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Fug the Show: Astronaut Wives Club recap, “Landing”

First of all, I’d like to note that the costume and hair and makeup people REALLY went out with a bang here, in the show’s finale. The clothes were BEYOND. You should flip through this slideshow even if you don’t read a word. Second, I’d like to direct your attention to The Mid-Century Menu, which is going behind the scenes with the show’s food stylist for EVERY episode; it’s awesome. Third: Farewell, Astronaut Wives Club, you did not live up to your potential, but this week at least you brought us a whole lot of turbans. This week, in fact, gets us to the moon — we never meet ANY of those wives — and through Apollo 13 (in literally five minutes) and then into the future. There is an interesting bit of a plotline involving Xavier — who is, along with other Berkeley students — protesting that the money being spent on the space program might be better used to help the poor, and who is briefly rescued by Annie Glenn when the riot police begin to beat him, but after she rescues him and looks thoughtful, we NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN and nothing happens with that so….the show went out as it began, getting distracted in the middle of something interesting because it had too much ground to cover. Let’s wrap it up:

Annie and John: Annie’s stuttering is cured and she goes on to be a spokesperson for method which cured it, and worked for the Stuttering Foundation. He eventually became senator, and went back into space, and also, in this show, is super hot.

Trudy and Gordo: Eventually get divorced because she wants to expand her Lady Flyer Courier Business (which she eventually does) but he thinks it’s a bad time for his career, but then HE gets bumped from whatever flight he was angling to get on because he’s been distracted by, as Deke puts it: “With the car racing, and the boats, and the treasure hunting business.” WHAT TREASURE HUNTING BUSINESS? I want to see Gordo Cooper’s Treasure Hunters, please. Trudy IS really helpful to everyone when Apollo 13 is happening, because she’s basically the only person who knows what’s going on.

Louise and Alan: Make out A LOT more now that his ear is fixed. In fact, this episode gives us Alan Shepard at his most likeable — he asks Widowed Betty to dance, he’s nice to Louise, he gets an awesome car — so, way to go, you two. Louise is reunited with Max Caplan: Reporter and HE LOOKS INSANE and I laugh every time I see him, and she’s really glad she didn’t nail him because HER life turned out great, eventually, and he’s like, “oh.”

Betty: Sues North American Aviation for damages in Gus’s death and wins. She never marries again but she DOES wear a lot of patterns.

Jo and Wally: Wally does Astronaut TV now and everyone is very happy. Tennis is played.

Rene and Scott: Rene talks about diaphrams on TV; Scott wears a ruffly tuxedo and is mostly still trapped under the ocean. They get divorced, just like 23 out of 30 of the Asto-Couples. That is not a good rate of marital success.

Marge and Deke: Deke gets to go back into space and is REALLY relieved when Tom Hanks and the rest of Apollo 13 make it back to earth safely. They continue to be pretty awesome.

Everyone Else: We have literally no idea what happens to any of the other wives EXCEPT Marilyn Lovell, who is distraught in the five minutes we cover Apollo 13 and then is presumably cool again.


Fug the Show: Astronaut Wives Club Recap, “The Dark Side”

I’m not sure if this episode was actually bad, or if it seemed worse in comparison because last week’s was quite good? That being said, it did include: a lot of anguished facial expressions from a wife WE’VE NEVER MET and who we NEVER DO MEET; the worst Kennedy impersonation I’ve ever heard; a line of dialogue that implied RFK was on en route to California after which he promptly was shot, thereby correcting itself that he actually already WAS in California; the sentence, “I do get tired. SO TIRED”; a whole plotline wherein one of the Wives is an alcoholic but then maybe her husband returning to earth safely cured her of it, we don’t know????;  Dirty Hippies Whose Lifestyle Teaches Louise A Lesson And Who Are Also Conveniently Metaphorical In Other Ways; someone pronouncing the word “capsule” as “caps-SUE-elle”;  the line, “That’s the difference between an average life…AND AN EXTRAORDINARY ONE”; and Betty telling Jo, in times of sadness, to look to her “fence hole.” So, I am pretty sure it was actually just bad. (Although Betty giving Jo the wood from the hole they cut in the fence between their respective yards was kind of great.) That said, we’re also at a point where the 60s clothing is turned SUPER HIDEOUS on us, and that’s always fun. The wives:

Louise and Alan: Blah blah blah, after learning To Live Freely and Have Adventures thanks to some hippies who saved them after their car had a blow out, and a literal roll in the hay, Louise decides she’s fine with Alan having his Inner Ear Disorder Surgery, because he wants to go to the moon (which eventually he does, of course). FYI, this upcoming episode is the finale, which is the moon landing, and I find it super weird that we’ve never met Mrs Buzz Aldrin nor Mrs Neil Armstrong, and there are no actors credited for them on IMDb, so….THAT’S a weird choice, dramatically.

