PAN AM “One Coin in a Fountain” Review

PAN AM “One Coin in a Fountain” Season 1 Episode 5 – If ABC is going to cancel Pan Am, I almost wish they’d go ahead and do it because I am getting more and more invested in this group of characters. Not to mention that this week’s episode, “One Coin in a Fountain,” went and upped the ante in terms of long-reaching plots.

My (kind of) clever use of a gambling cliche is no coincidence; this week we flew to Monte Carlo by way of London. On the flight to England, a voluptuous female passenger catches Captain Dean’s eye when she not-so-subtly sneaks her way into the cockpit, something that seems so insane to think of as feasible in a post-9/11 world. Poor Dean; he doesn’t find out that his new squeeze, Ginny, is the mistress of the vice-president of Pan Am (played by Scott Cohen) until after she bangs him in the back of a Bentley in London. But even knowing who she is doesn’t stop him from banging her again in Monte Carlo. Bad pilot! You could lose more than your job for that.

And what about Colette? Does Dean think a gorgeous French woman is just going to wait around for him to finish sowing his wild oats in well-plowed pastures? I certainly hope she won’t; she’s far too cool for that.

Meanwhile, Laura and Ted continue to dance around each other as he helps her buy back her engagement ring which she hocked for cash, but now suddenly needs to give back to her former fiancee. Ted is a giant doof, but he’s not a totally bad guy. Not only doesn’t he let her go to Harlem by herself, he ends up trading his Rolex for the ring when its new owner plays hardball. I was just glad to see that he didn’t lose the watch to an early 60’s New York street gang. That would have only been acceptable if the hoods had broken into a chorus of “When You’re a Jet.”

Meanwhile, despite having proven herself to be a near-liability to the entire Cold War, Kate is given another assignment. Cozy up to a Niko Lonza (Goran Visnjic aka Dr. Luka Kovac aka Hottest Man to Come Out of Eastern Europe Since…Ever), a UN diplomat who has a connection to a man who’s dating a Russian spy, in order to get the woman’s fingerprints. Easy, right?

Well, it would have been if Maggie hadn’t laid claim to Niko on the flight to London. It takes some finagling, including two and half week’s worth of custom egg orders in first class, but Kate gets Niko to take her with him to meet his friend at a Monte Carlo casino. The dress she buys for the occasion must have superpowers because Kate turns into Ms. James Bond and manages to get the spy’s prints despite her gloves. She also gets to spend the night with Niko, which for me would be a bigger incentive than serving one’s country. But this won’t be a one-night stand; back in New York, high on her success, Kate meets up with Niko again. Wouldn’t you?

In one episode, Pan Am turned up the heat on both the romance and the intrigue. If the mighty hand of cancellation does come down upon it, I will genuinely miss the show and wish I could have seen more.

What did you think of the episode? Can you imagine being served fresh-baked croissants on an airplane? Is Kate getting in over her head in more ways than one? Let me know below!