The Pacific: Season 1, Episode 8

Iwo Jima (2 May 2010)

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Frustrated with his bond selling tour, Basilone goes back to training troupes and after marrying a pretty marine sergeant, leads his men at Iwo Jima.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
PFC Robert Leckie (credit only)
Dwight Braswell ...
PFC 'Steve' Evanson
Capt. Le Francois
PFC Charles Tatum
Lelia Goldoni ...
Dora Basilone
1st Lt. Ben Sohn
Stephen Leeder ...
Luigi Lucente ...


The men have been relieved on Peleliu and return to Pavuvu where they are resting and awaiting their next assignment. Sledge sees something being thrown out in the trash and decides to keep it. Back in the USA, John Basilone requests re-assignment from his bond promotion duties and is transferred to Camp Pendleton as an instructor. There he meets Sgt. Lena Riggi, who is in charge of the mess hall. She's no pushover and it takes several attempts before she will even go out with him. Basilone's enlistment is up in a few months and he must decide if he is going to return to civilian life or sign up for another tour and accompany his men to Iwo Jima, their next assignment. He and Lena decide they are going to make the most of the time they have together. Written by garykmcd

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In the Guadalcanal episode, Basilone's forearms were heavily burned by the machine gun barrel. In this episode, when he undresses with Lena, his forearms are unscarred. See more »


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What is WRONG with the people that produced this series!!???
7 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I could not agree more with the other posters who gave this episode and in fact the entire series an "awful" rating. What is wrong with these people who were responsible for actually putting this series to film? The writers, directors, (it is not the actors fault obviously) - even the high flying big-name Producers like spielberg and tom hanks, and the others - DIDN'T THEY PREVIEW THESE EPISODES as they were being produced in the last couple of years in Australia ??? Hello? Is ANYBODY in charge of this mess?? Is there a Pilot, Is there anyone at the Helm of the SHIP ?? I do NOT think so in this series. Just as the other posters said (and well said thank you folks) - this is like a soap opera, romance, total BS, sex scenes, meaningless conversations about nothing, long drawn out slow boring melodrama scenes, in fact ONE after ANOTHER. This is a one hour show right? Each of the 10 episodes is supposed to be approx an hour. Has anyone else noticed that when each episode comes on at 9am EST, you can look at the clock, the credits and that LONG drawn out musical score wails away for a good 5 or more minutes, then Tom Hanks speaks his little ditty about the 'history' behind the episode, then they talk to a few actual WW2 Vets about the battle depicted in that episode (using the word 'depicted' VERY very loosely here too) - Btw, god bless those wonderful WW2 veterans, one of the most amazing & superb generations of Americans in history. Anyhow, by the time the interviews are over, Hanks says his mumbo-jumbo, and the credits play along with Hanz Zimmers hugely overblown & painfully slow theme music, have you ever looked at the CLOCK ?? It is usually about 9:15 or 9:20pm by then!! And nothing has actually played from the real episode yet !!!!! Then it starts, and as usual, its 80-90% soap opera melodrama BS (not actual historically accurate battle scenes), and THEN, they begin to "wrap up" the episode at about 1/4 of or 10 minutes BEFORE the hour!! By 9:50, its all over!! And you sit there and go, what the hell just happened? I didn't really see anything!! The actual episode (filmed scenes) comprise about a total of THIRTY minutes of an entire hour time slot !!! What a HUGE rip-off this series has been. ANd it was supposedly what over 200 million dollars to produce, the most expensive made-for-TV series in history, and MORE than many big-budget Hollywood movies cost!! I just am totally disappointed by this awful series (in case you could not tell) - Yes Private Ryan, and Band of Brothers, the Pacific is definitely NOT !!!!!!!!!!!!! Shame on all of you big name stars and Hollywood people who were responsible for making this letdown series !! YUCK !!!!!!!!!

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