Spin City

Paul Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 9/24/97
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  • Episode Description
  • While acting as the Mayor's divorce lawyer, Michael is attracted to his opponent, Laurie Parres. Meanwhile, the press thinks Paul has suffered a nervous breakdown, so Michael enlists a psychiatrist, Dr. Benjamin, to pronounce Paul sane. But his plans go awry when Dr. Benjamin unexpectedly commits Paul to an institution.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Boatman

    Carter Sebastian Heywood

  • Michael J. Fox

    Deputy Mayor Michael 'Mike' Patrick Flaherty

  • Connie Britton

    Nicole 'Nikki' Catherine Faber

  • Alexander Gaberman

    James Hobert III

  • Richard Kind

    Paul Thomas Lassiter

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Mike: Carter, I'm gonna need some research on short-term depression. James: Mike, I was really looking forward to this. Mike: I suggest you start by interviewing James.

    • Stuart: Sounds like the most sensitive guy in the world may be a little heterophobic. Carter: No, no, some of my best friends are heterosexual. Or at least they think they are.

    • Laurie: The first thing I'm going to need is a list of assets. Mike: Well, I'm witty, well read...

    • Laurie: (reading Mike's list) Ask her where she's from. Find out what she's interested in. Hobbies... Mike: (taking the list) These are just my notes from ... when I was a game show host.

    • Mike: I met this girl. Dr. Benjamin: Well, this is a new one...

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    Notes (5)

    • Despite the semi-cliffhanger ending of season one, with Mike en route to Miami to retrieve Paul and The Mayor, this episode is set 3 days later with only a brief explanation of 'spring break fever' to help the viewer understand what happened in Miami.

    • Music: "Mack the Knife" - Michael J. Fox

    • Victoria Dillard is now listed as a regular cast member

    • This episode features Paula Marshall's first appearance as Laurie Parres, who is named after writer and executive story editor Laurie Parres.

    • This episode features a new theme song performed by the Spin Doctors and there are no more themed sound effects.

    Trivia (1)

    • Mike has a picture of himself with Bill Clinton on his desk.

    Allusions (1)

    • This episode title is an allusion to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the 1975 Academy Award winning film directed by Milos Forman and adapted from the eponymous novel by Ken Kesey.

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