The BEST Episodes of 1600 Penn

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: NBC

The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the everyday issues, like a grown kid who's forced to move back home, teenagers who are smarter than their teachers and a stepmom (Jenna Elfman) desperately trying to win over the kids. They're loving, fun and a little crazy. In other words, just like everyone else - with one exception: they live in a very special house. The White House!

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Marry Me, Baby

#1 - Marry Me, Baby

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 28, 2013

President Gilchrist accidentally calls the legality of his marriage into question during an interview with Larry King (playing himself), so Skip tries to resolve the situation. Meanwhile, Becca and D.B. receive surprising news.

star 8.24
234 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Jon LovettMike Royce
To the Ranch

#2 - To the Ranch

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 28, 2013

When unable to make a decision about who to nominate to the Supreme Court, President Dale Gilchrist decides to take a family trip to their ranch to clear his head. During their getaway, Skip finds himself moping over his failed relationship, while Becca contemplates major flaws in her own relationship. Meanwhile, Emily attempts to spend some quality time with Marigold and Xander, who both struggle with their loss of technology while at the ranch.

star 8.09
140 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Bridget Bedard
Frosting / Nixon

#3 - Frosting / Nixon

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 7, 2013

Skip attempts to placate a group of protesters who are upset about his dad's transportation policies, but his efforts only make things worse. Elsewhere, Emily helps Xander with his campaign for student-body president; and Becca struggles to come to grips with her future.

star 8.02
142 votes
Writers: Sanjay Shah
Skip the Tour

#4 - Skip the Tour

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 21, 2013

President Dale Gilchrist’s brother Doug stops by the White House, initiating a long-standing rivalry which threatens their relationship and prompts Emily to take on the role of peacemaker. Meanwhile, Becca prepares for an interview and Skip decides to offer his own special version of the White House tour after witnessing one from an official tour guide.

star 7.93
170 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Laura Gutin
Live from the Lincoln Bedroom

#5 - Live from the Lincoln Bedroom

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 7, 2013

Skip starts a podcast and makes a surprising discovery about himself; Becca interferes with one of Emily's parenting decisions, leaving them at odds.

star 7.83
135 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Ryan Raddatz
Game Theory

#6 - Game Theory

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 14, 2013

Emily tries to ensure Skip's date with Stacey is perfect; Becca and D.B. try to paint a mural; Dale and Xander play a passionate game of Risk.

star 7.78
229 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Benji Samit, Dan Hernandez
Meet the Parent

#7 - Meet the Parent

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 2013

A determined President Gilchrist uses his clout to track down someone that just might prove to be someone of major importance to the First Family. Meanwhile, the Gilchrist’s host the Austrian Chancellor and his wife, but when Emily questions proper protocol and tries to do things her own special way, she lands herself in quite a difficult situation.  Elsewhere, Skip realizes his true calling in life.

star 7.72
284 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Peter A. Knight
Bursting the Bubble

#8 - Bursting the Bubble

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 28, 2013

A foreign princess visits the White House to attend an annual peace gala and asks Skip to be her escort. Meanwhile, Becca tests D.B.'s parenting skills; and Emily looks to reconnect with old friends.

star 7.66
149 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Laura Gutin Peterson, Peter A. Knight
The Short Happy Life of Reba Cadbury

#9 - The Short Happy Life of Reba Cadbury

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 21, 2013

Emily finds out that Skip is only one assignment shy of graduating college, so she promises to help him finish. Meanwhile, Becca wants to make her voice heard after her ideas are ignored at a committee meeting; and Marshall goes to extremes to get some alone time

star 7.55
190 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Joe Port, Joe Wiseman
The Skiplantic Ocean

#10 - The Skiplantic Ocean

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 10, 2013

When the media reveals Becca’s surprising news, Skip attempts to take her mind off the situation while President Gilchrist has a group therapy session with his generals to help cope with things. Meanwhile, hoping to gain Becca’s trust and keep the secret safe from Marigold and Xander, Emily gets tangled in a web of lies.

star 7.49
381 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Mike Royce
So You Don't Want to Dance

#11 - So You Don't Want to Dance

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 17, 2013

A presidential ball careens out of control when Skip brings a date.

star 7.41
256 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Joe Port, Joe Wiseman
Dinner, Bath, Puzzle

#12 - Dinner, Bath, Puzzle

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 21, 2013

Dale and Emily try to put the spark back in their romance after a meeting with the French president and his wife. Meanwhile, Skip babysits the kids; and Marshall and D.B. bond unexpectedly.

star 7.40
132 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Jon Lovett, Sanjay Shah
Putting Out Fires

#13 - Putting Out Fires

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 17, 2012

Following a public mishap, Skip, the First Son of President Gilchrist, is ushered back to the White House so he can be kept under careful watch. Meanwhile, Dale attempts to keep a cool atmosphere when South American leaders visit to discuss a trade agreement. Elsewhere, Emily tries to make peace with her stepdaughter Becca, who has a surprise in store for everybody.

star 7.16
464 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Jason Winer, Jon Lovett, Josh Gad