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I heard, I heard: Night Court is back in session on NBC, with a new Judge Stone presiding.

Big explosion student Melissa Rauch stars in the new sequel as Judge Abby Stone, daughter of original judge Harry Stone (played by the late Harry Anderson). Tuesday’s series premiere opens with a cheery Abby arriving for her first day as the new judge at her father’s old courthouse, but few people there remember Harry and the former. Night Court technical team. Former prosecutor Dan Fielding (John Larroquette) is still around – but he’s reduced to serving lattes at a nearby cafe. The barista job is just a cover so he can issue subpoenas as a court server, but the scruffy beard he sports is very real. (And hey, they kept the old theme song!)

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Abby soon meets her new co-workers: bailiff Gurgs (Lacretta), ambitious prosecutor Olivia (India de Beaufort) and frustrated clerk Neil (Kapil Talwakar). Her first case is a psychic accused of fraud, and when Abby puts the psychic to the test, we learn that the judge is “very happily engaged,” even though her fiancé lives out of town and hasn’t moved to town yet. (Hmmm.) She pushes the courtroom’s beleaguered public defender to try a little harder next time — and then he quits on the spot. Sitting in her late father’s former judge’s chambers and looking through her old stuff (Clarence the armadillo!), she decides she needs a new public defender “who cares as much about the people as I do.”

Then she knocks on the door of her father’s old friend Dan, who tries to push her away at first, but lets her in when he hears that she is Harry’s daughter. He offers his condolences and reveals that his own wife, Sarah, also recently passed away. When Abby tells her that she is the new night court judge, Dan lets out a terrified scream, mocking her offer to be the new public defender. But she tugs at his heart by reminding him of how she once convinced Harry to return to court, so he reluctantly agrees to at least pay his old stomping ground a visit.

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NBC Night Cut Dan Fielding John Larroquette

Once Dan arrives, he quickly clashes with Olivia, and although Abby tries to convince him to stick around, he walks away, leaving her alone. Meanwhile, poor Gurgs is going crazy trying to figure out who’s been rearranging the cards in the courtroom directory to play dirty jokes – but Abby knows it’s Neil, who is overqualified for his job and bored out of his mind. She questions him about what he really wants to do, and his upbeat attitude makes Neil agree to give her a little more time with her cases so she can delve deeper. Also, Dan takes a tour of Harry’s old quarters and asks a caretaker if he should open his heart again and risk being hurt. The caretaker is too busy disposing of dead birds to help, and when Dan opens a box of Harry’s things, a bunch of snakes with springs appear in his face. Classic Harry.

The next thing we know, Dan shows up in court with a freshly trimmed beard and ready to act as the court’s public defender – for a few days, at least. He’s tasked with defending an exhibitionist in an overcoat, and he thunders through the reasons why the man should be severely condemned… before remembering that he’s no longer the prosecutor. He quickly switches gears and defends the man – who, of course, shows Abby and the rest of the court before leaving. That’s it Night Courtafter all.

Alright, time to give your verdict: give the Night Court rate our poll, then hit the comments to share your thoughts.

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