11.22.63: The Eyes of Texas
March 8, 2016 12:52 PM - Season 1, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Jake and Bill's partnership starts to struggle as they discover more secrets surrounding the unpredictable Lee Harvey Oswald. The conspiracy involving Oswald deepens, while romance blooms for Jake and Sadie. But by becoming involved with an innocent bystander, has Jake placed his new love in danger?
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich (5 comments total)
I liked this episode better although a few things bugged me. I was frustrated with the ending, though -- I really want to see what happens next.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:03 AM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

Oh man, watching Jake tear down Sadie's husband was so satisfying. Too bad it's already coming back to bite him in the ass -- dude is clearly insane and what's worse, the gender politics of the time are almost certainly going to swing in (now ex-)husband's favor.

Threatening to expose someone's dirty little secrets has plenty of heft in 2016, thanks to social media, the Internet and the general ubiquity of cameras and recording devices. But in 1962, putting your word (Sadie's confession that she was abused and he was an unfit husband) against hard evidence (Jake has two names, two homes, is clandestinely spying on a known defector and recording conversations in Russian) is a really risky move. No matter how likeable someone is -- and though I don't really like James Franco as a person, Jake IS likeable -- with enough strikes against him, even Deke isn't going to turn the other cheek. Deke was nearly done with Jake's BS after bailing him out of jail, and the addition of fake brother Bill Turcotte can only complicate things if they get questioned by the police and their stories don't exactly line up.

I too am dying to see what's next, Ivan. Not being able to binge-watch this on Hulu is smart for them from a ratings perspective, but I'm spoiled by whole season releases on Netflix and Amazon Prime and will likely rewatch the series once it's available in its entirety.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:50 AM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

If it's allowed to discuss the book here at all, can anyone clarify for me whether Ms. Mimi was black in the novel? I didn't remember her that way, and I'm not sure if that's an intentional edit to bring the racial conflict of the time more front and center (e.g. the gas station scene) or if I'm just really bad at remembering stuff. I suppose it could be both.
posted by terilou at 11:34 AM on March 10, 2016

Damn, until I saw this Fanfare for Ep5... I kinda forgot this show existed.
I, er, don't think that's a good sign, and I was loving his show. These two eps felt a bit flat to me.

Sadie's husband is creepy.
So, what exactly does he do with the laundry peg? I don't think it's ever *explicitly* spelled out, and I am a bit baffled, because what I imagine probably isn't physically possible with the pre-70s pegs I recall.

Terilou, I just looked at my book, because I was curious, and it looks like they changed her character in the show.

She comes in about P271 in the novel (Chapter 12, part 16) and they describe her as "tanned", so I'm going to guess not. There doesn't seem to be much of a physical description in that section, but the discussion they have about books is basically straight from the page.

She's also not the office manager, but the librarian (and is replaced by Sadie), and her relationship with Deke is out in the open. That's about as far as I want to go with my book learnin's.
posted by Mezentian at 2:39 AM on March 15, 2016

This episode really fell flat for me; it dragged, and the dialogue felt clunky.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 11:30 PM on May 14, 2019

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