Jack & Bobby

Season 1 Episode 2

Better Days

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 19, 2004 on The WB
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Better Days
Grace and Bobby help with a College Democrats rally. Jack explodes after catching Grace smoking pot again and gives her an ultimatum. One of Grace's co-workers gets fired, and Grace goes to bat for her without all the facts in hand. Courtney and Jack continue to explore their relationship.

Meanwhile, Bobby tries to help make things better for Jack, both with Courtney and in school, but only succeeds in making things worse. Also, it is revealed how President McCallister became affiliated with a surprising political party.moreless

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    Christine Lahti (I)

    Christine Lahti (I)

    Grace McCallister

    Edwin Hodge

    Edwin Hodge

    Marcus Ride

    John Slattery

    John Slattery

    Peter Benedict

    Keri Lynn Pratt

    Keri Lynn Pratt

    Missy Belknap (also starring, episode 2-20)

    Bradley Cooper

    Bradley Cooper

    Tom Wexler Graham (also starring, episode 4-17)

    Jessica Pare

    Jessica Pare

    Courtney Benedict

    Brenda Wehle

    Brenda Wehle

    Future Courtney McCallister

    Guest Star

    Charles Sanders

    Charles Sanders

    Principal Farber

    Guest Star

    Brooke Bloom

    Brooke Bloom


    Guest Star

    Ron Canada

    Ron Canada

    Marcus Ride (adult)

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Grace: (to Jack) They're college kids for Gods sake. When I was in college we were dropping acid and taking our shirts off. These guys, the world is blowing up around them and they're just, I don't know, so mechanical and cold. I was just trying to grease the wheels a bit.

      • Adult Marcus Ride: There's nothing Grace loathed as much as a Republican. She just kept saying it was so wrong. At the time I thought she meant the party itself was wrong, but looking back I think her point was more that it was wrong for him.

      • Jack: Where are you going?
        Grace: Mini-meeting.
        Jack: Dressed like that?
        Grace: Hah, where are you going?
        Jack: Bowling.
        Grace: (sarcastically) Dressed like that?

      • Bobby: Look, I don't wanna talk to you when you're like this, mom? (Grace is stoned)
        Grace: Why? I'm fine. See? I'm still me.
        Bobby: You know what, I wish you were someone else.

      • Jack: (about Bobby) He's so irritating, but he's so...
        Grace: So good.
        Grace: It's hard to raise someone who's a better person than you are. Thank your lucky stars you only had to learn that once, I had to learn it twice.

      • Grace: Good evening. I'd like to welcome all of you tonight to a renaissance. For some of you tonight marks a return to your college life. For some a new beginning. And so on the eve of the tremendous journey that you are all embarking I would like to offer you a thought to take with you. Ok listen carefully. You will fail here. All of you.

        College is not the culmination of your high school career. It is the beginning of your adult life. Only it's a slow sweet beginning that feels nothing like life and all of its attending obligations will eventually bring. So fail here. Be bad at things. Be embarrassed. Be afraid. Be vulnerable. Go out on a limb, or two, or twelve and you'll fall and it'll hurt, but the harder you fall the higher you'll rise. You louder you fail, the clearer your future becomes. Failure is a gift, welcome it.

        There are people who spend their whole lives wondering how they became the people they became. How certain chances passed them by. Why they didn't take the road less traveled. Those people are not you. You have the front row seats to your own transformation and in transforming yourself you might even transform the world. And it will be electric. I promise you it'll be terrifying, but embrace that. Embrace the new person you're becoming.

        This is your moment. I promise you it is now. Now, not two minutes from now, not tomorrow, but really now. Own that, know that, deep in your bones knowing and go to sleep every night knowing that and wake up every morning remembering that and then keep going. Keep going.

      • Grace: Somewhere Abby Hoffman is weeping.
        Bobby: Who's Abby Hoffman?

    • NOTES (9)

      • Actor John Heard (Dennis Morgenthal) in this episode also co-starred with Christine Lahti (Grace McCallister) in the CBS television movie The Pilot's Wife.

      • The episode title is a reference to Bruce Springsteen's song "Better Days."

      • This episode shows for the first time the series' theme song and opening credits.

      • The theme song for Jack & Bobby was originally composed as the theme for the 2000 Blockbuster movie, The Patriot. Coincidentally, (or perhaps not) Logan Lerman also appeared as one of Mel Gibson's sons in the movie, alongside Everwood star Gregory Smith, whose executive producer and creator Greg Berlanti also created and executive produces this series. The theme song was composed by John Williams.

      • Revelation: Bobby McCallister will campaign as a Republican. But after losing and realizing his values don't fit with the GOP, Bobby runs as an independent.

      • Students at Truman High School are known as Senators. Their mascot is a kid wearing a gigantic cardboard Capitol Rotunda suit.

      • Bobby's hair is considerably longer and shaggier in this episode than in the pilot, which is unusual since this episode seems to be occurring almost immediatly after the pilot.

      • Music featured in this episode was the song "Have a Little Faith in Me" by John Hiatt. It's uncredited.

      • Bruce Springsteen's song "Better Days" was orginally supposed to be President McCallister's campaign song but, probably due to clearance reasons, the song was changed to "Have A Little Faith In Me" by John Hiatt. However, the episode title was not change to reflect the change of songs.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • John Kerry: Presidential Race
        At the campiagn meeting at Grace's house many of the student participants were wearing "2004 Kerry Edwards" buttons. John Kerry is a Democrat who was running for the presidential campaign seat against current U.S. President George W. Bush for the November 2004 Elections. He is being supported by Democrat John Edwards.

      • Dennis Morganthal: Then they started playing that song...that 'Have a Little Faith in Me.' That's a heck of a campaign song.
        Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt will become Bobby McCallister's (Logan Lerman) campaign song and is played twice during the episode.