Spin City

Season 3 Episode 15

Not in the Line of Fire

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 26, 1999 on ABC
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Not in the Line of Fire
When the mayor starts to worry about becoming the object of a violent attack, a videotape showing Mike apparently leaving him in the line of "gunfire" damages their relationship. Meanwhile, Nikki sees Mike in an entirely different light after her viewing of the same tape reveals he was trying to protect her. And, Arthur wants to propose to Nikki, but puts his relationship with her at risk by confiding in Stuart.moreless

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    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 (7)

      • Mike: I love you, sir.
        Mayor: I have been waiting years to hear those words.
        Paul: I love you too, sir.
        Mayor: Shut up, Paul.

      • James: Did you ever oversleep for a test in college?
        Carter: Huh, yeah, once. The night before professor Franklin's Latin final.
        James: What did you do?
        Carter: I rolled over and said, "Hey, professor Franklin, we're late."

      • Paul: You know what my greatest fear is?
        Mike: Well, it's not sweating or annoying people.

      • Paul (About Mike's watch): Is this waterproof?
        Mike: I don't know Paul, let's go to the east river and find out.

      • Mike: She see the flowers yet?
        Carter (looking at Nikki): Ah, she's smiling... She's reading the card. She stopped smiling. Ooh, she's coming in here. Ooh, she's pissed!

      • Mike: When you say stuff like that, you are being way more childish than I am. Like a billion, trillion, gazillion times more.

      • (A gun is fired.)
        Mayor Winston: I'm hit! I'm hit!
        Carter: No, it was just that little girl's balloon.
        Mayor Winston: Oh...well then I'm probably okay!

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Mayor: You want answers?
        Reporter: I think I'm entitled.
        Mayor: You want answers?!
        Reporter: I want the truth.
        Mayor: You can't handle the truth!

        This exchange is from A Few Good Men between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Carter, James and Stacey watch this movie while they're supposed to be writing a speech for Mayor Winston.

      • The title of this episode alludes to the 1993 film In the Line of Fire starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich.