Spin City (1996–2002)
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Dead Dog Talking 

Mike takes credit when someone else saves a baby from falling into the zoo's sea lion tank. Paul uses crutches to obtain undeserved sick leave but Stacy knows he's faking. Carter brings home a 19-year-old dog named Rags.


Andy Cadiff


Gary David Goldberg (created by), Bill Lawrence (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Michael J. Fox ... Mike Flaherty
Richard Kind ... Paul Lassiter
Alan Ruck ... Stuart Bondek
Michael Boatman ... Carter Heywood
Connie Britton ... Nikki Faber
Alexander Chaplin ... James Hobert
Victoria Dillard ... Janelle Cooper
Jennifer Esposito ... Stacey Paterno
Barry Bostwick ... The Mayor
Heidi Klum ... Heidi Klum
Conan O'Brien ... Conan O'Brien
Stewart J. Zully ... First Reporter
Sue Jin Song ... Second Reporter
Lannyl Stephens Lannyl Stephens ... Mother


The gang decides to announce the mayor is running for a new term in the zoo, in the front of the recently renovated monkey house. Mike accidentally steals center stage by rollerskating after a runaway pram, although he landed in the sea-lions' pool, as the man who really caught the kid needs to hide. Paul outsmarts Sacey's attempts to expose his fake foot injury to steal sickies. Stuart objects to Carter bringing home his parent's old, sickly, girlish pooch Rags. The mayor was to star in the next press conference with super-model Klum, but the press shifts attention. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

22 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The end credits comes with a dedication to Rags Rudell. The ailing Rags' appearance in Spin City was inspired by the family dog of writer Kirk J. Rudell. However the caption reads: Dedicated to Rags Rudell 1846-1998. The real Rags was played by a canine named Wes (Wesley). See more »


Stuart hangs a poster of a woman on a car in his and Carter's apartment and talks about the "Ferrari" on the poster, when in fact it's clearly a Lamborghini. See more »


James Hobert: Mike, I'm proud of you.
Mike Flaherty: This is what I hear.
James Hobert: I know it sounds silly but I grew up without an older brother and I guess I need someone in my life to look up to. And Mike, 'You Complete Me'.
Mike Flaherty: James, you had be at proud.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


One Week
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
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Carter takes in the family pet, Rags.
10 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this episode the Mayor is starting his re-election campaign with a speech at the zoo. Afterwards a stroller occupied by a baby rolls down a hill toward the sea lion exhibit. Mike chases after the stroller only to fall into the exhibit. The stroller was stopped by a man that wants no credit for his action. When people arrive, they believe that Mike is the one that saved the baby and he is willing to take the credit.

In another story, Carter has brought the family dog, Rags, of nineteen years, to live out his remaining days at his apartment. But we learn that the dog would have been happy just be be put down. In fact the dog is suicidal.

As we start season three, there seems to be a more comfortable feeling dealing with the cast. It is still quite a large cast, and at times, it is difficult to get all the actors featured each week but the writers are doing their best. Of all the episodes of the series, this show seems to be the one most people remember from the original airing. One can only think it was for the lovable dog story or the special guest cameos because it was not from the superb content of the story. This was a memorable episode but nothing that stands out as remarkable.

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