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Jack and Bobby McCallister are two brothers being raised in Hart, Missouri by their eccentric single mother Grace, a college professor. Grace's strong personality and beliefs are instilled in both of the boy's lives, leading one of which to become President of the United States. The Benedict family, Peter and his daughter Courtney, move to Hart, and they both have an impact on the McCallister's lives.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 475243
Airdate: Sunday September 12th, 2004


Guest Stars
Brenda WehleBrenda Wehle
As Adult Courtney McCallister
Charles SandersCharles Sanders
As Principal Farber
Dakin MatthewsDakin Matthews
As Merle Horstadt
Dean CollinsDean Collins
As Warren Feide
Ron CanadaRon Canada
As Adult Marcus Ride
Tess HarperTess Harper
As Former Vice President Karen Carmichael
John AylwardJohn Aylward
As Victor Sable
Ash ChristianAsh Christian
As Justin
Angela RawnaAngela Rawna
As Nurse
Glenn Powell, Jr.Glenn Powell, Jr.
As Rich Wolf
Kit GwinKit Gwin
As Miss Murphy
Nick KrauseNick Krause
As Bully in Rich's Posse

David PaymerDavid Paymer
As Adam Chasen
Main Cast
Matt LongMatt Long
As Jack McCallister
Logan LermanLogan Lerman
As Robert "Bobby" McCallister
Christine LahtiChristine Lahti
As Grace McCallister
John SlatteryJohn Slattery
As Peter Benedict
Jessica ParéJessica Paré
As Courtney Benedict
Edwin HodgeEdwin Hodge
As Marcus Ride
Episode Notes
Free DVDs of this episode were given away in the September 3, 2004 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

This episode was #10 on The Futon Critic's Top 50 Episodes of 2004 list.

We learn that the brother that becomes president is Bobby.

This episode was filmed in Austin, Texas. Every episode after this episode was filmed in Los Angeles.

This was the only episode to be broadcast in widescreen format.

Episode Quotes
Future Courtney: There were some dark hours during his presidency. And it was in those times he said 'the wrong brother became president.'

Grace: What is so important about normal?
Jack: Normal is what you have to be if you don't want to spend everyday of high school getting beat up.

(about the pot)
Bobby: Why does she have to smoke that stuff?
Jack: Why do you care?
Bobby: She's different afterward.
Jack: Yeah, bearable.

(about the bonfire)
Jack: C'mon, get ready I'll take you to the thing.
Bobby: Really? What do they burn at this thing?
Jack: 8th graders.

Adam Chasen: To win you need hunger. Governor McCallister -- he was hungry.

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