Pan Am “Secrets and Lies” Review

Pan Am (ABC) "Secrets and Lies"
The second half of Pan Am’s freshman season took off last night with “Secrets and Lies,” an episode that picked up almost where we left in December, save for all the boring, technical bits that come from a hotel fire and the shooting of a Russian spy. That is to say, we skipped a bit ahead in time to the aftermath, as it was.

Although I would have expected more consequences for Maggie, the woman who nearly burned down a London hotel, it ends up being Kate who pays the greatest price for her actions of that fateful night. It turns out that killing a bad guy can get you into just as much trouble as killing a good guy. Fortunately her MI6 contact, Anderson, decides to take the fall, as he’s more valuable than she is and won’t be punished. All Kate has to do is pass a polygraph and she can walk away from her life as a spy. When she manages to manipulate the machine through means of her own perpetual guilt, Anderson laments the loss of her services. Bolstered by the fact that a master spy thinks she has potential, Kate rethinks her decision. I guess I can see this. Kate might tell herself that she’s doing this for her country, but I think it really has to do with the adventure and the intrigue.

Apparently, though, she wasn’t paying close enough attention to the saga of her predecessor, Bridget. The British beauty turned up out of the blue this week, somehow back with Pan Am and desperately seeking Dean. Great timing, Bridget! It’s like she could tell that he was happily settling into a sweet life with Colette. My heart broke for our French girl as she rightly recognized that Dean wasn’t anywhere near over Bridget and released him from their relationship. Rather that taking the high road, Dean fell right back into bed with his last love, but only after Bridget broke every rule of MI6 and told him the real reason she’d left him. I hope that comes back to bite her in the butt. It’s not that I don’t like Bridget, but after half a season with her, I like Colette more.

The very liberal Maggie continued to fall for the conservative Republican congressman, only their relationship probably won’t last after he reads the damning article she wrote about him and his views that ended up getting published for all of New York. Bummer. I liked the whole star-crossed-lovers thing.

Laura has a new photography habit, as well as a newly unrequited crush on Ted. After helping him realize that his new girlfriend, Amanda, was worth waiting for, she found herself helping him pick out an engagement ring. You have to think that having been raised to believe that saving herself until marriage will make her more attractive, she’s has to be regretting telling Ted that she’s no longer a virgin. Because in the end, who did he pick? Of course, we know that Ted’s choice has more to do with the fact that Amanda can stand up to his dad…and having seen the preview, we know that there’s hope for Laura and Ted yet.

I really liked this episode, and I certainly hope that enough people watched it to make ABC realize that Pan Am needs to keep flying, if not indefinitely, then at least until the end of the season. There’s so much big stuff about to happen historically…the Beatles (who were mentioned, but not seen this week), JFK, civil rights, women’s rights. Not to mention the fact that we are fully invested in these people now. To leave them now, forever in emotional limbo, would be cruel. And I still haven’t forgiven ABC for doing the same thing with My So-Called Life.

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