Commander in Chief

Season 1 Episode 18

Unfinished Business

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jun 14, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

After a critic of the Equal Rights Amendment passes away and his wife takes over his seat, Mac believes she can amend the Constitution and pass the ERA once and for all. Meanwhile Templeton turns a Get Out the Vote campaign meeting into a presidential debate, Rod is asked to write a story about his relationship with Mac, and Rebecca finally learns the identity of her IM buddy, and both are shocked at just who the other person is.moreless

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  • Mackanzie Allen makes me proud to be a female.

    the way she deliver the message to people, when she talk as the president of the united states, it's like for real, no doubt she won the golden globe, she is awesome and yeah, hell smart... ERA, I think it's worth to be persuaded. logically, the number of population in the planet is dominated with female, the 80% woman have the right to vote same as the 20% man, I guess. the amendment written in 1921 by suffragist Alice Paul and introduced in 1923. To be a president, it doesn't matter if it's female or male, the bottom line is, can he/ she do it or not, we are the same God's creation.moreless
  • Eh... Good, I guess...

    There's something about this show... I am in huge favor for the ERA, and I respect Mac for what she says about campaigning, but something about all this doesn't seem realistic, I wish it was, but I don't know...

    I liked finally finding out who Becca's IM buddy was. And I am absolutely thrilled Jim could be VP, although I hope he would still be on the show a lot. Dickie's gone! Yeah!

    Commander in Cheif deserved a second chance, I really believe is does! This show is good politics, even if it doesn't all fit, it's trying to do a good thing!moreless
  • This series is the classic combination of history, current events and politics.

    This series finale embodies politics and history and reminds viewers of how our country is run and policy is made. This finale brought forth something that has been brought up constantly and that is the fact that Mac is the first female President or should I say Madam President. For the first time she brought forth a possible "feminist" agenda in trying to push through the Equal Rights Amendment so both women and men can officially play on an equal playing field. To think that this show may possibly end, they chose a great way to end it but hopefully this will not be it. This episode is politics.moreless
  • This is an example of yet another great show that didn't hit the right time and network ... ( i guess )

    Right when things started to get interesting this show gets cut off. Yes ABC probably has one too many shows on it's hands but this was a really good show. TV is supposed to be entertaining ( besides other things ) and this show was such. While the issue of having a female president is really touchy there is no reason why it couldn't be explored in a purely fictional work. Also the acting was quite good and killing the show was really a shocker for me.

    There was a full set of personalities a very well though out plot and dynamic and rich story line.

    As as season finale this is a complete failure. If you didn't know you'd expect the show to continue. There isn't even a hint of what is to happen. I guess it was a surprise to the writing staff as well ...

    Who knows ... maybe ABC execs would come to their sences ...moreless
  • Aptly titled. We will never know what would have been.

    So many little time. It feels like we were just getting started and now ABC has yanked a good series.

    This episode was a good setup for the President and Templeton to battle it out in an election year. And the election wasn\'t the only battle we could see coming. With Rebecca falling for one of Templeton\'s staffers, the potential conflict within the President\'s family is huge. Not to mention the professional reprecussions as Rebecca\'s typical daughter-ly complaints to her boyfriend could become national news.

    And what of Jim Gardner being asked to serve as VP. This show was carving out a nitch for itself. We were just learning who these characters were...and what they really stood for.

    It felt like both the show and the "administration" were just getting their footing. Not following in the footsteps of previous political dramas, "Commander in Chief" had the potential to blaze a new trail - even if it was just a Tv show.\'s been left unfinished.moreless
Natasha Henstridge

Natasha Henstridge

Jayne Murray

Guest Star

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi

Vince Taylor

Guest Star

Gabriel Olds

Gabriel Olds

Jeremy Dobris

Guest Star

Eyal Podell

Eyal Podell

Eli Meltzer

Recurring Role

Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen

Kate Allen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sarah Clarke (as Christine Chambers) is the second 24 alumnus to appear on Commander in Chief - Leslie Hope (as Melanie Blackston, in a recurring role) is the other. In fact this brings the show full circle for 24 viewers as this is the final episode while Leslie Hope made her first appearance in the first episode. To add to this Donald Sutherland, is the father of 24 lead Kiefer Sutherland and Henry Lennix has since landed a role on 24.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jim: Ma'am this--this may not be the best time for this, but the other day, we--we were talking...
      Mackenzie: Yes.
      Jim: Well, I, uh, just wanted you to know that I would be proud and honored to be considered for the vice presidency.
      Mackenzie: Okay.

