The Powers That Be (1992–1993)
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Grammargate: Part 1 

A drunken Bradley's comments create a scandal; Pierce hacks into the school's computer.


Hal Cooper


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
John Forsythe ... Sen. William Franklin Powers
Holland Taylor ... Margaret Powers
Eve Gordon ... Jordan Miller
Peter MacNicol ... Bradley Grist
Valerie Mahaffey ... Caitlyn Van Horne
David Hyde Pierce ... Theodore Van Horne
Elizabeth Berridge ... Charlotte
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Pierce Van Horne
Robin Bartlett ... Sophie Lipkin


A drunken Bradley's comments create a scandal; Pierce hacks into the school's computer.

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19 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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Caitlyn Van Horne: Go on, Pierce. Tell your grandmother what you did.
Pierce Van Horne: Dad...
Theodore Van Horne: There's two of 'em. We're outnumbered.
Pierce Van Horne: I sort of hacked into the school computer.
Margaret Powers: Yes... and...
Caitlyn Van Horne: He got caught.
Margaret Powers: [beyond outraged] Got CAUGHT! Oh, Pierce I'm... I'm so disappointed in you.
Caitlyn Van Horne: He changed an 'F' he was getting in one of his classes to a 'C'. Can you believe it?
Margaret Powers: Whatever were you failing?
Theodore Van Horne: [with barely concealed pride] His computer class!
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Episode 16 "Grammargate" the last 2-parter
6 June 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

This was the second 2-part episode (after the series premiere), and the first to be broadcast on the USA Network after NBC yanked it off the air. Bradley reveals that he has unwittingly married his mother's best friend, General Gertie Warner, known to her comrades as 'Old Iron Butt' (Bradley: "I wind up in Maryland with a hangover, a wedding ring, and a syrup sampler from Murray's Chapel of Love and Waffles! A Long Island Iced Tea has no tea in it!"). Theodore (aka Congressman Van Horne) has spent six years in Congress yet has never made a speech, meaning that nobody knows who he is, especially Speaker of the House Thomas Foley (Caitlyn: "you're lost in Congress, you never give any speeches, you're not on any committees, you've never even bounced a check!"). Pierce gets into trouble when he gets caught hacking into the school computer to change one of his grades from 'F' to 'C,' signing a letter of confession (Margaret: "whatever were you failing?" Theodore: "his computer class!"). When both Bill and Theodore are sympathetic to the boy,Margaret and Caitlyn decide to right the wrong by breaking into the school to steal the incriminating evidence against Pierce. This finally aired on NBC during the summer of 1993; oddly, they left viewers in the dark by neglecting to show the conclusion (at least those who failed to catch it intact the previous January on USA).

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