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Danielle returns to recap the fourth episode of Pan Am…
Week 4 on Pan Am (titled “Eastern Exposure“) finds the crew ferrying from New York to Burma to Indonesia to Hong Kong, then home again. This is the first time we’ve seen the concept of multiple stopovers explored on the show, and the itinerary certainly seems to be one out of The Points Guy’s playbook! The constantly changing, exotic changing atmosphere makes for an exciting episode, as we watch tempers flare as high as the temperatures in the “Orient.”
Alternately it’s words that go flying between Laura and big sister Kate. During the tour of the Far East Laura’s, fun-loving and childish ways impede Kate’s latest mission, to deliver a camera from an operative in Rangoon to another in Jakarta. Especially when Laura takes the camera without permission to document a crazy night out on the town with new pal Maggie.
Kate and Laura exchange harsh words, revealing Kate’s exasperation with Laura’s immature attitude of floating through life and leaving Kate to watch out for her, and Laura’s frustration with always doing what she’s been told because no one gives her a chance to spread her wings. Maggie gets in the mix by taking Laura out gallivanting (read: gambling, drinking, and table top dancing) in Indonesia. By the end of the hour, Kate comes to realize that she’s fortunate to have her sister’s company and that “Pan Am is the ultimate new beginning” and she needs to let Laura make her own mistakes. But it’s too late. Laura has decided to moved on and move in with Maggie and her roommates instead.
Other period takeaways include: the girls are obviously turned off, but not appalled, by the animal cruelty displayed in a cockfight in Indonesia (this must be before PETA), along with Maggie describing Jakarta as “excitingly unrefined” (wonder what that’s supposed to mean?). Dean and Ted talking casually about the USSR’s first satellite Sputnik and what the Russian’s accomplishment means to the US astronauts was also interesting. And checking out the amazing vintage swimsuits was a cute treat, too!
Overall, I initially thought Pan Am might have clipped wings, but it’s finally proving to be capable of a little high flying drama!
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