    • Mackenzie: Templeton can do all he wants to try and grab the spotlight. But when we get on that stage tonight, I'm still President of the United States, and he's still just some guy applying for my job.

    • Dickie(In reference to the purposed Equal Rights Amendment): No one wants to go near this in an election year.
      Mac: Except for me.

    • Rebecca (In reference to the Equal Rights Amendment): Just because it matters to Mom doesn't mean it matters to me. I mean, I'm no feminist.
      Kate: So you don't believe that women should have rights equal to those of men?
      Rebecca: Well of course I do it's just...
      Kate: So then, might I suggest my dear that you look up the definition of feminist!

    • Mac[in reference to passing the Equal Rights Amendment]: Jim, it may not time in office...this may be our only chance.

    • Vince: Oh Kelly...uhh...did you hear about Dickie?
      Kelly: Huh? What?
      Vince: The President fired him.

    • Dickie: [Walking into Templeton's Room] First stop should be Florida. Childhood home, red, white and blue bunting, full brass band. You're gonna want it for your first campaign stop.
      Templeton: Aren't you in the wrong room young man?
      Dickie: Am I?

    • Mac: Next year I plan to limit any contributions to my re-election fund to $100 per person and any stumping I'm going to do from the Rose Garden. I am going to campaign by doing my job Dickie and if that isn't enough to get me a second term, so be it.
      Dickie: It's a nice thought ma'am. That's not how things work, not in this town.
      Mac: Your services are no longer required.

    • Mac: Mr. Speaker, I wonder if your appreciation for that film has anything to do with the fact that "Casablanca" translates to "White House".

    • Jim: I may not take it...I may not be picked...but the President asked me to think about being her VP.
      Karen Parsons: Seriously?
      Jim: In some ways it it would be a demotion. I mean...Chief of Staff.
      Karen Parsons: Well, the country doesn't know that. As far as they're concerned the Vice President is the 2nd most powerful person on the planet.

    • Templeton: We're floundering, Gordon. This country can't be allowed to flounder. We're the United States of America, for heaven's sake.
      Gordon: Sounds like words a man who intends to run for president.
      Templeton: I probably should've told my wife first, but...yes, Gordon. I'm gonna run for president. And God willing, I'll win, because this country needs me.

    • (Mac is getting prepped for a press conference with practice questions)
      Mackenzie: Horace. How'd I do with that one?
      Horace: Um...I wasn't listening. Sorry.
      Mackenzie: Okay. How about you ask me a question that you do want to know the answer to?
      Horace: Can I get tickets to Nickelback?

    • Dickie: I always thought my memos went straight into the burn bag.
      Mack: No, sometimes I just shred them.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Shortly after the cancellation of the regular series, rumours began to arise that a TV movie would be produced in late 2006. Soon after, there were a number of reports confirming the TV movie, one of which was made by Geena Davis to The Stage. The TV movie was set to enter production, but columnist Matt Roush reported that it was no longer in the works.

    • The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was drafted by Alice Paul in 1921, not 1923; although it was first proposed in Congress in 1923.

      The ERA was originally passed by Congress in 1972 with a 7 year deadline for ratification by the states. Congress later extended the deadline to June 30, 1982. When this date passed, it was thought that ratification was no longer possible.

      In 1992, Congress accepted the ratification by a sufficient number of states of the 27th Amendment (on congressional pay raises), even though the amendment was originally passed and presented to the states in 1789 - almost 203 years earlier. This action suggests that Congress can subsequently decide to ignore its own deadline on the ERA.

      The episode points out that a state cannot rescind its prior ratification of an amendment. Thus, if three more states ratify the ERA, Congress can vote to accept the ratification.


    • Jim uses Edward R. Murrow's (American journalist that first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States and Canada) famous quote "Good night, and good luck" that he used as his closing when signing off of all of his radio news broadcasts. This quote consequently was turned into a movie called Good Night and Good Luck in 2005 about the conflict between the veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin.