Major John McGillis is a conservative, by-the-book, die-hard Marine. Polly Cooper is a pacifistic liberal journalist. When the two meet, there's instant and intense chemistry between them and they get married less than 24 hours later. Polly and her kids from a previous marriage have to learn how to deal with being a Marine family whilst Major MacGillis has to learn how to be a Dad.
Major Dad Season 1 (1989-1990)
|1x01 Pilot |
When a newspaper reporter named Polly, comes to the USMC base for an interview, Maj. MacGillis takes exception to the way she describes the corps. But the Major has also fallen in love ...
|Sep. 17, 1989|
|1x02 Just Polly & Me, and the Kids Make Five |
The Major tries to get to know the girls better by taking them out for lunch and answering their questions about him.
|Sep. 18, 1989|
|1x03 Rescue Mission |
An old war buddy of Mac's comes for a visit and tries to get him to call off the wedding, feeling he is being pulled away from his friends and maybe even the Marines.
|Sep. 25, 1989|
|1x04 Wedding |
The Major has pre-wedding jitters as Polly's parents are scheduled to arrive and meet him for the first time. But the wedding may not get off the ground when a intruder puts the base ...
|Oct. 02, 1989|
|1x05 Wounded Flyboy and the Nurse Who Gave Him Reason to Live |
When the Major and Polly return from their honeymoon, its time to spend some quality minutes as a family. mac would like to watch a football game, while Polly suggests a day of picking ...
|Oct. 08, 1989|
|1x06 Twinkle |
Polly calls on Mac for help when Elizabeth gets a crush on Lt. Holowachuk.
|Oct. 16, 1989|
|1x07 Jane Wayne Day |
Polly isn't too anxious to participate in a Marine wives tradition, known as "Jane Wayne Day." This is a day dedicated to the women going through a day as their husbands would.
|Oct. 23, 1989|
|1x08 Robin's Awakening |
Robin gets a crush on a young Russian boy when he arrives in the US to play a face to face chess match that had developed from overseas.
|Nov. 06, 1989|
|1x09 Major Mom |
Mac is left home as Mr. Mom while Polly heads to jail after refusing to name her source used in a newspaper article.
|Nov. 13, 1989|
|1x10 Love Doctor |
Sgt. James is leaning towards leaving the Marines Corps after finding success as an "on the air" radio personality, giving advice for the lovelorn.
|Nov. 20, 1989|
|1x11 See the Hill ... Over the Hill |
The Major resents the idea that he is getting old and plans on getting himself into tip top shape to prove he is still virile.
|Nov. 27, 1989|
|1x12 Boxer Rebellion |
Mac and Polly disagree when Elizabeth is encouraged to protest the ban on wearing boxer shorts to school.
|Dec. 04, 1989|
|1x13 Discipline |
mac and Polly disagree over the use of corporal punishment as a means of disciplining children, after Casey loses one of the Major's medals.
|Dec. 11, 1989|
|1x14 Lemon |
The families clashing lifestyles has Molly suggesting they all attend family counseling.
|Jan. 01, 1989|
|1x15 That Connell Woman |
Polly feels jealousy when a former girlfriend of Mac's, a Lieutenant Colonel in the marine Corps, comes back to town in hopes of rekindling their romance.
|Jan. 08, 1990|
|1x16 Jr. |
Polly shocks Mac when she reveals the news that she may be pregnant with his first child.
|Jan. 29, 1990|
|1x17 Major Coach |
Mac gets in trouble at home after agreeing to coach Robin's basketball team, and then benching her for fooling around at practice.
|Feb. 05, 1990|
|1x18 Camp MacGillis |
Mac takes the family on a camping trip for a relaxing vacation. But instead of peace and quiet, he hears the sounds of the modern day, with a cabin filled with all the amenities of ...
|Feb. 19, 1990|
|1x19 Not with My Daughter You Don't |
Things did not go as planned when Mac sets up a date for Elizabeth, with the son of an old buddy of his.
|Feb. 26, 1990|
|1x20 Officer of the Day |
Lt. Holowachuk sets up a surprise birthday party for Major MacGillis, but may miss it when he is disciplined by Mac.
