Harris appeals the judgment in favor of Arnold Ripner, and loses
"Liquidation" features Walter Olkewicz (first of two) as Walter Cushing, arrested for 'creating a disturbance, loitering, and conspiracy with intent to annoy.' Taking a course to conquer inhibitions by singing in public apparently can be hazardous to your safety. Martin Garner (fourth of five) plays newspaper vendor Martin Golden, who has spent the past 20 years walking across an empty lot to his tiny newsstand, but now is accused of trespassing on private property, with the Liberty Bell Development Corporation constructing a building on the site (Garner: "who do they think they are, telling me where to go and what to do!" Dietrich: "get in there and be quiet!"). Dietrich persuades the company representative (James Cromwell, third of four) to consider Golden's injunction against them (Dietrich: "Mr. Golden's daily crossing of your property conferred on him the legal right to do so...he can't exercise that right if you put up a building there!"). Both sides reach an amicable agreement, earning Golden a European vacation in the process...with a broad! Meanwhile, a verdict is reached on Harris' appeal against Arnold Ripner's $320,000 judgment against him; surprisingly, he comes up a loser, ordered to liquidate his assets in order to meet his obligations. Harris returns to the squad room thoroughly bombed, relating the story of his two bottles of wine worth a combined $4000, which he unceremoniously dumped down the sink to get sloshed on cheap gin (Barney compassionately confiscates his gun). At his lowest ebb, Harris is hilariously serenaded by the imprisoned Cushing with a rendition of Sinatra's "High Hopes" (our final image from this seventh season).
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