“Spin City”: Episode Guide Season 2

EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.01
EPISODE TITLE :: Paul Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 24, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Paula Marshall as Laurie Parres; Mark Linn-Baker as Dr. Benjamin; Lisa Louise Langford as Reporter #1; John Scurti as Reporter #2; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Bill Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: While acting as the Mayor’s divorce lawyer, Mike is attracted to his opponent, Laurie Parres. Meanwhile, the press thinks Paul has suffered a nervous breakdown, so Michael enlists a psychiatrist, Dr. Benjamin, to pronounce Paul sane. His plans go awry when Dr. Benjamin unexpectedly commits Paul to an institution.
TRIVIA: This episode features a new theme song performed by the Spin Doctors and there are no more themed sound effects.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.02
EPISODE TITLE :: Porn in the U.S.A.
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 1, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Raquel Welch as Abby Lassiter; Paula Marshall as Laurie; Peter Jacobson as Greg Mullins; Blanca Camacho as Flower Woman
WRITER :: Jeff Lowell
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When Mike’s new girlfriend, Laurie, bonds with Nikki, Mike must compete with his own staffer for Laurie’s attention and free time. Meanwhile, Paul’s bombshell mom dazzles his coworkers when she visits the office, and the Mayor is in a mess over an X-rated video.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.03
EPISODE TITLE :: Wonder Woman
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 8, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Paula Marshall as Laurie; Linda Stephens as Mrs. Carol Parres; Melinda Wade as Nadine’s Voice; Sylvia Kauders as Roberta
WRITER :: Jay Scherick & David Ronn
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike finds out that his new girlfriend, Laurie, isn’t looking for commitment, which he thinks is great– at first. Meanwhile, James has a mysterious new hobby, which Stuart and Carter are determined to uncover. Janelle asks for a raise with surprising results.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.04
EPISODE TITLE :: The Goodbye Girl
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 15, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Jennifer Esposito as Stacey; Marla Maples as Jennifer Goldman; Paula Marshall as Laurie
WRITER :: Gayle Abrams
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Michael tries to dissuade the Mayor from a relationship with Jennifer, a much younger woman. However, as Mike deals with his own relationship troubles, Jennifer makes a pass at him. Meanwhile, Paul is acting as Michael’s assistant, and enjoying it so much that he can’t bring himself to hire the best candidate for the job, Stacy Paterno.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.05
EPISODE TITLE :: In the Heat of the Day
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 22, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Jennifer Esposito as Stacey; Zandy Hartig as Katie; Tim Devlin as Arresting Officer; Dennis Palladino as Sergeant; Manuel E. Santiago as Councilman Rodriguez; Raul Esparza as Reporter; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Stephen Godchaux
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: While jogging in the park to support the Mayor’s fitness initiative, Carter is apprehended by the police, who mistake him for a mugger. To Carter’s chagrin, Michael wants to downplay the incident for political reasons, while Carter wants to publicize his own outrage. Meanwhile, Paul becomes paranoid that he himself is a racist and James struggles to pull off a successful date with the new supply girl, Katie.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.06
EPISODE TITLE :: Radio Daze
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 29, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Jennifer Esposito as Stacey; Regis Philbin as Himself; Kathie Lee Gifford as Herself; Gerry Red Wilson as Andrew “Drew” West; Brian Van Holt as Brent; Rod McLachlan as Reporter
WRITER :: Kirk J. Rudell
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Mayor agrees to a mock election with a popular disc jockey. Meanwhile, the women in the office compete for the affections of the water delivery man.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.07
EPISODE TITLE :: The Thirty Year Itch
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 5, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Jennifer Esposito as Stacey; Tracy Pollan as Renee Miller; Bradley White as Stephen; Hope Chernov as Bridget; Whitney Allen as Cathy; Geneva Carr as Kathy; Jan Owen as Mrs. Helen Walker
WRITER :: Michelle Nader & Amy Cohen
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: As Mike’s 30th birthday approaches, he is reminded of a promise he made to his high-school sweetheart, Renee Miller, long ago: If they were both still single by the time Mike turned 30, they’d reunite at the top of the Empire State Building on his birthday. Both of them keep their promise, with surprising results. Meanwhile, the Mayor wonders if his nephew is gay.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.08
EPISODE TITLE :: My Life is a Soap Opera
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 12, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Jennifer Esposito as Stacey; John Callahan as Edmund; Esta Terblanche as Gillian; Susan Floyd as Lisa; Kim Raver as Jeannie; Scott Brasfield as Mick Flannery; Brettanya Friese as Susan; Sylvia Kauders as Roberta; Paul Romero as Bob Conner; Peggy Shay as Little Old Lady; Ken Sheehan as Kenny the Janitor
