We start off with Laura in Manhattan, begging the owner of a pawn shop to let her buy back her engagement ring. The only problem is that he's kind of sold it already. Turns out her promise to give Greg back the ring might just be harder than she thought.
The next day, at the airport, Kate's keen to know how things have gone with Greg, but Laura explains that she had to cancel (unconvincingly blaming the "sniffles"). It's nice to see this sisterly thing, especially after last week's sad ending with Laura moving out.
Anyway, Laura's all kinds of flustered, and when she bumps into Ted he feels her wrath -- she doesn't want any more of his help and she doesn't want to talk about what happened last night. What's that, then?
But it's time to fly to London, and Maggie's taken a liking to a certain passenger called Niko, who's going to the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. The race is the talk of the cockpit, too, and when an attractive female passenger joins in the chat they don't exactly kick her out (though Kate is not so impressed).
In fact, Kate wants to work out who this woman is, but she's not even in first class - despite her mink coat - so there's no information about her. Back in the cockpit, the woman - Ginny - is holding court but when Kate returns, she decides to head back to her seat.
It turns out that Ginny was after a certain kind of candy, which Ted just happens to have. He hands over the sweets to Dean and urges him to try his luck. Dean heads into economy to hand over the candy to Ginny, and sure enough she's really quite pleased indeed.
After landing in London, Maggie drags the stewardesses off to a pub to meet Niko. Kate, however, spots Roger waiting for her and drops back, claiming she needs to get her jacket (she's becoming a pro at this whole spy thing, right?) Anyway, Roger wants her to get Niko to invite her to a Monte Carlo VIP casino room so that she can get the fingerprints of Niko's friend's girlfriend - a Soviet agent (oh, keep up).
Of course, Niko and Maggie are currently sizing each other up, which makes Kate's job a little more difficult. But when Niko fancies a game of pool and Maggie doesn't know how to play, she swoops in there, leaving Maggie shaking her head. And soon, she's bored, as the game goes on and on. Luckily for Maggie, a charming Irish chap comes over who fancies playing darts. But when Ted asks to speak to Laura, she refuses.
Flashback time! It's the day before, and Laura runs into Ted at Pan Am HQ. It turns out she's off to Harlem on "personal business". But Ted is concerned for her safety and refuses to let her go without him...
While Ted and the stewardesses are at the pub, by the way, Dean's climbing into Ginny's car to give her a bit of a kiss. If you thought that couldn't end well, you'd be right. The next day, Dean and Ted wait on the plane at Heathrow to meet Pan Am's vice-president, Everett Henson. The trio share some chat (we learn that Ted doesn't have his Rolex, which stood out as being something we should notice - it wasn't subtle). They're waiting for Henson's secretary to arrive - and of course, it's none other than Ginny (the coincidence!) Back in the cockpit, Ted's not so sure that Ginny is really Henson's secretary - only mistresses fly in first class.
On the flight to Monte Carlo, Kate's flirting heavily with Niko - but his perfect system at the casino mainly involves staying out of casinos. And Maggie doesn't help her with her espionage when she jealously reassigns Kate to economy, moving her away from Niko. Honestly, Maggie. National security is at stake!
Instead, Kate's forced to look at photographs of Niko and the Russian spy, Nina (hiding them in her magazine like any good spy would do.) Incidentally, we also get a flashback to Roger giving her the instructions - Pan Am viewers aren't that stupid, surely? We only saw that minutes ago. Oh, and Maggie makes it very clear in front of Kate that she's been invited to the casino.
We also get another flashback for Laura, who remembers going on the subway to Harlem with Ted (she's tracking down the person who bought the engagement ring). Basically, she's beating herself up for jilting Greg, and Ted's not exactly great at reassuring her.
Back in the present, the stewardesses have checked into their hotel and Ted tries to talk to Laura, but she's having none of it. I particularly liked her saying that he doesn't have to apologise, and then when he says he wasn't planning to, she claims that she thought he knew he should (it was just funny). Anyway, Ted says he was just trying to protect her - Laura's not impressed.
