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The Lady or the Tiger 

Mike's clingy girlfriend Kaari is a magician who doesn't take kindly to his rejection; Stuart and Carter open their own bar; James loans money to Randall and then tries to get reimbursed.


Andy Cadiff


Gary David Goldberg (created by), Bill Lawrence (created by) | 12 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
Noelle Beck ... Kaari the Magician
Lee Bryant ... Linda, Kaari's Mom
Steve Brady Steve Brady ... Dad
John Hines John Hines ... Man
Kenneth P. Strong Kenneth P. Strong ... City Official (as Kenneth T. Strong)


Mike's clingy girlfriend Kaari is a magician who doesn't take kindly to his rejection; Stuart and Carter open their own bar; James loans money to Randall and then tries to get reimbursed.

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The title is based upon "The Lady or the Tiger", a famous short story written by Frank R. Stockton in 1882. See more »


When the tiger is in Mike's office and Kaari is petting the tiger and holding the chain. The chain she is holding is not the chain around the tiger's neck. When the tiger moves its head you can see the chain is attached to the floor right below the head so not to move toward the actress. See more »


Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr.: [James has let the Mayor borrow one hundred dollars and is now broke. James tried to steal from candy machine] James, you all right?
James Hobert: I'm hungry, Sir. I didn't have enough cash for lunch today.
Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr.: Well, hunger is a funny thing. For instance, I just had a huge steak at a four star restaurant and gosh, I still having a craving for a candy bar.
James Hobert: I stole from a bowl in the lobby and drank six non-dairy creamers.
Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr.: [looking through his cash heavy billfold] This thing does not take twenties. You would'n have ...
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A great idea that never panned out.
9 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this episode, Mike is dating a new woman, Karri, that just so happens to be a magician. But during their first night together she tells Mike that she loves him. Needless to say the feelings are not returned.

Later on we learn that Kaari is not perfectly stable. She was obviously on medication but since she has found Mike, she no longer takes her pills. And when Mike begins letting Karri know how he feels it looks like Karri will not take the news very well.

Another stories has Stuart and Carter opening up a bar together. Everything seems to be going very well, that is until the inspectors arrive on the scene.

Neither story was very interesting with a filler story, about James loaning money to the Mayor, being more enjoyable than the main plots. The idea of Mike dating a strange and demanding woman makes for a interesting situation. But it seemed the writers played, an otherwise entertaining idea, too safe for enjoyment. It was something that should have blazed off the screen but we were left with smoking embers. This episode could have been better.

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Release Date:

6 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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