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Character Development: Pan Am’s Maggie Has Lost My Respect 

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First, let me saw how immensely disappointed I am in Maggie. I can appreciate that she’s a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps sort of girl but her actions in “The Genuine Article” made me question whether or not I can respect her. Actually, I’ve already answered that question for myself: I no longer respect her. Just because she’s managed to get herself in a world of trouble with her lies, deceit, condescension, and holier-than-thou attitude doesn’t mean she has to take others down with her. Or to throw them under the bus – or maybe in this case the plane – in her stead. I am so mad at Maggie. I just don’t know how she’s going to win my respect back and I kind of don’t want her to try. We’re officially on a break – not me and the show, but me and Maggie. We’re done. For now.

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I was really enjoying learning more about Maggie before we got to the end of the episode. We’ve always known Maggie as a take-charge kind of person. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and usually I like her for that. So when we first flashback to Maggie in a diner, I know things are about to get interesting. All it takes for Maggie to abandon that job is a stranger telling her how easy it is to get stuck in a life you don’t want. From there Maggie has a progression of jobs where she inevitably breaks the rules, but learns a lot along the way. She takes what she can get then moves on. The problem wi that she is always doing things she shouldn’t be and taking things that don’t belong to her. But now that she has a job at Pan Am, where can she move on to? What’s better than that? It’s where she wants to be. It’s exciting, she gets to travel and experience new cultures. She’s a part of history. And she’s so afraid of letting that go that she tells on a friend to save her own butt. I just don’t understand her and I don’t want to.

And what about Dean? It’s his own fault for becoming involved with Ginny – which I will officially term his rebound relationship – but I hope his questionable judgment doesn’t put his job in danger. This could really damage not only his reputation but his future at Pan Am in in aviation.

Am I making too big a deal of this? Of course, but apparently I’m very invested in what happens on this show. I like when characters makes me feel something or make me think but I don’t like the way I’m feeling about Maggie. She’d better to do something to make this up to Dean and the rest of the crew – I mean, she might be breaking up this happy family – and she’s better do it quick. I’m not so sure I’m willing to forgive her anytime soon though. I guess we’ll find out together.

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

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