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Mackenzie Allen, the 45 year-old Vice President, has to chose whether or not to grant the final wish of the dying President: step down and let someone else take office when he passes. Mac's entire party agrees with the President, but Mac is determined to be President despite the obstacles and judgment she'll face.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Tuesday September 27th, 2005

Director: Rod Lurie
Writer: Rod Lurie

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Fox Life) Sep 09, 2009

Guest Stars
Al BrownAl Brown
As General Pollack
Anthony AziziAnthony Azizi
As Vince Taylor
Dean SheltonDean Shelton
As Sam
Julie Ann EmeryJulie Ann Emery
As Agent Joan Greer
Kristen ShawKristen Shaw
As Norah Woodruff
Leslie HopeLeslie Hope
As Melanie Blackston
Mary Page KellerMary Page Keller
As Grace Bridges
Ted PorterTed Porter
As Limo Agent Elderson
Will LymanWill Lyman
As Teddy Bridges
Anthony R. JonesAnthony R. Jones
As Staffer One
Ato EssandohAto Essandoh
As Manute Obama
Daniel RossDaniel Ross
As White House Cameraman
Donald Campen, Jr.Donald Campen, Jr.
As Sergeant at Arms
Hans JosephsonHans Josephson
As Chief Justice
Jackie LingJackie Ling
As Reporter #1
Joe InscoeJoe Inscoe
As Robert (Reporter)
Juan CondeJuan Conde
As Reporter #2
Ricardo YoungRicardo Young
As Reporter #4
Sherri McKinneySherri McKinney
As Reporter #3
Shireen CrutchfieldShireen Crutchfield
As Staffer #2
Stephanie NightlingerStephanie Nightlinger
As College Girl
Stephen ZaleskiStephen Zaleski
As Honor Guard Commander
Thomas Joe CraigThomas Joe Craig
As Chairman - Joint Chiefs of Staff (as Tom Craig)
Whit BaldwinWhit Baldwin
As Helicopter Pilot
Main Cast
Geena DavisGeena Davis
As Mackenzie Allen
Kyle SecorKyle Secor
As Rod Calloway
Matt LanterMatt Lanter
As Horace Calloway
Julie Ann EmeryJulie Ann Emery
As Joan Greer
Donald SutherlandDonald Sutherland
As Nathan Templeton
Ever CarradineEver Carradine
As Katheryn
Caitlin WachsCaitlin Wachs
As Rebecca Calloway
Episode Notes
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.

Episode Quotes
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.

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