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Danielle returns to review the most recent episode of ABC’s Pan Am!
Aptly titled, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” Pan Am leaves us in a holding pattern for the holidays with a … well, bang! ABC must have decided we needed some sizzle before the series layover during Christmas, because in this sendoff episode we find almost every character romantically inclined!
Dean and Colette sneak off to Dean’s family farm for a flying lesson on a crop duster, where at first Collete is turned off by the assumption by Dean’s family that she must be Bridget (the fiancé Dean spoke so much about). Still, somehow Dean navigates troubled skies and performs yet another miraculous landing – right on the barn floor! Meanwhile, Maggie sneaks a hotheaded activist friend into first class on a flight to London and he inspires her to speak out about her radical views to at least the one handsome political figure onboard, which ends in some deliberating between the sheets. And Ted helps Laura out of a jam with a handsy fill-in pilot, but she realizes too late that she may have feelings for Ted when he later reconnects with a childhood friend in a London bathroom! And although it’s more dangerous than romantic, Kate also finds herself in a tight spot when she is forced to pretend to be someone’s fiance while carrying out one last mission for the CIA for the sake of Nico’s safety. The scene ends in intrigue – Kate holding a gun after she shoots the Communist assailant who is attacking her partner!
Overall, this was a bit of an overload after weeks of weak amour at 35,000 feet! Having every character jump into the sack (or at least appear to want to) was a little over the top, though very entertaining. And during this episode I especially took note of the “old school” captain’s (someone had to fill in for Dean while he was on his field trip with Colette) treatment of Laura – apparently smacks on the behind and condescending name-calling was par for the course during Pan Am’s hay day … or as one stewardess put it, “weeks of war stories and wandering hands.” However, I was impressed by the ease at which flight attendants were able to sneak passengers onboard, as Maggie’s antics proved (any thoughts on whether that could really happen?). And it’s also worth noting that Pan American Airlines seemed right at home ferrying political celebrities to iconic historic events, as the episode included a well known Senator (later Maggie’s bedmate) passenger and many references to a 60’s symposium on nuclear weapons. Pan Am really was at the forefront of it’s time.
Although I was surprised by all the titillating action in this last week’s episode I can’t wait to see where Pan Am takes us from here when the series picks up on January 8th! Fingers are crossed that Dean and Colette continue to give new meaning to the term layover and that maybe Maggie is grounded for a while as her character never fails to be overacted and less than believable (and I’m saying this after an episode where Kate shoots someone!). Can’t wait till the new year? Feel free to check out my past reviews to sate your nostalgia fix; Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, Episode Five, Episode Six, Episode Seven, and Episode Eight or download all nine episodes for free (and a few songs featured in the series) on iTunes and Amazon right now.