ceremony after revealing himself, saying "This wasn't a funeral, Harry. It was a roast." He was smiling when he said it though so odds are he did appreciate the sentiment.
  • Dan gets a couple of these for the episode "Hurricane pt. 2". First, he comforts a pregnant woman during her delivery. Doubles as a Funny Moment when he also gently asks her to take her teeth out of his chest. Then, after things are settling down, and the woman indicates that she wants to name the child after Dan, he tells her the truth about his real name, Rheinhold Fielding Elmore, which he had legally changed when he went to school. It was something he'd never told any of his friends before.
  • Bull getting drunk and lamenting Selma's death, and his subsequent bittersweet welcoming of Florence.
    • A later episode shows that Harry was very grieved when Florence eventually died too.
  • In one Season 8 episode, Dan began having severe insomnia problems as a result of his guilt about sneaking money out of a charitable organization he had been put in charge of managing by Bumbling Sidekick / Eccentric Millionaire Phil The Bum. A hallucinating Dan starts having a Villainous Breakdown in the middle of his speech at a fundraiser, eventually seeing Phil's ghost on the stage. Dan confesses his wrong doing and immediately begs forgiveness. Phil grants it, saying the whole reason he put Dan in charge of the foundation was because he knew how badly Dan needed a chance to improve himself. Dan promises to change and the two hug.
    • Turns into a Funny Moment as we then see the breakdown from everyone else's perspective and see Dan hugging empty air and sobbing piously.
  • Season 8 ended with Phil the Bum's con-man brother Will swindling the charitable foundation Dan oversaw of over ten million dollars, leaving Dan to take the rap as the authorities were led to believe the two had been working together the whole time. To add insult to injury, he left a note mocking Dan for being a sucker. At the end of the two-part episode which opened Season 9, Will ultimately came back, admitting that Dan's own Heel–Face Turn had inspired his own. He returned all the money with interest, as he'd invested the money wisely over the past few months. Dan was cleared of all charges, dropped all the charges against Will in return and everyone's faith in Dan and human goodness was restored. Rousseau Was Very, Very Right.
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  • The final few minutes of Death of a Baliff, after Bull gives away his life's sayings after mishearing things Art said to him after he was struck by lightning as God commanding him to give away all his material possessions. View them here.
  • Harry's behavior towards Dan in Part 2 of "Dan's Operation". After his argument with Dan before the latter lapsed into a coma, he watches over him, begs him to wake up and after he does, he even tells him what a good friend he is and that he loves him. Of course, this ends up becoming hilarious due to Dan's inability to tell him he loves him back.
  • Dan actually had several Hidden Heart of Gold moments. In the episode "Married Alive" he courts a homely rich woman and genuinely falls in love with her. When she breaks it off he feigns indifference, but falls apart when everyone but Harry leaves.
    • In the episode "Paternity" he is confronted by a young boy who claims Dan is his father. When it is determined that he is not his biological father, he befriends the boy anyway and takes him to a baseball game - after of course convincing his coworkers that he is going off on another tawdry escapade.
  • In the episode Constitution Dan saves Roz's life by injecting her with insulin when she goes into diabetic shock. While Dan writes it off as no big deal, Roz calls him(and herself) out on their feigned indifference towards each other, saying they should be able to admit they care about each other as friends. Then gives him a kiss on the cheek for saving her life. Dan cheekily adds "I saw your butt", which makes Roz smile warmly.
  • In Strange Bedfellows, Dan falls in love with Joan Hopkins - his opponent in the run-off election for a State Assembly post. They discuss him quitting his job to follow her, but the idea is dismissed. As a token, she leaves him her lucky charm - the compass she'd had since she was a Girl Scout. She notes that a compass is special among navigational tools in that it won't tell you where you are but it can tell you where you're going. The episode concludes with Dan running into another of his semi-regular "girl-friends" who offers to take his mind off the election and Dan turning her down, walking off alone as he stares wistfully at the compass in his hand.
  • In Snoop and Nuts, Part 2, the story of how Buddy and Harry's mom met and fell in love in a mental institution is romantic enough but it also conveys how much all three of Harry's parents loved him. Harry Sr. is made out to be a virtual saint, given that - with the timeline involved - he would have been marrying a single mother fresh out of a mental hospital at a time when both mental illness and pregnancy out of wedlock were looked down upon. Later, when Buddy was released and tracked Harry's mother down, the three of them agreed that they should tell Harry the truth once he was older. Unfortunately, both Harry's mother and Buddy relapsed and were recommitted to the hospital, with Harry Sr. dying before he could tell his son the truth. When Buddy and Harry's mom were released the second time, they elected to stay out of Harry's life once they got released for fear that public knowledge that his parents were ex-mental patients might hurt Harry's legal career. Even after making contact, Buddy was still ready to take the secret that he was Harry's birth father to the grave, relenting only when he became worried that Harry was depressed over not having a family and was one step away from becoming a criminal.
    • There's also Buddy's ultimate complement of Harry - "Even if you weren't the son I always knew I had, you'd still be the son I'd always wished I'd wanted!"
  • In "Could This Be Magic", an old stage magician who was once an icon of Harry's steals all of Harry's belongings. When he is caught, Mac makes a point of telling the magician in not very subtle terms that he would be more than willing to run him down with his car. While it also doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny, it also demonstrates just how far Mac would go for Harry.
  • When we're introduced to his mother, it becomes apparent why Bull had such a close bond with his fellow bailiffs, Selma and later Florence and Roz, with the three of them, like his mother, being a very short, but loud women with dominating personalities. Bull clearly finds that comforting.

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