During the turbulent year of 1968 Susan Borman looks with dread on her husband's impending mission to orbit the moon.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Brandon Ambrose ...
Edwin Borman
CIA #2
Keith Dickerson ...
Steve DuMouchel ...
Tracy Frenkel ...
Rocco Petrone
David Drew Gallagher ...
CIA #1
Jim Howard ...
William Schneider


During the turbulent year of 1968 Susan Borman looks with dread on her husband's impending mission to orbit the moon.

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12 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


An important segment has the astronauts detailing how gray and colorless the moon is. All of the Earth-bound scenes in this episode are filmed in black and white, while the astronaut scenes are in color. See more »


Apollo 8's Translunar Injection (TLI) burn is shown with the spacecraft pointed at the moon. TLI is always performed parallel to the surface on the opposite side of the earth from the moon. See more »


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Worst episode of the series, thanks to Rita Wilson
10 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps Tom Hanks felt compelled to give his wife a prominent role in this series, but Rita Wilson—cast as Susan Borman—ruins this episode and pretty much every scene she's in throughout the whole series. While it made sense to frame this episode through the viewpoint of Frank Borman, the writers gave too much screen time to Wilson's poor performance. The focus on 1968 as a whole is good, because THAT captures what the flight of Apollo 8 meant to the United States as a whole. It's interesting, again, therefore why the writers/producers gave so much screen time to Rita Wilson here—unmatched by any other spousal casting in the entire series. Susan Borman isn't interesting, per se, save for her alcohol problem which was covered nicely in Episode 11. Therefore, why use her alcohol-induced paranoia in this episode when more focus could have been put on the 1968 events going on around the Apollo program? Again, the obvious notion here is Hanks gave this role to his wife for personal reasons, and sadly, that ends up making this half this episode almost unwatchable.

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