Mackenzie Allen, the 45-year-old Independent Vice President of the United States, is about to venture into territory no woman has entered before. While at an official ceremony with husband and Chief of Staff, Rod Calloway, she is informed by the President's Chief of Staff, Jim Gardner, and the Attorney General that President Bridges is about to undergo emergency brain surgery for a tumor. Mackenzie is stunned when Gardner tells her that in the event the President does not recover, the party doesn't want her to succeed him. Instead, she's asked to step down in order to allow the Speaker of the House to assume the post, as he shares the party's ideals. Mackenzie's doubts are confirmed when she visits President Bridges at the hospital and hears from him directly that he wants her to resign. Bridges dies before transition plans are finalized, however, and after sitting through an insulting and sexist conversation with Speaker of the House, Nathan Templeton, Mackenzie decides to forge ... Written by
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When the Chief Justice administers the oath of office, he calls her "Mackenzie Spencer Allen" and she corrects him "Mackenzie S. Allen". This is a reference to the oath-taking of President Harry S. Truman in 1945: Chief Justice Stone said "Harry Shippe Truman" and he corrected it while taking the oath. See more
When President Allen is speaking to a Joint Session of Congress, Speaker Templeton is visible over her right shoulder (the viewer's left). The Speaker of the House should be behind her left shoulder, and the Vice President (as President of the Senate) behind her right shoulder. At this point in the series, there was no Vice President, as President Allen was the previous V.P. before becoming President, so possibly there should be no-one there. However, it's likely the man sitting next to the Speaker is supposed to be the President pro tempore of the Senate (he's just in the wrong seat). See more