Commander in Chief

Rubie Dubidoux and the Brown Bound Express

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 11/15/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After she announces new direction for her administration, President Allen finds herself in need of allies within the West Wing and decides that she needs to appoint her closest adviser, Rod, to an official position.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeremy Podeswa

  • Donald Sutherland (I)

    Nathan Templeton

  • Geena Davis

    Mackenzie Allen

  • Harry J. Lennix

    Jim Gardner

  • Alison Cross

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • A terrific twist in the CiC tale...

    By Watsuchiru, May 19, 2006

  • Yey Mac's got one up on Templeton!

    By Pinkmyst, May 02, 2006

  • good day by day show

    By raimondo, Jan 10, 2006

  • The Young and the Restlessly Stupid. Templeton is haunted by his past and Horace is caught cheating.

    By epc9902, Nov 16, 2005

  • A new direction - figuratively and literally - comes to the 'West Wing'

    By angeloc, Nov 16, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (Becca tells her Mom that Mike spread rumors about her in school) Mackenzie: Do you want me to talk to the boy's parents? Rebecca: Oh, no, Mom, that would just make it worse. Mackenzie: Okay. Do you want me to have him arrested under the Patriot Act and ship him off to prison in Syria? Rebecca: Now that sounds good.

    • Mackenzie: People make mistakes when they're young. Templeton: But if they go into politics, those mistakes can come back to haunt them. You know what they say, it's a contact sport, wear a cup. Well, I don't know, whatever you'd wear, a--a chest protector or whatever. Mackenzie: (as she turns on the video for Templeton to see) You may want to put on a cup for this.

    • Jim: I just want to make sure that our chain of command here is clear. Rod: Well, maybe if you worried less about your own turf here and more about what's right for the President-- Jim: Oh, I learned a long time ago, never cross anyone who sleeps with the boss.

    • Mackenzie: What do you think? Rod: Are you asking my opinion on the record or off the record? Mackenzie: What does that mean? Rod: It means you said you were going to offer me a legitimate role in your administration, and instead, you're asking me to be secretary of pillow talk.

    • Mackenzie: (grumbling that her youngest has interrupted an intimate moment with her husband) POTUS interuptus.

    Notes (3)

    • The ABC drama delivered strong tune-in for the Net during the 9:00 p.m. hour, jumping from its lead-in by 5.8 million viewers (12.6 million vs. 6.8 million) and by 46% in Adults 18-49 (3.5/8 vs. 2.4/6). From start to finish, "Commander In Chief" gained 1.3 million viewers (11.9 million to 13.2 million) and 13% among Adults 18-49 (3.2/8 to 3.6/8).

    • This is the first episode (excluding the pilot) not to have a title beginning with "First".

    • This is the first episode with the storyline by new Executive Producer Steven Bochco.

    Trivia (1)

    • The book Vince removes from his box after Allen asks him to stay is entitled Finding a Job That Matches Your Personality.

    Allusions (2)

    • Rubie Dubidoux: The reason that the staff is laughing at the name is because it's so close to Scooby Doobie Doo... something that Scooby Doo says frequently.

    • Dixiecrat: Templeton tells Allen he was a "Southern Democrat" in his youth. So-called Dixiecrats were Democrats who were opposed to desegregation. Eventually, many Dixiecrats (including, it seems, Templeton) became Republicans. Today, the term "Dixiecrat" is used to refer to any conservative Democrats from the South.

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