The Powers That Be

NBC (ended 1993)


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Episode Guide

  • Season 2
    • Grandma's Big Decision
      Bill's mother, Enid Powers (Cloris Leachman), shows up just before her 93rd birthday and announces that she's moving in until she dies. Then she asks her already frustrated daughter-in-law to kill her off! Meanwhile, Sophie surprises Jordan when she moves into her apartment building, leaving Jordan concerned that the Senator's nosy daughter will discover their affair.moreless
    • Grammargate (2)
      Grammargate (2)
      Episode 12
      While trying to rectify the situation for Pierce, Margaret and Caitlyn find they have their own trouble. Consummation is the answer to Bradley's problems, and Theodore conquers his fear.
    • Grammargate (1)
      Grammargate (1)
      Episode 11
      While drunk, Bradley makes the mistake of his life; as does Pierce when he hacks into the school's computer. Meanwhile, Theodore has troubles of his own.
    • Bradley Gets Fired
      Bradley Gets Fired
      Episode 10
      When a malingering Bradley is fired, Mrs. Powers takes over as press liaison.
    • Having a Ball
      Having a Ball
      Episode 9
      The Powers are ecstatic when they are invited the Presidential motorcade for Clinton's inauguration, but when Jordan is excluded, she tries to make Bill jealous by making plans with an old boyfriend. As the delayed Powers and a bicycling Bradley brave the icy roads in hopes of catching up with the President, Theodore worries that Charlotte thinks he forgot her birthday.moreless
    • St. Caitlyn of Shears
      A bad haircut causes Caitlyn to come to a personal crisis and decide she is too caught up in materialism. Meanwhile, Bradley is desperate to get the Senator media attention after his name is not included on the list of the most influential Democrats in the new administration.
    • Oh, Mack
      Oh, Mack
      Episode 7
      A visiting Hollywood mogul charms everyone in the Senator's household -- except the Senator, who starts to suspect that something is amiss. Meanwhile, each of the ladies thinks that she's the object of their guest's desires.
    • Sophie's Big Decision
      Just as Sophie asks Margaret for some tips on fitting into the Washington scene, the boyfriend who always kept her down shows up to take her back to New Jersey. Meanwhile, Margaret is desperate to get a Supreme Court Justice to show up at her party, and Bradley and Jordan try to show each other up by getting the most influential guests at the event.moreless
    • The Intern
      The Intern
      Episode 5
      Jordan and Margaret both suspect that the Senator's new female intern has designs on him.
    • How Sharper Than a Servant's Tooth
      A crisis back in the Senator's home state is nothing compared to the crisis in the Senator's household -- Charlotte wants to quit because of her secret feelings for Theodore. Meanwhile, Jordan is frustrated that Margaret's problems are more important to Bill than celebrating the anniversary of their relationship together.
    • I'm Your Dummy
      I'm Your Dummy
      Episode 3
      Theodore volunteers to be the Senator's dummy in a ventriloquist act that everyone else finds embarrassingly bad.
    • Bill's Dead...Not
      The Senator takes a road trip to visit his elderly mother (Cloris Leachman) and picks up a hitchhiker -- who turns out to be a carjacker. As Bill then tries to make his way to his mother's home, the carjacker crashes the car into a gas tanker, leaving the family and the press to believe that the Senator has been killed. As the Powers camp mourns Bill, Margaret contemplates accepting her husband's Senate seat.moreless
    • A Chicken in Every Pot
      To curry favor, Margaret donates her chicken salad to the favorite charity of the new First Lady, who falls ill after eating it. Meanwhile, Theodore and Charlotte try to fight their attraction for each other.
  • Season 1