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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Bormans's wife is portrayed by Tom Hanks' real-life wife, Rita Wilson. See more »


In this episode, Jim Lovell accidentally deploys the life vest in the Apollo 8 command module on the way to the moon. After some discussion of what to do, Frank Borman, a graduate of West Point, says in a gently teasing tone "Navy man." Bill Anders repeats the remark, also in a somewhat denigratory tone. This would most likely not have been something Bill Anders would have said, as he was a 1955 graduate of the Naval Academy, similar to Jim Lovell, who graduated in 1952. It is unlikely that a fellow USNA grad would disparage, even in teasing, a fellow USNA grad. 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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