Elsewhere, Colette's drooling over an expensive dress on sale at the hotel, while Kate's trying to explain herself to Maggie. Basically, she says she was drawn to Niko - she can't explain it! Well, Maggie's willing to negotiate, and Kate agrees to two and a half weeks of making the breakfast eggs. And then Maggie reveals that actually she's going out with that Irish guy. Cheeky.
The only thing that remains is to find out when exactly Niko is going out that evening. Philippe the concierge is being rather unhelpful - he's not allowed to say - but he makes sure he tells the valet in French when Niko's car is needed so Kate can overhear. Job done, except Kate doesn't have a dress, so it's off to Laura to borrow some money...
Yep, she's bought that expensive dress Colette fancied. And when Niko arrives, she claims her friend's car broke down in Nice. So, of course, he takes her to the casino. Easy! It's not long before Nina shows up, asking for wine. But oh no! She's wearing gloves! That makes it harder to get a fingerprint, right? Oh, Kate, what will you do?
Well, Kate's getting used to this whole spy thing and spills her red wine on Nina's glove, successfully managing to get her fingerprint when Nina slams down a glass of water during the clean-up operation. Oh, and Niko's pretty pleased that Nina's stormed off, too, because he didn't like her much. In fact, this means that he can spend his evening flirting with Kate - and it works, because they end up in bed together. So this espionage lark does have perks.
Elsewhere, Dean's being stupid and decides it would be a good idea to go for a car ride with his company's vice-president's mistress. Oh dear. They end up driving Henson's car to a little beauty spot and Ginny points out that it was pretty obvious she was a mistress - after all, she said she wasn't rich but had a mink coat, was flying to London and Monte Carlo, and shopped in Harrods. So yeah, Dean probably had an idea.
Anyway, the pair do some kissing and, it seems, something a little bit naughtier - Dean returns to the hotel with his fly undone. And what's more, his room key is missing. Yikes, he must have left it in the car! He heads outside to find it, but Henson obviously chooses that moment to go for a drive - and isn't happy to see Dean getting his greasy fingers all over the vehicle.
Luckily, Dean manages to get a spare key from the front desk (why didn't he just do that to start with?), but Ginny shows up - she rescued the key before Henson could find it. Success! And Dean makes her giggle, so all is well. Except for Dean's mammoth stupidity...
It's also time to learn a little more about Laura and Ted's argument, so here's another flashback. The pair have found the man who bought the engagement ring, but he's more interested in chatting about a song called 'Tasty Pudding'. Eventually, Laura gets his attention by pulling out some bank notes, but he wants just a few more to sell the ring. Laura is furious when Ted intervenes, claiming that she's getting ripped off, and the man says the deal is off.
Laura refuses to leave empty handed... but Ted thinks it's a great joke when she ends up with the 'Tasty Pudding' record. But in the subway, Laura slaps him with it (you go, girl) and explains that it wasn't about the money - it was about making things right with Greg and helping him move on. She announces that Ted is "horrible" and rushes off.
Back in the present, Laura's wishing at a fountain when Ted approaches her. Turns out that he's had the engagement ring the whole time - and he doesn't exactly make the situation less awkward when he says a guy has to pick the right moment to give a girl a ring. Ever sensitive, Ted. Laura's naturally pleased, though, and asks how he got it - it's not long before she works out he sold his Rolex. See, he's a nice guy really, honest!
But it's soon time to fly back to New York, and when they land Henson - not suspecting a thing - hands Dean his business card. He hands his over, too - and hey, Henson's secretary Ginny could probably do with one, right? But what interested me more was the glance Dean and Colette shared afterwards - it was just a fleeting moment, but I'm guessing that coupling is endgame.
Laura goes to return the engagement ring, all wide-eyed and nervous, while Kate hands over Nina's fingerprints. Turns out she's getting to like this spy thing. She wouldn't put it in jeopardy at all, would she? By, say, dating a contact? Of course not! Oh wait - she goes round the corner to meet Niko and they kiss. Dearie me, Kate... you're just asking for trouble...
So Pan Am served up another light, fluffy, enjoyable hour of television - though personally, I could do with a lot more Colette. Karine Vanasse has been the highlight of previous episodes, so I hope that they can figure out how to use her more in the future. But what do you think? Are you still enjoying your little trips with Pan Am?
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