Spin City (1996–2002)
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The Competition 

City Council's Lisa challenges Mike to a turkey cook-off on Thanksgiving to see who can feed more homeless people: the Mayor's office or City Council. Meanwhile, James looks for a way to ... See full summary »

Director:

Lee Shallat Chemel

Writers:

Gary David Goldberg (created by), Bill Lawrence (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Mike Flaherty
Carla Gugino ... Ashley Schaeffer
Richard Kind ... Paul Lassiter
Alan Ruck ... Stuart Bondek
Michael Boatman ... Carter Heywood
Connie Britton ... Nikki Faber
Alexander Chaplin ... James Hobert (as Alexander Gaberman)
Barry Bostwick ... The Mayor
Ed Koch ... Speaker Rosen
Victoria Dillard ... Janelle
J. Smith-Cameron ... Lisa
Stephen Colbert ... Frank
Jennifer Garner ... Becky
Brian Tarantina ... First Homeless Man
John Sobestanovich ... Second Homeless Man (as Soby)
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Storyline

City Council's Lisa challenges Mike to a turkey cook-off on Thanksgiving to see who can feed more homeless people: the Mayor's office or City Council. Meanwhile, James looks for a way to break up with his girlfriend of seven years. To complicate things, Becky shows up to surprise her long-distance boyfriend for the holiday. Written by Pat

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Michael J. Fox (Mike Flaherty) & J. Smith-Cameron (Lisa) also worked together on episode 7.8, The Good Wife: Restraint (2015), of The Good Wife (2009), Louis Canning & Samara Steel respectively. See more »

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References Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) See more »

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When the best of intentions go wrong.
3 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this Thanksgiving setting episode, the Mayor's office and the Council's office are having a competition. For Thanksgiving they will see which office can feed the most homeless people. The loser of the competition will have to perform a musical number in front of press at their respective regular meeting.

As for the Mayor's office, they have taken a church in the poor part of the town in hopes of serving more people. But they find out that the kitchen where they are to cook is in bad need of repair. But with some favors from Mike's contacts they are able to get the kitchen up and running. With the number of people fed nearly tied, the Mayor's team will make a critical error. The message of good will toward the homeless does not resound like it should.

Another interesting episode that was entertaining. The main plot stood on its own but the show also contained another good story when a long time girlfriend of James comes for a surprise visit. With both stories playing out in the format, this turned into a very good show for the viewers. Good watch.


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