“Spin City”: Episode Guide Season 6

EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.01
EPISODE TITLE :: The Arrival (Part 1)
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 25, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Michael J. Fox as Mike; Ted Shackelford as Barry; Farrah Fawcett as Judge Claire Simmons; Jorge Garcia as Cabbie
WRITER :: Tom Hertz
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike shows up at Caitlin’s to announce that he’s met someone. Meanwhile, the mayor is dating a judge who’s not yet divorced. Charlie suggests that the mayor break it off, but after getting some advice from Mike, he decides to let the mayor do what makes him happy. Charlie impresses Caitlin but Mike interrupts again to announce his engagement.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.02
EPISODE TITLE :: A Tree Falls in Manhattan (Part 2)
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: September 25, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Michael J. Fox as Mike; Olivia d’Abo as Allison; Tom Amandes as Wheeler; Denise Richards as Jennifer; Michael Raysses as Man in Bar; Michael Hobert as College Student; David T. Hayman as George Washington #1; Jack Wright as George Washington #2; Gelbert Coloma as George Washington #3; Anthony Provenzano, Jr. as George Washington #4
WRITER :: Jon Pollack
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor has a tree cut down to impress his new girlfriend. Unfortunately, it was a tree planted by George Washington in 1796. Meanwhile, Charlie has a one-night stand, who turns out to be a rival mayoral candidate’s campaign manager. Mike helps out with crisis control. Charlie and Caitlin decide to be friends for the time being, while Mike announces his return to City Hall.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.03
EPISODE TITLE :: Life with Mikey
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 2, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Michael J. Fox as Mike; Olivia d’Abo as Allison; Ken Thorley as Delivery Guy
WRITER :: Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Mike calls off his engagement with Allison and increases his presence in the office, making Charlie feel threatened. However, Charlie talks him into staying with Allison and marrying her–in City Hall. Meanwhile, Caitlin helps the mayor dress like a woman for a charity event.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.04
EPISODE TITLE :: The Apartment
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 9, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Farrah Fawcett as Claire; Lou Cutell as Shelly; Jeffrey Corbett as Lawyer; Tricia Kelly as TV Reporter; Julie Dretzin as Jill; Laura Stone as Tonya; Holly Mandel as Rebecca; Helen Siff as Woman on TV; Nate Reese as Man on TV
WRITER :: Michelle Nader
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor’s approval ratings are going down, thanks to his relationship with the not-yet-divorced Judge Simmons. Charlie convinces the mayor to seek quiet time with Claire at a friend’s house–only he didn’t anticipate the mayor showing up at his. Paul hires a publicist to improve his image. After going to a friend’s baby shower, Caitlin becomes obsessed with having a baby. Carter lets her watch Rags for a day, but he swallows Charlie’s pager. Caitlin decides not to have a child, but apparently, Carter does.
TRIVIA :: This is the second time an episode has been titled ‘The Apartment’
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.05
EPISODE TITLE :: Yet Another Stakeout
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 16, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Tom Amandes as Julian Wheeler; Lori Loughlin as Michelle; Lynne Marie Stewart as Adoption Woman; David Starwalt as Jerry Flynn
WRITER :: Paul A. Kaplan & Mark Torgove
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Carter’s friend Michelle visits and begins dating Stuart. However, Carter has just asked her to be his child’s surrogate mother. Meanwhile, Charlie and Caitlin struggle over what to do with incriminating photos of the mayor’s opponent.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.06
EPISODE TITLE :: Yeah Baby!