Jo and Wally: Wally retires after successfully launching Gus’s CAPSUELLE and then they move to Denver. There’s also a subplot about their son wanting to join the military and go to Vietnam, but he changes his mind for reasons that are never explained, other perhaps than that his mother was against the idea.

Trudy and Gordo: Are alive. Ditto Annie and John.

Scott and Rene: Scott’s still stuck at the bottom of the ocean or whatever, and Rene is depressed and at loose ends when RFK is assassinated and she (obviously) is no longer working on his presidential campaign. Annie finagles a way for Rene to get to be the newscaster covering the CAPSUELLE launch in this episode, which seems like a big deal and I can’t fact-check whether or not this actually happened for some reason but my guess is it didn’t?

Marge and Deke: Remember how Louise and Trudy found out that Harriet(??)’s husband had the secret family in Florida and might be a bigamist? Well, two hundred years later and Harriet wants to divorce him and Deke asks Marge to try to put a stop to this because it’s bad PR for NASA, and she is all, “BUT I’M DIVORCED” and he’s all, “oh, right, what is the deal with that suitcase full of stuff from when you were SINGLE IN JAPAN???” and she’s all “[some weird something about how it's a metaphor for not letting herself be bossed around]” and he’s all “[something nice and supportive about how Marge is awesome in his eyes, because Deke rocks]” and then she THROWS THE SUITCASE INTO THE OCEAN, like it’s the necklace from Titanic and I can’t wait until, come season three, someone fishes it out for Britney Spears.

Everyone Else: Marilyn L is really worried that Susan Borman is an alcoholic, given that she keeps, you know, drinking and is also a total wreck otherwise. Is she? WHO EVEN KNOWS. Harriet does divorce The Dude With Another Family. And one Nameless Lady gets a lot of reaction shots. To the outfits! You’ve NEVER seen this many neckbows.



Fug The Show: Astronaut Wives Club recap, “Abort”

Hang onto your spacesuit: I thought this was a really good episode. Easily the best of the series so far, and for a lot of reasons. First, it focused on one story: the NASA investigation of Gus’s death, whether or not the next launch is going to be postponed in its wake, and how everyone is dealing with the tragedy. Not ping-ponging from plot to plot and year to year worked so much better, and the pacing finally felt right. They used an interesting conceit, wherein Gus appears to Betty and tells her Useful Things About Her Grieving Process, which actually worked very well (and was just mildly corny; I don’t mind some mild corn) and also was good to transition from moment to moment, something this show has struggled with. Finally, the main players in this episode were JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Zoe Boyle, Dominique McElligot (who is Louise), and the dude who plays Deke, Kenneth Mitchell, all of whom (I would argue) are among the stronger actors in this ensemble. (PS: Deke is, in real life, married to Susan May Pratt, who is — I don’t know if you’ve heard — the best goddamn dancer in the American Ballet Academy.) It was also probably the best written script so far (by Liz Tigelaar). It’s always bittersweet when a show you know is cancelled, and which has been so often retooled, and which is this far into its only season and won’t pick up any more viewers, finally FINALLY pulls it together. ANYWAY. Let’s check in with the great outfits and good sets.

Here’s what’s up with the wives:

Betty and Gus: well, one of them is dead and the other is dealing with a lot, including the fact that there’s rumors that he died because NASA didn’t want to stop down to fix something that a lot of people knew might go very, very wrong. In the final analysis, after Betty does a lot of agitating and Deke and Alan give a very moving tribute/call for reason at a party celebrating Alan’s orbit (which garners a rather satisfying Slow Clap from everyone), NASA DOES decide, “hey, maybe we should figure out what went wrong here and not be so married to our Get To the Moon Before The Russians Schedule.” (Noteworthily, from what I understand, Real Betty suspects that NASA might have MURDERED Gus, which is dramatic.) Betty ends the episode by taking off to Paris with Other Widow Marilyn See, to try to make new memories, after having given Deke a pin commemorating the Mercury Astronauts that she thought Gus had bought for her, but which she realized was actually intended for Deke all along. Deke claims he didn’t earn it, but he did, and Betty tells him so. (Deke is awesome in this episode; very supportive and kind.)

