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The Competition 

City Council's Lisa challenges Mike to a turkey cook-off on Thanksgiving to see who can feed more homeless people: the Mayor's office or City Council. Meanwhile, James looks for a way to ... See full summary »

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City Council's Lisa challenges Mike to a turkey cook-off on Thanksgiving to see who can feed more homeless people: the Mayor's office or City Council. Meanwhile, James looks for a way to break up with his girlfriend of seven years. To complicate things, Becky shows up to surprise her long-distance boyfriend for the holiday. Written by Pat

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Jennifer Garner and Stephen Colbert, both unknown actors at the time, first met when they had small roles in this episode. She was so broke at the time that she worked as a babysitter for Colbert and his wife until moving to Los Angeles the next year. See more »

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When the best of intentions go wrong.
3 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this Thanksgiving setting episode, the Mayor's office and the Council's office are having a competition. For Thanksgiving they will see which office can feed the most homeless people. The loser of the competition will have to perform a musical number in front of press at their respective regular meeting.

As for the Mayor's office, they have taken a church in the poor part of the town in hopes of serving more people. But they find out that the kitchen where they are to cook is in bad need of repair. But with some favors from Mike's contacts they are able to get the kitchen up and running. With the number of people fed nearly tied, the Mayor's team will make a critical error. The message of good will toward the homeless does not resound like it should.

Another interesting episode that was entertaining. The main plot stood on its own but the show also contained another good story when a long time girlfriend of James comes for a surprise visit. With both stories playing out in the format, this turned into a very good show for the viewers. Good watch.


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