Night Court: Season 1, Episode 4

Welcome Back, Momma (1 Feb. 1984)

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Harry's "missing" Mother and a beauty pageant operator appear in court.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Selma Diamond ...
Eleanor Brandon
Leonard Brandon
Paul Kreppel ...
Guy Harris
Melanie Vincz ...
Miss U.S.A. - Barbara 'Buffy'
Martin Garner ...
Lena Pousette ...
Miss Sweden
Daureen Collodel ...
Miss Chad
Stephanie Faulkner ...
Miss Italy
María Rubell ...
Miss Spain


Harry's "missing" Mother and a beauty pageant operator appear in court.

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The title is based on another New York City sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975). See more »


Asst. D.A. Dan Fielding: [Dan handing out address to his apartment to foreign beauty pageant contestants] This is the address to Dan's apartment. Dan's apartment is Goood!
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Featured in Night Court: Clip Show: Part 1 (1989) See more »

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Welcome Back, Momma: Night court
24 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a bittersweet episode of Night Court, Harry is introduced to an elderly woman who was arrested for chucking a rock through a store window claiming to be his mother! The "Pleased to meet you", followed by a handshake from Harry to this woman sets off the opening credits perfectly! Screen veteran (of movies and mostly television) Janis Paige is the sweet old lady who knows about Uncle Otto and his missing digit, so Harry decides to give her the benefit of the doubt. Plus, Harry has never known his mother (she took a hike when he was five), so this possible opportunity to reconnect he doesn't take in stride. I must admit that "Welcome Back, Momma" is really rather sad, because the result doesn't allow the kind of closure you would prefer for Harry, but he is given a chance to confront another person who hasn't appreciated his mother, thinking about "putting her away" in a home or sanitarium. The really laugh-out-loud moments go to Larroquette as Dan attempts to convince foreign beauties—having come to America in the guise that they would be participating in a legitimate pageant, the one responsible, organizing this supposed event, actually preying on them for other more despicable reasons, upon finding out this scam they react by beating the crap out of him—to meet him at his apartment as he hopes to score! Bull interacts with Miss Sweden (who looks like a farm girl, a little rough, but not too rugged) as he shows on paper in a doodle what his name is (it's all implied and expertly done by the two, as she storms off, speaking in her own language as he stands confused as to why she seems so insulted), by drawing a bull (to differentiate the difference in cow and bull…haha!). Melanie Vincz as bubble-headed Miss USA, Barbara (people call me Buffy!), full of perky sweetness, a wide smile and cheery energy is a real treat.

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