“Spin City”: Episode Guide Season 5

EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.01
EPISODE TITLE :: Hello Charlie
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 18, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Marcia Cross as Joan Calvin; Kimberley Davies as Inga; Barry Wiggins as Bartender; Lisa Dinkins as Reporter #1; Charlie Hartsock as Reporter #2
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie Crawford is late for his first press conference as the new deputy mayor. He later runs into trouble trying to settle a tollbooth workers strike when their lawyer is an ex-flame of his.
TRIVIA: In addition to Mike’s departure, James, Nikki, and Janelle have also disappeared without explanation.
The series’ new theme song is performed by Danny Pelfrey.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.02
EPISODE TITLE :: Smile
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 25, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Geoff Stults as Blake; Dabbs Greer as Dr. Laughlin; Christina Carnell as Sheila; Jim Ortlieb as Ian; Julia Denholm as Girl #1; Eric Stonestreet as Photographer; John Carney as Dentist
WRITER :: Chris Henchy
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie tries to get the mayor to a dentist before an important photo shoot. Caitlin hires a new male assistant only because he’s attractive. Carter and Stuart deal with someone who keeps parking a bike in their parking space.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.03
EPISODE TITLE :: The Spanish Prisoner
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 1, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Julie Pop as Teacher #1; Michael Gallagher as Lewis; Joel McKinnon Miller as George; Charlie Hartsock as Reporter #2; Xavier Montalva as Teacher #2; Lisa Dinkins as Reporter #1; Kevin Ruf as Attendant; Kal Penn as Buddy; Tara Mercurio as Jessica
WRITER :: Bill Callahan & Philip Wen
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin causes a misunderstanding when she believes that Charlie is taking a Spanish class to improve relations with the Latin American community. Paul and the mayor struggle to create office water-cooler talk. Stuart becomes jealous of the time Carter has been spending with Caitlin.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.04
EPISODE TITLE :: The Bone Collectors
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 8, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Sam Lloyd as Paleontologist; Stuart Fratkin as Producer; Zaid Farid as Foreman; Michael Gelman as Gelman; Regis Philbin as Himself
WRITER :: November 8, 2000
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin auditions for the job of co-host on “Live with Regis.” Stuart and Paul work together supervising after bones are discovered under the Westside Highway. The mayor has an audio/visual link connected to the office while he is on vacation.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.05
EPISODE TITLE :: Blind Faith
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 15, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Willie Garson as Ned; Barry Wiggins as Bartender; Charles C. Stevenson Jr. as Priest; Sarah Shahi as Bachelorette; William Mesnik as Rabbi; Mitchell Giles as Johnny; Landry Allbright as Susie; Faith Prince as Claudia; Dave as Gruber; Allen as Crackpot
WRITER :: Michelle Nader
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin goes out of her way to prove that she’s fun after a blind man won’t date her because she’s not. Charlie accidentally talks Claudia into becoming a nun; she leaves Paul. The mayor researches religion.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.06
EPISODE TITLE :: Balloons Over Broadway
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 22, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Raquel Welch as Abby Lassiter; Caroline Keenan as Mindy; Alex Rice as Native American Representative
WRITER :: Mark Banker
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Paul convinces his mother that he is dating Caitlin, so she won’t be upset that Claudia left him. Charlie tries to prove to Caitlin that his girlfriend isn’t dumb. A quickly made balloon for the Thanksgiving parade goes awry in New York.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.07
EPISODE TITLE :: Lost and found
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 29, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Rena Sofer as Sam; Samm Levine as Young Paul; Karen Dyer as Yoga Instructor
WRITER :: Bonnie Schneider & Hadley Davis
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin and Charlie fight the attention of Caitlin’s new friend. Carter, Stuart and Paul compete for a trip to New Orleans with the mayor.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.08
EPISODE TITLE :: All the Wrong Moves
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 6, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Eddie McClintock as Robert; Rusty Joiner as Man in Store
WRITER :: Stacy Traub
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: An overworked Charlie causes problems after beating the mayor at racquetball. Paul’s annual request for a raise is approved by the mayor after his loss of self esteem. Stuart hires an actor to go out with Carter.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.09
EPISODE TITLE :: The Burgers of Wrath
