Commander in Chief

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2005 on ABC
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Mackenzie Allen, who serves as Vice President of the United States, has a tough decision to make, whether or not to go against the wishes of the dying current President. He has asked her to step down and let someone a little more appropriate take his place in the Oval Office. However, it's not only the President that is calling for her resignation, it's her entire party which elected her as the Vice President to start with.moreless

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  • How Are \"FICTONAL\" Country Should Be!

    The Pilot of Commander In Chief is one to remember. Not many times have we seen a vice president take the oath of office, especially a female vice president. Commander In Chief make fiction, a very possible realty. Some people wouldn\'t even think twice about have a female president, without diagreeing. Commander In Chief opens doors to people everywhere to do as they please in the politacial world, expressing that sex, does not matter.moreless
  • Very impressed.

    I must say after watching the Pilot for Commander in Chief, I was extremeley impressed. Geena Davis' acting skills are fantastic (I now see why she won her golden globe), compared to a few years ago when she starred in the poorly rated 'The Geen Davis Show.' I was also quite suprised that a drama like this hadn't been done before now. Maybe now with this show, there may well be a Female President in 2008. I really did think they would have made a bigger deal out of her becoming the first famile President. Overall, I thought that Geena Davis convincingly played MacKenzie Allen, and I will be watching the rest of the series in the future. I can only hope that it continues to get better with each episode.moreless
  • Cic rocks!!

    Very good and tough pilot. I have never seen Geena Davies like this. it makes me think of Meredith Brooke's song.. She's a mother, a person, a human being, a carriers woman, a vice president, a sinner, someone who doubts, and she transmits that feeling really well. I am glad to see that a woman with such power can show that she isn't perturbed by the humps of life even during the Investiture Speech. I am willing to see what is going to happen after.

    Some people say this series is to favour a woman's candidature to the White House. Why not? I am willing to see that coming, even if I am not american. Everything that happens in the US has repercussions in the rest of the world.

    Talking about the rest of the world, in this first episode, the matter is in nigeria. I really want to see how Mackenzie Allen is going to deal with other sensitive problems in the world schema of security.moreless
  • Hail the Chief!

    Here we have the first episode of a groundbreaking show with a groundbreaking concept. A female President? Will it work? Can it work? Will the most powerful nation flounder with a leader who can once a month go AWOL and blame it on PMS? :) Commander in Chief brings us a new idea that has been toyed with before but we've yet to see in our generation. Kudos to ABC for being adventurous! And what can we say about the casting? A better candidate than Geena Davis for the role of Ms. Prez could not have been found! She brings intelligence, along with poise and elegance to such a significant role. I'm curious to see how far this show will go, what storylines will be explored, and how for how long ABC will support it, but as for me, "they had me at 'the oath'!"moreless
  • CIC, para ser una serie que apuesta por la innovacion, no ha cumplido con las exigencias del publico. Al menos, este comienzo ha sido demasiado flojo para el teleespectador.

    Allen se convierte en la primera Presidente mujer de los EUA, debido al fallecimiento del presidente en funciones. Sin embrago, sus inicios tienen graves contratiempos pues no cuenta con el apoyo de su partido, y menos aun de los contrarios. Y, si a ello sumamos que su hija no es afecta a la diplomacia politica, y el escaso don de mando que podria obtener en operaciones militares, todo indicaria que la pronta renuncia debe darse; mas Allen, mujer con larga trayectoria laboral y educativa, se enfrentara a los grandes retos que representa el dirigir un pais que, actualmente, define el actuar del mundo.


    Dejando atras el resumen del primer episodio, no entusiasma la historiapresentada, pues la trama no es oscura, mas bien se desarrolla en un entorno suave, con poca crudeza politica y mucho tono rosa de familia y simpatias.

    Escenas como el poco movimiento alrededor del despacho presindecial hace pensar que no trabajan, o que todo se desarrolla en un orden de dependencia no gubernamental. Falta accion a la serie.

    El inicio d la trama tambien deja mucho que desear: rescataremos a una mujer que va a ser apedreada a como de lugar, pero mantendremos nuestras posiciones militares a cualquier precio. Ese doble discurso no es creible. Ademas, esa escena del helicoptero y sus rescatistas hace recordar a "Spy game". Eso es algo que no-se-debe-hacer en un primer capitulo.

    Por ultimo, la escena del discurso es para reir. ¿Es que todos estan sentados, sin mencionar palabra alguna durante su interlocucion? ¿Es posible que le corten el discurso a un presidente de EUA? Por favor, mas seriedad para con los televidentes.

    Esperemos que, al ser el primer capitulo, mejore en los siguientes episodios. Con mucha cautela seguire comentando esta serie, que no deja de ser punto a comparar con The West Wing.moreless
Ato Essandoh

Ato Essandoh

Manute Obama

Guest Star

Talia Balsam

Talia Balsam


Guest Star

Mary Page Keller

Mary Page Keller

Grace Bridges

Guest Star

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi

Vince Taylor

Recurring Role

Julie Ann Emery

Julie Ann Emery

Agent Joan Greer

Recurring Role

Kristen Shaw

Kristen Shaw

Norah Woodruff

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • 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!

  • NOTES (2)

    • 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.


    • 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.