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: October 23, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Krista Allen as Jesse; Queen Latifah as Robin Jones; Lori Loughlin as Michelle; Jim Marshall as Panda Mascot; Barry Wiggins as Bartender; Bui Nakki as Woman in Bar; Colin McClean as Toy Store Clerk
WRITER :: Bill Calahan & Phlilip Wen
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor hires a political strategist to act as his campaign consultant. The consultant, Robin, is a bit of a psychic, predicting that a date of Charlie’s will result in disaster, so Caitlin rushes to save him. As Stuart becomes more involved with Michelle, she tries to determine whether she is pregnant with Carter’s artificially inseminated child yet. Stuart realizes that he may be the father after revealing that he forgot protection one night. However, Michelle discovers that she’s not pregnant.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.07
EPISODE TITLE :: Sleeping With the Enemy
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 6, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Queen Latifah as Robin Jones; Denise Richards as Jennifer; Michael William James as Waiter; Minae Noji as Tai Chi Instructor
WRITER :: Mark Torgove & Paul A. Kaplan
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The mayor prepares to debate his opponent, while Charlie and Jennifer, his opponent’s campaign manager have been dating for 3 weeks. The mayor wants Charlie to dump her, but he doesn’t. When the mayor visits Charlie in the middle of the night to share something that may be damaging to his campaign, Jennifer may have overheard it. Meanwhile, Paul and Robin become involved; Paul thinks it’s a relationship, while Robin thinks it’s a fling.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.08
EPISODE TITLE :: She’s Gotta Habit
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 6, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Denise Richards as Jennifer; Farrah Fawcett as Judge Claire Simmons; Kathryn Joosten as Sister Agnes; Melissa Jones as Shopper #1; Joann Socrates as Shopper #2
WRITER :: Stacy Traub
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie discovers that Jennifer’s ex is a woman. He becomes jealous when watching her be affectionate with Caitlin, something Caitlin dismisses until Jennifer kisses her on the lips. Claudia and Paul’s divorce settlement may be affected by the mayor’s bickering with Judge Claire.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.09
EPISODE TITLE :: The Wedding Scammer
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 13, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Michelle Phillips as Jane Moore; Rhea Durham as Herself; Sean Whalen as Stevie; Judith Moreland as Elsa Kirkpatrick
WRITER :: Bonnie Schneider & Hadley Davis
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin’s mother Jane comes to visit when Caitlin tells her she finally has a boyfriend. In a panic, Caitlin enlists Charlie to play the part, and Charlie gets stuck having to attend a family wedding to help her. Meanwhile, Paul’s childhood friend-turned-Victoria’s Secret model, Rhea Durham, invites Paul and a guest backstage at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Stuart is the lucky attendee and is shocked to find out that Rhea has been in love with Paul all these years, but Paul is not interested. Also, on two hours sleep, the mayor must meet with the head of the teacher’s union for her endorsement.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.10
EPISODE TITLE :: Fight Flub
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 20, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Tom Amandes as Julian Wheeler; David Shatraw as Kyle; Elizabeth Mitchell as Nancy Wheeler; Mandy Blank as Female Body Builder; Nick Soderblom as Juice Bar Attendant
WRITER :: Paul A. Kaplan & Mark Torgove
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Mayoral race hits a snag when Mayor Winston’s opponent suffers a heart attack which forces him to drop out of the running, but his wife, Nancy Wheeler, steps in to take his place and surges in the polls due to an outpouring of sympathy. Meanwhile, Charlie gets punched in the face by Caitlin’s new love interest and she makes him promise to be the bigger man by not fighting back.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.11
EPISODE TITLE :: Chinatown
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: November 27, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Farrah Fawcett as Claire; Denise Richards as Jennifer; Roma Torre as Herself; Pat Kiernan as Himself; Bob Glouberman as Reporter #1; Jennifer Ritchkoff as TV Reporter; Howard Mann as Anthony DuMont; Tara Mercurio as Girlfriend; Matt Corboy as Boyfriend; Peter James Smith as Host; Montana Tsai as Little Girl
WRITER :: Philip Wen & Bill Callahan
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie endangers his relationship with Jennifer when he realizes that he loves his staff more than her. The Mayor decides to propose to Claire, but she says no because he’s in the public eye and must be dishonest. This causes problems, because it’s Election Day, and a truth-telling campaign by the Mayor could jeopardize his re-election.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.12
EPISODE TITLE :: An Office and a Gentleman
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: December 11, 2001
GUEST STARS :: Shawn Christian as Santa Claus; Lori Loughlin as Michelle
WRITER :: Tim Hobert
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin makes plans with the City Hall Santa without knowing what he looks like. Stuart wrestles with his feelings when he realizes that he’s in love with Michelle. And Charlie must decide which staff member is most deserving of a nice new office.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.13
EPISODE TITLE :: O Mother, Where Art Thou?