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 13, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Michael Hobert as Max; Armando Pucci as Armando; Joanna Canton as Woman; Charlie Hartsock as Reporter #1; Bob Glouberman as Reporter #2; Doug Spinozza as Stoner Guy; Greg Wrangler as Delivery Guy
WRITER :: Mark Torgove & Paul A. Kaplan
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike has been in Zimbabwe for three weeks, so Paul teaches Caitlin about celibacy. Stuart convinces Angie that he’s a biker guy. War on unemployment forces the mayor to work at a burger joint.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.10
EPISODE TITLE :: Toy Story
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 20, 2000
GUEST STARS :: Harper Roisman as Mr. Kaplan; Dakota Fanning as Cindy; Kevin Gonzalez as Billy; William Turner as Carlos; Ruth Rudnick as Manager; Patricia Place as Woman #1; Linda Parker as Woman #2; Bob Glouberman as Reporter
WRITER :: Chris Henchy
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Paul struggles to find the best joke for the mayor’s Christmas card. Carter convinces Caitlin to volunteer with him at a retirement community. The mayor’s attempt to be more involved in the office process goes awry.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.11
EPISODE TITLE :: The Perfect Dorm
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 10, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Carlos Jacott as Lloyd; Robert Maschio as Officer Carney; Robert Lee Neely II as Foreman; Richard Penn as Doctor; Ryan Culver as Jock; Kiran S. Rao as Subir
WRITER :: Tom Hobert & Jon Pollack
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: In an attempt to get over Claudia, Paul decides to move into a college dorm. Caitlin tries dating, after ending her relationship with Mike–but doesn’t have much luck. The Mayor builds an access ramp after he gets caught parking in a handicapped parking space.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.12
EPISODE TITLE :: Hey Judith
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 17, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Ashley Gardner as Judith; Barry Melrose as Himself; Barry Wiggins as Bartender; Kevin Robert Kelly as A.V. Nerd
WRITER :: Paul A. Kaplan & Mark Torgove
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin sets the mayor up with her neighbor, Judith, who becomes way too much of an influence on the mayor. Carter helps Stuart prepare for a million dollar shot at a Rangers’ game. Paul thinks he’s Canadian.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.13
EPISODE TITLE :: The Gambler
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 24, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Bonita Friedericy as Housekeeper; Michael Clayton McCarthy as Father; John David Conti as Deli Guy; Judith Drake as Sample Woman; Charlie Curtis as Beautiful Lady
WRITER :: Philip Wen & Bill Callahan
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Paul, Stuart and Carter rope reformed gambler Charlie into their poker night, and are responsible for his subsequent gambling bender. Caitlin tries to teach the mayor to be more self-sufficient.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.14
EPISODE TITLE :: In the Company of Dudes
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 7, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Sally Wheeler as Susan; Magdalena Zmrzla as Tatiana; Jason Priestley as Scott
WRITER :: Michelle Nader
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When a supermodel sues the mayor, Charlie hires his old college friend to defend him. Charlie finds himself torn between two friends after Scott hits on Caitlin. Meanwhile, Paul and Stuart compete for the same woman.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.15
EPISODE TITLE :: The Image Maker
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 14, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Joanna Going as Julia; Kaitlin Hopkins as Anne; Monique Edwards as Focus Group Woman #1; Naomi Serotoff as Focus Group Woman #2; Frank Mancini as Man in Focus Group; Bob Glouberman as Reporter; Rosie O’Donnell as Herself as uncredited
WRITER :: Bill Callahan & Philip Wen
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Carter discovers an old love letter written by Stuart. He decides to set Stuart up with the addressee of the letter, a woman who turns out to be Stuart’s ex-wife. The woman quickly manages to set a whipped Stuart into his old rut. Meanwhile, Caitlin hires an image consultant when the mayor’s approval ratings go down. The consultant discovers that the mayor has a problem with women, causing Charlie to make himself over. And also, Paul worries that he’s unrecognizable.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.16
EPISODE TITLE :: Trainstopping
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 21, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Joanna Going as Julia; Kevin Rankin as Kurt; Clement E. Blake as Richard; Lisa Dinkins as Reporter; Beth Riesgraf as Waitress; Sean Smith as Maitre’d; Paul Hungerford as Husband; Terry Urdang as Wife; Dolores G. Shaw as Woman With Leftovers; Michael William James as Busboy
WRITER :: Jon Pollack & Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Julia’s having a hard time dealing with her kiss with Charlie, so he asks her out. Their first date is a nightmare. Meanwhile, the mayor and his staff take the subway to prove that the mayor is in touch with the people. The train gets stuck in a tunnel, screwing up Charlie’s plans for a second date. Meanwhile, Paul tells an exclusive cafe that Carter is Cuba Gooding Jr. to get reservations.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.17
