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The Mayor with Two Brains 

A magazine cover story about Mike winds up focusing on Carter instead. James learns of Mike's affair with Nikki and struggles to keep it a secret, with unfortunate results to his physical appearance.


Andy Cadiff


Gary David Goldberg (created by), Bill Lawrence (created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Michael J. Fox ... Mike Flaherty
Richard Kind ... Paul Lassiter
Alan Ruck ... Stuart Bondek
Michael Boatman ... Carter Heywood
Connie Britton ... Nikki Faber
Alexander Chaplin ... James Hobert
Victoria Dillard ... Janelle Cooper
Jennifer Esposito ... Stacey Paterno
Barry Bostwick ... The Mayor
Joseph Sirola ... Mario Forcini
Nelson Landrieu Nelson Landrieu ... Pedro Ramirez
Buzz Bovshow ... Rabbi Judson
Allison Daugherty Smith Allison Daugherty Smith ... Audrey (as Allison Daugherty)
David Cohen David Cohen ... Reporter


Blasé Mike gets viciously competitive when a magazine reporter who came interview him for a cover shows no less interest in former gay rights hero Carter. Stuart is charged with reconciling district three's rowing ethnic minorities, but his bigot attitude rather stirs animosity. Seeing how easily Stacey handles the Italian delegate, Stuart pays her to impersonate every minority. James gets so stressed, having to keep Mike and Nikki's affair secret, then he gets an ever worse rash, followed by a violent nose bleed, which proves just too much. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

4 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Lassiter: Can't believe they called off our softball game, last night.
Carter Heywood: Yea, that's a shame.
Mike Flaherty: Hey, nice game last night everybody. Carter clutch hit in the seventh.
Paul Lassiter: [disappointed] Well, there sounds like there was a game last night.
Mike Flaherty: No, you know, as a matter of fact, they... they cancelled the rest of the season. Everybody else, our book club meets tonight at seven. On field three.
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References The Man with Two Brains (1983) See more »

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Perhaps too much going on in this episode.
13 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

There is a reporter in the office ready to do a written piece on Mike Flaherty, Deputy Mayor of New York. After Mike has made his job larger than it really is, Carter comes in the room and the reporter asks if she can talk with Carter for a few minutes about his struggles with the minority side of politics.

A few days later the magazine article comes out and Mike has the first copy on the desk. Since he had posed for the cover he expect to be the main feature of the week. But when the magazine is taken out of the folder, Carter's image is on the front and the featured story is of Carter. Needless to say Mike is not happy.

In another humorous story, the secret relationship between Mike and Nikki is only known to James. They ask James to keep the secret but for some reason he has a hard time. His body even breaks out in a horrible rash as he deals with the heavy secret that he is keeping.

There is also a story of Stacey pretending to be of many national origins so that will appease the voters for Winston's campaign. However, that story fell flat as it never seem to have any real basis.

The story with Carter was amusing but little else. The episode moved from one story to another at such a quick speed that no detail was really expressed fully. This is one show where less may have been more.

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