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When Mike begins dating Lisa, a writer from the soap opera “All My Children,” he starts to see their dating life echoed on episodes of the popular serial: A new hunk named Mick Flannery joins “All My Children” and woos the resident vixen, Gillian–until she reveals their bedroom secrets to Edmund. Meanwhile, Stuart plays gay in order to get dates with beautiful women.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.09
EPISODE TITLE :: Family Affair Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 19, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Jennifer Esposito as Stacey; Meredith Baxter Birney as Macy Flaherty; Mitch Rouse as Steve/Mr. Bungle; Charlie White as Hank
WRITER :: Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike’s mom, Macy, is visiting for a week and she and the Mayor hit it off better than Mike ever imagined. Meanwhile, Nikki dates Steve, a ventriloquist whose dummy, Mr. Bungle, is more romantic and talkative than Steve. Meanwhile, Stacy and Stuart scheme to get Hank, an elderly security guard, his job back after he accidentally shoots Paul.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.10
EPISODE TITLE :: Family Affair Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 26, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Meredith Baxter Birney as Macy Flaherty; Ed Koch as Himself; Alan Derschowitz as Himself; Charlie White as Hank; David Aaron Baker as Jason Lane; Josephine Longbardi as Herself; Curt Chaplin as Himself; Jay Russell as Reporter
WRITER :: Jeff Lowell & Tom Hertz; Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike must choose between protecting his mom, Macy, and protecting the Mayor, when he tries to spin the Mayor out of a new scandal–His Honor’s alibi would reveal that he spent the night with Macy instead of a prostitute. Meanwhile, Paul is sued and goes to The People’s Court to defend his case.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.11
EPISODE TITLE :: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 10, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Alyssa Milano as Meg Winston; Andrea Maulella as Activist; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Laurie Parres
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Mayor’s free-thinking daughter, Meg, with whom he has a somewhat strained relationship, puts the “bare” in bareback when she disrupts a rally with hansom-carriage drivers in Central Park to draw attention to her animal rights stance–and not coincidentally, herself. Meanwhile, the gang tries to reunite a needy Paul with ex-girlfriend Claudia, but he’s smitten with his new pen-pal.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.12
EPISODE TITLE :: Miracle Near 34th Street
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 17, 1997
GUEST STARS :: Scott Terra as Justin; Kevin Brennan as Fighting Santa; Julia Gibson as Justin’s Mom; James Harder as Old Santa; John Bland as Reporter; Craig Mathers as Newscaster; Christopher Cooke as Santa #2
WRITER :: Stephen Godchaux & Gayle Abrams
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike struggles to make the children of New York believe again after the Mayor tells them that there is no Santa Claus.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.13
EPISODE TITLE :: Same Time Next Year
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 7, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Scott Bryce as Jay; Wendy Marlow as Catering Girl
WRITER :: Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Michelle Nader, Amy Cohen & Kirk J. Rudell
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: A champagne filled New Year’s celebration at the Mayor’s mansion gets out of control, resulting in more than a little embarrassment the next day, especially for Mike and Nikki. On the big night, Nikki’s date, Jay, two-times her and a protective Mike not only gets even–he gets Nikki. Meanwhile, Stuart is undone over the death of his family cat and Stacy makes James question his own virility.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.14
EPISODE TITLE :: The Paul Lassiter Story
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 21, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Donald Trump as Himself; Sam Lloyd as Walter; Stephen Kunten as Doctor; Anne James as Nurse; Jennifer Van Dyck as Betty Simms
WRITER :: Bill Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The usually indomitable Mike can’t cope at the office because of upsetting news he’s unwilling to share–his doctor suspects Mike has prostate cancer. The timing couldn’t be worse, since the Mayor needs Mike to help write his newest book, so Mike brings in best-selling author Donald Trump to advise the Mayor on writing. Meanwhile, a chair-snatching bureaucrat is terrorizing the staffers.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.15
EPISODE TITLE :: Gentleman’s Agreement
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 28, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Mos Def as Monty; Leslie Barrett as Woman; Josh Stamberg as Phil; Renthad Bean as John; John Elsen as Cop
WRITER :: Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike tries to dissuade the Mayor from joining a club for males only. Stuart joins the City Hall all-female reading group. Paul schools James in playing three-card monty.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.16
EPISODE TITLE :: Deaf Man Walking
