"The Night Off"
Season 3, Episode 13
#48 in series (193 episodes)
3x13 - The Night Off
Judge Hirsch, an eccentric veteran judge (Jeff Corey) who mentored Harry who substitutes for him for a session, puts Dan and Mac in jail and appoints wino Phil and bailiff Florence as the court counsel as Harry is forced to try to get his mentor removed from the bench in "The Night Off" in Season 3 (ep.#13).
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date January 16, 1986
Production code 185725
Written by: Nat Maudlin & Reinhold Weege
Directed by: Jim Drake
Guest stars: Jeff Corey
William Utay
Mark L. Taylor
Michael Jeter
Charlotte Portney (uncredited)
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The Night Off was the 13th episode of Season 3 of Night Court, also the 48th overall series episode. Written by Nat Maudlin and series creator Reinhold Weege, and directed by Jim Drake, the episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on January 16, 1986. 

"The Night Off"
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A crazy judge brought in to substitute for Harry imprisons Dan and Mac for contempt and appoints Florence and Phil the wino as the defense and prosecuting attorneys.


Some crazy substitute judge puts Dan and Mac in jail and appoints a wino and Florence as the court attorneys.

Plot Summary

While Harry (Harry Anderson) takes a night off, his replacement is the much-older Judge Robert Hirsch (Jeff Corey). This turns out to be a calamitous substitution: though Harry may be eccentric, Judge Hirsch proves to be downright certifiable. Before the night is over, the half-baked Hirsch has jailed public defender Christine (Markie Post) and prosecutor Dan (John Larroquette)--and replaced them with court matron Florence (Florence Halop) and resident derelict Phil (William Utay)! Future Evening Shade regular Michael Jeter shows up in a minor role.

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