Marge and Deke: See above. Deke was great in this episode. Marge may have worn a fur turban; we shall investigate.

Louise and Alan: Alan awesomely stands with Deke to press NASA to further investigate the accident; Louise has this whole thing with her niece, who she’s raising as her daughter, and WHOSE NAME SHE CHANGED WHEN THE KID WAS FIVE. That was a subplot that I really thought was going to be boring, but it turned out to be actually good: Louise and Judy/Alice begin to have a real relationship, and it’s actually an interesting look into Louise’s life. Louise is also, apparently, the only wife who notices that Ed’s wife Pat, who is ALSO bereaved, is seriously REALLY depressed. (She eventually actually attempts suicide, and Louise gets one of the other Marilyns to come save her, basically. I have NO IDEA if this is based in fact, but it IS dramatic, and that very fact helped this episode feel like Things Were Happening.)

Rene and Scott: Scott returns from the enchantment under the sea assignment for Gus’s funeral and various Mercury events, where he sits in Rene’s AMAZING living room, reads her columns, is nice to her about her writing, and then they make out.

Jo and Wally: Actually get some decently meaty scenes, where he is parroting NASA party lines and she is pointing out that HE IS THE NEXT PERSON IN THE CAPSULE THAT JUST BASICALLY EXPLODED.

Everyone Else: John Glenn is still handsome, Trudy gets to fly Louise somewhere; Marilyn See is really nice to Grieving Betty and has good eye makeup, Marilyn Lovell (who we grew to like last week) has apparently disappeared and no one has realized it.


Fug the Show: Astronaut Wives Club recap, “Rendezvous”

This was kind of a decent episode, with the exception of the fact that this show keeps insisting on including all kinds of stuff That Really Happened that they could cut out in the name of telling a more streamlined story, and also this one episode spanned THREE YEARS. Whatever: I’m just yelling into the void here.  Finally, poor Gus dies — JoAnna Garcia Swisher is very good this episode; someone get that woman a successful show — and we also meet a new Astro-Wife about whom I would not care at all, except Holley Fain, who plays Marilyn Lovell (the part Kathleen Quinlan plays in Apollo 13), is actually very good with little to do. (She was also on Gossip Girl with Desmond Harrington; they’re both unrecognizable right now, her because of this terrible wig and him because he looks so awful for some reason.) Let’s recap what happened to everyone:

Betty and Gus: SOB. (Enjoy the angst while it lasts; I am sure next week’s episode will be much later, so we can get to the Moon Landing within the next three episodes, at which point I expect someone [Marge] will say something along the lines of, “they couldn’t have done it without us,” as she slings her arm around Jo’s shoulders and they all look up at the moon. God, I really want to get all of the scripts for this show and re-imagine the entire thing. Let me in there with my red pen and a time machine.)  Anyway, poor Betty; she spends this entire episode agitating for NASA to institute protocol to keep The Wives informed about what’s going on with their husbands, and so that they’re properly informed in case the worst happens (after seeing them bungle telling Marilyn See about her husband’s crash) and then the worst does happen to her.  PS: There was an amusing scene early on wherein the Mercury Wives agree there are too many wives now to tell all the Marilyns apart. I, in fact, thought they were calling Marilyn See “Marilyn C,” like there was also a Marilyn L and a Marilyn J. And then I realized there was a Marilyn L.

Louise and Alan: Alan HATES having an inner ear disease; Louise and Trudy fly down to Florida to give the husband of one of the Gemini Wives what-for, because he’s screwing around in Florida while his son is dying of cancer. He cries that he feels too helpless to be there at the hospital and Trudy and Louise are basically like, “well, you SUCK” and storm off, and that’s all true, but what I really want to know is: CAN WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS DUDE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A BIGAMIST? Thanks.

Trudy and Gordo: Trudy is flying the ladies all hither and yon and Gordon doesn’t like doing laundry.

