Commander in Chief

Season 1 Episode 12

Wind Beneath My Wing

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 24, 2006 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mac and Templeton head out west to pay tribute to the dedication of former President Bridges' Presidential Library. While there Air Force One is held hostage by a guy who wants to speak with Mac. Meanwhile Horace and Rebecca have some friends for a party.

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  • Things happened, but nothing really great...

    Air Force One is held hostage and I'm still a little foggy on how that happened exactly...

    The thing with Dickie staying on board to fool around with that reporter was kind of ri"dic"ulously funny... I personally wouldn't have minded Dickie getting blown up.

    Mac had a difficult situation to face, but I think she did an okay job... I certainly couldn't have done better. I felt bad for that guy.

    The whole thing with the twins was a little stupid... I get trying to work them into the show... I really like Caitlin Wachs (not just cause we have the same name) but they could've come up with something better!moreless
  • They could have done without the whole -- kids in the White House subplot.

    I found the whole subplot of the first kids throwing a party at the White House laughable. As antagonistic as the press the press has been towards the Allen Presidency there is no way there wouldn’t have been an urgent bulletin that there was a teenage party. Mac would have been alerted and the party would have surely come to a swift close. It was further let down to see Hayden Panettiere, of Ally McBeal fame, playing the fluffy-brained air-head, she usually chooses smarter roles.

    And don’t get me started on the whole missing Gettysburg Address thing. There is no way this document would be out in the open, exposed to the air, and therefore it would have been under some sort of glass container and that container would have some sort of alarm that would activate when the container was opened—sending the Secret Service running.

  • an impossible truth

    to have this happend in real life is almost imposible and the out come will not be the same and easy. I think that this show will have success only if it sticks to real issues that happend in real life. The part of the party shows almost no control by the secretr serviices and i think that was a mistake by the writers and director
  • There is one scene that made this whole episode for me, otherwise it would be lower than an 8.0...

    I know I say it every time, but I really do enjoy seeing Donald Sutherland every week.

    You know when you see Air Force One that something bad is going to happen...

    Kate Allen managed to put her foot in it when she said for Horace and Rebecca to invite their friends over - does this mean I'm going to be cringing my way through the B storyline in this ep? Yeah, yeah, reviews on the fly - you knew it had to be that way.

    Hubby is getting his undies in a knot over Nathan's comments that the American people have gotten two for the price of one - I don't see why, as it does appear to be true. Both Mac and Rod have been playing the political game for years, according to the storyline, so how is this insulting?

    Well, Mac gets to get out of her political glad-handing - her schedule was definitely stupid, but the organizer was just a little too happy that Mac was sticking around - not letting some nutcase run her out of town.

    Could we please blow Dickie up? I find him really irritating... He's on a plane with a fuel truck under the wing and a guy wearing explosives, and all he can do is ask if she wants to go again? How crass...

    It's only when you see Geena Davis standing next to other people that you realise how darn tall the woman is - and how short others are beside her.

    That entire speech to Terzano is perfect - the writing was great, and the delivery was also excellent. Playing on his duty to his country and his family, then giving the order to take him out if he doesn't surrender in five minutes. That whole scene pretty much made the episode for me.moreless
  • Nothing Really Special!!

    This is a decent show, but every week is starting to get more and more painful to watch. The main point of the episode was good, the whole Air Force One part was exiclent, but they would of killed the man the moment it started. But that would of made bad TV. Beyond that the show started to go down hill.

    The Sup-plot of this episode was the party at the White House. This was so lame, and so could not happen that it was almost painfull to watch. I really wish they would think about these things in the writers room. And the thing that was stollen was really a weak ending.

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Mel Fair

Mel Fair

Caleb Kelban

Guest Star

Judith Hoag

Judith Hoag

Syndi Saltzman

Guest Star

Doug Kruse

Doug Kruse

Agent Downing

Guest Star

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi

Vince Taylor

Recurring Role

Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen

Kate Allen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Air Force One is shown landing in Orange County, but the only commercial airport in Orange County, California is John Wayne Airport, whose runways can not accommodate Boeing 747s (such as Air Force One). Presidents visiting Orange County normally land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the nearest airport capable of handling a 747.

    • It is revealed that President Mackenzie's code name is "Victory".

    • Amy Calloway takes a copy of the Gettysburg Address from the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Templeton: You saved us from having to take a commercial flight.

    • Mac: So let me understand this - we have half the Secret Service at the airport, FBI, SWAT teams, we have a spy satellite that can read a license plate from space, and my major source of information is cable news? What if the Chinese invade? Am I going to hear it first on talk radio?

    • Templeton: One building can not contain the greatness of a man.
      Mac: Or Woman.

    • Templeton: My question is...why is the guy in the fuel truck still alive? They don't have a clean shot? Or is she afraid to give the order?

    • Mackenzie: Everyone off the plane?
      Pete: Yes, ma'am.
      Mackenzie: Give him five minutes, and then...take your first clear shot.

    • Kate Allen: It's been two hundred years since the White House burned down. Like to keep the streak alive.

    • Kate Allen: (To Rebecca who is complaining of being bored) Having your own movie theatre and bowling alley must be such a drag.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music : Hard Fi - Hard to beat

    • Goof: In the shot of the President's motorcade on the highway, just after leaving the airport, the shot has been flipped left-to-right. All the license plates are backwards, and the steering wheels are on the right side of the vehicle instead of the left.