Commander in Chief

Season 1 Episode 9

The Mom Who Came to Dinner

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Mac has more than Thanksgiving turkey on her plate. She juggles military base closures in her home town, a death penalty case the Supreme Court will not hear and a visit with Mom. Joining her team is a young and savvy media strategist/advisor.

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  • a lot of things started in this episode...

    *NO!!! It's DICKIE!!! Augh!!! I really don't like him, I mean he was fine at the beginning, but then now that I know how obnoxious he is, I can't even begin to like him. And there is no way he is a crossover between Josh and Sam from the West Wing!

    *The execution was about the mentally retarded woman, right? That was really sad... And how it was Mac's friend from Law School coming. Sniff.

    *Mac's mom... she's funny. I like her.

    *The thing with the tape!!! OMG! I remember that. Ohhhh... And I can't believe she actually gave it back to him... Wow, she really is a good person like that.moreless
  • Mum (mom) looks a lot of fun.

    Well Mum looks heaps of fun but I think that it may lead to some trouble.

    I like that this episode shows more character development and a more personal side to the characters.

    I am glad that Jim and Jane have decided to end their relationship but I would like to see Jane come over and join the White House staff.

    Mac is a very strong lady who likes to do the honest, good, responsible thing however I think it was a stupid move to give the original film back to Templeton. I understand why she did it but I don't think it did any good for her career.moreless
  • I don't get everything here...

    ... but I still like it pretty much. Why does president Mac accord so much importance to mister Speaker Templeton? I don't get it since we don't get to see the Democrat speaker that much. Is it only because the government is mainly Republican? I am sorry if my questions sound silly but I am not american and I don't know everything about the American constitution.
  • a good show with some great actors

    like i said many time, this show has the making of becoming the new west wing. In this episode we see how difficult is for any persone to have the job of president od the united states. The writers and directo make a fantastic job in combining the private life and work in the oval office.
  • A good show that helped us understand characters better.

    I thought the episode was well-done if not gripping. Hey, character development is good!

    The episode showed us more of Mackenzie's moral bearings, as well as hinted at her upbringing. We learned more about her relationships with her husband, children, and mother. I appreciate the way the writers portray Mac as strong yet tender.
Angela Gardner

Angela Gardner

Reporter Terry

Guest Star

David Gautreaux

David Gautreaux


Guest Star

Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen

Kate Allen

Recurring Role

Natasha Henstridge

Natasha Henstridge

Jayne Murray

Recurring Role

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi

Vince Taylor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Polly Bergen, who begins her recurring role as the mother of the first woman President of the United States, has herself played the first female President in the 1964 movie comedy Kisses for My President.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Rod: (about his mother in-law) She's like Jackie Kennedy without the pillbox.

    • Sara: Jayne was an excellent Chief of Staff. You won't find any better. And you know you miss her.
      Nathan: Well... I can't hire her back.
      Sara: Why not?
      Nathan: Because I'd have to beg.

    • Warren: Does no one here care that closing the bases might be what's best for the country?
      Jim: (sarcastically) No, Mr. Vice President, you're the only one who cares about the country. The rest of us are just here for the book deals.

    • Member of the Press: Are you sending a signal that running in the next election isn't a factor for you?
      Mackenzie: Right now, I'm concentrating on being President, not running for President.

    • Mackenzie: You really want to make this where we draw our battle lines? You willing to die on this hill?
      Templeton: Are you telling me that you're going to take the tape out of the safe and make it public?
      Mackenzie: I have no intention of using that tape. I could fight fair and win.

    • Jane: Rumor is the President's decided to run.
      Jim: That's your hello?
      Jane: Come on, you guys brought in Dickie McDonald.
      Jim: Like a half-hour ago. Did somebody send up a smoke signal from the R.M.C.?
      Jane: Uh, we use instant messaging now.

    • Jim: Must be nice to get a visit from someone who's just here for the turkey.
      Mac: You don't know my mother.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Building its lead-in and gaining audience throughout its broadcast, ABC's "Commander In Chief" was up despite facing NBC's high-rated season finale of "The Biggest Loser 2." Although the freshman ABC drama was pre-empted the prior Tuesday for the "2005 American Music Awards," "Commander in Chief" returned with 1 million more viewers than its most recent telecast (13.6 million vs. 12.6 million). In addition, the show delivered its best numbers across the men demographics in 5 weeks (M18-34 - 2.0/6, M18-49 - 3.2/8 and M25-54 - 4.2/9) -- best since 10/25/05. The ABC political family drama marked the series' third-highest-ever rating among Teens 12-17 (1.4/4).

    • This is the first appearance of Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Richard "Dickie" McDonald.