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It’s Complicated: The Captain/Stewardess Relationship on Pan Am “We’ll Always Have Paris” 

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I wasn’t so sure I’d like this show. I still don’t care for the spy subplot, but I’m actually enjoying everything else. The “office politics” of being a stewardess both on the ground and in the air are very interesting. And while I wasn’t a big fan of the pilot I thought “We’ll Always Have Paris” did a great job of setting up some season-long interpersonal arcs. 

I don’t know what our collective fascination with the 1960s is. Maybe it’s nostalgia for a time gone by. Maybe it’s seeing history brought to life through someone else’s eyes. Whatever it is, I find myself being transported. I find myself enjoying this ride. I love to travel but there’s something about how these captains and stewardesses do it that makes me so jealous. There’s a glamour and a camaraderie the show captures so well. And in this episode there are two captain/stewardess relationships that I’m eager to learn more about.

Dean and Colette

The minute Dean stopped to help a stranded-by-the-side-of-the-road Colette I was into this pairing. I know Dean’s heartbroken over Bridget but for me she’s kind of out of sight out of mind. We know Bridget’s being punished for falling for Dean so I’m kind of assuming we won’t be seeing too much more of her. What I like about the Dean/Colette dynamic so far is they’re both hurting. In the pilot Colette discovered her lover was married so she’s also not in the best place to embark on something new. For now, I just want to see how this friendship plays out. If something happens, I’d be interested in that. If not, it won’t be the end of the world. I really like that Dean asked Colette for her help in Paris. I liked it even more when they danced together in the square.

Ted and Maggie

I’m surprised Maggie isn’t in more trouble with the airline. She is such a spitfire, and I mean that in the best possible sense of the word. I like that she’s not afraid to voice her opinion, especially if she sees an injustice against someone else. I love that she speared that first class customer. What a jerk. What I liked even more was Ted trying to make sure Maggie didn’t get in trouble with the airline for it. Ted’s heart was in the right place but Maggie set him straight at the hotel. Even though he was with his date, he took the time to go to Maggie’s room to watch her open his present to her. I love how disappointed she was in Ted and how bewildered he was about it. I think they have great chemistry. I’d love to see Ted grow up a bit and become someone worthy of Maggie’s love. Le sigh. I really want that.

Ok, I think I’m done coupling up the Pan Am employees. For now.

Pan Am airs Sundays on ABC at 10/9 c.

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