Annie and John: We’re all just treading water until the show gets to Glenn’s triumphant 1998 return to space, I assume? (Snarkiness aside, I think it’s SUPER AWESOME that John Glenn got to go back to space at 77. Per Wiki: “According to The New York Times, Glenn ‘won his seat on the Shuttle flight by lobbying NASA for two years to fly as a human guinea pig for geriatric studies’, which were named as the main reasons for his participation in the mission.” You go, John Glenn Coco. Sigh. Sometimes, I feel like this show is leaching my love of space from me and then reading that gives it back to me a little bit.)

Marge and Deke/Jo and Wally: Are all still alive. Jo got a flattering haircut. Deke got some lines. Wally is a ghost we never see.

Other Wives: Poor Marilyn See is widowed and it would be so much more affecting if we ever spent any time with her or ever saw her husband AT ALL.  For example, I thought Matt Lanter played her husband, but then I looked it up and realized that he played Ed White, who died with Gus, so he IS dead, but just not in the manner than I thought he died. This show is confusing, and also a little upsetting, because Wikipedia is very good at reminding me that these are real people who did actually die. I wish this show was doing more justice to the space program, you guys. Should we just all stream From The Earth to the Moon instead?


Fug the Show: Astronaut Wives Club recap, “In the Blind”

At this point, there are only two more episodes left, so why not just finish this out, right? Rene Carpenter, as ever, wins the wardrobe competition, and she ALSO wins for the Best 60s Kitchen. She loses the Best Accent Competition, however, because I guess Yvonne Strahovski decided she was going to just go with a modified Mid-Atlantic accent like a bit player in a 30s screwball comedy. As I say every single week: Her American accent was SPOT ON when she was on Chuck – like, flawless — so I…just really don’t know what happened here. I blame her wig.

Let’s check in on everyone’s plotline and then…to the kitchens! The costumes were also very good this week. Set and Costume are killing it.

Louise and Alan Shepard: It’s like Max Caplan: Reporter never even existed, and the big issue here is that Alan’s got Ménière’s disease, which messes with your inner ear and causes balance issues, nausea, and all kinds of other problems that get him grounded. (Obviously, this is fixed before he gets sent to the moon.) Beyond the drama of Alan careening into walls, it’s rather boring, mostly because Desmond Harrington has played Shepard as such a terrible cold fish, it’s hard to care. Additionally, I don’t know what’s going on with Harrington, but he has looked REALLY rough in this series. He’s only 38!

Annie and John Glenn: Continue to be noble American heroes the likes of which we shall never see again, etc, etc, etc. Also, John’s run for Senate, which we discussed last week, is derailed because of his concussion. NOTE: The show has him crack his head “fixing a closet door,” when the truth per Wiki is that he hit his head on the bathtub. THIS is the sort of detail they feel free to change? SHOW, YOU CONFOUND ME.

Betty and Gus: Gus has a stalker who might also actually be his side piece (??), which means he gets Secret Service protection after she sends Betty a threatening note and also shows up at the base screaming for him. He still has not died. (This show loves to send Gus into space, and I don’t know if they THINK the audience is thinking, “oh, shit, he’s gonna die HERE” and then he doesn’t — which is what I do, because I didn’t know how many times he went onto the launch pad before tragedy hit — or what. Shocker: the pacing on this show is weird!) Is the Gus’s Secret Girlfriend We’ve Never Seen Before And Never Will Again based in truth? WHO KNOWS.

Gus is, however, our entry to a brief plotline about Cute Zavier, the Housekeeper’s Son Who Loves Space, who at this point in his life and American history is pretty sure that NASA will never send a black man into space (in fact, this didn’t happen until Guy Bluford, in 1983). Zavier’s Mom finagles a meeting between him and Ed Dwight, who was the first African American to be trained as an astronaut (and who is played by Ray Fisher, who is quite handsome, FYI). Dwight is really interesting. Per his Wiki: “In 1961, the Kennedy administration selected Dwight as the first African American astronaut trainee, at the suggestion of the National Urban League’s Whitney Young. His selection garnered international media attention, and Dwight appeared on the covers of news magazines such as Ebony, Jet, and Sepia. Despite facing discrimination from other astronauts, Dwight persevered until the assassination of President Kennedy, after which government officials created a threatening atmosphere and he was assigned to be a liaison officer in Germany to a non-existent German test pilot school. As a result of this climate, he resigned from the Air Force in 1966.”  We don’t see any of that here, because this show doesn’t want to show its ostensible heroes being racist jerks, and they have no time to actually spend with Dwight so we can see this happen with him as the protagonist in the story, at the hands of people they feel they can paint as racist jerks. After leaving the Air Force, Dwight became a very noteworthy sculptor, who is still working.  I get that it’s not possible for this show to cover everything that ever happened in the Space Program, and they’re hamstrung here because Dwight was (I think?) single, but there is no way that this man’s life isn’t more compelling a story than The Ballad of Jo and Wally, and getting ONE SCENE of him and then cutting back to, like, Marge playing bridge is just a narrative thunk. This show really needed to devote one episode to each couple — just pick one really good story from each couple’s history, and anthologize this thing. That gives you more story-telling latitude when you have so much ground to cover, and you could tackle Dwight by — for example — telling the story of his mother, or his girlfriend, if he didn’t have a wife. Make the “wife” in the title sort of…metaphorical.

