“Spin City”: Episode Guide Season 3

EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.01
EPISODE TITLE :: Dead Dog Talking
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 22, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Conan O’Brien as Conan; Heidi Klum as Herself; David Letterman as Voice of Rags as uncredited;; Stewart J. Zully as Reporter #1; Sue Jin Song as Reporter #2; Lannyl Stephens as Mother
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The staff prepares for the mayor’s bid for re-election announcement. Mike becomes a hero when he saves a runaway baby carriage, but the reality of the situation isn’t what it seems. Carter adopts his family’s 19-year-old dog. And, Paul teaches Stacy how to get a sick day without being sick.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.02
EPISODE TITLE :: There’s Something About Heidi
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 29, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Heidi Klum as Herself; Marion McCorry as Patricia Murell
WRITER :: Amy Cohen & Michelle Nader
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: After Mike’s picture with model Heidi Klum is in the tabloids, people assume he’s dating her. But, he soon is after she asks him out. As a result, Nikki reveals to Carter that she has a secret crush on Mike. And The Mayor can’t stop laughing at VERY inappropriate times. Must be the giggle loop…or is that stack?
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.03
EPISODE TITLE :: Gone With the Wind
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 6, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Heidi Klum as Herself; C.S. Lee as Reporter #1; Magaly Colimon as Reporter #2
WRITER :: Stephen Godchaux
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike prepares to have sex with Heidi Klum for the first time. After “it”, Heidi asks Mike to keep their relationship a secret. James receives his Aunt Sarah’s ashes in the mail; his Aunt Sarah was a cow. Mike daydreams while making a statement to the press and accidentally reveals his relationship with Heidi; she breaks up with him. Paul’s new fan creates problems for Aunt Sarah.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.04
EPISODE TITLE :: The Deer Hunter
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 13, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Barry Corbin as Peter Noland; Barton Tinapp as The Doctor; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Carter, Nikki and Mike go deer hunting in a fundraising attempt. While Mike is gone, Stuart becomes Stacy’s boss for the day. And, with Claudia’s help, Paul campaigns for a raise.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.05
EPISODE TITLE :: It Happened One Night
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 20, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Mark Nelson as The Therapist; Nancy Giles as The Social Worker; Paula Abdul as Herself; Heidi Klum as Herself; Paula Marshall as Laurie; Tracy Pollan as Renee; Courtney Thorne-Smith as Danielle Brinkman; Daphne Zuniga as Carrie; Carla Gugino as Ashley
WRITER :: Gayle Abrams
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Mayor brings an abandoned baby to City Hall. Mike’s old girlfriends voice opinions about him. The Mayor sends James to see a psychiatrist for him, concerning his sexual problems. Mike wants to adopt the baby. The Mayor takes Viagra to help him out. Mike’s interview with the social worker doesn’t go very well. Nikki prepares to tell Mike about her crush on him, but can’t quite get the words out.
