“Spin City”: Episode Guide Season 4

EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.01
EPISODE TITLE :: Catcher in the Bronx
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 21, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Heidi Klum as Herself; Chris Berman as Himself; James Carville as Himself; Roger Clemens as Himself; Chuck Bunting as Fan; Stacey Ann Logan as Nurse
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike successfully keeps Nikki from seeing Heidi. At work, the staff begins to put the mayor’s senatorial bid together. Meanwhile, Mike tries to remember if he actually slept with Heidi. Paul convinces Stuart to take a urine test for him, for insurance purposes. The mayor’s goof at a Yankees game causes Roger Clemens a perfect game and convinces the mayor that he needs a full-time campaign manager. James Carville interviews for the job. Heidi calls Nikki. Caitlin Moore interviews for the job and tricks Mike into giving it to her. After Mike tries to explain the situation to Nikki, she walks out on him.
TRIVIA: This season has a new opening theme which was substituted in to replace the Spin Doctors theme used in seasons 2-3 at the last minute.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.02
EPISODE TITLE :: James and the Giant Speech
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 28, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Nipsey Russell as Himself
WRITER :: Stephen Godchaux
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: James struggles to write an important speech to keep himself from being fired by Caitlin. Meanwhile, Paul is worried that Caitlin wants his office; she ends up moving into Mike’s. And Nikki breaks up with Mike.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.03
EPISODE TITLE :: All the Mayor’s Men
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 5, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Matt Besser as The Director; Jennifer LaCorte as Waitress
WRITER :: Jon Pollack
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin implants secret background checks on all City Hall employees. Mike, Stuart and Carter break into her office to see the files. Caitlin goes to Nikki and Janelle’s girls’ night out. The mayor is offered a part in a movie filming in New York.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.04
EPISODE TITLE :: These Shoes Were Made for Cheatin’
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 12, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Jeffrey Donovan as Tom; Ann Kittredge as Reporter; Cassandra Kobinski as Student; Malea McGuiness as Woman
WRITER :: Tad Quill
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike tricks Nikki into seeing a couples counselor. The mayor takes an eighth grade test after being challenged by junior-high students. Stuart attempts to join Carter’s gay gym to meet women.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.05
EPISODE TITLE :: Rebel Without a Chair
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 19, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Boomer Esiason as Himself; David Ilku as Reporter; Tony Rigo as Manny
WRITER :: Jay Scherick & David Ronn
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Carter is named Activist of the Year. Stuart has a new paperweight that looks like a breast. Mike’s continued jealousy of Caitlin causes him to make remarks to a gay magazine, which is misinterpreted, outing himself and the mayor. Paul is banned from the bathroom after insulting the new attendant.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.06
EPISODE TITLE :: They Mayor May Not
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 2, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Julius Carry as Nick; Jeffrey Donovan as Tom; Al D’Amato as Himself; David I. Cohen as First Reporter; Kim Sykes as Second Reporter; Mark Mortimer as Vendor
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor considers quitting the senatorial race, teaming Mike and Caitlin to stop him. Carter becomes a kept man, and Paul and James scheme to play a good practical joke on Stuart.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.07
EPISODE TITLE :: The Great Debate
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 9, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Amy Irving as Lindsay Shaw; Conor Michael Dubin as Scott; Michael Hobert as Kid; Omar Sharif Scroggins as Second Kid
WRITER :: Jill Cargerman
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Claudia’s mother kicks Paul out of his house so he moves in with Stuart and Carter. Nikki dates the office’s new young male intern. And Mike courts a wealthy socialite to donate money when the mayor’s campaign runs out.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.08
EPISODE TITLE :: How to Buy a Millionaire
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 16, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Regis Philbin as Himself; Marceline Hugot as Doggie Day Care; Christopher Innvar as Fireman; Danny Mastrogiorgio as First Rescue Worker; Deirdre Lovejoy as First Reporter; Mark Kenneth Smith as Reporter; Kal Cauthen as Second Rescue Worker
