Night Court: Season 1, Episode 5

The Eye of the Beholder (8 Feb. 1984)

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Bull feels misunderstood and quits in anger; a blind shoplifter awaiting trial keeps trying to give his police handler the slip.



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Episode cast overview:
Selma Diamond ...
Ralph Foley
Stanley Brock ...
Vincent Frago
Jennifer Richards ...
Iris Keller
Philip Sterling ...
Leonard Blum
Michael Alaimo ...
Police Officer


Bull feels misunderstood and quits in anger; a blind shoplifter awaiting trial keeps trying to give his police handler the slip.

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The title is from the 1823 novel 'Molly Bawn' by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". See more »


Spoofs The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

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The Eye of the Beholder: Night Court
24 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every sitcom dedicates particular story lines to one of the cast members, this time the focus is on Bull, who feels cheated because of his intimidating size. He just wants to mentor a kid and a certain foundation (one of those "big brother" types) felt Bull was too menacing/imposing. The rest of the episode follows his depression which soon turns to anger ("Why won't you all just leave me alone!" "I'm not an animal! I'm a human being!") as Bull contemplates quitting, moving away from the human race, maybe to Canada to be a lumberjack (?) or the North Pole. Anyway, he goes on the building's roof to mull things over scaring his peers who, at first, believe he might be contemplating jumping! Of course he answers "Are you nuts?!" when Harry asks him about the idea of jumping. Anyway, alternating stories include an obscenity charge against a porn filmmaker and his "star", with the only real evidence a porn tape, shot in Central Park! Guess who wants to sample the evidence? Yep, if you picked Dan, you guessed right! While all the other drama regarding Bull (and a blind man (played effectively by Al Ruscio) who keeps getting away from a security guard, constantly interrupting the cast during their conversations about Bull) is transpiring, Dan is swept away in the viewing of the "evidence"! This is fun stuff with lots of jokes regarding Bull played to the hilt, along with the obvious influx of blind gags/zingers following Ruscio's character. The final scene as Selma warns Bull never to worry or disrespect her again is a delight (she is so diminutive next to Bull, yet points that finger into his belly with conviction, fully in control and sincere in what she's saying). This is a strong episode for Bull, tailor made comedy exploiting his size and physical presence, not to mention his gifted facial talents and the ability to play even the most absurd dialogue with perfect straightness.

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