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: January 8, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Judith Light as Christine; Perry King as Tom; Bree Turner as Tracy; Paul Schulze as Steven
WRITER :: Jon Pollack
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin finds love with an older man, Tom — whose daughter, Tracy, flirts with Charlie. Meanwhile the Mayor is depressed by the anniversary of his mother’s death, but Carter introduces him to a woman, Christine, who cheers him up in more ways than one. Later, though, Carter reveals that Christine is the receiver of the Mayor’s mother’s donor heart, potentially threatening their relationship.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.14
EPISODE TITLE :: Rags to Riches
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 5, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Martin Sheen as Ray; Jeris Donovan as Miss Watkins; Courtney Gebhart as Waitress
WRITER :: Mark Torgove & Paul A. Kaplan
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin surprises Charlie on his birthday by inviting his father, Ray, for a visit. What no one knows is that Ray is a con man who abandoned Charlie as a child, and who’s about to con his way through City Hall as well. Meanwhile, Paul makes every effort to comfort Carter about Rags, who has passed into the great doggy beyond.
TRIVIA :: Alan Ruck does not appear in this episode. Alan Ruck suffered from kidney problems which is why he misses a few episodes this season.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.15
EPISODE TITLE :: Sex. Lies and Video Date
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 12, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Roger Lodge as Himself; Nancy Valen as Ashley; Amy Jo Johnson as Stephanie; Joshua Preven as Jerry; David F. John as Eric
WRITER :: Michelle Nader; Matt Drake
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: The Mayor’s niece, Stephanie, pays a visit to City Hall and flirts with Charlie, who reciprocates – until he finds out who she is. Somewhat later he and Caitlin are caught in a compromising position in the Mayor’s bedroom, trying to cover up for Stephanie’s wild ways. Meanwhile, Mayor Winston and Carter get trapped in a car for hours, leading Carter to vow to give up his materialistic ways if they are saved, and Paul becomes a contestant on the popular dating show, “Blind Date.”
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.16
EPISODE TITLE :: Eyes Wide Open
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 19, 2002
GUEST STARS :: John Francis Daley as Spencer; Erin Murphy as Julie; Marielle Heller as Carrie
WRITER :: Chris Henchy
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: When Carter is unexpectedly called to a late-night meeting, Charlie’s left in charge of entertaining Spencer, a 16-year-old boy whom Carter sponsors through the “Big Brother” program. Having already had a date planned, Charlie has no choice but to bring Spencer along for the ride. Meanwhile, the Mayor is racked with guilt which is causing him insomnia.