WRITER :: Christopher Case
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike and Caitlin agree to share the mayor on odd/even days. On Caitlin’s day, Mike “borrows” the mayor to visit a kid who fell in a well. Unfortunately, they’re 20 minutes late and the mayor falls in the now vacant well. Carter puts Rags in doggie day care. Paul appears on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and wins $1,000,000. Stuart negotiates with firemen.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.09
EPISODE TITLE :: The Thanksgiving Show
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 23, 1999
GUEST STARS :: John McMartin as Senator Grady; Beth Littleford as Deidre
WRITER :: Richard Day
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: A newly rich Paul thinks Caitlin is hitting on him. The mayor wants a senator’s endorsement and invites him, along with his staff, to Gracie Mansion for Thanksgiving. The senator thinks that Mike and Caitlin are a couple so they must share a room. Stuart and Deidre are back together.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.10
EPISODE TITLE :: The Doorman Always Rings Twice
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 30, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Beth Littleford as Deidre; William Hill as Doorman; Frank Santorelli as Second Doorman; Reginald Davis Jr. as Kid; Kim Sykes as First Reporter; Thomas Lyons as Second Reporter; John Christopher Scott as Phil; Oliver Solomon as Worker
WRITER :: Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Paul has invested in a politically themed restaurant. Mike struggles to run the city while the mayor is out of town. Deidre is stalking Caitlin a la “Single White Female.”
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.11
EPISODE TITLE :: Mustang Mikey
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 7, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Beth Littleford as Deidre; Nick James Sullivan as Photographer; Dael Orlandersmith as Ethel
WRITER :: Jay Scherick & David Ronn
DIRECTOR :: Carl Lauten
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike celebrates his five-year anniversary working for the mayor by taking Caitlin and going on a joyride with the mayor’s ’66 Mustang. Nikki and Carter accuse each other of being vain when City Hall ID photos are taken. The mayor wants to rekindle his romance with Janelle. Caitlin’s busy schedule forces James back to speechwriting; he hires Deidre to be Mike’s new secretary.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.12
EPISODE TITLE :: My Dinner with Caitlin (aka Christmas 1999)
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 21, 1999
GUEST STARS :: Sydney Anderson as Ilsa; Tracy Appleton as Inga; Patrick Ball as Rob; William Charlton as Depressed Guy; Anne Shropshire as Grandmother; Gordon Joseph Weiss as Homeless Man
WRITER :: Philip Wen & Bill Callahan
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike invites Caitlin to his Christmas party as his only guest but his plans at romance are spoiled when she arrives with a date. Paul finds John McEnroe’s headband in the City Hall clothing drive box. James finds a second job as a suicide hotline operator. Stuart installs a chin-up bar in the mayor’s office, which the mayor promptly injures himself on.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.13
EPISODE TITLE :: A Tale of Two Sisters
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 12, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Christine Taylor as Catherine; John Seidman as Art Instructor; Dean Strange as Jason; Elaina Erika Davis as First Reporter; Bill Patrick as Second Reporter
WRITER :: Jon Pollack
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor struggles to find a date for a mayor’s conference. Mike goes out with Caitlin’s sister, making Caitlin jealous. Stuart tries to join Nikki, James and Janelle’s art class to see nude women. Paul is upset that Carter makes more money than him.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.14
EPISODE TITLE :: Casino
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 2, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Jill Tracy as Muriel; Michael Charles Roman as Devin; Tony Mennuto as Dealer; Wills Robbins as Technician; John E. Mack as Man
WRITER :: Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Paul’s cheap dentist puts braces on James instead of removing his infected tooth, causing problems in James’ date with the new mail girl. The city’s raffle to raise money for the Big Buddy program is screwed up when Paul skimps on the raffle tickets. Stuart and Carter blackmail Caitlin to decrease their workload.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.15
EPISODE TITLE :: The Marry Caitline Moore Show
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 9, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Maurice Godin as Trevor; Joy Behar as Herself; Lisa Ling as Herself; Meredith Vieira as Herself; Gregg Curtis as Clown; Star Jones as Herself
WRITER :: Tad Quill
DIRECTOR :: John Fortenberry
