Commander in Chief

Season 1 Episode 7

First Scandal

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 08, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When a tell-all book is published about Mackenzie Allen that contains confidential information suspicions arise. Meanwhile, the confirmation hearings for Vice Presidential nominee Warren Keaton begin, but raise questions about his past.

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  • Who is the leak?

    Well who is the leak in the White House???

    I thought Jim may have mentioned it during pillow talk with Jane but now I am not so sure. I cannot tell if Jim is a good guy or a bad guy.

    I hope that Rod does have more of a official position as the transition has seemed to be very hard on him. It seems to be putting a strain on his and Mac's relationship where they could be working together against things they both believe in to make te country better while they are still in a position of power.

    Becca is going to get herself into trouble and it will reflect badly on the president. I think see needs to think about the position her family is now in even if she doesn't like it and how her actions will impact of everyone.

    (But she is a teenager so I wouldn't expect her too)moreless
  • becoming the best show for me

    i agree with another member that wrote that this show focus more into the personal live of the first family and how the job affects the family in a very personal and private level. In this episode we see how the politcs has become very dirty when it comes to nomination for a high post in the goverment. The actors are great and the madame president make a great first actor in the show. Is bercoming on of my best show to ssde every weekmoreless
  • This episode was revealing and it really developed the characters. Great dramatic scene. Best episode yet.

    I watched it twice in the same day. Wonderful twists and great development of the characters. I like the backbone the President is developing as well as her staff. I loved the confirmation hearing. I aslo like the flash backs and how they gradually reveal and clarify. The scene between the president and Jim was well done. Their interaction makes the show. The first gentleman and his daughters are not very memorable but still a great episode.moreless
  • As long as this show continues to deal with the personal sides of the characters, especially the first family, I will continue to love it.

    I liked this episode. I like the fact that the first couple seems to be on one accord. I also like the fact that the personality of the children are developing. Horace is not as goody-goody as we thought. I love the show and I continue to love Geena Davis.
  • It was OK, but for crying out loud, if a show's about the president, the least you could do is make it follow the laws and customs of the country she governs.moreless

    The episode was OK and all, but there's one thing that's driving me insane. Its the fact that the speaker of the house is holding confirmation hearings for the vice president. He's in the house, not the senate. For crying out loud. The house doesn't have any say in advising or consenting whatsoever.

    As to the rest of the storyline, well, it was somewhat contrived. The camera in the bedroom, the emotional "breakthrough," and most of all that the two chiefs of staff were sleeping together. I mean, come on. A little bit of realism? The only bit that I did buy was the HIV subplot. I am intrigued to see where this is going to go.moreless
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Guest Star

Scott Atkinson

Scott Atkinson

Steve - Reporter

Guest Star

Will Lyman

Will Lyman

Teddy Bridges

Guest Star

Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote

Warren Keaton

Recurring Role

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi

Vince Taylor

Recurring Role

Natasha Henstridge

Natasha Henstridge

Jayne Murray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: There is a flashback episode with President Bridges and VP Allen flying on Air Force One. However, for security reasons, the President and VP are not allowed to fly on the same plane.

    • In Allen's governmental universe, the Senate has no part in Advising and Consenting on the choice of the Vice President. Apparently, they have given that power over to the House.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mackenzie: The Constitution not only empowers me, it requires me to be president. The people elected me to this position. And only the people and their representatives can ask me to step down. I will never apologize for doing my job. If anything, from this point on, I only pledge to do it better.

    • Amy: Do you hate Mommy too?
      Rebecca: Why would you say that?
      Amy: Because you didn't want her being President either. You said she should step aside.
      Rebecca: Can I tell you a secret? But you can't tell anyone. Promise? I think Mommy is a great woman.

    • Templeton: How about this comment from the vice presidential debates. You said, and I quote, "Mackenzie Allen was chosen because Teddy Bridges needed help with soccer moms." Do you stand by that comment?
      Warren: I do, sir. And I'm extremely grateful to all those soccer moms that elected her.

    • Member of the Press: Kelly, does the President have any comment on Evan Hutchins' book?
      Kelly: I'm sorry?
      Member of the Press: Specifically, the charge he makes that on his deathbed, President Bridges asked Mackenzie Allen to resign rather than assume the presidency?

  • NOTES (2)