Winning the approval of the former mayor of New York appears to be an impossible task as things start to go haywire despite everyone's untiring efforts. Back at home, Mike and Ashley tread softly to avoid disturbing their new neighbours.
Ashley considers a career move into the world of television, and a speech writer becomes disillusioned.
Carter and Nikki fake a wedding in protest at the Mayor's view on same-sex marriages, while Ashley struggles to make her mark as a television news reporter.
Mike asks an influential New York developer for a favour, only to find the cost of his services may be more than he's willing to pay. Meanwhile, Paul is robbed for the umpteenth time - which understandably prompts him to stop lecturing on the city's reduced crime.
An ordinary man on the street acts as mayor for the day, revolutionising Mike's approach to his job and becoming a media celebrity in the process. Meanwhile, the real incumbent of the post suffers a setback.
Mike is forced to stand in for the mayor on a TV talk show when his boss falls ill just before transmission.