TRIVIA: Both Daphne Zuniga and Tracy Pollan also played Michael J. Fox’s girlfriends on Family Ties
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.06
EPISODE TITLE :: Three Men and a Little Lady
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 27, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Gerry Becker as Dr. Cosimi; Beth Littleford as Dierdre; Michael Gaston as Detective; Heather Gottlieb as Erika
WRITER :: Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: After the Mayor is photographed throwing a baseball “like a girl,” Mike tries to give him a more macho image. But when a teenage girl mugs the mayor, Mike and Paul, Mike’s got more damage control than even he can handle. Meanwhile, Stuart loses his heart to Deirdre, a woman who’s just as detestable as he is.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.07
EPISODE TITLE :: An Officer and a Gentleman
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 3, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Lou Diamond Phillips as Nate Scott; Mark Nelson as Therapist
WRITER :: David S. Rosenthal
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike discovers that his childhood pal, Nate Scott, has more in common with Carter than meets the eye, and finds it difficult to deal with this revelation. Meanwhile, Paul instructs Stacy in the finer art of being a cheapskate.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.08
EPISODE TITLE :: Quest for Fire
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 10, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Sam Robards as Arthur; Mark Nelson as Therapist; Russel G. Jones as Wakim; Willie C. Carpenter as Nigerian Delegate; Jennifer LaCorte as Waitress; Dina Pearlman as Tour Guide
WRITER :: Jay Scherick & David Ronn
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Paul has moved to Harlem and is annoying Carter and Janelle because he thinks that he’s black. The Mayor is preparing to run the Olympic torch around City Hall, but can’t because the Nigerian speed walker supposed to deliver the torch to him has disappeared, lost in the city. Mike struggles with the fact that he can’t live without his job, while trying to take a vacation. Nikki finds a ringer to pose as her boyfriend, for them to have dinner with Mike. Stacy spills the beans to Mike about Nikki’s feelings for him.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.09
EPISODE TITLE :: The Kidney’s All Right
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 17, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Sam Robards as Arthur; Frankie Muniz as Derek Evans; Gerry Becker as Dr. Cosimi; Tim Allen as The Voice of Rags; Andy Fowle as Bully Reporter; John Burton Wilson as Orderly; Julie Chung as Nurse; Geoffrey Wigdor as Butch; Matt L. Hodge as Young Paul; Chris Berman as Himself; Jeff Gordon as Himself; Jayson Williams as Himself
WRITER :: Bill Callahan & Philip Wen
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Stacy’s staying with Carter and Stuart while her apartment is fumigated. Her partying cramps their style. Trying to outdo NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and NBA player Jayson Williams, the Mayor promises his kidney to a young boy. Unfortunately, his doesn’t match–but Mike’s does. Meanwhile, Mike’s playing the jealousy game with Nikki and promises to donate his kidney to the boy in hopes that she’ll break up with Arthur for him. But when she offers him a chance to speak up about his feelings, he’s anesthetized for his surgery and can’t say anything.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.10
EPISODE TITLE :: Gobble the Wonder Turkey Saves the Day
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 24, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Deborah Rush as Helen Winston; Philip Bosco as Randall Winston Sr.; Michael Lupica as Himself; Joe Torre as Himself; Todd Stashwick as Television Director
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Mayor is disturbed by a campaign commercial by his opponent, starring his ex-wife. Mike plans the City Hall Thanksgiving, scheduled to be televised live throughout New York City, with the Mayor’s father scheduled to attend. At the dinner, the Mayor blows up at his father on live TV. Meanwhile, Stacy mistakes Stuart for her boyfriend in the dark and lays a big wet one on him, making her think twice about her feelings for him.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.11
EPISODE TITLE :: Local Hero
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 8, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Justin Theroux as Pete; Beth Littleford as Deidre; Darrell Carey as Kirk; Mary McCann as TV Reporter; Shelley Palmer as Bandleader
WRITER :: Kirk J. Rudell
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The staff prepares for the Mayor’s costume ball. Stuart tries to break up with Deidre. And after Mike sets Stacy up with a councilman to get his vote, she likes the set-up as the councilman plays the hero.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.12
EPISODE TITLE :: Monkey Business
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 15, 1998
GUEST STARS :: Richard Hamilton as Alfred; Mike Hodge as Lloyd
WRITER :: Stephen Godchaux
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Carter and Stuart plan to spend Christmas together. Mike must baby-sit a smart monkey that will be given to the city zoo as a gift from Ghana. The staff prepares the City Hall greeting card. Carter and Stuart meet two old men from their building who mirror themselves in 30 years.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.13
EPISODE TITLE :: Taxi Driver
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 5, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Sam Robards as Arthur; Lorri Bagley as Mitsy; Scott Decker as Rick; Jason Antoon as Abdul; Jennifer LaCorte as Waitress; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike can’t stop thinking about Nikki. Nikki is ready to take the next step with Arthur, but Mike is worried about that. Paul unwittingly has an affair because Stuart needs him to. Stacy dates a job-obsessed cabbie just because he looks good. James inadvertently causes a taxi driver strike, which interferes with Arthur getting to the airport. You see, if Arthur misses a plane, he and Nikki will have sex.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.14
