Towards the end of the episode, Michael Mosley's Ted, previously depicted as a somewhat boorish chauvinist, looks over at the table of laughing Pan Am flight attendants and observes, "They're not like normal women. They're mutations. It's a compliment." He continues, "They don't know that they're a new breed of women. They just had the impulse to take flight." Read More...
TV Review: ABC's 'Pan Am'
Regarding the late Ida Blankenship, Bert Cooper opined, "She was born in 1898 in a barn, She died on the 37th floor of a skyscraper. She's an astronaut."
Bert's brief eulogy was one of the best lines from the fourth season of "Mad Men" -- or at least the best lines in which one character wasn't showing another character what the money was for -- and it was a valuable reminder that progress is context-dependent. It's a factor of where you started from and where you end up and the journey you took along the way.
I thought back on Bert's words when watching the pilot for ABC's "Pan Am."