The Powers That Be: Season 2, Episode 6

Sophie's Big Decision (5 Dec. 1992)

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Sophie's ex-boyfriend returns with plans to drag her back to New Jersey; Bradley, Jordan and Margaret each try to get big-name guests to show up at a party.



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Episode cast overview:
Margaret Powers
Caitlyn Van Horne
Pierce Van Horne (credit only)
Sophie Lipkin
Larry Yablonsky
Justice Reynolds


Sophie's ex-boyfriend returns with plans to drag her back to New Jersey; Bradley, Jordan and Margaret each try to get big-name guests to show up at a party.

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Episode 13 "Sophie's Big Decision" features Robert Picardo
3 June 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

This 13th episode begins in the office, where Jordan is talking on the phone with Henry Kissinger, relating the story of how she ended up in Dick Cheney's pool the last time she saw him (Jordan: "hello, I'm trying to reach a simpering, spineless toady named Bradley Grist!" Bradley: "he's not here but there's a whimpering, panty-less bed-hopper named Jordan Miller!"). Margaret plans a lavish party to honor Supreme Court Justice Michael Patrick Reynolds (Max Wright), hoping to cash in on the good publicity, and does not wish to advise Sophie on getting accustomed to Washington (Margaret: "for the last time Bill, I will not play Henry Higgins to your illegitimate daughter's Eliza Doolittle!" Bill: "well at least think about it!" Margaret: "I have thought about it Bill and frankly,I would much rather give that Roseanne woman a sponge bath!"). The Senator finally breaks down his wife's resistance (Margaret: "William Powers, are you blackmailing me?" Bill: "that's a harsh word Margaret!" Margaret: "Bill, Bill, Bill...we're going to make a politician of you yet!"). Complications set in with the unexpected arrival of Larry Yablonsky (Robert Picardo, "The Howling," STAR TREK: VOYAGER), Sophie's old flame, who wants her to return with him to New Jersey. After much soul searching, she decides to leave DC, which only Theodore acknowledges (Theodore: "you're leaving forever aren't you?" Sophie: "don't tell anybody, I couldn't stand to see Pop so sad, or Margaret so happy!" Theodore: "can I ask you something...take me with you!" Sophie: "you know Scarecrow, I think I'm gonna miss you most of all!" Theodore: "I'm gonna miss you too Dorothy!"). Things do not start out well at Margaret's party, as Bill tries to break the ice with Justice Reynolds, asking if they have to buy their robes (Bill: "he gave me a very strange look!" Bradley: "you mean the kind of look that says I have a towering intellect, but your IQ can be measured on a thermometer, that look?" Bill: "that's the one!"). When Sophie proves herself a hit with Reynolds, she changes her mind and decides to stay. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Pierce does not appear in this episode.

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