"World War III"
Season 2, Episode 21
#34 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date May 2, 1985
Production code 185621
Written by: Nat Maudlin
Stu Kreisman (story editor)
Directed by: Alan Bergmann
Guest stars: Yakov Smirnoff
 Gordon Jump 
Leonard Stone 
Richard Brestoff 
Matt Landers
Faith Minton
John Lykes
Lana Schwab
Charlotte Portney
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World War III was the 21st episode of Season 2 of Night Court, also the 34th overall series episode. Written by Nat Maudlin, the episode was directed by Alan Bergmann. The episode, which aired on NBC-TV, first aired on May 2, 1985. 

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Harry searches for Yakov's brother, a Russian circus defector. Meanwhile, Soviet and American agents (Leonard Stone, Gordon Jump) negotiate an arms agreement.


After Quon Le, Mac's legal wife, is caught sharing house with a group of prostitutes, she says she loves him and wants to live with him as his real wife. Billie and Dan compete for Harry's favor, wanting a letter of recommendation for a special mayoral post, but Billie takes it unusually badly when Dan gets the letter.

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Harry's courtroom becomes Ground Zero for several Cold War crises between the US and the former Soviet Union. It all begins when Harry (Harry Anderson) launches a search for the brother of Russian émigré Yakov (Yakov Smirnoff), a circus performer who has decided to defect. Before long, Night Court is swarming with clowns and jugglers, KGB and CIA agents, and even a pair of contentious arms negotiators

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