|Mar. 12, 1990|
|1x21 All Quiet on the Home Front, pt. 1 |
Mac tries to make the most of his final days with his family as he is alerted that he maybe shipped out to Central America on a top secret mission, and must keep the news hush.
|Apr. 02, 1990|
|1x22 All Quiet on the Home Front, pt. 2 |
The Major is set to return from his mission in Central America and the girls plan on making it as great a day as can be. But Mac feels they may resent the nature of the mission.
|Apr. 09, 1990|
|1x23 See the Bridge |
Mac feels Lt. Holowachuk has a need for danger since returning home from his first mission with the Marines. His newest thrill seeking adventure is bungie jumping from a bridge.
|Apr. 30, 1990|
|1x24 Standing Tall |
Casey threatens to have Mac exact her revenge against a school bully who has been teasing her.
|May. 07, 1990|
|1x25 Face the Music ... and Dance, pt. 1 |
Budget cuts create a situation when the camp is scheduled to be closed down, making the Major decide over moving his family East and remain in the Marines, or retiring.
|May. 14, 1990|
|1x26 Face the Music ... and Dance, pt. 2 |
Mac makes his decision to leave the Marines and stay in California, working in the public sector...with people.
|May. 21, 1990|
Season 1 Characters
Season 1 Videos
17 Major Coach (23:29)
2 Just Polly and Me and the Kids Make Five (24:03)
9 Major Mom (24:00)
12 The Boxer Rebellion (24:00)
Season 1 Quotes
|Season 1 / Episode 1: - Pilot|
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Will you marry me? [Polly starts laughing hard] It's a good laugh.
Polly Cooper McGillis: It's a good joke.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: It's not a joke. [she laughs even harder] Would you stop doing that, please?
Polly Cooper McGillis: Oh, God - I can't help it. A proposal? What happened to good clear Marine thinking?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Overruled by finely honed Marine instinct. Like combat. Well, sometimes in a firefight the moment just crystalizes; you know exactly what to do. [motions at her] See the hill, take the hill.
Polly Cooper McGillis: So romantic.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Works on hills.
|Season 1 / Episode 13: - Discipline|
Polly Cooper McGillis: John, the punishment's already been meaded out; she's grounded and no TV for a month.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: You call that punishment?
Polly Cooper McGillis: I call that a very serious punishment.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: I call that a chance to catch up on your reading.
Polly Cooper McGillis: What did you have in mind?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: I'd go spank her. [motions with a hand and starts moving toward the kitchen exit into the living room where Casey is awaiting punishment]
Polly Cooper McGillis: I... wait, John - we don't spank here. We have our own method of discipline and the kids are turning out just fine.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Oh, really? Where's my medal? [holds his empty right hand palm up] Probably stuck to the bottom of somebody's shoe.
Polly Cooper McGillis: Wait, John! There has to be a better way to discipline someone than whaling the tar out of them.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: No, Polly - I don't "whale". Now, Casey is about to recieve a very calm, a very rational whoppin'.
Polly Cooper McGillis: Good, she'll appreciate the subtle distinction.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: A good honest whoppin' helps a child remember what's right, and what's wrong. It also lets them know you mean what you say and you're willing to back it up.
Polly Cooper McGillis: Where'd you get that? The Whopper's Handbook?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Well, it's better than the Liberal's Guide to Child Pampering. [in a mocking tone] If a child misbehaves, set it down, then frown for it, and say, "Do you see this face? This is my disappointed face."
Polly Cooper McGillis: See? Not so hard.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Well, what about the direct honest approach? You're mad at 'em. You tell 'em so and you whop 'em.
Polly Cooper McGillis: What if Casey has already learned her lesson? That what she did was wrong and she'll never do it again. [blocking him from leaving the kitchen]
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Without a whoppin'?
Polly Cooper McGillis: Oh, God - your'e itchin' to do it, aren't you? Whop! Whop! Whop! [like one of the Three Stoges]
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Temper, temper, temper. [pats her on the head]
Polly Cooper McGillis: Okay. doesn't Casey at least deserve a chance to prove she doesn't need to be spanked?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Okay, I'm willing to be fair. But the smart money's on whoppin'. [walks passed her out the kitchen]
Season 1 Trivia
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