1600 Penn

Episode 1.02 : The Skiplantic Ocean

  • 1600 Penn
    • Episode Premiere : January 10, 2013
    • Distributor : NBC
    • Genre : Comedy
    • Seasons : 1
    • Show Period : 2012 - 2013
    • Production Company: 20th Century Fox Television
    • Official Site : http://www.nbc.com/1600-penn/

Cast and Crew

The Story

As Marshall is enjoying a quiet press morning, a bombshell drops: an interviewer's microphone was left on while Emily and Becca had a private, heated discussion about her being pregnant. The cat's out of the bag, and the media immediately begins swarming. Marshall, Emily and Becca bring the news to the President. He's furious and hurt that they didn't tell him earlier. As he heads to the Situation Room for a briefing, Emily tells him she didn't explain earlier because she wants Becca to trust her - and that both she and Becca were afraid he would act just the way he is acting now.

Becca is freaking out as she watches a steady stream of news alerts coming into her phone. Skip encourages her to come to the pool, telling her to calm down. He convinces her to close her eyes and take a deep breath. As she does, Skip grabs her phone and runs to the pool, Becca chasing him. Becca insists Skip give her the phone back, but he tosses the phone into the pool, forcing Becca to go in after it.

The President heads to the Situation Room for a briefing. After dealing with the military matter at hand, he asks his trusted generals for advice on dealing with his family. He's upset that they keep secrets from him. The Joint Chiefs tell him that he doesn't handle bad news well and that sometimes the best weapon is a simple hug. The President takes it to heart.

Emily extracts the two younger kids from school; they know something's up. The First Lady concocts a cover story to take them off the trail of the truth; she tells them they're all headed on a surprise family vacation.

Lounging in the White House pool (kept at 90 degrees, by Skip's request), Becca opens up to Skip. Emily stops by, explaining that she's managed to keep the secret from the younger kids - but the truth could come out at any moment. Becca, finally finding some bliss in the "Skiplantic Ocean," asks Emily to hold the kids off just awhile longer.

Marigold confronts her stepmom. She knows the vacation story is a ruse - she thinks that Emily is the one who's pregnant. Emily, sensing a story that could tide the lie over a bit, tells Marigold that she's right. Xander comes in next. He also knows the original ruse about a family vacation is a lie; he's convinced a meteor is headed for earth. Again Emily goes with it, in the interest of preserving her pledge to Becca to let her be the ones to tell her siblings.

Becca and Skip get out of the pool and head into the bowels of the White House in search of the big kitchen and the chance to make industrial-strength s'mores. But Skip takes a wrong turn and leads them straight into the pressroom, filled with ravenous reporters. Skip tries to manage the press, telling them it's not a big story. He tells them that his sister was just blowing off a little steam, having a fling with someone she didn't even know. The press is stunned; Skip and Becca duck out of the briefing room and watch on TV as the media feeding frenzy intensifies. Skip takes a little comfort in making his s'mores.

Becca and Skip head to the Oval Office. Emily arrives with Xander and Marigold close behind. Finally Becca tells her little brother and sister that she's going to have a baby. They all hug. The President shows up just as a news report comes on, dubbing Becca the "First Slut." The President is outraged and starts marching to the pressroom. Marshall is right behind him, trying to prevent an ugly incident.

The President takes the podium and explains that one of his jobs is being a father - and that he failed at that job today. He explains to the press that his daughter is one of the smartest, sweetest people he's ever known, that she's going to make a great mom and that he'll be there to support her every step of the way.

At the end of the day, Skip is on his bed watching his outburst to the press being replayed. The President comes in to remind him not to give any more briefings. Skip apologizes, but his father forgives him, explaining that he knows Skip was doing what he thought was right in trying to stand up for his sister. He's proud of him. Skip is thrilled to hear the praise, until her realizes that he left his s'mores in the White House microwave on indefinitely. The snack blows up, killing the power to the White House kitchen.






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