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      Season 3 – Spin City

      1998 Comedy List
      Reviews New York Mayor Randall Winston needs help running the city. So, for much of the series, he counts on Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty to help him. Flaherty, usually a man who is calm and organized, can "spin" out of control when it comes to his personal life, the ditzy mayor, and his abnormal co-workers. For the show's final two seasons, Flaherty is replaced as deputy mayor by Charlie Crawford after Michael J. Fox, who played Flaherty, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and left the show. Read More Read Less

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 22, 1998 Dead Dog Talking Mike is hailed a hero when he saves a runaway baby carriage in Central Park; Carter takes in his family dog and model Heidi Klum. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 29, 1998 There's Something About Heidi Mike dates model Heidi Klum and ends up on the front page of the papers; Nikki thinks she has feelings for Mike. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 6, 1998 Gone With the Wind As Mike's relationship with Heidi gets serious, she swears him to secrecy; Paul's new fan causes problems for James' Aunt Sarah. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 13, 1998 The Deer Hunter Michael ends up on a hunting trip after trying to snag a political donor; Stuart becomes Stacy's boss for a day. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 20, 1998 It Happened One Night Mike may adopt an abandoned baby; Mike's former flames reminisce; guest stars Tracy Pollan, Courtney Thorne-Smith. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 27, 1998 Three Men and a Little Lady The mayor, Mike and Paul (Barry Bostwick, Michael J. Fox, Richard Kind) are mugged by a teenage girl; Stuart (Alan Ruck) loses his heart to Deidre (Beth Littleford). Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 3, 1998 An Officer and a Gentleman Mike has trouble dealing with the fact that his childhood friend Nate has more in common with Carter than meets the eye. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 10, 1998 Quest for Fire Mike overhears Nikki discussing her boyfriend without realizing that she has created a fictitious character based on him. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 17, 1998 The Kidney's All Right The mayor tries to top a promise that two sports heroes make to a sick child but misunderstands what Mike suggests he should do. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 24, 1998 Gobbler the Wonder Turkey Saves the Day A holiday dinner broadcast to stress the mayor's commitment to family values goes awry when a fight erupts between the mayor and his father. Details Episode 11 Aired Dec 8, 1998 Local Hero Mike (Michael J. Fox) sets Stacy (Jennifer Esposito) up with a timid city councilman, and they are both surprised when she falls for him. Details Episode 12 Aired Dec 15, 1998 Monkey Business Carter and Stuart spend Christmas Eve with elderly neighbors; a communicative chimp throws Mike for a loop. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 5, 1999 Taxi Driver Mike stands in the way of Nikki and Arthur's relationship, and inadvertently causes a taxi driver strike. Details Episode 14 Aired Jan 12, 1999 The Nutty Deputy Mayor Mike wears a fat suit for a day when the city's new public restrooms turn out to be inaccessible to overweight people. Details Episode 15 Aired Jan 26, 1999 Not in the Line of Fire Videotape that appears to show Mike leaving the mayor in the line of gunfire damages their relationship. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 9, 1999 Internal Affairs Mike and Nikki struggle with taking their relationship to the next level; the Mayor and the staff participate in a stakeout. Details Episode 17 Aired Feb 16, 1999 Dick Clark's Rockin' Make Out Party '99 Stacy's aunt (guest star Priscilla Presley) comes on to James (Alexander Chaplin); Mike and Nikki (Michael J. Fox, Connie Britton) agree to keep their relationship a secret. Details Episode 18 Aired Feb 23, 1999 Back to the Future IV: Judgement Day Mike's political mentor makes an appearance; Stacy's aunt becomes attracted to James; Carter asks Paul to care for his dog. Details Episode 19 Aired Mar 2, 1999 Politically Incorrect The mayor (Barry Bostwick) appears on "Politically Incorrect" and is accused of being a racist. Guest star: Bill Maher. Details Episode 20 Aired Mar 16, 1999 That's Entertainment The staff recalls their favorite movie moments when Mike makes them work the night of the Academy Awards. Details Episode 21 Aired Apr 6, 1999 The Last Temptation of Mike Mike (Michael J. Fox) agrees to donate sperm to help Claudia (Faith Prince) conceive; Stacy (Jennifer Esposito) is stalked by a tour guide at City Hall. Details Episode 22 Aired Apr 13, 1999 Carter & Stuart & Bennett & Deirdre Carter and Stuart (Michael Boatman, Alan Ruck) take revenge on each other by becoming friends with the other's ex-partner. Details Episode 23 Aired May 4, 1999 The Mayor With Two Brains Tension erupts when a magazine profile about Mike (Michael J. Fox) focuses on Carter (Michael Boatman); James (Alexander Chaplin) develops a rash. Details Episode 24 Aired May 11, 1999 Wall Street Mike tries to teach James fiscal responsibility; an action figure of the mayor proves to be too much of a good thing. Details Episode 25 Aired May 18, 1999 Klumageddon Heidi tries to rekindle her romance with Mike when the mayor hires her to help publicize his animal rights campaign. Details Episode 26 Aired May 25, 1999 Klumageddon Nikki is led to believe Mike will leave her for Heidi Klum; the mayor doesn't realize Janelle wants to break up with him. Details Next
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      Previous Robert Hanks Independent (UK) In theory, this is a smart, insider's view of politics; in practice, it's an under-powered, stereotype-driven comedy. Sep 14, 2018 Full Review Walter Goodman New York Times ... even if a touch of desperation shows in an occasional plot that flies out of control or in gags that do not bear yet another go-round, the collective spirit generally prevails. Dec 5, 2017 Full Review Next
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      Season Info

      Andy Cadiff
      Executive Producer
      Michael J. Fox, Gary David Goldberg
      Tom Hertz
      TV-PG (L|D)
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Sep 22, 1998
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