Commander in Chief: Season 1, Episode 9 “The Mom who Came to Dinner”

Episode Summary (from Wikipedia):

During the Thanksgiving holiday, Mackenzie’s mother, Kate, comes to spend the holiday and is invited to remain permanently. Mac decides to invite Nathan Templeton and his wife to join them for dinner, which Kate insists on cooking herself much to the chagrin of White House tradition. When an independent commission proposes the closing of a major naval base in Mac’s home state of Connecticut, which could devastate the local economy, Rod brings in Richard “Dickie” McDonald, a media consultant, to help build her image and lagging poll numbers. Mac also weighs her opinion on the fate of a woman on death row.

Discussion Under the Cut!

How pertinent is this episode with the recent Troy Davis tragedy? And the woman’s case sounded somewhat similar – not enough evidence to convict her of pulling the trigger, doubt surrounding the case, legal gray areas – it all made me think about the importance of Mac being a woman in this decision. Rod even questions whether she’s feeling sympathetic because this is a woman on death row. Do you think it makes a difference who is in the presidency? Would a real-life female President find herself being called easy on crime or called out for only being sympathetic to female criminals? It made me think quite a bit. What do you think? Does woman vs. man change the way we look at the death penalty? Rebecca, Mac’s daughter, would say no since she’s for it – but is that a rarity?

Kate is officially my favorite White House mom. End of story.Did she make the right decision to bring her mom into the White House? I don’t see why not, but I wonder how her mother will handle being so close to the criticism of her daughter. What do you think?

Nathan Templeton and Mac seem to be slowly resolving some differences. Is it going to last? Nobody can be sure. But one thing is for certain: Nathan’s got a thing for Kate. Wonder how is wife would feel about that one…

On a related topic but side note, I heard on NPR today someone speaking about how few women write for dramas. I thought about it, and it’s so true – even when you look at the people who wrote each episode of Commander in Chief, so rarely is it a woman. Why do you think that is? Is there something about women – perhaps that we more often use comedy as an escape and make light of everyday problems – that makes us gravitate towards comedies instead of dramas?

Any other thoughts on things I missed? Leave it all below!


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