EPISODE TITLE :: The Nutty Deputy Mayor
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 12, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Ric Stoneback as Mr. Payson; Jenna Stern as Nina; Madelon Marfield as Elderly Lady
WRITER :: Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor submits a personal ad in a newspaper as the rest of the office men prepare for the mayor’s annual male bachelor charity auction. Mike chooses to spend some extra city money on a futuristic new bathroom for City Hall. The new bathroom is insensitive to overweight people. The mayor asks Paul for advice on how to approach a woman. Stacy teaches James how to model so that he can garner more money than Mike in the big auction. Mike puts on a fat suit to appease the head of the overweight person’s commission. Stuart’s sister is in town but no one has seen her.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.15
EPISODE TITLE :: Not in the Line of Fire
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 26, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Sam Robards as Arthur; Joe Zaloom as Hot Dog Vendor; Stephen Trimble as Reporter
WRITER :: Michelle Nader & Amy Cohen
DIRECTOR :: Carl Lauten
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When the mayor starts to worry about becoming the object of a violent attack, a videotape showing Mike apparently leaving him in the line of “gunfire” damages their relationship. Meanwhile, Nikki sees Mike in an entirely different light after her viewing of the same tape reveals he was trying to protect her. And, Arthur wants to propose to Nikki, but puts his relationship with her at risk by confiding in Stuart.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.16
EPISODE TITLE :: Internal Affairs
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 9, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Gerard O’Brien as Cop; Michael Hobert as Clerk; Peter Krause as Casey McCall
WRITER :: Gayle Abrams
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike and Nikki struggle with taking their relationship to the next level, i.e. sex. Stacy runs a phony psychic hotline on Paul. And the rest of the staff participates in a stakeout to demonstrate the city’s new police technology.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.17
EPISODE TITLE :: Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Make-Out Party ’99
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 16, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Priscilla Presley as Marie Paterno; Beth Littleford as Deirdre; Richard Thomsen as Judge; Charlie White as Hank
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike and Nikki decide to keep their relationship a secret. Stacy’s Aunt Marie visits. Deidre files sexual harassment charges against Stuart after he dumps her. Carter is talking about himself in the third person. Marie tries to seduce James. Stuart is close to being fired. Deidre offers to drop the charges for sex, immediately, with Mike. Thanks to the building’s new security cameras, Deidre is exposed. The mayor finds himself growing attracted to Janelle, and the two kiss while discussing the sexual harassment case.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.18
EPISODE TITLE :: Back to the Future IV: Judgment Day
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 23, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Christopher Lloyd as Owen Kingston; Priscilla Presley as Marie; Regis Philbin as Voice of Rags the Dog; Beth Littleford as Dierdre
WRITER :: David S. Rosenthal
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike’s political mentor is preparing to visit with the mayor preparing to appoint him head of the city’s millennium project. Marie is still in town and messing around with James. The mayor and Janelle plan a get-together. Owen has changed a little over the years and believes he is the Messiah. After Carter puts Rags in Paul’s care, Paul accidentally kills the ailing dog. Owen brings Rags back to life with a touch.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.19
EPISODE TITLE :: Politically Incorrect
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 2, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Clayton Prince as Bennet Jones; Shawn J. Stallworth as Sparring Partner; C.S. Lee as Reporter; Karen Rogers-Lee as Reporter #2; Deirdre Lovejoy as Reporter #3; Kelly Anne Fitzpatrick as Herself; Julianne Malveaux as Herself; Peter Roff as Himself; Bill Maher as Himself
WRITER :: David Ronn & Jay Scherick
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Nikki wants to make her relationship public knowledge. The mayor prepares to appear on “Politically Incorrect.” Carter is dating a gay boxer. Paul becomes addicted to Stacy’s aunt’s meatball subs. The mayor accidentally outs his relationship with Janelle while on TV. Nikki and Mike fight after he’s not ready to expose their relationship yet.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.20
EPISODE TITLE :: That’s Entertainment
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 16, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Philip Bosco as Randall Winston, Sr.; Barry Corbin as Peter Nolan; Carla Gugino as Ashley; Heidi Klum as Herself; Beth Littleford as Dierdre; Christopher Lloyd as Owen Kingston; Lou Diamond Phillips as Nate Scott; Priscilla Presley as Marie Paterno; Gerry Red Wilson as Drew West as credited as Shock Jock;; Stephen Trimble as Reporter
WRITER :: Tim Hobert & Gayle Abrams; Michelle Nader & Amy Cohen
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike makes the staff work on Oscar Sunday due to a screw-up of Paul’s. The staff reminisces about their favorite movie moments to pass the time.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.21
EPISODE TITLE :: The Last Temptation of Mike
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 6, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Todd Barry as Doug; Brett Groneman as Kid; George Sarris as Game Show Contestant; Faith Prince as Claudia
WRITER :: J.O.S. Hartung & Clayton Hamilton
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike agrees to donate sperm for Paul and Claudia, not realizing what Paul forgot to tell him. A City Hall tour guide is harassing Stacy. James has been commissioned to write a piece for “Sassy.”
