The premiere of this episode was the #1 ranked show of the night with 16.15 million viewers.
Scenes of Air Force Two flying are from the 1997 movie Air Force One.
The characters Mackenzie Allen and Teddy Bridges were named after two characters from the movie The Contender. In the movie, Jeff Bridges played the President, and Joan Allen played the Vice President.
Jim: Madame Vice President, I must insist that you strongly consider resigning ...
Mackenzie: Jim, you're not in a position to insist how I take my coffee.
Mackenzie: And there's that whole once-a-month, 'Will she or won't she push the button' thing.