Spin City

A Star is Born

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 10/22/96
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  • Episode Description
  • When Mayor Winston's nominee for the Public Schools Chancellor proves an embarrassment to the administration, James urges Mike to stick with the controversial candidate. In the meantime, Ashley considers a career in television on a roundtable show.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Boatman

    Carter Sebastian Heywood

  • Michael J. Fox

    Deputy Mayor Michael 'Mike' Patrick Flaherty

  • Carla Gugino

    Ashley Schaeffer

  • Connie Britton

    Nicole 'Nikki' Catherine Faber

  • Alexander Gaberman

    James Hobert III

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Mayor: Are you sure they have the right Randall Winston? Mike: Actually Sir, they prefer Randy.

    • Mike: What happened to old James? I miss him, I want him back. Stuart: You can't have him back. He's come over to the dark side and together we shall rule City Hall as father and son!

    • Stuart: Obi-Mike has taught you well, but Luke, I am your father!

    • Mayor Randall Winston: Only two people in my life have ever called me Randy. My wife and my gym coach. "Hey Randy...go back door." Mike: I'm assuming that was your coach.

    • Mike: Look at Dick Clark. Not a grey hair on his head and he's as popular now as he was...a hundred years ago.

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    Notes (4)

    • John Bedford Lloyd also played Wayne the reporter in the 2 part episode "Goodbye" in the 4th season.

    • There are two primetime versions, one with Ashley Schaffer and one without her. The latter version is aired in syndication, but the first version is still run as well. Scenes Cut in Second Version: Opening Sequence: Ashley fills in on a Sunday talk show. Press Conference: Ashley asks a question of the prospective school Chancellor. Hallway Conversation: Ashley and Mike talk of "the doobie line," and what Ashley will wear for her interview. Apartment Scene: Ashley and Mike view Ashley's tryout tape. Ending Sequence: Ashley and Mike make out off camera after viewing Ash on TV. Scenes Added in Second Version: Opening Sequence: Nikki and Carter bet on the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. Press Conference: A Second Reporter asks Ashley's question. Hallway Conversation: Mike tells Stuart "the doobie line." Focus Group Meeting: Nikki and Carter lust over the same guy. Guy Callback: The aforementioned "Guy," is called back so Nikki and Carter can decipher whether he is gay or not. Ending Sequence: "Guy" admits he's gay but has no interest in Carter.

    • Opening Theme Sound Effect: Football Sounds (Second Version)

    • Opening Theme Sound Effect: School Bell (First Version)

    Trivia (1)

    • In this episode, the Mayor says only two people have called him Randy (his wife and his gym coach). But in a later episode, Bone Free, it is noted that his French teacher also called him Randy.

    Allusions (2)

    • A Star Is Born is the title of three films: one released in 1937 (starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March), the other in 1954 (starring Judy Garland and James Mason) and the last one in 1976 (starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson).

    • Stuart: "Obi-Mike has taught you well, but Luke, I am your father!"
      This line as well as "...He's come over to the dark side and together we shall rule City Hall as father and son!" are references to The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Episode V of the popular Star Wars series.

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