History Series / CommanderInChief

21st May '16 12:55:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Jayne, Templeton's chief of staff, is nearly as ruthless as he is.
14th Jan '16 6:44:18 AM Fireblood
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* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones. Some other episodes see her create a scholarship program through executive order (Congress would have to enact it) and federalizing law enforcement in a state county (completely illegal).

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* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones. Some other episodes see her create a scholarship program through executive order (Congress would have to enact it) and federalizing law enforcement in a state county (completely (which is completely illegal).
14th Jan '16 6:42:08 AM Fireblood
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* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones. Some ther episodes see her create a scholarship program through executive order (Congress would have to enact it) and federalizing law enforcement in a state county (completely illegal).

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* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones. Some ther other episodes see her create a scholarship program through executive order (Congress would have to enact it) and federalizing law enforcement in a state county (completely illegal).
14th Jan '16 6:41:50 AM Fireblood
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* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones. Other episodes see her create a scholarship program through executive order (Congress would have to enact it) and federalizing law enforcement in Prince George's County, Maryland (completely illegal).

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* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones. Other Some ther episodes see her create a scholarship program through executive order (Congress would have to enact it) and federalizing law enforcement in Prince George's County, Maryland a state county (completely illegal).
14th Jan '16 6:41:12 AM Fireblood
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* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones.

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* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones. Other episodes see her create a scholarship program through executive order (Congress would have to enact it) and federalizing law enforcement in Prince George's County, Maryland (completely illegal).
14th Jan '16 6:24:56 AM Fireblood
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* AlternateHistory: the universe of ''Commander in Chief'' branches off from real history at some point. There are references in the first episode to the Clintons ([[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Bill]] and [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary]]), UsefulNotes/AlGore, and Dick Cheney, all as having held the offices that they did in real life. So the show happens sometime after UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's first term. More than that is never clearly explained.

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* AlternateHistory: the The universe of ''Commander in Chief'' branches off from real history at some point. There are references in the first episode to the Clintons ([[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Bill]] and [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary]]), UsefulNotes/AlGore, and Dick Cheney, all as having held the offices that they did in real life. So the show happens sometime after UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's first term. More than that is never clearly explained.



* GenderBlenderName: Mackenzie "Mac" Spencer Allen

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* GenderBlenderName: Mackenzie "Mac" Spencer AllenAllen.



* HollywoodLaw: In one episode, Mackenzie debates over whether to spare a mentally disabled Texan woman on death row for murdering a cab driver, and she eventually does so. However, the US President cannot grant pardons or reprieves to state prisoners, only federal ones.



* ManipulativeBastard: Templeton
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Invoked when Mackenzie, upon assuming the Presidency, can't have her husband as her chief of staff because she knows that if she did, a not-insignificant number of people would assume that ''he'' was actually the one calling the shots. Though Rod isn't happy about it, their marriage is strong enough that it doesn't shake them as a couple. (And he knows she's right.)

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* ManipulativeBastard: Templeton
Templeton.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Invoked {{Invoked}} when Mackenzie, upon assuming the Presidency, can't have her husband as her chief of staff because she knows that if she did, a not-insignificant number of people would assume that ''he'' was actually the one calling the shots. Though Rod isn't happy about it, their marriage is strong enough that it doesn't shake them as a couple. (And couple (and he knows she's right.)right).



* OldShame: InUniverse, President Allen gets hold of an old tape from 1965 of Templeton advocating segregation in order to secure election in the South. Templeton is horrified, saying that at the time, he was willing to say whatever needed to be said in order to get elected, and that it's not really what he believes.

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* OldShame: InUniverse, President Allen gets hold of an old tape from 1965 of Templeton advocating segregation in order to secure election in the South. Templeton is horrified, saying that at the time, time he was willing to say whatever needed to be said in order to get elected, and that it's not really what he believes.believes, claiming his political record shows this.



* ShoutOut: Ami's halloween costume included [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Starfire's clothes and Raven's cape]]. Also, her Dad once carried her to give her the sensation of flying. He said [[{{Superman}} She's a bird! She's a plane!]]

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* ShoutOut: Ami's halloween Halloween costume included [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Starfire's clothes and Raven's cape]]. Also, her Dad once carried her to give her the sensation of flying. He said [[{{Superman}} She's a bird! She's a plane!]]



* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: In the fourth episode, President Allen is disgusted with herself after Nathan Templeton congratulates her on her ability to "understand the burden of the necessary evil" after she accidentally orders a terrorism suspect tortured for information, thinking that she was finally showing the backbone to get the job done. (She told the Attorney General, "I don't want to hear about any torture", and the Attorney General interprets this to mean "go ahead and torture him, but don't tell me about it" when she meant "torture is out of the question").

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* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: In the fourth episode, President Allen is disgusted with herself after Nathan Templeton congratulates her on her ability to "understand the burden of the necessary evil" after she accidentally orders a terrorism suspect tortured for information, thinking that she was finally showing the backbone to get the job done. (She done (she told the Attorney General, "I don't want to hear about any torture", and the Attorney General interprets this to mean "go ahead and torture him, but don't tell me about it" when she meant "torture is out of the question").
11th Nov '15 10:40:55 AM BatmanKalEl
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* OldShame: President Allen gets hold of an old tape from 1965 of Templeton advocating segregation in order to secure election in the South. Templeton is horrified, saying that at the time, he was willing to say whatever needed to be said in order to get elected, and that it's not really what he believes.

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* OldShame: InUniverse, President Allen gets hold of an old tape from 1965 of Templeton advocating segregation in order to secure election in the South. Templeton is horrified, saying that at the time, he was willing to say whatever needed to be said in order to get elected, and that it's not really what he believes.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Critical praise and Emmy nominations led to a hiatus for the Winter Olympics and an unannounced time slot change, then a quiet cancellation.
11th Nov '15 10:39:42 AM BatmanKalEl
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* MissingEpisode: An episode where Horace and Stacy have sex that would have also impregnated her was filmed but never aired.
11th Nov '15 10:38:55 AM BatmanKalEl
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* CastingGag: President Allen's mother is played by Polly Bergen, who played a female president in the 1964 comedy ''Kisses for My President''.
3rd Jul '15 8:38:20 PM 275exile
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* CaptainErsatz: Vice President Warren Fitzgerald Keating is clearly meant to be one for former presidential candidate General Wesley F. Clark.



* Expy: Vice President Warren Fitzgerald Keating is clearly meant to be one for former presidential candidate General Wesley F. Clark.
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