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The Last Temptation of Mike 

Mike may help Paul and Claudia conceive a child. Doug, a City Hall tour guide, annoys the staffers, especially Stacey. James can't get peace and quiet in the office.


Andy Cadiff


Gary David Goldberg (created by), Bill Lawrence (created by) | 4 more credits »

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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
Todd Barry ... Doug the Tour Guide
Faith Prince ... Claudia Lassiter
Brett Groneman Brett Groneman ... Kid
George Sarris George Sarris ... Game Show Contestant


Paul's semen has been diagnosed 'bad swimmers', so Claudia's child-wish must be met by a donor. In the heat of a yes-no-game, Mike unwittingly accepts the job. Unamused Nikki must mediate but finds out to late Paul is too stingy for a fertility clinic, so it's "all natural". James has got a shot a contributing an article to a major magazine, but can't find a quiet place to concentrate on his writing. The bored mayor's office proves a terrible choice. Doug, the city hall tour guide, systematically ignores the mayor, but makes a fuzz about Stacey. When her rude disdain gets too insulting, he switches his courtesy to far more appreciative Janelle, which renders competitive Stacey jealous, yet Doug turns away to a most surprising, unwilling third party. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

6 April 1999 (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?


James Hobert: [people making noise] Hey, do you guys mind? It's been a life long dream of mine to do some real writing. And I finally been commissioned to do a piece for a very respected National magazine.
Carter Heywood: Oh, really- 'The New Yorker'? 'Vanity Fair'?
James Hobert: 'Sassy'.
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References The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) See more »

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Paul and Claudia ask Mike to donate his sperm.
13 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Paul is having a hard time getting Claudia pregnant due to his slow sperm. With Claudia wanting a baby, Paul asks Mike if he would donate his sperm for them to conceive a child. After some thought, Mike agrees but Paul did not tell him how cheap he was. There is a misunderstanding when Mike arrives to talk with Claudia.

That was about the only story worthy of watching. There were two other things going on - one where James is writing an article for a magazine and the other being that a City Hall tour guide having a crush on Stacey-- not much to either story. The only highlight is that it appears that Mike and Nikki's relationship may be out in the open.

Even though the side stories were not that exciting, the main story of Mike donating his sperm turned out interesting. The way the writers used the character of Paul as one of the cheapest men around, is brilliant. This was just an average show made better by the acting.

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