"The New Judge"
Season 4, Episode 7
#64 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date November 20, 1986
Production code 185939
Written by: Linwood Boomer
Directed by: Jeff Melman
Guest stars: Jeff Altman
Joe Regalbuto
Dirk Blocker
Dolores Albin
Patrick Cranshaw
Charlotte Portney (Uncredited)
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The New Judge was the 7th episode of Season 4 of Night Court, also the 64th overall series episode. Written by Bob Stevens, and directed by Jeff Melman, the episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on November 20, 1986 and is available in unedited form on the website 

"The New Judge"
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Dan makes a friend out of the judge substituting until he realizes the man is trying to bribe him, and his friends talk him into wearing a wire to entrap the man. Harry's temporary replacement carries a huge revolver with him everywhere he goes. When the new judge offers Dan a bribe, Dan becomes the reluctant pawn in a sting operation.

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While Harry (Harry Anderson) takes a night off, his duties are assumed by Judge Watson (Jeff Altman), with whom Dan (John Larroquette) forms a bond. But when Watson proves to be packing heat--and worse, turns out to be a crook--it is a very reluctant Dan who agrees to wear a wire in a police sting operation aimed at the errant Judge. Watch for the hilarious "Bert and Ernie" moment featuring former NBC-TV Black Sheep Squadron regular Dirk Blocker and future Murphy Brown co-star, actor/dirctor Joe Regalbuto.

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