Created by: Greg Berlanti, Steven A. Cohen, Brad Meltzer
Other cast: Christine Lahti, Matt Long, Logan Lerman, Jessica Parré
Premiere date: September 12, 2004
Episodes: 1x13, 1x14, 1x15, 1x17, 1x18, 1x20
Faux documentary series from 2049 about Bobby McCallister, the US president elected eight years earlier, and his older brother Jack. Talking head interviews with Bobby's staff are combined with reenactment footage of the McCallisters' teenage years, dealing with a pot smoking mother and typical high school drama. Also explored is Jack's tentative romance with Courtney Benedict.
A New Frontier (Episode 13)
Bobby becomes suspicious of Grace’s relationship with Tom after Tom coincidentally shows up during a camping trip. Jack and Missy’s relationship seems to be coming to an end as he competes with Truman High’s football captain Randy for Missy’s affection. Courtney’s dating life is heating up with college freshman Nate. Jack befriends a patient, Katie, who also goes to school with him, while in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. In deleted scenes cut for time, the future details President McCallister’s risky decision to fund a space program to explore the planet Mars.
Into the Woods (Episode 14)
Bobby convinces Grace to allow him to attend a hunting trip with Peter by blackmailing her with threats to tell Jack about her relationship with Tom. His hunting experience with Peter proves to be an eye-opening experience. Jack walks in on Grace and Tom in a compromising situation and later tells Grace of his disapproval. He also begins hanging out with Katie as he adjusts to Missy and Randy coming together. Meanwhile, Courtney contemplates moving her relationship with Nate forward. In the future, the introduction of a non-lethal gun causes a political and ethical dilemma for President McCallister.
Time Out of Life (Episode 15)
A bad snow storms hits Hart. Grace and Tom’s relationship is exposed when a fellow professor catches them kissing in her office. Later in the evening, Peter turns to Grace for advice when he finds out Courtney is having sex with her boyfriend. In an effort to become popular at school, Bobby and Warren decide to have sleepover and come up with a shocking idea to make the evening memorable, with Tom supervising. Meanwhile, Jack’s relationship with Katie progresses as the two are trapped with Courtney, Nate, Randy and Missy due to the storm. In the future, the First Lady and President McCallister return to Hart for the dedication of a library at the university named after Grace. The First Lady discusses confronting the President regarding rumours of his affair with Vice President Carmichael, and reveals the last conversation she ever had with Grace.
Querida Grace (Episode 17)
Bobby must research his family history for a school assignment, which leads to more unanswered questions about his father’s real life. Jack and Katie’s relationship progresses, while Courtney’s comes to a screeching halt after Jack discovers Nate is cheating on her with another girl. Grace and Tom face the reality of their relationship as she is shocked to learn that her affair with Tom has cost her more than she had bargained for. In the future, SUNY at Binghamton history professor Preston Phelps uncovers the truth about President McCallister’s father and his relationship with Grace.
Friends with Benefits (Episode 18)
Grace is now working with a new TA, Margaret, and feels at a loss without Tom. To add to her consternation, Grace was to be the opening speaker at an event for her mentor, Julius Edelman, but is later asked not to speak due to her scandalous relationship with Tom. Jack shows disapproval when he finds out Bobby is trying out for the track team. Later, Jack finds out that his relationship with Katie isn’t what he thought it was and is shocked to find out that Courtney and Marcus may have feelings for each other. Missy joins a Bible Study Group after her break up with Randy. In the future, Senator Morgenthal discusses President McCallister’s struggle to fill the seat of the beloved Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Under the Influence (Episode 20)
After getting into a big argument at the school dance with Katie, Jack heads to an after-party with Courtney, Marcus, Randy and Missy, but a deadly car accident prevents them from making it to their destination. Meanwhile, Grace agrees to chaperone Bobby’s school field trip, much to Bobby’s dismay, in what proves to be a hurtful and eye-opening experience for Grace. In the future, President McCallister’s eldest son, John “Jack” McCallister, discusses the death of his younger brother Henry at age 16 in a drunk driving accident.