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It Happened One Night 

Mike may adopt an abandoned baby; his former flames dish on him. Randall needs to go to therapy but gets nervous and briefs James to go in his place.


Andy Cadiff


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

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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
Mark Nelson ... Therapist
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Social Worker
Paula Abdul ... Paula Abdul
Carla Gugino ... Ashley Schaeffer
Heidi Klum ... Heidi Klum
Paula Marshall ... Laurie Parres


The mayor is so distracted he forgets to hand back a baby, which the mother fails to claim back. The girls fight to mind it, but it's Mike who goes unexpectedly totally fatherly and ends up seriously considering adopting it. Meanwhile James must 'impersonate' the mayor's embarrassing sexual trauma to get advise in psychiatric therapy for him, yielding erectile medication. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

20 October 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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References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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Mike wanting to adopt a baby just made no sense.
11 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

I can only guess that the writers wanted to make a sentimental story for Mike. so they throw in a baby and now Mike wants to be the one that adopts the child. Ever since the beginning of the series, we have learned that Mike is a workaholic sometimes putting in twenty hour days. And now they change his character to make him look like a stay-at-home father, it really is beyond belief. It goes against how the character of Mike has been written about for the last two season.

There is nothing really wrong with the story as nearly all sitcoms have some type of idea similar to this situation. The entire episode may have been better if someone else in the office, other than Mike, would have been the person wanting to adopt the child. But instead with get the only one that is not fit for adoption to be the center of the tale.

On the other hand, the story of James going to the psychiatrist for the Mayor was the best part of the show. The Mayor does not want to be seen going into the doctor's office, so he gets James to take his laundry list of problem to the doctor for him. This actually turned out to be funny.

But with the situation with the baby story, there was really nothing that could have helped the show. Even bringing back past girlfriends, for a cameo, seemed almost inane and never helped bring interest. For me, this has been the strangest written episode of the series. A disappointing offering.

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