"Mac Takes a Vocation"
Season 8, Episode 21
#168 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date March 20, 1991
Production code 186951
Written by: Fred Rubin
Directed by: Jim Drake
Guest stars: S. Marc Jordan
Joleen Lutz
Lawrence Dobkin
Nick Ullett
George Petrie
Kamella Tate
Delia Sheppard
Dorothy Andrews
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Mac Takes a Vocation was the 21st episode of Season 8 of Night Court, the 168th overall episode in the series. Written by Fred Rubin, the episode, directed by Jim Drake, originally aired on NBC-TV on March 20, 1991.

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A Supreme Court Judge steals Mac as court clerk for appearances, as it causes Harry to get riled.


Harry gets riled when a Justice Welch, a New York Supreme Court judge (Lawrence Dobkin) attempts to woo Mac away to serve on his staff as an office administrative assistant and legal aide.

What seems like such a great career opportunity soon turns sour, to Mac, as he learns that the real reason that Justice Welch is considering him for his staff was for him to be used as a vote-getting token minority on his staff, foremostly because of the ever changing demographics of the district in which he serves, as 50% of his constituents are now African-Amercan or Latino; when Mac objects to the idea, Justice Welch doesn't see it as such aproblem, as he considers Mac well qualified for the job, and he also cites "the fact that he's black doesn't hurt, either".

Mac decides to turn the job offer down as he cites that when he returns home from work at his court clerk job, his wife Quon Le and child see him as the man he is, but if he accepted this job, they'd be seeing a much different person, as he couldn't face himself in the mirror.

Meanwhile, trying to get over the death of his lackey and friend, Dan hires an English valet in an attempt to replace Phil.

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It is revealed in this episode that Mac's full first name is Macintosh.

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