SPIN CITY/ABC/1996-2002 (Hysterical Deafness)
Paul Thomas Lassiter (Richard Kind), a neurotic employee at the Mayor’s Office in New York City who suffers from hysterical deafness. As he told his coworkers, “Under intense competition I lose my hearing.”
On episode No. 107 “Lost and Found” Paul competes with coworkers Carter Heywood and Stuart Bondek for a chance to be chosen by the Mayor to go to a conference in New Orleans.
After Stuart is no longer in the running, Carter realized Paul’s affliction was real and he bowed out gracefully so that the Mayor would choose Paul.
Paul is thrilled at being selected until the Mayor announced that while in Louisiana, Paul was to play in a friendly game of golf against some other politicos [and that there was a monetary wager involved]. Of course. Paul went deaf at the thought of the seemingly friendly competition.