Jesus Christ. This is going to be the longest recap ever.
1953. Ronnie is in Lew Wasserman's office. Lew is laying out a deal with G.E. that would make Ronnie the richest guy in California. Ronnie is concerned that it's TV and not movies. Lew says that movies are on the way out. The studios will be junkyards in twenty years. Jack Warner will burn in hell for firing Ron. Ron bitches that he worked for Warner for thirteen years and then got fired. Lew says that TV and G.E. Theater is where the industry is going. He says it'll be a series -- real classy. "I'd be the star," Ron says, but it's really a question. Lew says he'd be the host, sometimes the star. And there'll be speaking engagements. He'd be a spokesman. "Doing what?" Ronnie asks. Lew says he'll go around the country talking about G.E. He says it's huge money. Ronnie asks about the monopoly laws. Will he be sent Directly To Jail? Lew says that they can get around that if Ronnie can get them a waiver from SAG. Lew says that Ronnie's president of the union. He can talk to people. Ronnie says it's against the law for an agent to be a producer. Lew says it won't be illegal if he gets that waiver. Lew says he's going to produce a lot of TV and hire a lot of actors. Lew wants to turn his agency into an entertainment conglomerate. He wants Ron to be part of it. Ron says he can't be part of the voting. Lew just wants the damn waiver. He says that he and Ron are going to control the entire TV industry. Well, The Reagans doesn't really follow up on this at all, so, whatever. Lew says TV is the "way of the future." "Way"?
Domestic paradise. A copy of The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock sits on a table while a baby cries in the background and Nancy talks to her mother on the phone. Her mom says that the weather in Arizona is "goddamn incredible." A baby girl sits in a high chair. Nancy's mother is lounging by a pool at night as her husband brings her one of those king-sized martinis. There's even a miniature palm tree nearby. While the baby is crying, Nancy moans that her mom's life sounds so wonderful. Mom says that the Goldwaters were in town and asked about Nancy. Barry Goldwater saw in the paper that Nancy had married Ron, and Barry loves Ronald Reagan. I'm sure it's platonic. The baby keeps crying. Nancy suggests that they go down for a visit so that Ronnie can meet Barry. "Patty! Shhh," Nancy hisses. Nancy decides not to ask Ronnie about the trip; she'll just tell him they're going. Mom promises martinis that'll knock Nancy off her feet. I need one. Now.