Jo and Wally: Jo is, however, the ringleader for an amusing low-level storyline where all the Wives are hot for Ed White (who eventually ends up dying with Gus, sadly) who is played by Matt Lanter, who is definitely someone I’d love to watch jog, so…I’m with you on this one, Jo.  The wives also kind of adopt Ed’s wife because she knows how to play cards better than Trudy. Yes, compelling.

Marge and Deke: Are really, really boring and could 100% be 86ed from this show except for, I don’t know, Reasons of Truth. (I get why they need Deke, because he’s In Charge of Stuff at NASA, but Marge doesn’t have anything to do.  Why not send her off on a super-long visit to her secret husband in Japan?)

Trudy and Gordo: Trudy wears a GREAT dress.

Rene and Scott: Scott leaves NASA to go work on SeaLab in Bermuda — this is true — and she doesn’t come with him because she wants to Find Herself As A Professional, an awakening she had when she was working on John Glenn’s Senate run, at which she gave a lot of speeches and acted, basically, as Annie’s Voice on the Road. This experience makes her decide she should be Glenn’s press secretary, and Annie is like, “it’s convenient that I don’t speak that much because THAT’S CRAZY but I can just make a ‘we’ll see!’ face and leave it at that.” Interestingly, Rene Carpenter did actually go on to become a successful journalist, and she’s announced that every scene of this show is fiction. THEN WHY ISN’T IT BETTER, RENE? WHY?


Fug the Show: Astronauts Wives Club recap, “Flashpoint”

“Hey guys, I’ve got an idea! Let’s take the only couple the audience might be kinda invested in and ship one of them off to San Francisco for no reason and don’t really give them a satisfying farewell of any sort! Also, have everyone do a different accent again — that was fun! Also, let’s take what should be two huge plot points and just kinda shovel them into this one episode, which is going to cover some REALLY vague amount of time but at least six months. Also, toss in some half-hearted but also ham-handed stuff about civil rights at some point — make sure you just go ahead and cover Gloria Steinem and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the same montage, okay? Also, let’s have Kennedy get shot with three minutes to go and then just end the episode with a BBQ!”

In short, yet again, although this episode had some good scenes in it (Trudy and Gordo’s Hawaiian reunion was effective enough that it caused me to delete a line in my notes that read, “every dramatic instinct this show has is wrong;” Sam Reid, the dude who plays John Glenn, is really naturally sympathetic and does a lot with the little they give him), this show is…really a mess. I actually really REALLY feel for the writers. There is no way this wasn’t an incredibly difficult job — the scope of this series is immense and it is crazy — and I am sure everyone on staff had the “can’t we have them AT LEAST KISS?”/ “NO THESE ARE REAL PEOPLE” argument time and again and are all probably discussing the challenges of this show in therapy. I have moved from being frustrated by this series to wanting to buy all the writers on staff a drink.

Let’s run down the major plot points and then get to the outfits, shall we?

John and Annie Glenn: Continue to be perfect saintlike people with nothing to do other than be strong and do right for America. John does testify in front of Congress that he is worried that women shouldn’t be astronauts because they don’t have the appropriate test pilot training, but if this isn’t a kind of salient point, the show doesn’t do a great job explaining why not. (John notes that although the women have a lot of flying hours, there is a difference between test pilot training and flying a commercial plane, which seems true?) There is a lot of this in the Trudy/Gordo plot, obviously, but it seems (per the show) that the women who were agitating to become astronauts argued that they did better on all the testing that the male astronauts underwent than the men did, and thus wanted to be considered to become astronauts along with them, using this as a way of testing out of the “have to be a test pilot” portion of the requirements. I don’t know the answer to this and I am literally asking: Why weren’t these women arguing that they ought to be allowed to be test pilots also, as a first step toward being tossed into the pile for Astronaut Consideration? Did they try and just get denied? (I should note that I am old enough that I remember when Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, and the fact that it took until 1983 is amazing in a bad way. I am highly Pro Female Astronauts; I just had a hard time following this, because as usual this show doesn’t give you enough background and then basically seems to gloss over something that ought to be the A story for an entire episode.)

