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An Officer and a Gentleman 

When an old friend of Mike's who's in the navy comes to town, he's happy to see him. Until he learns that he hooked up with Carter.



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Mike is back in therapy during a visit from his best childhood buddy Nate, a Navy officer on two weeks leave, who suddenly outs himself as gay and dates Carter. Paul 'teaches' broke Stacey diet and general stinginess. The mayor drives James crazy requiring rewrites due to endless 'prejudice' objections to his tolerance day speech. Written by KGF Vissers

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3 November 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Carter Heywood: Michael. May I come in?
Mike Flaherty: Come in... Come out... We're doing everything today.
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Spoofs An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) See more »

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A childhood friend has a secret for Mike.
11 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I was expecting too much from this episode. I had heard that this show was one of the better stories and may have had too high regard for the person that told me. The show just did not live up to the anticipation I was expecting.

The story is about a childhood friend of Mike's, Nat (Lou Diamond Phillips), that is gay. When he comes to visit Mike, he hooks up with Carter which makes Mike feel betrayed. Mike has got to work out his feeling about his friend before things turn sad.

Another story in the episode was Stacey who is trying to save money so she asks the cheapest man on staff, Paul, to help her. Of course Paul will give her a lesson on being cheap.

The story about Mike and his friend, which was suppose to be a must-see situation, fell flat. Other than the handsome Lou Diamond Phillips, there was little excitement or interest in the situation. And the story of Stacey and Paul was down right boring.

Again, I may have had too high of an expectation for this episode but for me it was disappointing.

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