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About THE BEST LAID PLANS & Episode Guides

About THE BEST LAID PLANS & Episode Guides

The Best Laid Plans Premiered on CBC on January 05, 2014

About the Show:
Based on author Terry Fallis’ award-winning novel of the same name and 2011 Canada Reads winner, THE BEST LAID PLANS, is a humorous and satirical journey into the world of national politics and backroom maneuvering of Canadian government.

Parliament is a secret and esoteric world with its own culture, customs and language. THE BEST LAID PLANS is a rollicking journey into this cosseted world. Our guide is the earnest, hopeful, English PhD, Daniel Addison (played by Jonas Chernick), head speech writer for the Leader of the Opposition. When Daniel catches his girlfriend and her boss in flagrante delicto he decides to return to academe as assistant professor of English at the University of Ottawa. But you don’t just walk away from the Opposition Party — freedom has a price and in this case it’s finding a candidate in a riding 50 kilometers away and managing the campaign in the next election, scheduled in approximately eight weeks. The catch: the riding in question has voted solidly for the Government Party since Confederation and the incumbent is Eric Cameron, the extremely popular finance minister whose plurality in the last election was over 90%.

The ensemble cast stars Jonas Chernick (My Awkward Sexual Adventure, The Border), Kenneth Welsh (The Day After Tomorrow), Jodi Balfour (Bomb Girls), Sarah Allen (Being Human), Mark McKinney (The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town), Peter Keleghan (Murdoch Mysteries), Eric Peterson (Corner Gas), Leah Pinsent (Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town), Sonja Smits (Cybergeddon, Traders), and Barbara Gordon (Little Mosque on the Prairie).


Actor’s name

Character’s name

Jonas ChernickDaniel Addison
Kenneth WelshAngus McClintock
Jodi BalfourLindsay Dewar
Sarah AllenRachel Bronwin
Mark McKinneyGeorge Quimby
Eric PetersonJerry Stockton
Jordan Johnson-HindsPete 1
Barbara GordonMuriel Parkinson
Raoul BhanejaBradley Stanton
Varun SarangaPete 2
Sonja SmitsDiane Gagnon

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Season 1

Episode 1: Here's the Deal (Jan/05/2014)
After catching his girlfriend cheating, speech writer Daniel Addison returns to academe, but his freedom comes with a price.

Episode 2: Running to Lose (Jan/06/2014)
Daniel gets help to endorse Angus McLintock as the candidate for Cumberland-Prescott and the team begins to plan for the campaign.

Episode 3: Raise a Little Hell (Jan/13/2014)
George wreaks havoc on the campaign trail, a campaign video is made for Angus, and Daniel forgets his date with Lindsay.

Episode 4: You Had an Option, Sir (Jan/20/2014)
Daniel begs for forgiveness, Quimby preps for the debates, the Angus campaign is in full swing and Eric gets caught in a compromising situation.

Episode 5: Going Brogue (Jan/27/2014)
Daniel continues damage control for Cameron, Angus disappears, and the team discovers Daniel's deception.

Episode 6: Just Watch Me (Feb/03/2014)
It's time for the election. Daniel confesses, and Angus returns home to some unexpected news.