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Back to the Future IV - Judgment Day 

Mike's political mentor comes to City Hall to help on the Millennium project, and displays a literal Messianic complex. Things heat up between Randall and Janelle. A mishap occurs when Paul dog-sits Rags as a favor to Carter.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Aunt Marie Paterno
Deirdre West (archive footage)
Rags the Dog (voice)


Mike is delighted he managed to recruit his former political mentor, Owen Kingston, ti lead the mayor's Milennium project. Alas, Owen developed religious delusions and wants to recruit Mike to second the 'new messiah'. James accepts 'fixing' self-proclaimed virgin Marie Paterno, then consults Sruart, being truly 'unspoiled' himself. Carter pays Paul to mind smuggled-in ancient dog Rags, taking account of his countless ailments. Paul accidentally drops an apparently lethal paperweight on the the dog but stages it so that Carter believes himself the 'killer'. Written by KGF Vissers

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23 February 1999 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the Back To The Future movie series. Michael J. Fox's co-star Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) guest starred was in this show. See more »


Stacey Paterno: It was so great Aunt Marie, thank you so much for visiting.
Aunt Marie Paterno: I had a great time, Stac. I really did. Ah, and look that 'things-to-do' list you made me, I checked off everyone.
Stuart Bondek: You know Marie, the whole time you were here you completely ignored me.
Aunt Marie Paterno: [looking at her things-to-do list] Check.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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Paul takes care of Rag. Really 'takes care'.
12 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lloyd stars in this episode as Owen Kingston who brought Mike up in politics years ago. Mike has told the Mayor that Owen would be excellent for him to appoint to the Millennium Project board and the Mayor respects Mike's decision. But at the meetings Owen begins talking about religious references and about the end of time. Owen later tells Mike that he is 'The chosen One'. Mike thinks he made a huge mistake bringing Owen on board with the project.

In another story, Paul is going to take care of Carter's dog, Rags, while Carter is away. But during the 'sitting', Paul drops a paperweight on the dog. Paul comes up with a very clever, and funny, way of letting someone else take the blame.

There is much going on in this episode and even some not covered in this review, so the viewer has to be on their toes the entire time. It was a nicely performed show that was entertaining to watch. One of the funniest scenes happens when Paul believes he has killed the dog. Will not give away the scene but it is one that is worth watching. Good show.

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