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The Commitments 

Mike abstains from sex for a week to prove that his feelings for Caitlin aren't just physical, and Caitlin doubts he can do it. Randall uses Carter's dog Rags to project an animal-friendly image to animal rights activists.


Andy Cadiff


Gary David Goldberg (created by), Bill Lawrence (created by) | 5 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
Heather Locklear ... Caitlin Moore
Barry Bostwick ... The Mayor
Scott Robertson ... Camera Man


Mike's big mouth lands him in promise to prove his 'higher' love for Caitlin by abstaining from sex for a week. She fails to seduce him, despite some help from Stuart, yet more then ruins his hard-won victory. Although a life-long dog-hater, Winston develops a bond with Rags when they do a photo-shoot for a campaign to coax the animal rights activists, and is reluctant to return the mutt to owner Carter. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

17 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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References The Commitments (1991) See more »


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The Mayor's story was the best part of the episode.
7 March 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this episode, the main theme of the show is that finally Mike and Caitlin are a couple. Mike is always thinking about sex and Caitlin does not want the relationship to be all physical, she wants a meaningful relationship with Mike. So Mike agrees to go without sex for a week. But it will not be easy as Caitlin will test his willpower every time possible.

And what turned out to be the best part of the episode, Mayor Winston had a unfortunate situation with a dog and now he has to make the voters feel like he is animal friendly. So for the next week, the Mayor will be seen with Rags, Carter's dog, so that people will get the idea that he is kind to animals. But it seems the relationship between the Mayor and Rags is deeper than we thought.

The story with Mike and Caitlin was nice but really did not stir much excitement since the story consisted of Caitlin tempting Mike in every scene. The real humor of the episode came during the Mayor and dog plot. Again Barry Bostwick's performance was excellent as his parts made the entire episode laughable. Had it not been for the story of the dog, this episode could have been regrettable. But with the story the episode held-up to make for a nice watch.

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