Clerks: Season 1, Episode 4

A Dissertation on the American Justice System by People Who Have Never Been Inside a Courtroom, Let Alone Know Anything About the Law, But Have Seen Way Too Many Legal Thrillers (31 May 2000)

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Randal Graves (voice)
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Jay (voice)
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Dante Hicks (voice)
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Silent Bob (voice)
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Kenny Mayne ...
Himself (voice)
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Himself (voice)
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Charles Barkley (voice)
Grant Hill ...
Himself (voice)
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Himself (voice)
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Himself (voice)
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Giggling Girl (voice) (as Tara Charendoff)
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Diana Devlin ...
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George Lucas (voice)
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This is a parody of clip show episodes, meant to reflect back on the first episode that was produced. The first episode never aired, so the entire episode was filled with flashbacks to an unaired episode. See more »

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Early in the episode, Randal throws away his soda can, which lands on the floor. In the next scene, Randal still has the can in his hand. See more »

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[Dante is on trial]
Narrator: This is the defendant, Dante Hicks. His friend Randal says that he suffers from chronic nocturnal emissions during which he cries out the name of the heavyset woman with the receding hairline they always see at the Laundromat.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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The Big One (The People's Court Theme)
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Music by Alan Tew
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Second best episode in a consistently brilliant series
2 August 2006 | by (Oak Ridge, NC) – See all my reviews

Even though this episode is fourth in the series, it was the first to appear on ABC in 2000. And, as Kevin Smith himself says on the audio commentary, it probably best represents the style of the show. It's got a rapid-fire, wicked sense of humor about it, the animation is good (but seldom great), and the voice-work is second to none.

With vocal appearances by Judge Reinhold, Dan Patrick, and several NBA stars, this episode chronicles the lawsuit wherein Jay tries to sue Dante and the Quick Stop for $10 million, all because he fell in a puddle of soda left on the floor by Randal.

The pop culture references fly by so quickly that you may not catch them all in a single sitting. There's Fast Times at Ridgemont High, JFK, Beverly Hills Cop, a great rip on The Phantom Menace, and that's just to name a few.

This may not be the series' best episode in it's six show run (the best is episode two, the flashback episode), but it's great for what it is, and shows what the show could've been had it stayed on the air for a full season or two.


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