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 25, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Richard Portnow as Mr. Paterno; Maria Tucci as Mrs. Paterno; Tina Bruno as Grandma Sophie; Matt Malloy as Ben; Margaret Reed as Candice Foxworth; John Bland as Reporter #1; Rod McLachlan as Reporter #2; Natalie Venetia Belcon as Waitress; Adam Graves as Himself; Pat LaFontaine as Himself; Dan Cloutier as Himself
WRITER :: Jeff Lowell
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Stacey’s grandmother puts a curse on Mike after he convinces Stacy to move out. Meanwhile, the Mayor is concerned he’s losing his hearing, and there’s a void in Stuart’s life after he is moved upstairs and is not allowed to make sarcastic comments anymore.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.17
EPISODE TITLE :: The Marrying (Part 1)
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 4, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Paula Marshall as Laurie; Herb Foster as Merchant; Jimmy Fallon as Photographer; Chris Toldman as Bouncer; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Michelle Nader & Amy Cohen; Jay Scherick & David Ronn
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Faced with the prospect of spending Valentine’s Day alone for the first time in eighteen years, Mike is thrilled when old flame Laurie steps back into his life. However, he doesn’t know what to do when she discovers a ring Mike was holding for Paul, and assumes it’s for her. Meanwhile, Paul plans to propose to Claudia.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.18
EPISODE TITLE :: One Wedding and a Funeral (Part 2)
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 11, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Paula Marshall as Laurie; Natalie Venetia Belcon as Waitress; Joel Hurt Jones as Press Person; Jay Potter as Press Secretary; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When Laurie accepts Mike’s proposal, he begins to worry that they are too different. Meanwhile, Paul struggles to get the courage to propose to Claudia, and various staff members fantasize about what their life would be like if they married Mike.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.19
EPISODE TITLE :: A River Runs Through Me
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 18, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Raquel Welch as Abby Lassiter; Ned Romero as Chief Phil Hawata; Susan Cremin as Nurse; John C. Havens as Writer; David “Oida” Twail as David; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Laurie Parres
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike suggests the staff undergo drug testing to demonstrate the mayor’s new anti-drug campaign. However, after he accidentally gets high while visiting some Native Americans, he risks failing the drug test that he initiated.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.20
EPISODE TITLE :: The Pope of Gracie Mansion
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 1, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Joe Urla as Daniel; Clayton Hamilton as Wayne / Jesus; Ray Anthony Thomas as Joe; Steve Ryan as Fred; Andrew Weems as Televangelist
WRITER :: Stephen Goldchaux; Michelle Nader & Amy Cohen
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Pope is visiting New York City, leading to spiritual revitalizations for Mike and the mayor. Meanwhile, Carter fixes Nikki up with a friend of his and Paul’s turtle is loose in City Hall.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.21
EPISODE TITLE :: Bye, Bye, Birdie
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 29, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Tom McCarthy as Priest; Anthony Mangano as Robber; David Lee Russek as Stripper; Joel Hurt Jones as Reporter; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones; Kirk J. Rudell
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The staff prepares for Paul and Claudia’s bachelor and bachelorette parties as the city prepares to unveil a new statue that it commissioned. The girls play “I Never….”. Paul’s party is in the office because the Mayor can’t go to strip clubs.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.22
EPISODE TITLE :: The Lady or the Tiger
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 6, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Noelle Beck as Karri; Lee Bryant as Mom; Steve Brady as Dad; John Hines as Man; Kenneth T. Strong as City Official
WRITER :: Gayle Abrams & Kirk J. Rudell
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: A female magician performs at City Hall and Mike asks her out. Meanwhile, Stuart and Carter purchase a bar.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.23
EPISODE TITLE :: Single White Male
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 6, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Jonathan Walker as Dr. Neil Cash; Mike Royce as Christopher; Amy Poehler as Susan; Oliver Solomon as Reporter #1; John Bland as Reporter #2; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Michael Lisbe & Nathan Reger
DIRECTOR :: Carl Lauten
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: After Carter’s apartment is robbed, he must let Stuart stay. A rat on the loose in City Hall wreaks havoc on the staff and Paul’s cat.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 2.24
EPISODE TITLE :: The Paul-Bearer
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 20, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Milo O’Shea as Father Larry; Karen Shallo as Mourner; Ned Van Zandt as Mr. Anderson; Barbara Gulan as Woman; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Mayor has a stuttering problem and Mike has a big problem when he promises to coordinate Paul and Claudia’s wedding but discovers that the church is also booked for a funeral at the same time.