Commander in Chief – Season 1, Episode 15: “Ties that Bind”

Episode Summary (from Wikipedia):

Mac asks the Attorney General to research the growing urban unrest in nearby Prince George’s County, Maryland, the home of Chief of Staff Jim Gardner. Meanwhile, a friend from Jim’s past pays him a visit at the White House to deliver a first-hand account of the situation. Mac is then informed on the situation of the missing surface-to-air missiles that went down during a military plane crash in Pakistan and are now available on the black market. Mac must use all of her necessary means to determine that the weapons do not fall into the wrong hands. Templeton champions the Templeton Act targeting domestic crime, which Mac threatens to veto, instead supporting more law enforcement and education over the bill’s calls for harsher jail sentences. The Bill passes in the House and is expected to tie in the Senate. Templeton-reminding Keaton of the favor he received at his vice presidential confirmation hearings-asks Keaton for a political favor. As his ex officio role as President of the Senate, Keaton has the power to break tied votes. Keaton, seeing no other options proceeds to the Capitol Building, but upon arrival votes down the Templeton Act, and later tenders his resignation to Mac. When Dickie learns of Vince’s plans for a commitment ceremony with his partner, he urges him not to invite Mac since it may hurt her in the polls.

Discussion Below the Cut!

I was really glad when Keaton said that all of Mac’s criticizers never spoke of her compassion. Because if there is one thing that sets Mac apart from every other President throughout history, it’s her lack of need to play any political game. Perhaps it stems from her position as an independent politician without ties to any one political party, or maybe it’s from the fact that she doesn’t really come from a largely conventially political background. But whatever it is, I love it. And I love that her compassion doesn’t make her seem weak; but instead makes her seem strong, level-headed, and reasonable. Love love love it.

I was a little surprised at Horace’s whole exchange with that girl. Rod was right — he should have respect for himself and for the women (girls?) he’s with. But was it disrespectful? Was that girl expecting more than a one-night kind of thing? What do you think?

Leave it all below!

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