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.22
EPISODE TITLE :: Carter & Stuart & Bennet & Deirdre
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 13, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Beth Littleford as Deidre; Clayton Prince as Bennett; Faith Prince as Claudia; Carrie Preston as Gayle
WRITER :: Mike Royce
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: A feuding Carter and Stuart become friends with the other’s ex, just for spite.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.23
EPISODE TITLE :: The Mayor With Two Brains
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 4, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Buzz Bovshow as Rabbi Judson; Joseph Sirola as Mario; Nelson Landrieu as Pedro; Allison Daugherty as Audrey; David Cohen as Reporter
WRITER :: Stephen Godchaux & Kirk J. Rudell; Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: It’s Nikki and Mike’s four-month anniversary. James is still the only person who knows, but he wants to tell. Stuart takes Carter’s job for a day, helping the mayor deal with various ethnic groups. James develops a rash from keeping the secret. Mike prepares for a magazine interview, but during the interview, the reporter’s focus shifts to Carter. Stuart enlists Stacy’s help with the ethnic groups. James spills the beans.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.24
EPISODE TITLE :: Wall Street
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 11, 1999
GUEST STARS :: William Robbins as Doll Voice; Jon Stewart as Parker
WRITER :: Philip Wen & Bill Callahan
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The staff pesters Nikki for details about her sex life with Mike. James asks Mike to invest his life savings in an Internet company, but when Mike holds off on investing, the stock goes up several points, and Mike must find a way to make the money back. Meanwhile, the mayor has an action figure made of himself but unfortunately, they’re all anatomically correct.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.25
EPISODE TITLE :: Klumageddon Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 18, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Heidi Klum as Herself; William Christian as Man; Kevin Carolan as Reporter
WRITER :: Kirk J. Rudell
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike is tested when Nikki is out sick and the mayor hires his ex, Heidi Klum, to help publicize the new animal rights campaign. Meanwhile, the mayor and Paul try to inject some humor into their press conferences. When Mike accidentally tells Nikki that even though Heidi came onto him, he had feelings for her and still turned her down, she walks out.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 3.26
EPISODE TITLE :: Klumageddon Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 25, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Heidi Klum as Herself; Kathleen Goldpaugh as Woman in Bar
WRITER :: Bill Callahan & Philip Wen; Jay Scherick & David Ronn
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike tries to convince Nikki that nothing is going on between himself and Heidi Klum. The mayor doesn’t understand that Janelle wants to break up with him. Janelle gets Mike to do it for her, but Nikki overhears Mike talking to Carter about it and thinks that Mike is going to break up with her. After Rags poops in his shoe, Stuart gives him to Heidi. Nikki breaks up with Mike. The next day, there is tension in the office. Carter tells Nikki the truth. She goes to Mike’s apartment where Mike is hung over. As he goes back into his room to put on his pants, Heidi sits up in his bed.