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: After eating some of Rags’ dog food, Paul develops a rash before he appears on “The View.” Nikki helps him discover the wonders of makeup, though. Stuart tries to convince James that he’s gay. Mike hires a hotshot director to film the mayor’s Senate commercial, unaware that Trevor is Caitlin’s ex-husband. After the commercial turns out to be a flop and Mike fires Trevor, Caitlin accuses him of being jealous. When a talk with Nikki persuades Mike to express his feelings for Caitlin, he sees her and Trevor in a heated embrace.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.16
EPISODE TITLE :: Suffragette City
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 16, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Maurice Godin as Trevor; Alice Drummond as Mrs. Spencer; John C. Vennema as Co-op President; Brad Raider as Hey Guy; George Ede as Elderly Man; Barbara Winters Pinto as Elderly Woman
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: To quell a protest by senior citizens, Mike plans to get the city’s first woman voter to vote for the mayor. When Mike finds out that Trevor isn’t really British, he must decide whether to tell Caitlin or not. Carter protests an anti-gay discrimination in an apartment building. James and Paul fight over a “hey guy.”
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.17
EPISODE TITLE :: Mike’s Best Friend’s Boyfriend
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 23, 2000
GUEST STARS :: James Patrick Stuart as Alex; Cynthia Vance as Hometown Reporter; Lori Tan Chinn as Samaritan Nun; Robb Pruitt as Samaritan Doctor; Pietro Arpesella as Italian Actor #1; Paolo Pagliacolo as Italian Actor #2
WRITER :: Dawn Urbont
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: While a reporter visits City Hall to do a story on Paul, the mayor thinks she’s really there for him. Mike thinks Carter’s boyfriend is hitting on him. The staff looks for good samaritans for a dinner. Stuart tries to convince James that he’s getting fat.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.18
EPISODE TITLE :: The Pig Whisperer
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 8, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Beth Littleford as Deirdre; John Ellison Conlee as Mr. Stepnowski; Kevin Mambo as Smooth Daddy; Ron Crawford as Judge; Kim Sykes as Reporter
WRITER :: Jay Scherick & David Ronn
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike has a meeting with a tomato stand owner who refuses to move his stand so that the city can build a new performing arts center. He ultimately enlists James to compete against the man in a “pig-off” to decide whether the stand will stay or move. The mayor befriends a rapper who sampled one of his speeches in a song. Paul and Deirdre have memories of having sex at a concert 20 years before, driving Stuart jealous.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.19
EPISODE TITLE :: Uneasy Rider
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 22, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Mark Nelson as Therapist; Cody Arens as Kid #1; Joshua Clarke as Kid #2; Patrick Welsh as Father
WRITER :: Tim Hobert & Jon Pollack
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike helps the mayor deal with his feelings when his father unexpectedly dies. James thinks Caitlin has a crush on him. Paul’s magic eight ball proves helpful to the staff.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.20
EPISODE TITLE :: About Last Night
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 19, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Geoffrey C. Ewing as Agent Duncan; Sarah Knowlton as Janine; Sara Ramirez as Carol; Wali Collins as Cab Driver; Judah Friedlander as Man
WRITER :: Tad Quill
DIRECTOR :: DAvid S. Rosenthal
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: With the President coming to visit City Hall, Mike is upset when Caitlin gets to meet him instead until plans change. The rest of the staff gathers at the bar, where Caitlin joins them. Nikki and Carter bet on who can pick up more women. Stuart tries to get Caitlin drunk; he succeeds and she leaves a drunken message for Mike. Paul tries to get James to help take his picture with the President.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.21
EPISODE TITLE :: Don’t Get on the Bus
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 26, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Maurice Godin as Trevor; Peter Herman as Ed; Bill Kux as Doctor; Bill Patrick as Reporter; Elaina Erika Davis as Reporter
WRITER :: Philip Wen & Bill Callahan
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor prepares for a three-day trip across New York on his new campaign bus. Paul and James grow mustaches when they think that Carter’s gets him the best assignments. Nikki becomes a female version of Stuart when she consults him for dating advice. After Mike discovers that Trevor has asked Caitlin to marry him again, he accidentally hits him with the bus. Mike and Caitlin kiss but their session is interrupted when Mike reveals he was deliberately aiming for Trevor.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.22
EPISODE TITLE :: Airplane!
