The Rivals is the 5th episode of Season 1 of Spin City.
The former Mayor of New York is a constant critic of the current administration, and a plan to appease him has tragic and hilarious consequences. Meanwhile, Michael and Ashley try to avoid their annoying new neighbors.
- Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty
- Carla Gugino as Ashley Schaeffer
- 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
- and Barry Bostwick as Randall Winston
- Tom Lacy as Mayor Garfield
- Bray Poor as Yale
- Welker White as Maria
- Edmond Ikeda as Mr. Fong
- Mario Mendoza as Jesus
- John Bland as First Reporter
- Kim Yancey as Second Reporter
- Amy Hohn as Third Reporter
- Avery Glymph as Fourth Reporter
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