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Nuclear Family - October 26, 1962 

Sam must deal with the panic associated with the Cuban Missile Crisis as a Florida fallout shelter salesman.



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Episode cast overview:
Mac Ellroy
Burt 'The Turtle' Rosencranz
Kate Ellroy
Stevie Ellroy
Kimberly Ellroy (as Candy Hutson)
Delia Salvi ...
Mrs. Klingman
Patrick M. Bruneau ...
Eddie Ellroy


Sam leaps into Eddie Ellroy, a college student who is visiting his brother in South Florida during the height of the October missile crisis in 1962. Eddie's brother Mac sells bomb shelters for a living and the crisis is proving to be good fodder for increasing sales. Al tells Sam that that evening the Ellroys' neighbor, Bert Rosecranz, will be shot as he tries in a panic to force himself into the bunker during what they all think is a nuclear attack. As a result Mac goes to jail and the family is destroyed. Sam tries to allay everyone's fears by suggesting it will all blow over but they are all genuinely scared and preparing for the worse. Just as President Kennedy goes on television to announce a resolution to the confrontation, there is a power blackout leading them all to believe they are under attack. Written by garykmcd

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15 May 1991 (USA)  »

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Homestead Fallout
22 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Warning do not read unless seen episode.

This is a solid episode if not my favorite one, it's not exactly the most exciting one it one that is one that's more on the dramatic side.

I really like how it a small glimpse into a little of what life was like during the time of the Cuban Missle Crisis, where it was practically a firestorm of fear and paranoia; where today could literally be your last day. Even like that they included those commercial bits of propaganda which of course were real clips from a short cartoon that had a duck and cover jingle down to even a comerical that tells you what to do in case your not in a shelter and a bomb goes off, which we know logically would never work.

Sam of course we see is the voice of reason, despite his knowledge of the future and constant reassurance toward the family that no missiles will drop, it doesn't work much like trying to stop a forest fire with just plan water it's just isn't enough. Because of the mere fact he's still in the days before the crisis ends and a bit of his own inexperience during that time. Really like how Al is sort of not just the guide but the mentor figure for Sam, talking about the psychology of that one propaganda commercial saying how it presented kids with a sense of control in an uncontrollable situation which I feel is a true fact loss of the sense of control is a common fear for everyone.

I think what's really sad about that time is that everyone sense of destiny is disabled, as their all focused more on surviving today than living out life. I really like moments where Sam is trying to inject reason to give hope so they can be a regular family once more. There is one touching moment where the mom is trying to finish up on a dress for her daughter to wear for some school recital but is sad on the possibility she may never get to wear it. But Sam reassures her to finish that dress, to focus on what matters the most to her and put aside her fear of something that will never come.

There really is nothing to fear but fear itself.

Rating: 3 stars

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