The First Lady (Episodes Guide)

1.01 – That White House [April 17, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Aaron Cooley, Ellen Fairey, Jennifer Westfeldt, Hunt Baldwin, Abby Ajayi, Zora Bikangaga



Eleanor commits to Franklin’s uncertain political future. Betty unexpectedly becomes Second Lady. Michelle wrestles with Barack’s nomination.

1.02 – Voices Carry [April 24, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Aaron Cooley, Ellen Fairey, Cathy Schulman, Abby Ajayi



Eleanor presses Franklin to act more boldly against the Great Depression. After Nixon’s resignation, Betty becomes First Lady days before a state dinner. Before Barack’s inauguration, Michelle faces opposition from his transition team.

1.04 – Cracked Pot [May 8, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Aaron Cooley, Ellen Fairey, Cathy Schulman, Abby Ajayi, Hunt Baldwin



Franklin’s marital indiscretions push Eleanor to socialize with more political women. A stubborn shoulder injury begins Betty’s troubled history with pain medication. Michelle vows to hold Chicago’s inadequate healthcare system to task.

1.05 – See Saw [May 15, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Ellen Fairey, Azia Squire, Zora Bikangaga



Eleanor holds the White House’s first all-female press conference and grows closer to journalist Lorena Hickock. Betty publicly announces her breast cancer diagnosis. Michelle prompts new legislation with her healthy school lunch program.

1.06 – Shout Out [May 22, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Nikole Beckwith, Alyson Feltes, Abby Ajayi



Eleanor moves Hick into an adjacent bedroom in the White House while Franklin has the FBI surveil her actions. Inspired by her growing influence and popularity, Betty steers a White House campaign office to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which aggravates Jerry’s staff who worry about a conservative challenge for the upcoming Republican Party presidential nomination. Michelle pushes Barack to take a firm moral stand in favor of marriage equality over his political concerns about losing re-election.

1.07 – Nadir [May 29, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Nicole Jefferson Asher, Ellen Fairey, Zora Bikangaga



Eleanor doubles down on her efforts to confront racism; Betty helps Jerry secure the Republican nomination for re-election while her problems with addiction worsen; Michelle grieves after gun violence tragedies and advocates for legislative action.

1.08 – Punch Perfect [June 5, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Nikole Beckwith, Ellen Fairey, Abby Ajayi



Eleanor forces Franklin’s hand in assisting Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany; while Jerry spends his retirement on the road, Betty seeks out new party companions at home; despite Barack’s hesitations, Michelle directly speaks out about race.

1.09 – Rift [June 12, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Jennifer Westfeldt, Aaron Cooley, Cathy Schulman, Abby Ajayi



Eleanor rallies the country as the United States enters World War II; after Betty’s addiction spirals, Jerry and her family intervene; Michelle joins Hillary Clinton on the 2016 presidential campaign trail to advocate for the dignity of women.

1.10 – Victory Dance [June 19, 2022]
Directed by Susanne Bier | Written by Nikole Beckwith, Ellen Fairey, Abby Ajayi



Franklin gifts Eleanor the charter for the League of Nations; after rehab, Betty vows to help others with addiction problems; Barack and Michelle prepare to leave the White House, determined to continue making a difference in the world.