White House. Spring 1964. Lady Bird Johnson tells Ethel to tell Joan how sorry she is that Joan lost the baby, and to say hello to Jackie, since she never comes to the White House. Ethel is wearing a nice, plain tailored suit -- or rather, it would be "nice" if it weren't a color known as Teal Prom Dress '87. Ethel spots Bobby talking to LBJ and says, "I guess he's finished with the President." Lady Bird says, "Quite finished," then says, "Bye," with unseemly haste. Ethel does a double-take. Ethel says, "Well?" Bobby says that LBJ would rather have Ho Chi Minh as his vice-president, and says, "There's nothing for me in this town anymore."
Ted's reelection campaign. Ted's addressing his campaigners over a loudspeaker, telling them he's working so hard for JFK's civil rights legislation that he can't be there, and not to get so impatient that they nominate Joan instead.
Later that night. Knock at the door. Joan opens it. It's her watchdog, telling her that Ted's plane crashed, and that the pilot died instantly. Ted may not make it. Joan understandably freaks -- but in a very quiet, repressed way. The Whitney Ovary misses her cue and dabs on a last dash of patchouli before she rushes out her dressing room, but the Suppressed Synthesizer of Sorrow takes up her slack.
Hospital. Ted's back is broken and he's bleeding internally. There is no joy in Kennedyville, I tell ya. I mean, when God was handing out the "get assassinated," "get killed in tragic plane accidents," and "involvement in various murder-rape cases" cards he was a little heavy-handed with the Kennedys. ["Don't forget the 'get killed in skiing mishaps' card." -- Sars]
Ted is immobilized in bed, under a giant plastic dome. Joan watches, moon-eyed. These next scenes are supposed to be tender, but are instead boring. Fast-forward.
Limo. Crazed phalanx of reporters. Jackie gets out and fights her way through them. Actually, by today's standards, the reporters could be at a tea party. Jackie rushes in to see Joan. Joan tells Jackie he's going to live. They cry. Joan says solemnly that it's a curse, that she heard about a gypsy that Joe Kennedy did something to, and that she gave the Kennedys the evil eye. Okay. Ahem. BWAH HA HA HA! Jackie takes her totally seriously and tells Joan that she can't believe that. Hell, let her believe it. Joan asks Jackie if they're all doomed.
Press conference. Bobby tells the reporters that Ted will take a year to recover and to walk again. A reporter asks how that will affect Ted's political career -- or Bobby's. Bobby firms his jaw and says that the Kennedys will remain in public life, and that "good luck is something you make, while bad luck is something you endure." Damn! Look at Bobby throw down! The reporters eat it up. Jackie stands in the back and looks pensive, and a touch nostalgic. Or rather, Jill Hennessy looks blank-faced and that's what I infer.