Season 2 of American comedy series Spin City aired on ABC television network.

Synopsis Edit

As the right-hand man to Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick), Michael presides over a staff that seems more like a dysfunctional family than a group of co-workers. Mayor Winston, prone to the occasional gaffe, is going through an ugly divorce and grappling with his newly-single status. Paul (Richard Kind), the neurotic press secretary who’s perennially out of the loop, experiences ups and downs with his girlfriend, Claudia (Faith Prince). Michael’s intrepid secretary, Janelle (Victoria Dillard), is promoted to the Mayor’s assistant, forcing Mike to hire a new staffer, street-smart secretary Stacey Paterno (Jennifer Esposito). Rounding out the group are Stuart (Alan Ruck), the chief of staff, who’s convinced he should have Michael’s job; James (Alexander Chaplin), the idealistic young speechwriter from the Midwest; Nikki (Connie Britton), the efficient accountant with a star-crossed personal life; and Carter (Michael Boatman), a gay activist who joined the administration last year as special assistant for minority affairs.

Starring Edit

Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty
Richard Kind as Paul Lassiter
Alan Ruck as Stuart Bondek
Michael Boatman as Carter Heywood
Connie Britton as Nikki Faber
Alexander Chaplin as James Hobert
Victoria Dillard as Janelle Cooper
and Barry Bostwick as Randall Winston

Recurring cast

Jennifer Esposito as Stacey Paterno
Faith Prince as Claudia Sacks
Paula Marshall as Laurie Parres

Trivia Edit

  • Victoria Dillard is added to the main cast.