EPISODE TITLE :: Rain on My Charades
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: February 28, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Alyssa Milano as Meg Winston; Joanna Going as Julia; Branden Williams as Trent; Jeris Donovan as Charlotte; Ben Livingston as Lee; Jim Marshall as Married Guy; Seth Meyers as Doug
WRITER :: Peter Schneider
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor’s daughter Meg returns and inspires Caitlin to be more spontaneous and free. Paul, Stuart and Carter give Charlie advice about compromising with Julia. This leads to Charlie deciding he’s ready to commit, while Julia decides she’s not.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.18
EPISODE TITLE :: You’ve Got Male
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 25, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Sam McMurray as Daniel Bryant; Alex Kapp Horner as Karen; Alison Marshall as Reporter; R.F. Daley as Golf Father; Brian Tahash as Huge Guy
WRITER :: Mark Torgove & Paul A. Kaplan
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Stuart is hired to write a porno movie. Charlie and Caitlin compete for a donation from a wealthy male chauvinist. After Paul poses as the Mayor’s son for a golf tournament, he becomes confused when the Mayor actually begins paying attention to him.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.19
EPISODE TITLE :: Minor League
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 2, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Josh Braaten as Carson; Darryl Theirse as Viola; Blake Clark as Claremont; Josh Broaten as Carson; Rick Cramer as Vince; Dan Kinsella as Equipment Manager; Christopher Alexander as Catcher; Antonio Lewis Todd as First Base Umpire; Terry Horton as Home Plate Umpire; Bob Costas as Himself as voice
WRITER :: Philip Wen & Bill Callahan
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie tries out for a minor league baseball team, trying to relive his high school glory days. Caitlin encourages the pitcher to go easy on him. The mayor receives a death threat so he gets a bodyguard. After discovering that his job requires him to come into contact with the mayor so often, Paul receives a bodyguard also. Rags spends a day at the office.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.20
EPISODE TITLE :: Science Friction
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 9, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Scott Wolf as Tim Connelly; Roy Firestone as Himself; Marc Lynn as M.C.; Torrey Dickinson as Sci-fi Kid; Jack Knight as O’Brien; Christiane Eden as Woman Smoker
WRITER :: Reese Bryant
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin falls hard for a rich, young, sexy philanthropist. The Mayor is threatened when Charlie temporarily takes over as acting Mayor, and Paul becomes addicted to Carter’s nicotine gum.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.21
EPISODE TITLE :: Brotherly Love
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 16, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Scott Wolf as Tim; Marquita Terry as Sheri
WRITER :: Bonnie Schneider & Hadley Davis
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie attempts to interfere with Caitlin and Tim’s burgeoning relationship. Meanwhile, Carter hires his sister to work at City Hall and will go to any length to avoid people discovering their connection.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.22
EPISODE TITLE :: A Shot in the Dark Part 1
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 23, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Scott Wolf as Tim; Doug Ballard as Chad; Jack McGee as Greenfield; Kelly Monaco as Nurse; Adam Wylie as Kid; David Doty as Doctor; Jabari Hearn as ER Doctor; Gabriel Scalone as Thug; Christine Romeo as Anchorwoman
WRITER :: Paul A. Kaplan & mark Torgove
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie and Caitlin fight as she plans to go to the Caribbean for a week with Tim on the night of a police ride-along. On the ride-along, Charlie is shot…by Paul. Charlie fakes the severity of his injury to get Caitlin’s attention. Charlie and Caitlin almost kiss, but Tim interrupts. Meanwhile, Carter and Stuart worry that they bicker like an old married couple and the Mayor hires an old prep school buddy who is now a bum.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 5.23
EPISODE TITLE :: A Shot in the Dark Part 2
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: May 23, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Scott Wolf as Tim; Vanessa Marcil as Kara; Doug Ballard as Chad; Mim Drew as Judy; Sarah Laine as Jenny; Scott McAfee as Young Mayor; Chad Cox as Young Chad; Bob Glouberman as Reporter; Jenna Fischer as Waitress; Jim Marshall as Security Guard; Tom W. Chick as Employee
WRITER :: Tim Hobert & Jon Pollack
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie and Caitlin double date with Tim and Charlie’s crazy ex. However, Tim dumps Caitlin, who calls Charlie to come over. They kiss; he freaks out and just wants to be friends, but reconsiders and shows up on her doorstep later. The mayor remembers why he and Chad didn’t get along in the first place.
TRIVIA: This is Lana Parrilla’s last appearance as Angie Ordonez. The character of Angie is never mentioned in further episodes.