Commander in Chief

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (69)

  • General Pollack: Last night on President Allen’s orders, we moved the USS Tarawa. She’s the flagship of the Amphibious Readiness Group. In half an hour, we’ll be able to send an advance team of six Cobras to soften your defenses, which will be followed by a Huey command helicopter. After that, we will send in two CH-46 helicopters with an extraction team. We’ll remove Oria Mehdulla and fly her to free soil.

  • Mac: (after hearing that the president had a stroke)Ok, Melanie, what happens now? Do I take the oath, or...? Gardner: We need you to resign Mac.

  • Mackenzie: And there's that whole once-a-month, 'Will she or won't she push the button' thing,'

  • Mackenzie: I know I can do this. Rod: Yes, you can.

  • Amy: Will they put your face on money? Mac: You know what? They already have faces on all the money. But maybe if I do a really good job, they'll make, like, a 15 dollar bill just for me.

  • Vice President Allen: I'm going to go out there, and I'm going to take the oath of office. I'm going to run this government.... and if some Islamic nations can't tolerate a female president, then I promise you.... it will be more their problem than mine!

  • Jim: Madame Vice President, I must insist that you strongly consider resigning..... Mackenzie: Jim, you're not in a position to insist how I take my coffee!

  • Warren Keaton: If you want a man who's worth a damn in this job, you gotta make this job worth a damn.

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Notes (32)

  • Leslie Hope and Julie Ann Emery were both regulars in the short lived series Line of Fire which was created by Commander In Chief creator Rod Lurie. Kristen Shaw also had a recurring role in Line of Fire. Ever Carradine guest starred in the Line of Fire episode Best Laid Plans where remarkably her character's name there was also called Kelly. Anthony Azizi and Will Lyman were regulars in another short-lived series Threat Matrix.

  • Ratings: This episode debuted to 16.15 million in ratings, making it the number one show of the night.

  • Ratings: This episode reached 16.36 million in ratings, up slightly from its debut of 16.15. (Neilsens)

  • "Commander In Chief" ranked No. 1 in its 9:00-10:00 p.m. time period among Total Viewers (15.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.6/11 - tied w/NBC). The ABC drama also won the time slot among Adults 25-54 (6.1/13) and Women 18-49 (5.6/13).

  • Rebecca Allen's Secret Service Code Name is Velour

  • The song played by the band in the closing minutes of the show was "Mack the Knife" composed by Kurt Weill and lyrics written by Bertolt Brecht.

  • What Mac does not mention about President John Tyler is that he only got to serve out the term that his predecessor William Henry Harrison was elected for and left office without being elected in his own right. In fact it was not until Theodore Roosevelt who became the first Vice-President to accede to the Presidency due to the death of his predecessor to be elected in his own right. Perhaps that's why President Bridges was named after Roosevelt.

  • Despite what is being stated on-screen, the National Security Advisor is not a member of Cabinet.

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Trivia (30)

  • Goof: When President Allen is speaking to a Joint Session of Congress, Speaker Templeton is visible over her right shoulder. The Speaker of the House should be behind her left shoulder, and the Vice President (as President of the Senate) behind her right shoulder. At this point in the series, there was no Vice President, as President Allen was the previous V.P. before becoming President, so possibly there should be no one there. However, it's likely the man sitting next to the Speaker is supposed to be the President pro tempore of the Senate but he would also be in the wrong seat.

  • Goof: In the credits, the general is credited as General Pollack, but in the scenes, his nameplate reads General Pollak.

  • Rod Calloway is called "First Lady" while he is given a tour of the White House kitchen.

  • Trivia: The show states that President Allen is the 1st independent President, but George Washington was also an Independent. However, she was the 1st independent Vice-President.

  • Goof: The plane used in the pilot for Air Force 2 is a different model between the in flight scene and the scene where they exit the plane.

  • During President McKenzie’s address to Congress, the scene cuts to images of the extrication of Mehdulla. The ship and aircraft in General Pollack’s description of the extrication mission do not appear in the cut scenes. Cut Scene 1: The real USS Tarawa is an Amphibious Assault Ship. The ship identified as the USS Tarawa in the cut scene is an aircraft carrier. You can see the canted flight deck and F-18 Hornets on the deck. The aircraft flying in the foreground is an SH-60, an anti-submarine warfare helicopter. Cut Scene 2: Two UH-1 with rocket pods flying over sand dunes. The official designation for the UH-1 is the “Iroquois” but is more commonly called a “Huey”. These helicopters are in a gunship configuration not the “command helicopter” that General Pollack describes. Cut Scene 3: The helicopter in the background is a Bell Helicopter Model 407. It is a civilian model not used in U.S. military service. It looks nothing like the CH-46 that is suppose to be used to rescue Mehdulla. Dead giveaway that the aircraft is not a military helicopter; the seats are way too comfortable.

  • This episode made reference to Vice President Cheney and the fact that President Bridges moved from the Governor's Mansion to the Observatory (the Naval Observatory at Anapolis, official residence of the Vice President) meaning that, at the very least, the pilot is set in the year 2014.

  • It is revealed that Rebecca's code name is "velour".

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Allusions (13)

  • Hillary Clinton: When Kyle is being introduced to his "first lady" duties, he is often told exactly how Hillary did it. Hillary was the first lady of Bill Clinton.

  • Dick Cheney: Dick Cheney, the Vice President under George W. Bush is directly referenced.

  • Theodore Roosevelt: The character of President Teddy Roosevelt Bridges is obviously named after the real life 26th President of the United States, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.

  • Cone of Silence Nathan Templeton mentioned the cone of silence. The cone of silence refers to the surveillance device in Get Smart which is used to discuss sensitive information without fear of any eavesdropping. In Get Smart, the cone of silence did not always work as one person using it could not hear clearly what the other is saying.

  • 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.

  • Title: The Mom Who Came to Dinner. This is a reference to the 1942 movie The Man Who Came to Dinner, starring Bette Davis.

  • This episode title is also a reference to the L.A. Law episode Slum Enchanted Evening which was executive produced by Steven Bochco.

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