The Powers That Be

NBC (ended 1993)


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Episode Guide

    • Grandma's Big Decision
      Grandma's Big Decision
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      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
    • A Chicken in Every Pot
      A Chicken in Every Pot
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      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.
    • Bill Gets Shot
      Bill Gets Shot
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      It's Caitlyn and Theodore's anniversary and Margaret is insistent that Sophie not join the family for dinner. Meanwhile, the campaigning Senator is in need of some publicity, but he didn't expect it to come from Theodore's botched suicide attempt -- which results in Bill being shot in a very undignified location.moreless
    • Charlerella
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      The Powers household is invited to attend a ball in the Senator's honor, but Margaret conveniently forgets to invite Charlotte until it's too late. Theodore stays behind to wait for Caitlyn, but winds up spending a romantic evening with Charlotte when they get snowed in. Caitlyn, meanwhile, slinks off to Joe Bowman's hotel room, and the blizzard keeps the rest of the Powers clan trapped in their limo.moreless
    • Bill's Dead...Not
      Bill's Dead...Not
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      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
    • Bill and Margaret's Excellent Adventure
      After Bill & Margaret's unexpected night of passion, Bill considers ending his relationship with Jordan in favor of the chance at rekinding the fire in his marriage -- leaving Jordan fuming and shocked. Meanwhile, Caitlyn can't get Joe Bowman out of her head, and Bradley gets high from pain killers that he is taking for a kidney stone.moreless
    • Bradley Gets Fired
      Bradley Gets Fired
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      When a malingering Bradley is fired, Mrs. Powers takes over as press liaison.
    • The Love Child (2)
      The Love Child (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Being accepted in Washington takes a back seat when Sophie goes head-to-head with the rest of the family.
    • St. Caitlyn of Shears
      St. Caitlyn of Shears
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      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.
    • Having a Ball
      Having a Ball
      Season 2 - 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
    • Sophie's Big Decision
      Sophie's Big Decision
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      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
    • 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
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Theodore volunteers to be the Senator's dummy in a ventriloquist act that everyone else finds embarrassingly bad.
    • The Love Child (1)
      The Love Child (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Senator Powers, in the middle of a tough re-election campaign with a local hero, finds that he has an additional potential obstacle to his re-election -- an illegitimate daughter.
    • Kiss Me Caitlyn
      Kiss Me Caitlyn
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      The Senator and his aides have no choice but to offer Joe Bowman a public apology -- in spite of his paralysis secretly being a sham. Meanwhile, Bowman sets his sights on seducing Caitlyn to have someone inside the Senator's camp. Caitlyn finds herself simultanously charmed and repulsed by Mr. Bowman while she contemplates having an affair with him. Meanwhile, Bill and Margaret share a spontanous night of passion.moreless
    • Grammargate (1)
      Grammargate (1)
      Season 2 - 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.
    • Grammargate (2)
      Grammargate (2)
      Season 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.
    • My Mother, My Self
      My Mother, My Self
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Not being asked to a White House luncheon for Princess Diana is bad enough, but Margaret really gets upset when her efforts only result in Caitlyn being invited instead. Margaret then tries to play on Caitlyn's insecurities to secure the invitation for herself, including playing her trump card -- Sophie. Meanwhile, Bill just wants the family to get along.moreless
    • The Intern
      The Intern
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Jordan and Margaret both suspect that the Senator's new female intern has designs on him.
    • Oh, Mack
      Oh, Mack
      Season 2 - 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.
    • Dirty Politics
      Dirty Politics
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Margaret, Jordan and Bradley scheme to discredit the Senator's opponent, the now-handicapped, former-pro footballer, Joe Bowman. The result is a faked videotape of Bowman hopping out of his chair. The press discovers that the tape is a fake. Bill visits Bowman in a last-ditch effort to save his aids from being fired, and Bill is startled by what he finds.moreless