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
20 Officer Of The Day (24:00)
17 Major Coach (23:29)
1 Pilot (23:59)
24 Standing Tall (23:30)
Season 1 Quotes
|Season 1 / Episode 19: - Not with My Daughter You Don't|
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: I was going to let you see her anyway; all the scheming was for nothing. [speaking of Chip dating Elizabeth]
Chip Russell: So it's okay with you.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: No. You're a sneak, and I don't want Elizabeth involved with a sneak.
Chip Russell: Outstanding. So now I'm to throw myself at your mercy, promise to mend my ways, and beg you to let me see her.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Have at it.
Chip Russell: See, there's just one problem: I don't want to see her. [gets up and approaches the office door]
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Halt! You do so.
Chip Russell: Why would I?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Because she's bright, and she's pretty, and she has a great sense of humor, and you like her.
Chip Russell: You're right, sir.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Bet I am.
Chip Russell: But I've been around the Core for around 16 years and I know how officers are about their daughters. With all due respect, I really don't want to have to put up with all the crap. Sir. so, ah, tell Elizabeth I'm sorry. [walks back to the door]
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Halt! [gets up from his desk and stands face-to-face with Chip] How much crap will you put up with?
Chip Russell: Not much.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: But some.
Chip Russell: Let's talk. [sits down] I want unlimited freedom; no curfew, no restrictions, no questions asked.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: [opens the office door] I'll tell Elizabeth you said "Good-bye".
Chip Russell: [Chip shuts the door] Major, this is a negotiation; you ask for the world, then you haggle.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: [sits back down, too] You will date only on Friday's, curfew will be twenty-two hundred, and after you've been together for a month you may... hold hands.
|Season 1 / Episode 12: - Boxer Rebellion|
Miss Shields: The faculty was very concerned about Miss Elizabeth's article. We decided the situation called for parental involvement.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Front and center.
Miss Shields: Don't interrupt. How do you feel about these children wearing boxer shorts to school?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Ah, well, that depends on whether you can see them or not. [laughs and stops when he sees Mrs. Shields is not] I'm against it.
Miss Shields: So are we. Neat minds call for neat clothing. You Marine's understand that.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Yes, ma'am.
Miss Shields: How do you feel about people flagrantly disobeying the rules?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: I'm against that, too.
Miss Shields: You shoot people for that, don't you?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: No, ma'am.
Miss Shields: Study up - I think you do. Elizabeth, I know you put a lot of effort into this article; it was thoroughly researched, thoughtfully structured, and powerfully written.
Elizabeth Cooper McGillis: Thank you.
Miss Shields: But it was wrong, don't you see? If we don't follow the rules we have anarcy and those silly '60's all over again. Do you agree, major?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: I do.
Miss Shields: And it's up to the people in charge to see that we follow the rules. Do you agree?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: I do.
Miss Shields: Then you also agree we should not print this article.
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: No, I don't.
Miss Shields: What?
Elizabeth Cooper McGillis: What? [looking at him surprised]
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Mrs. Shields, I think these girls wearing boxer shorts to school is just about as rediculous as those little pants they stick on lamb chops. I also believe that if everybody went around breaking the rules, the world would go to Hell in a hand basket.
Miss Shields: Then what's the problem?
Maj. John D. 'Mac' McGillis: Well, it's just this little thing called the Bill of Rights. I'm sure that somewhere in this school there's a civic's class and I suspect they teach these kids about freedom of the press, but then they come in here and they find it doesn't apply to them. What kind of teachin' is that? 20 years ago when I joined the Cor', I swore an oath to defend and protect, among other things, everybody's right to freedom of expression, whether I agree with them or not. IF the uniform or short hair made you think any different, then with all due respect, ma'am, you have more to learn than your kids.
Elizabeth Cooper McGillis: Whoa.
Miss Shields: Your point is well taken, major. Your grammar needs work. [looks at Elizabeth] I will print your article.
Season 1 Trivia
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