'Pan Am' recap: The Allure of Billiards and Jujubes

So is it going to be an odds/evens thing withPan Am, or what? After last week's awkward Asian shrug of an episode, which followed a solid sojourn to West Berlin, Pan Am's fifth hour trip to Monte Carlo was full of zippy romance, snazzy spy intrigue, and even a twinge of zesty wit. Granted, the two most compelling characters — Colette and Maggie — remained frustratingly on the fringes, and there was still entirely too much energy spent trying to get us to root for Laura and Ted. But with two guest stars launching respective multi-week story arcs, Pan Am finally felt like a show that has a full sense of what it is and where it wants to take us. So let's hop on board, shall we?

Laura, Ted, and some "Tasty Pudding"

It's summer in New York, and Laura's trying to get her engagement ring back. She'd hocked it when she first moved in with her sister, but in order to get a clean break with her ex-fiancé Greg, she was determined to buy it back. Alas, the pawn shop had already sold it. Cut to the soaring Pan Am opening title, and the expectation that Laura had simply given up. Read More...



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