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Deaf Man Walking 

Randall has hearing problems; Stuart gets a new office upstairs; Stacey wants to move out of the family household, so her grandmother blames Mike and puts a curse on him.


Andy Cadiff


Gary David Goldberg (created by), Bill Lawrence (created by) | 11 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Richard Portnow ... Mr. Paterno
Maria Tucci ... Mrs. Paterno
Tina Bruno Tina Bruno ... Grandma Sophie
Matt Malloy ... Ben
Margaret Reed ... Candice
John Harrington Bland ... First Reporter (as John Bland)


Randall has hearing problems; Stuart gets a new office upstairs; Stacey wants to move out of the family household, so her grandmother blames Mike and puts a curse on him.

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Release Date:

25 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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Did You Know?


Michael J. Fox (Mike Flaherty) & Richard Portnow (Mr. Paterno) also worked together on episode 7.8, The Good Wife: Restraint (2015), of The Good Wife (2009), Louis Canning & Judge Ben Margovski respectively. See more »


References Dead Man Walking (1995) See more »

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Just did not have the flare that others episode have shown.
7 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

There are two stories going on in this episode, the first involves Stacey wanting to move out of her families house in Brooklyn where the family has a tight bond. When Mike accompanies Stacey to tell her parents, the grandmother thinks that Mike is the cause of the move and places a curse on him. Mike does not think too much about the curse until things start going wrong around every turn.

The second involves the Mayor apparently losing his hearing. He is only catching a phrase or two in every conversation which can lead to some embarrassing moments. Mayor Winston starts feeling sorry for himself and laments about getting older.

There really isn't anything new in the story of the curse that has not been played out hundreds of times in other sitcoms. So there was nothing of any value to that story. The only value of the episode was the humorous lines given to Barry Bostwick when the Mayor is having hearing problems. Even though the acting was fine the show did not possess the flare that other episode have shown. Just an average watch for the series.

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