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 3, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Patrick Ewing as Himself; Nick Wyman as Executive; Michael Aronov as 1st Protester; Rachel Jacobs as Tina; Deirdre Lovejoy as Reporter; Timm Sharp as 2nd Protester; Victor Verhaeghe as Employee; Nahonni Johnstone as Stewardess
WRITER :: Jay Scherick & David Ronn
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: While Michael and Caitlin fly to San Francisco, Stuart joins Carter for a protest and the mayor tries to have a light bulb changed.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.23
EPISODE TITLE :: An American Deputy Mayor in Paris
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 10, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Ryan Marsini as Davey; Richard Robichaux as Bellhop; Stephanie McVay as Tour Guide
WRITER :: Philip Wen & Bill Callahan
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin prepares to marry Trevor and elopes to Paris, where Mike follows and reveals that he loves her. James becomes angered with the mayor when he receives an undeserved war award. Stuart asks Nikki to pose for a “charity” swimsuit calendar.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.24
EPISODE TITLE :: The Commitments
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 17, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Scott Robertson as Camera Man
WRITER :: Jill Cargerman
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike and Caitlin return from Paris as a couple. Caitlin wants more than a physical relationship, so Mike bets her that he can resist her for a week, while tries to break his willpower. The mayor falls in love with Rags after filming an animal rights commercial with him.
TRIVIA :: This is the last episode to feature the blues/jazz style music between scenes that has appeared since season 1.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.25
EPISODE TITLE :: Goodbye Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 24, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Michael Gross as Dr. Peterson; John Bedford Lloyd as Wayne; Peter Rini as Tony
WRITER :: Bill Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike discusses his attempts to have sex with Caitlin with his new therapist. Nikki’s new boyfriend is too likable. Caitlin isn’t in the mood when Mike is. A reporter accuses the mayor of being involved in organized crime; Nikki’s boyfriend turns out to be a mobster who has been getting the office staff to do favors for him. Mike weighs giving his friends up, but ultimately throws himself on his sword and takes all blame.
TRIVIA: This episode aired along with “Goodbye Part 2;” as an hour-long season finale in its initial airing. The double episode received the show’s highest ever ratings.
This episode features the last appearance of the regular end credits sequence of a small scene, then the setup of a joke, then the 3 note sequence and the punchline which had appeared since episode 1.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 4.26
EPISODE TITLE :: Goodbye Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 24, 2000
GUEST STARS :: John Bedford Lloyd as Wayne
WRITER :: Bill Lawrence
DIRECTOR :: Andy Cadiff
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike and Caitlin have sex. The staff works damage control but Mike ultimately fires himself to save everybody else. The staff says their goodbyes at the bar. Caitlin promises Mike that she’s not going anywhere. Mike says goodbye to the mayor and walks out of City Hall for the last time. Six weeks later, Mike turns up as an environmental lobbyist in DC.
TRIVIA: As a environmental lobbyist in DC, Mike says that he met a conservative congressman named Alex P. Keaton.
This was the last episode of Spin City to be filmed in New York in the live studio and around the city itself;. The show was filmed live in a studio in Los Angeles starting season 5. The move meant the loss of the Landmark Tavern bar and several recurring guest stars as such as Beth Littleford;.
At the time this episode was filmed, the show’s future was still up in the air because ABC had not given the go-ahead to search for a replacement and continue the show without Michael J. Fox, and producers didn’t think the show could carry on without him.
This was the programs’ 100th episode!