Commander in Chief

Season 1 Episode 18

Unfinished Business

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.