Louise and Alan Shepard: Louise decides she wants Alan to be faithful to her and asks him for that, thanks to Important Lessons She Learned from Max Caplan: Reporter, who is moving out to San Francisco to be groovy, who she never kisses nor wishes a meaningful goodbye. MC:R, in fact, tells Louise, “this isn’t how I wanted to say goodbye to you,” which is interesting because HE’S FICTIONAL so he could have at least given her a dramatic and angst-y speech if this show wasn’t worried, I assume, about getting sued by a variety of Shepards? Also, MC:R, YOU’RE A WRITER. WRITE HER A BEAUTIFUL LETTER. Also: WOW that was frustrating, although both actors really did try their level bests. Also also: this show has conceived of Alan Shepard as a cold, cold man who has no feelings and sleeps around, so we never really get why Louise is still so sprung on him. He doesn’t even notice when she’s colored her hair! YOU CAN DO BETTER, GIRL.

Trudy and Gordon: Gordon has to manually land his space ship and it’s looking REAL BAD, apparently, and he’s almost sure to die…but this moment of intense emotional and dramatic tension resolves itself over a commercial break and we’re told about his miraculous perfect landing via news footage. When he arrives in Hawaii, however, Gordo gives all the credit for his safe arrival and his abilities as a pilot to his pilot wife, Trudy, which is awesome. Also awesome is that he takes her out in a military plane after the disappointment of the aforementioned failed congressional hearings and they basically reenact that scene in Top Gun where Maverick does an unapproved fly-by of the base. (This makes Trudy the Goose, which is better in all things except the question of longevity.)  She apparently agrees that Gordo is being awesome, and makes out with him in front of a bunch of reporters, which was actually totally satisfying because AT FREAKING LAST SOMEONE MAKES OUT ON THIS SHOW. We also meet one of Trudy’s best friends, who is in town to testify in front of the congressional hearing (…in Houston? What…is happening? Or do they all fly up to DC, and Best Friend has stopped in to see Trudy to…for….reasons? Whatever) about the aforementioned Wonderful Ladies of Space question, and I really wanted her and Trudy to be secret lovers, but alas it is not to be.

Betty and Gus: It’s really hot in Betty’s house right now.

Jo and Wally: It’s also hot in Jo’s house. So they start visiting a Gemini Wife every day because she has A/C. Don’t worry, at the end of the episode, Nameless Gemini Wife Played By Nora Zehetner does get invited to the BBQ of Togetherness in a Time of National Sadness, so I guess air conditioning and intense historical tragedy brought people together.

Rene and Scott:  Rene has decided she wants to be a journalist, and the editor of the newspaper she pitches is all sexist and patronizing but ALSO makes the wise point that, uh, the only clip she has is one article, about herself. He tells her to write him 20 stories. So she does, which is awesome and excellent, but she also acts as if it’s not realistic for the editor to not want to hire some lady with ONE clip. I hate it when shows like this make me sort sympathize with the sexist jerkweed. Anyway, Rene is about mid-speech to Jerkweed about how his sexism has helped her find her voice when a dude pops into the restaurant to announce that Kennedy has been shot, with like FOUR MINUTES TO GO IN THE EPISODE. HOW ARE YOU JUST TACKING THAT GIANT HUGE MASSIVE MOMENT ONTO THE END OF THIS? At the very least, make it your episode out! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SHOW? (If you want to figure out how to handle the JFK assassination without actually having to have your characters react to it as it happened, see Mad Men. Also, make it your episode out and open the next episode a few weeks later.) Additionally, Yvonne Stahovski’s accent is all over the place — she is both Brooklyn and British in ONE SPEECH and that’s just…I don’t even get it, because her accent on Chuck was flawless. Her wig might be a scootch better this week, though?

Marge and Deke: Are still on the show.