The Sandbaggers: It Couldn't Happen Here
May 15, 2016 7:44 PM - Season 2, Episode 5 - Subscribe

Could it? An American senator is murdered. Ross believes it was done by reactionaries in the FBI. There may not be any evidence, but it does seem odd that the Secret Service doesn’t seem to trust the FBI either. Events in West Germany reveal there may be a cabinet minister who has been giving information to the USSR.
posted by the man of twists and turns (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I'd never seen this episode before and I was sure I'd seen all of them. The conspiracy paranoia was everywhere, even the urbane Wellingham is caught up in it.

And C leaving, which I remembered as being strung out through a couple episodes with Peele taking charge. Richard Vernon completely inhabited that role.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 9:04 PM on May 22, 2016

It is utterly fascinating to see a show like this tackle a subject I'm familiar with but only at quite a remove. The closer perspective is relatively enlightening, as you get to see people who are decidedly not nutjobs go over traditional (or subsequently) nutjob territory.

That Senator was a real dick to Willie. You can't put in a good word with his boss if you're dead, asshole!
posted by carsonb at 5:49 PM on May 28, 2016

This episode feels very different from the other. We're seeing a side of Jeff that I don't remember seeing before -- the conspiracies, his feelings about the FBI -- and it ends with vague, joking, halfhearted assassination plans? I'm not complaining -- it didn't feel inconsistent with the others.
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:32 PM on January 7, 2023

I was thinking of Chappaquiddick while I watched this, but that might be the American in me. Speaking of Americans: Willie being used as security by a Senator is, as the article the man of twist and turns says, unbelievable.
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:34 PM on January 7, 2023

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