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The Doorman Always Rings Twice 

Randall accidentally slights Mike during a press conference. Mike deals with angry reps from the doorman's union. Deidre meets Caitlin and begins to dress like her. Paul opens a politically-themed restaurant with James and Nikki helping.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Santorelli ...
Second Doorman
Reginald Davis ...
Kid (as Reginald Davis Jr.)
First Reporter
Second Reporter


To Mike's dismay, the mayor all but helps launch to the press his ambitions to succeed if Winston's senatorial campaign succeeds, so he resorts to launching a rumor solely to 'suspiciously deny' it himself, again in vain. With Randall away, filling in proves not only a credibility problem for Mike, but his cocky way problematically provokes the city hall doormen when denied the usual charade and annual concessions. Paul invests his quiz million in a political theme restaurant, but the mayor canceling last minute jeopardizes the crucial opening, while the cheapskate food proves even worse. Caitlin finds Deirde's copycat imitation all but flattering. Written by KGF Vissers

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30 November 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Deidre West: [coming into the scene] STUART!
Stuart Bondek: Hey, Deidre.
Deidre West: Are you showing naked pictures of us around the office?
Stuart Bondek: Yes.
Deidre West: Well it's about time.
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References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) See more »

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The writers slipped on this episode.
16 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the Mayor out of town, Mike has been put in charge of negotiating with the local doormen on a new contract. Mike is trying to prove, to everyone, that he could possible be a candidate for mayor if Randall Winston gets elected to the Senate. But he will find that there is more to being mayor than just knowing the job.

Also Paul, with his game show winnings, has opened up a new restaurant with a political theme. Since he has no idea about how to run a business it will be a miracle if things are successful.

One of the better plots has Stuart's girlfriend, Deidre, and Caitlin having a little run-in at City Hall. After some exchange of words, Deidre starts getting under Caitlin's skin. Things are going to be strange at work.

The Deidre story could have been great yet very little time was spent on the situation and it ended even quicker than it began. There was much potential with the two female co-workers but the writers did not take a chance and used it more as a filler for time rather than a story.

This episode has some good moments but they were few and far between. The story with Paul was known before it began and turned into more of a dull-fest than anything amusing. Plus, the doorman story also fell flat as it just did not cause any interest in the show. The writers had a good story with Deidre and Caitlin and let it slip through their fingers. A disappointing adventure.

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