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Spin City: Yet Another Stakeout (2001)
One story was entertaining, the other dull.
The Mayor election is in full swing and the two candidates, Winston and Wheeler, are getting the ground work going. But it seems that Wheeler is playing some dirty politics. He runs dirty ads that show Winston in a bad light. Wheeler even went so far as to have a man that sells porn get his picture made with Winston and then runs a commercial about whom the Mayor hangs out with. So things are getting dirty in the race. But when Charlie gets a lead that Wheeler is cheating on his wife, things may get more interesting.
Also Carter is thinking about having a baby with one of his life-long friends named Michelle. But Michelle is dating Stuart and there is definitely a problem with the entire baby thing.
This is an episode of two stories with one being interesting and the other very dull. The Mayor's election was humorous but also had a soft side to the tale. While the 'Carter wants a baby' story- was less than thrilling. Was hoping for more from the episode but got less. Just last episode, it was Caitlin wanting a baby- now Carter. That plot had already been done. Let's move on. But I have my doubts.
Spin City: The Apartment (2001)
Funny lines and Funny gags make this episode entertaining
In this enjoyable episode, the public is beginning to make comments about the Mayor dating a married woman. So in order to keep the comments down, Charlie tells the Mayor that they need to stay away from the mansion and go to a friend's house. Little did he know that he would be getting a knock at the door that very evening. In fact, the Mayor actually moves in with Charlie so that he and Claire can be together. And as you can guess, this does not sit too well with Charlie.
In another story, after Caitlin goes to her friend's baby-shower, she begins to think that she would like to have her own baby. Since she has never been around children very much, Carter lets Caitlin take Rags (the dog) home for a period of time in order to see if she can take care of him. It's not long before she is at the Vet's office.
This episode has some very funny lines and also humorous gags. One of the better gags is when the Mayor throws keys at Charlie only to have it land in a pan of hot cheese. It was literally a laugh-out-loud moment. An entertaining show that was fun to watch.
Spin City: Wife with Mikey (2001)
Mike is stepping on Charlie's toes.
Mike has called off his engagement and now wants to return to city hall. Of course this is going to put Charlie in an awkward situation as it seems that Mike has taking over the office. With Charlie out for lunch, Mike rushes the Mayor's press conference up where he announces that he is again running for office. This happens with Mike standing by the Mayor and Charlie watching on a TV at a diner. Charlie has to do something before he is pushed out the door.
Nearly the entire episode set around the Mike and Charlie situation. There is a side event where the Mayor is to dress up like a woman for charity and also an event at the end of the show that most were expecting. Overall the episode proved entertaining to the very end. This show also lets the sitcom move-on and get back to a normal collection of stories. Nice watch.
Mike Flaherty helps the staff out of a jam. He wants to stay.
This show opens up with the Mayor announcing that he cut down an old oak tree so that he and Claire can see the sun rise along the river. But little does he know that the tree was planted by George Washington and is a historical treasure. And with an election in the future, they need to keep this quiet.
Charlie is sitting at a bar when he is approached by this nice looking lady. Little does he know that the lady is working for a man that is running against the Mayor in the election. He takes her home and he tells her about the Mayor chopping down the tree. The next day the tree incident is all over the news.
The staff, along with visiting Mike Flaherty, gets to work to put the fires out and spin the story for the good of the Mayor. Mike enjoys the experience so much that he claims that he is returning to city hall. This has got to cause a problem for everyone.
This was actually an interesting story. The writing was sharp and the acting top-notched. And as the credit roll, we are left with the declaration that Mike is returning. So it will be next show before we see how this is going to effect the office. Nice watch!
Spin City: The Arrival (2001)
Too much for one show.
Was actually expecting a bit more out of this episode. It was the first episode after Charlie and Caitlin had become more than friends and was waiting to see the fireworks. But just like an old firecracker, this episode was more of a dud.
In a bright spot, Mike Flaherty (Michael J Fox) returns to the show after more than a year away, as he was written in for a few shows with a gathering plot. I like the way the writers handled the situation but for some of the scenes in which he appears, it looks like he is there for no other reason than he was on the set. Not being rude because I really like Mr Fox, but he took away from the scenes more than helped. The plot behind the reason he was in the show never did develop and would have been better in a one episode story.
Also the Mayor has finally found a new girlfriend by the name of Claire Simmons (Farrah Fawcett). The Mayor is having the time of his life until the press finds out that she is separated and not divorced. This is going to be a nightmare for the Mayor.
