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Gobble the Wonder Turkey Saves the Day 

Randall's cranky father joins the staff for a live televised Thanksgiving dinner at the Mayor's mansion, where he and Randall argue, Carter and James stage a puppet show to promote family values, and Stuart tricks Stacey.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Randall Winston, Sr.
Mike Lupica ...
Mike Lupica
Joe Torre
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Zfter the mayor's ex's vicious Tv appearance in favor of the opposition, Mike commandeers his staff to attend a 'family' Thanksgiving turkey dinner at the mayoral mansion. Stacey smuggles her hot date in as waiter, but Stuart ricks her into kissing him, which calls for revenge. Impossible to please Randall Winston, Sr. turns up, being his most unlovable self and bringing out the worst in the childishly pouting mayor. Paul pays for his 'free outfit' with blatant publicity. Mike wrestles with the turkey as well as those problems. James and Carter fight while staging a puppet show interlude. Written by KGF Vissers

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24 November 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mike Flaherty: [Mayor's daughter is not coming for Thanksgiving] Well sir, look on the bright side. At least your Dad's coming.
Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr.: Now don't get me wrong, my father and I have this wonderful, healthy relationship. We just don't like each other.
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Too many things going on in this show that made no sense.
11 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this Thanksgiving episode, the Mayor is having dinner for everyone at the mansion. Mike has also got the local TV channel to broadcast a the Mayor surrounded by friends eating dinner. The Mayor's father is also going to be in attendance. The only bad thing is that the Mayor and the father do not like each other.

When the show begins the Mayor gets upset and leaves-- Paul is doing ads for places that give him discounts-- Nikki is too busy trying to tell her boyfriend, Arthur that she loves him-- Stuarts has tricked Stacey into kissing him --and Mike is trying to settle everything down. It is going to be a total disaster if things do not change.

This episode could have been so much better but ended up being more of silly skirmishes that never end up going anywhere. It was a great idea but did not work in practical terms. There was just too many senseless things afoot that nothing had any value. It looked like someone just threw things together and made an episode. Not one of the better offerings.

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