Okay, this one was a little weird. An entire episode was devoted to Jennifer Aniston and Night Court. That's not to say I didn't used to love Night Court, because I did, but what's a reunion without Bull or Roz? I know. Let's bring back the cast of Empty Nest minus David Leisure. See? Doesn't work either. As for Friend Aniston, she's always been a comedic hot girl. She hit every line perfect and looked crazy good doing it (take that Brad) but, I don't know, she also kind of swallowed the entire episode whole. The threads to this story didn't seem to cleverly intertwine like they mostly always do. Bam! Kenneth and Tracy bring back Night Court and Pow! Lemon and Jenna's crazy pal Aniston fucks with Jack's head. The end. You know what I mean? Here's what happened.
Kenneth is rightly pissed off at having to wear the new NBC page uniform. The jackets are gray now instead of navy blue. Tracy understands his loss by uttering the line of the night. “Is there nothing sacred? Just makes me wanna pee on someone," but Kenneth is inconsolable. The only thing that could cheer him up would be a sunset or a satisfying finale to the hit NBC television series Night Court. [Factoid: Night Court was to be canceled in 1991 and a series finale had been planned that would have married off the lead characters Harry (Harry Anderson) and Christine (Markie Post) but NBC gave them a reprieve, renewing them for another year. That was one year too many. Instead 1992 was the show's last season and this time, in the series finale Harry stayed put as a judge, Christine got elected to Congress, Mac enrolled in film school, and Bull was abducted by aliens from Jupiter. Anyway that's the most inside baseball setup I can remember for a major network sitcom.] Tracy and Kenneth spend the entire rest of the episode filming a new finale of the show with help from special guest stars Harry Anderson, Markie Post, and Charlie Robinson who played the court clerk Mac. Kenneth writes a script that ends with Harry and Christine getting married. Lemon doesn't understand the whole thing but no one else listens or cares.
The other thread is about Claire Harper (Jennifer Aniston) a friend of Lemon and Jenna's from their days in Chicago. Claire is a party animal who puts out a lot. When she's not beheading men with her sexuality you can find her at da club or the after-after-after party. She rips into town and Jenna and Lemon want nothing to do with her. They can't keep up with her but it turns out they won't have to. Claire sets her sights on an eager Jack. They have sex within five minutes of meeting each other and despite numerous protests from Lemon who attempts to explain to Jack exactly how crazy Claire is, he keeps having sex with her. Things begin to take an awkward turn when Claire sneaks into a dinner gala devoted to an Asian energy entrepreneur and emergent reality dating star (named “Meeow"), and sings “Happy Birthday" to a stunned Jack. Jack gets so far deep with Claire he finds himself waiting in line with her at a Manhattan nightclub wearing a hat that should be on Mystery's head. As they stand in line Claire steals a cop's gun, gives it to Jack and then yells "Jack's got a gun." She's crazy. Lemon has to bail him out of night court (wink). The end.
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There's something different about Kenneth. I can't quite pin it -- his hair's about the same, his skin is as pale as it ought to be... What's with that jacket? Kenneth stops Lemon in the hallway to complain about the new NBC page uniforms. The jackets are gray instead of navy blue, and he wants Lemon to have it switched back. She insists she doesn't have that kind of authority, and Kenneth storms off in a huff. Lemon finds Jenna to tell her about a visit from their mutual friend Claire Harper from Chicago, better known as "fun crazy Claire." They reminisce on her wild antics like dancing in an open fire hydrant, karaoke in Boystown and crashing Polish weddings, but then they admit to one another that her antics were exhausting -- too exhausting to go through with again. Neither one plans on spending any more time with Claire as they approach the elevator banks for her imminent arrival. Jack stands before them. "Up or down, ladies?" "Neither," says Lemon. "We're waiting for our old roommate. She's like a human Macarena. Something that everyone did at parties in 1996." "Meow," adds Jack. Lemon agrees it was a harsh thing to say but Jack corrects her. "No-no, Mi Yow," he says, indicating an Asian woman standing behind them. "She owns the largest alternative energy company in Asia." As part of the NBC Green initiative they're doing a reality show about her quest to find a boyfriend. Bachelor #1"? Claire steps off the elevator. She greets Lemon and Jenna with a girlie scream and then the three all scream as one. Lemon introduces Claire to Jack and they both seem intrigued.
Kenneth neatly folds away his old page uniform with military precision. He salutes the process as Tracy walks by. "What's wrong Ken? You got wife eyes." [Is Tracy's wife always this sad? - Zach] Kenneth is still grieving the loss of the traditional page uniform, but now realizes he'll just have to deal with the change. Tracy is bummed out that Kenneth's so bummed out. "What can I buy you to make you happy?" The answer from Kenneth is nothing. Money can't buy a sunset or a child's smile or a satisfying finale to the hit NBC television series Night Court. Tracy expresses something I believe we all said in the late '80s. "Court? At night? I'm already laughing." Night Court requires no further explanation, or if it does you'll have a very hard time. Night Court was to be canceled in 1991 and a series finale had been planned that would have married off the lead characters Harry (Harry Anderson) and Christine (Markie Post) but NBC gave them a reprieve, renewing them for another year. That was one year too many. Instead 1992 was the show's last season, and this time in the series finale Harry stayed put as a judge, Christine got elected to Congress, Mac enrolled in film school, and Bull was abducted by aliens from Jupiter. Anyway that's the most inside baseball setup I can remember for a major network sitcom. Kenneth wants closure to those characters, and Tracy wants to help.