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Maggie Skips Her Flight to Try and Meet J.F.K. on 'Pan Am' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 4:00AM
'Pan Am' - 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner'This week, we finally delved a little deeper into what makes Maggie (Christina Ricci) tick on 'Pan Am' (Sun., 10PM ET on ABC). We also got to see some bonding between Kate and Colette, as the latter struggled emotionally on a trip to Berlin. This was 1963 after all, meaning she remembered the Nazi occupation of France from her childhood.

But 1963 in Berlin means something else as well, and that's what showed us how determined Maggie can be when she sees something she wants. We learned that she volunteered the most hours of anyone during President Kennedy's run for office, but she missed out on an opportunity to meet him. At least, until Kennedy's infamous speech in Berlin in the summer of 1963.

'Pan Am' didn't go the completely schmaltzy route of having Maggie actually fulfill her episode-long quest to shake hands with the president. It would have been impossible in the real-world sense, but they gave her a nice wave from him as he was boarding Air Force One, holding and appreciating the Cuban cigars she gave him.

It's pretty convenient having the entire world -- or at least those parts Pan Am flew to in the 1960s -- at your disposal, and it looks like 'Pan Am' is planning to take full advantage of that and is certainly off to a solid start creatively.

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