Christine gladly agrees to take care of a friend's baby for the weekend, but the experience turns out to be the opposite of what she expected. Harry enthusiastically pulls the staff into an office bet on his old college LaCrosse team.
A city accountant audits the court's expenses, leading to a series of flashbacks. Near the end of the audit, the staff and the accountant are taken hostage in Harry's office by a circus clown with a gun.
While a cable show is filming the proceedings in the courtroom, a sweet old lady appears in court with a hand grenade, asking for the staff's help in freeing her husband from prison. When they realize that her "husband" is a character on a soap opera, they are not sure how to deal with her.
Bull is encouraged to appear on a game show to win enough money to save his boys' club's gymnasium. To help him get over his jitters, Dan hypnotizes him, but inadvertently plants an obscene trigger phrase in his mind.
Harry plays up the role of an embittered judge hurting for cash, as part of a sting to nail gangster Marty Cologne. Christine, following Harry around, is taken in by the act, and tells Buddy, who reveals to Harry that he is his biological father. When Buddy lets slip the truth about the sting to Cologne, the gangster sends a pair of hit men to the courthouse.
A water pipe bursts in the holding cells, forcing the court staff to keep the inmates handcuffed in the hallways on the upper floors. The Court must finish its docket by midnight to relieve the pressure, while searching for three violent offenders who have escaped their bonds and gone missing.
Buddy is released from the mental hospital, and Harry invites him to live with him, unintentionally letting himself in for a world of aggravation. Dan hovers over a rent-controlled Park Avenue apartment, waiting eagerly for its elderly owner to pass on.
Bull saves the life of billionaire Jordan King, earning a spare-time job with him. Overhearing the details of a real estate deal King has going, Dan swoops in and buys the land, expecting to make a killing. Meanwhile, Quon Le's devotion to her new job selling cosmetics on commission forces Mac to help her, or face bankruptcy.
Dan receives a death threat and demands police protection. Sparks fly between Christine and the undercover detective sent to the courthouse. Bull carries a video camera everywhere around with him, filming his average night for his mother.
On Halloween, Mac finds a decades-old file stuck behind his desk drawer, on a case that was never finished because the defendant dropped dead in the middle of his trial. Soon, a series of poltergeist-style events convinces Harry that the man's ghost is haunting the courtroom. With the help of a medium, Harry and the staff hold a trial for a spirit.
Dan's prize new Mercedes is repossessed; after Bull has an angry argument with Rhoda, his girlfriend, he promises Dan the money he needs to get it back, if Dan takes him to a famous singles club. Christine receives a courtroom visit from a feminist judge whom she idolizes, but who gets the wrong impression when Harry asks Christine's help in performing a magic trick.
Buddy, Harry's dad meets a wealthy woman who was in Harry's court. Now he's wearing a Captain's outfit which is his uniform at his work and he doesn't tell her that. They start dating and Buddy tells Harry he proposed to her and he wants Harry to marry her. Harry concerned she doesn't know everything about Buddy talks to her but says she knows everything. But just before the wedding, Christine finds out that's not true. At the same time Dan who after going broke because of a failed business deal, has been living in his office. But when the office manager finds out, he...
Roz's pushy Aunt Ruth comes to visit her, trying for the umpteenth time to set her up with a man. Knowing that Ruth once took care of her whole family while her father was sick, Roz can't be her normally forceful self, and instead conscripts Mac to masquerade as her fiancé. A Zsa Zsa-like widow is detained at the courthouse when her diamond necklace is swallowed by another defendant's dog.
Dan receives a job offer from the most prestigious law firm in New York, and, as a favor to the hiring partner, arranges an early hearing for the senior partner's son, who is appearing on a shoplifting charge. Dan later finds out that the boy is a repeat offender, and the job offer was a scam. Dan brings a bribery charge against the hiring partner's son, but ends up facing disbarment for blackmail.
Dan is suspended from work while preparing for his disbarment hearing. Broke, he is forced to take a job waiting tables in a French restaurant under an assumed name. He has lost the will to defend himself, but his friends go to the hearing to stick up for him. Meanwhile, Roz and Christine's co-dieting is causing some weird behavior in both of them.
An attractive reporter comes to the courthouse to interview Harry; a jealous Dan listens to one of her tape recordings, and is shocked to find a steamy message on it. Unknown to either Harry or Dan, Christine finds out that the reporter is a lesbian, who publishes romance novels under a pseudonym.