1 Paul Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 24 SEPTEMBER 1997 Bill Lawrence
Spin City - title
The Mayor asks Mike to act as his divorce lawyer. However, Mike finds himself attracted to his opponent, Laurie Parres. Also, the press thinks Paul has suffered a nervous breakdown, so Michael enlists a psychiatrist to pronounce Paul sane. But his plans go awry when the doctor unexpectedly commits Paul.
2 Porn In The U.S.A. 1 OCTOBER 1997 Jeff Lowell
When Mike's new girlfriend, Laurie, bonds with Nikki, Mike must compete with his own staffer for Laurie's attention and free time. Meanwhile, Paul's bombshell mom (Raquel Welch) dazzles his co-workers when she visits the office, and the Mayor is in a mess over an X-rated video.
3 Wonder Woman 8 OCTOBER 1997 Jay Scherick & David Ronn
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Mike finds out that his new girlfriend, Laurie, isn't looking for commitment, which he thinks is great -- at first. Meanwhile, James has a mysterious new hobby, which Stuart and Carter are determined to uncover; and Janelle asks for a raise, with surprising results.
4 The Goodbye Girl 15 OCTOBER 1997 Gayle Abrams
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Michael tries to dissuade the Mayor from a relationship with Jennifer, a much younger woman. However, as Mike deals with his own relationship troubles, Jennifer makes a pass at him. Meanwhile, Paul is acting as Michael's assistant, and enjoying it so much that he can't bring himself to hire the best candidate for the job, Stacey Paterno.
5 In The Heat Of The Day 22 OCTOBER 1997 Stephen Godchaux
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While jogging in the park to support the Mayor's fitness initiative, Carter is apprehended by the police, who mistake him for a mugger. To Carter's chagrin, Michael wants to downplay the incident, while Carter wants to publicize his own outrage. Meanwhile, Paul becomes paranoid that he himself is a racist; and James struggles to pull off a successful date.
6 Radio Daze 29 OCTOBER 1997 Kirk J. Rudell
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While promoting his autobiography, the Mayor realizes that he isn't as popular as a competing author, a well-known shock jock-type deejay. To Mike's dismay, the Mayor agrees to a mock election with the deejay, to win the hearts and minds of New Yorkers. Meanwhile, the women in the office vie to win the heart of the hunky water delivery man, Brent.
7 The Thirty Year Itch 5 NOVEMBER 1997 Michelle Nader & Amy Cohen
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As Michael's 30th birthday approaches, he remembers a promise he made to his high-school sweetheart: If they were both still single by the time Mike turned 30, they'd reunite at the top of the Empire State Building on his birthday. They keep their promise, with surprising results. Meanwhile, the Mayor wonders whether his nephew is gay.
8 My Life Is A Soap Opera 12 NOVEMBER 1997 Tom Hertz
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When Mike begins dating Lisa, a writer for a soap opera, he starts to see their dating life echoed on episodes of the popular serial. Meanwhile, Stuart is mistakenly "outed" and finds that his dating life improves when women think he's gay.
9 Family Affair: Part 1 19 NOVEMBER 1997 Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
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Mike's mom, Macy (Meredith Baxter), is visiting for a week and she and the Mayor have hit it off better than Mike ever imagined, or feared. Meanwhile, Nikki dates Steve, a ventriloquist whose dummy, Mr. Bungle, is more romantic (and talkative) than Steve.
10 Family Affair: Part 2 26 NOVEMBER 1997 Jeff Lowell & Tom Hertz
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Mike must choose between protecting his mom, Macy (Meredith Baxter) and protecting the Mayor when he tries to spin the Mayor out of a new scandal - Hizzoner's alibi would reveal that he spent the night with Macy. Meanwhile, when Paul is sued, he goes to The People's Court to let former Mayor Edward I. Koch decide his fate.
11 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 10 DECEMBER 1997 Laurie Parres
The Mayor's free-thinking daughter Meg (Alyssa Milano) puts the "bare" in bareback when she disrupts a rally with hansom-carriage drivers in Central Park to draw attention to her animal rights stance. Meanwhile, the gang tries to reunite a needy Paul with his ex-girlfriend, Claudia, but he's smitten with his new pen-pal, "Anonymous."
12 Miracle Near 34th Street 17 DECEMBER 1997 Stephen Godchaux & Gayle Abrams
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The Mayor inadvertently tells the children of New York there is no Santa Claus, and it becomes Mike's mission to make them believe again, through the eyes of one little boy.
13 Same Time Next Year 7 JANUARY 1998 Jay Scherick & David Ronn
A champagne-fuelled New Year's celebration at the Mayor's mansion gets out of control when Nikki's date two times her, and a protective Mike not only gets even, he gets Nikki and an erotic food fight. Meantime, the usually cynical Stuart is undone over the death of Piglet, his family cat; and Stacy makes James question his own virility.
14 The Paul Lassiter Story 21 JANUARY 1998 Bill Lawrence
Spin City - title
The usually indomitable Mike can't cope at the office because of upsetting news -- his doctor suspects Mike has prostate cancer. The timing couldn't be worse, as the Mayor needs Mike to help write his newest book, so Mike brings in Donald Trump to advise Hizzoner on writing. Also, the staffers are being terrorized by a chair-snatching bureaucrat.
15 Gentleman's Agreement 28 JANUARY 1998 Tim Hobert
Spin City - title
Mike tries to talk the Mayor out of joining a private club that prohibits women members -- until Mike gets a taste of the high life at the club. Meanwhile, Stuart joins an all-women reading group and impresses the members with his feigned sensitivity; and Paul sets out to help James win at three-card monte.
16 Deaf Man Walking 25 FEBRUARY 1998 Jeff Lowell
Spin City - title
Stacey's grandmother puts a curse on Mike, whom she blames for Stacey's desire to move away from home. Though Mike doesn't believe in curses, he can't deny that he's experiencing a string of ill fortune which is also affecting his beloved New York Rangers. Meantime, the Mayor doesn't want to admit he is losing his sense of hearing.
17 The Marrying Men 4 MARCH 1998 Michelle Nader & Amy Cohen
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Mike is delighted when his old flame Laurie steps back into his life, and Paul makes plans to propose to Claudia. But when Laurie finds the engagement ring, she thinks Mike is popping the question to her -- and the answer is yes.
18 One Wedding And A Funeral 11 MARCH 1998 Tom Hertz
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While Mike and Laurie accelerate their wedding plans, some of the staffers fantasize, in comic dream sequences, about what their own lives would be like if they married Mike. Meanwhile, Paul is losing his nerve about proposing to Claudia.
19 A River Runs Through Me 18 MARCH 1998 Laurie Parres
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To show support for the Mayor's anti-drug campaign, Mike proposes that the staff undergo drug testing - but Mike's sample could be tainted when he drinks from a bowl laced with peyote. Meantime, Paul is chagrined to discover his mom (Raquel Welch) feels that now that he's getting married, she is finally free to date again.
20 The Pope Of Gracie Mansion 1 APRIL 1998 Stephen Godchaux
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After the Pope visits City Hall, the Mayor longs to have a similar inspiring effect on his own constituency. Meanwhile, Mike is having a religious experience of his own; and Carter sets up Nikki with his best friend, who is just like Carter -- but straight.
21 Bye, Bye, Birdie 29 APRIL 1998 Brian Buckner & Sebastian Jones
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Mike and the staff throw separate bachelor and bachelorette parties for Paul and Claudia. However, the festivities run into some "fowl play" when Mike discovers that a new sculpture commissioned by the city, entitled "The Bird," is not the kind of bird Mike anticipated.
22 The Lady Or The Tiger 6 MAY 1998 Gayle Abrams & Kirk J. Rudell
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Mike finds it impossible to break off with his new magician girlfriend, since she's developed a near-fatal attraction to him. Meanwhile, Carter and Stuart invest in a nightclub.
23 Single White Male 6 MAY 1998 Michael Lisbe & Nathan Reger
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Carter needs to find a roommate, and Stuart lobbies to be considered, since he's just been evicted. Meanwhile, a rat is on the loose in City Hall and Mike is determined to eliminate him.
24 The Paul-Bearer 20 MAY 1998 Tim Hobert
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Mike promises to coordinate Paul and Claudia's entire wedding, but on the big day, Mike discovers that the church is simultaneously booked for a funeral. Meanwhile, the Mayor cannot speak without stuttering.
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