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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

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

David Paymer
As Adam Chasen
Main Cast
Matt Long
As Jack McCallister
Logan Lerman
As Robert "Bobby" McCallister
Christine Lahti
As Grace McCallister
John Slattery
As Peter Benedict
Jessica Paré
As Courtney Benedict
Edwin 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.

Warning: Jack & Bobby season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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