TRIVIA: Originally scheduled to air January 15, 2002.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.17
EPISODE TITLE :: Age Against the Machine
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: March 26, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Bree Turner as Tracy; Richard Kuhlman as Martin Davis; Derek Waters as Bungee; Tom Silardi as Police Officer; Michael William James as Richard
WRITER :: Hugh Webber
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie has a hard time keeping up with Tracy, his new 23-year-old girlfriend who likes to party every night. Caitlin and Paul join them at a club one night and they are all arrested after one of Tracy’s friends is caught with marijuana. Meanwhile, the Mayor is invited to a fund-raising gala by a very prominent member of the gay community, Martin, whom Carter has a crush on. Both Carter and Stuart also attend, and Martin hits on Stuart who is clueless to his advances, though they feed Carter’s jealousy.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.18
EPISODE TITLE :: An Affair Not to Remember
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 9, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Perry King as Tom Callahan; Chris Elwood as Doug Smuckers; Jill Tracy as Debbie; Rene Ashton as Tiffany; Steve Sheeren as Guy in Bar; Peter Scott Harmyk as Bartender; Jerry Giles as Advisor; Johnny Hawkes as Chad Stevens; Sabrina Speer as Britney Stevens; Steve W. Rose as Secret Service Agent
WRITER :: Bill Callahan & Philip Wen
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin takes a trip down memory lane and realizes that she and Charlie met years before and that he was the reason why she lost what might have been the best relationship of her life. Flashback to a preppy and conservative Caitlin and a cool, life-of-the-party Charlie at an old college bash. The flashback makes Caitlin realize that her current boyfriend, Tom, might not be right for her, and she ends up kissing Charlie! Meanwhile, the Mayor bartends at a fundraiser at which Paul is trying to pick up a woman, and the woman’s friend has fallen for Carter, who is gay.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.19
EPISODE TITLE :: Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 16, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Perry King as Tom Callahan; Larry Elder as Himself; David Razowsky as Dr. Lewis; Dan Kinsella as Jason; Myrna Niles as Aunt Syl; Jack Wright as Radio Technician; Jack Kerrigan as Man in Copy Room; Thomas Albert Goodman as City Hall Employee #1; Chris Vacard as City Hall Employee #2
WRITER :: Stacy Traub
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin is confused by the kiss she and Charlie shared and seeks the advice of a therapist. Meanwhile, the Mayor buys the staff palm phones which enable Charlie to accidentally eavesdrop on Caitlin’s session. He decides to try to fulfill Caitlin’s fantasies, which in turn prompts her to decide between Charlie and her current boyfriend, Tom. Paul appears on a controversial radio talk show with Carter feeding him answers.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.20
EPISODE TITLE :: Look Who’s Not Talking
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 23, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Perry King as Tom Callahan; Pat Kilbane as Pete; Henri Lubatti as Jean Pierre; Sung Kang as Jordan; Paul Eric Jerome as Nathan; Michael Longfield as Messenger
WRITER :: Hadley Davis & Bonnie Schneider
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Caitlin ends her relationship with Tom and tells Charlie she’s interested in dating him. When they go out on their first date, things are awkward… until they end up in bed together, that is. But are they ready for a real relationship? Meanwhile, the Mayor hires a temp, Pete, to fill in for Stuart while he’s out, but Paul and Carter see him as a threat.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.21
EPISODE TITLE :: A Tale of Four Cities
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 30, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Lydie Denier as Simone; Mark Valley as Joseph Maxwell; Robert Hays as Stone Taylor; Pattie Tierce as Ottawa; Deborah Zoe as Carla Hayes; Terence Heuston as Waiter; Dirk Etchison as Conference Attendee
WRITER :: Reese Bryant
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie and Caitlin struggle to find security in their new relationship. To spite Charlie for downplaying an encounter with an ex, Caitlin accompanies one of New York’s ten sexiest men on a business date to make Charlie jealous. Meanwhile, the Mayor plots a way to one-up his rival, the Mayor of Los Angeles.
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EPISODE NUMBER :: 6.22
EPISODE TITLE :: A Friend in Need
ORIGINAL AIR DATE :: April 30, 2002
GUEST STARS :: Bob Gunton as Gov. Riley; Lizzie Murray as Foster Care Lady
WRITER :: Tom Hertz; Robert Cornick
DIRECTOR :: Ted Wass
PLOT DESCRIPTION :: Charlie and Caitlin are caught having sex on a surveillance camera in the Mayor’s office and their secret affair is blown. Carter is finally granted a foster child, but is frustrated when he sees that Paul is better with the baby than he is – until the Mayor helps him tap into his paternal instincts.
TRIVIA :: Alan Ruck returns to the show after his hiatus in this episode.
Michael Boatman & Richard Kind are the only regulars to have appeared in every episode since the first episode. Alan Ruck missed 5 episodes this last season, and Barry Bostwick missed an episode in season 1.
There was expected to be a seventh season at the time this episode was filmed, once ABC let the producers know that the show was canceled, this episode was re-edited to make it seem more final when aired.