Perhaps I am being too harsh on this show but was expecting so much more. It just seemed to be trying to get too much into the show when they had a good plot right from the beginning. Not one of my favorite episodes.
Season five ends with a bang!
In this final episode of season 5, Charlie had shown some affection for Caitlin but is now trying to back off of the events. Charlie has gone as far as dating a girl, Kara, that he use to know until she set fire to his bed in a fit of anger. This is trying to convince Caitlin that he does not have feelings toward her. Even if it gets him killed.
Also, the Mayor has met an old high school chum from years back. The chum, Chad, has now become a homeless person living on the streets. Upon finding the reason that Chad dropped out of school, it is revealed that Winston (the Mayor), as a child, had planted some pot on Chad. Thus, Chad was thrown out of school. The Mayor feels bad about the situation and hires Chad to become the voice of the people less fortunate. But when Chad begins stealing the limelight, the Mayor reverts to some old tactics.
This was an episode that was well performed and well written. There were some funny dialog between characters and also some sharp quotes that made the show very humorous. There is something that happens right at the end of the show that most viewers were anticipating. Either good or bad, it appears that the next season is going to be different.
The first sign of sparks between Caitlin and Charley.
In this episode it appears that Caitlin and Tim are becoming a hot couple when he asks her to fly with him to the Caribbean. And with the newspaper on the Mayor's behind about the rise in crime, it will be a good time to get away.
The Mayor has his team ride with a police officer to show that he is tough on crime. With Caitlin about to board the play with Tim, she hears that Charlie has been shot. She decides to rush to the hospital to find out the details. It will not be long before the police department has film on who shot Charlie. And as you can guess, it is someone everyone knows.
The episode also produces the first sparks that we have seen between Charlie and Caitlin. And as the show ends we are left with the question about just how they feel about each other.
I can only assume that the entire season as been leading up to this plot between Charlie and Caitlin. Whether this is a good thing can only be determined as the season ends. We have one more episode in this season and time will tell.
Spin City: Brotherly Love (2001)
Mayor is obsessed that he looks like Charlton Heston
Carter's sister is trying to get a job at City Hall. And Carter does not want anyone to know that the new girl is his sister. They act like they are just acquaintances so that no one feels that special treatment was used to get her the job. It is not long until Stuart and Paul overhear a conversation where they think Cater and the new girl are having relations. Now word is out that Carter is straight.
Tim returns as Caitlin's boyfriend and everything is going well until Charlie gives him some information. Now Tim has broken-up with Caitlin and Charlie is the one everyone is pointing toward.
Both of these situation had a few good lines but, for me, the funniest thing was that the Mayor kept thinking he looks like Charlton Heston. This was only briefly use but the time it was on screen was some of the best moments.
This episode had a very good moments but, at times, seemed long in getting to the point. Overall the show was entertaining enough to make for a nice watch for the viewer.
Spin City: Science Friction (2001)
Caitlin goes Sci-fi for a young rich man.
Evey main character has some part to play in this episode as three different situations are cycled. The first one involves the Mayor's ex-wife writing a tell-all book which includes his sexual inadequacies. The Mayor calls a halt to all events and lets Charlie fill in for him. It is not long before the Mayor misses the limelight.
Meanwhile, Caitlin is dating a young rich man that has a quirk. It seems the man, Tim, has such a love for science fiction stuff that he goes to conventions dressed as characters. When he invites Caitlin to one of the meeting, things get weird.
There was also a plot about Paul chewing nicotine gum but they went no where quickly. This seemed to be an average show that gave everyone some face-time on camera. And with the writer having to give everyone a bit part - it takes away from from the main situation and weakens the entire production.
Spin City: Minor League (2001)
Just very little to this show.
For some reason, this episode was not as exciting as expected. The main situation involved Charlie trying out for a minor league team when an agent recognized him from his high school baseball team. Charlie has always dreamed of playing baseball but now all he wants is to at least try out for a team. When Caitlin bribes a pitcher to throw bricks at Charlie, he hits a home-run and now wants a career in baseball.
Another plot involved the Mayor getting a death message which forces the City to get extra security. Paul is one that gets a security guy and now he is playing games with Stuart.
This was an episode that had a lot of potential but did not live up to the hype. There were many ways for the story to go - and unfortunately the story turned left. Below average show.