"Dan, The Walking Time Bomb"
Season 5, Episode 12
#91 in series (193 episodes)
5x12 - Dan the Walking Time Bomb
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date January 7, 1988
Production code 186212
Written by: Gary Murphy & Larry Strawther
Directed by: Tim Steele
Guest stars: Elayne Boosler
Patrick Thomas O'Brien
Charles Cyphers 
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Dan, the Walking Time Bomb was the 12th episode of Season 5 of Night Court, also the 91st overall series episode. Written by Gary Murphy and Larry Strawther, the episode was directed by Tim Steele. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on January 7, 1988. 

"Dan, the Walking Time Bomb"
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Dan frantically tries to rid himself of a briefcase containing a time bomb that someone has handcuffed to his wrist while Joy demands that Bull treat her as he would a sighted woman. Also, Dan's real name is revealed to the staff. Meanwhile, Bull walks around the courtroom in a blindfold, trying to empathize with Joy's blindness.


Dan frantically tries to rid himself of a briefcase containing a time bomb, which is handcuffed to his wrist, designed by an old high school accquaintance of his named Ernie "Stinky" Carter (Patrick Thomas O'Brien) who holds a grudge against him for ruining his high school science project, a "battery operated sewage plant", which spilled over onto the classroom floor after Dan's project, a model of the "female reproductive system", had a malfunction as he collided with Ernie as he was holding the "sewage plant", as he goes on to tell Dan, whom he blames for "ruining his life", and the court that he, because of the classroom accident, lost his college scholarship and has spent the last fifteen years of his life after high school working at a job emptying septic tanks.

Meanwhile, Joy Buscaglia (Elayne Boosler), Bull's girlfriend, demands that boyfriend Bull treat her as he would a sighted woman, as they wind up making out in the courtroom with the bomb, with a blindfolded Bull, wanting to try to relate to his blind girlfriend, still inside of Dan's briefcase, that Stinky and the NYPD Bomb Squad couldn't defuse, as it eventually goes off, while the two are smooching, as they think the sensation was because of their making out!

Also, Dan's real name, "Reinhold" is revealed to the staff by Stinky, as the police take him into custody which embarasses Dan, as Stinky then also reveals that Dan also used to play the accordian in high school, too!

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  • Ernie Carter: Excuse me, Mr. Fielding?
  • Dan: distracted] Just a second, Len, I'll be with you in a moment...

[Ernie handcuffs a briefcase to Dan's wrist]

  • Dan: Hey, what the hell is this?
  • Ernie: It's a bomb, Dan!

[he opens the briefcase, showing it's full of dynamite. Dan gasps in disbelief]

  • Ernie: It's going off in thirty minutes.

[Dan gasps again]

  • Ernie: [holds up a remote] Or sooner, if I push this little button.

[Dan gasps twice]

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