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The Arrival 

Mike Flaherty unexpectedly visits from Washington, meets his replacement Charlie, and ruins Charlie's attempts at wooing Caitlin. Meanwhile, Randall begins dating Judge Claire Simmons, who is separated from her husband, but not divorced.


Ted Wass


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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Charlie Sheen ... Charlie Crawford
Heather Locklear ... Caitlin Moore
Richard Kind ... Paul Lassiter
Alan Ruck ... Stuart Bondek
Michael Boatman ... Carter Heywood
Barry Bostwick ... The Mayor
Michael J. Fox ... Mike Flaherty
Ted Shackelford ... Barry Simmons
Farrah Fawcett ... Judge Claire Simmons
Jorge Garcia ... Cabbie
Denise Richards ... Jennifer Duncan


After realizing he does want a relationship, Charlie's next attempt to get Caitlin back in a romantic mood is wrecked by a visit form his popular predecessor, Mike Flaherty, whom the mates advise to go for the presumed true love he met on Costa Rican holiday. After Mike advises to keep the mayor happy, the rest will sort out itself, Charlie tells Winston to go public with his affair with judge Claire Simmons, and even to stick to it when her husband refuses a divorce and announces a juicy book just before the mayoral elections. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

18 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Guest stars on this episode include Michael J. Fox and Farrah Fawcett. See more »

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Too much for one show.
8 August 2017 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Was actually expecting a bit more out of this episode. It was the first episode after Charlie and Caitlin had become more than friends and was waiting to see the fireworks. But just like an old firecracker, this episode was more of a dud.

In a bright spot, Mike Flaherty (Michael J Fox) returns to the show after more than a year away, as he was written in for a few shows with a gathering plot. I like the way the writers handled the situation but for some of the scenes in which he appears, it looks like he is there for no other reason than he was on the set. Not being rude because I really like Mr Fox, but he took away from the scenes more than helped. The plot behind the reason he was in the show never did develop and would have been better in a one episode story.

Also the Mayor has finally found a new girlfriend by the name of Claire Simmons (Farrah Fawcett). The Mayor is having the time of his life until the press finds out that she is separated and not divorced. This is going to be a nightmare for the Mayor.

Perhaps I am being too harsh on this show but was expecting so much more. It just seemed to be trying to get too much into the show when they had a good plot right from the beginning. Not one of my favorite episodes.

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