Spin City

Season 4 Episode 26

Goodbye (2)

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM May 24, 2000 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Goodbye (2)
Mike and Caitlin have sex. The staff works damage control but Mike ultimately fires himself to save everybody else. The staff says their goodbyes at the bar. Caitlin promises Mike that she's not going anywhere. Mike says goodbye to the mayor and walks out of City Hall for the last time. Six weeks later, Mike turns up as an environmental lobbyist in DC.moreless

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  • An awesome way for Mike to leave.

    I don't think I've seen very many things scripted so well, much less any other farewell episode by any other show. It was great how it was a tearjerker in some scenes, but at the same time they would break through and make you laugh as hard as you would if it was any other episode.

    Michael J. Fox's character goes out very gracefully, firing himself to save the rest of the staff. He then goes onto have some very sad (but also funny) goodbye scenes with each character in the show, essentially summing up his relationship with all of them. After Mike walks out of City Hall for the last time, he shows up in Washington, D.C. 6 weeks later as an environmental lobbyist. Throwing in a reference to his Family Ties character, Alex P. Keaton, there's also a feel good ending, and while the credits are rolling, he runs out to the bullpen, hugs each of the cast members, and waves goodbye to the audience.

    An excellent fitting end to Michael's run on the show. Unfortunately, this was the last great episode, as the last 2 seasons never quite lived up to the first 4.moreless
  • Quite simply stunning tv

    I don't really want to write too much and spoil incase someone reading hasn't seen this already. Put simply this is some of, if not THE finest bit of television i have ever seen, it has everything, if you are yet to watch it, read Michaels book Lucky Man then watch it, awesome show awesome ending awesome cast. Some of the best television in years. Be warned though if you are an emotional person as my quick review states this is one HUGE tear jerker, i guarantee if you even have a bit of a heart you will shed some tears!moreless
  • Does this make me cry because of the excellent use of music? Macy Gray and Bruce Springsteen... Or is it because this is what getting olders is like, what it's like to watch people you love, close or distant, become more and more ill?moreless

    I know where I was Wednesday May 24, 2000. I'll bet on the night before Jackie came over and we had tater tots and Boca Burgers and watched Buffy. Was Jess still with Betsey? That seems true. Amstel Light at Paella and croqet at Angelica Kitchen. Does anyone else remember what the city was like then? The summer of 99 had been so hot, but 2000 cooled somewhat. I remember what the air smelled like. I remember the sound of the air purifier in our room. Fresh roses every day. I wish I had been watching this show then, but I really only watched Buffy. Later, after I left my job, I moved on to daytime Passions, Law and Order, and Murder, She Wrote.

    Anyway, this is really heartbreaking, Michael leaving so bravely, especially knowing it's real.moreless
  • A fantastic last episode for Mike.

    This was a stunning episode. This was the 100th episode of the show and Michael J. Fox\'s last episode. His character was easily the best on the show, so there is one reason to shed a tear.

    The music was well-suited to its respective scenes.

    The goodbye with the other characters was a tear-jerker for them and for me (almost). I think a lot of those tears were real.

    Oh... and the mayor giving a video good-bye in the end (in front of Mike) is a hilarious but suprisingly effective touch.

    Revisiting Mike 6 weeks later was a good move. An environmental lobbyist. He meets his old character from Family Ties.

    Anywho.. what a good episode. Too bad it\'s the end of Mike on it.moreless
Michael Boatman

Michael Boatman

Carter Sebastian Heywood

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox

Deputy Mayor Michael 'Mike' Patrick Flaherty

Connie Britton

Connie Britton

Nicole 'Nikki' Catherine Faber

Alexander Gaberman

Alexander Gaberman

James Hobert III

Richard Kind

Richard Kind

Paul Thomas Lassiter

Alan Ruck

Alan Ruck

Stuart Bondek

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mike: If you take the fall, then the whole staff goes down with you. This way, only one person gets hurt.
      Mayor Winston: But why can't that person be Paul?

    • Mike: Make sure this Tony guy doesn't think you're still dating him.
      Nikki: Fine, I will die alone with 17 cats.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Michael J. Fox included this episode as one of his all-time favorites.

    • Although this is Michael J. Fox's last episode as a cast member, he returns for three episodes in season 6.

    • "Everybody Gets What They Deserve," by the Churchills, plays during Mike's final conversation with Nikki at the bar. This was the same music that was played during their first kiss in the episode "Internal Affairs."

    • "Glory Days" is played at the end because the character of Mike had mentioned several times in earlier episodes that he likes Bruce Springsteen.

    • At the time this episode was filmed, the show's future was still up in the air because ABC had not given the go-ahead to search for a replacement and continue the show without Michael J. Fox, and producers didn't think the show could carry on without him.

    • This was the last episode of Spin City to be filmed in New York (in the live studio and around the city itself). The show was filmed live in a studio in Los Angeles starting season 5. The move meant the loss of the Landmark Tavern bar and several recurring guest stars
      (such as Beth Littleford).

    • As a environmental lobbyist in DC, Mike says that he met a conservative congressman named Alex P. Keaton. This was of course Michael J. Fox's character in Family Ties!

    • Music: "I Try" - Macy Gray


    • At the end, Mike says that he met a Republican Senator from Ohio, named Alex P. Keaton.

      Alex P. Keaton is the character Michael J. Fox played on Family Ties.