Welcome back to the Pan Am death watch. After a month off, the ABC series aired the first of its (likely) final five episodes ever, "Secrets and Lies." It was a strangely muted return, even though some pretty big things happened. For starters, Dean's ex-fiancée (and Kate's predecessor as an undercover CIA courier) Bridget returned, putting the kibosh on his fledgling romance with Colette. And speaking of Kate, the Agency finally agreed to let her go free of their clutches and return to civilian life, but at the last minute she seemed to change her mind (spy games are far more fun -- if also far more dangerous -- than simply serving drinks, after all). Elsewhere, Maggie continued her so-boring-nobody-cares romance with the pro-nukes congressman and Laura... took some pictures. That's right, it's always a thrill-a-minute ride aboard this show. No wonder it's about to get its wings clipped.
When the Beatles first burst onto the pop culture landscape in the early '60s, the group's fans and the press had little trouble slotting three out of the four mop-topped rockers -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr -- into clearly defined identities. Specifically, they were the "Smart One," the "Cute One" and the "Funny One," respectively. But lead guitarist George Harrison's personality proved more difficult to sum up in a pithy two-word phrase. As a result, he was saddled with the vague moniker of the "Quiet One," which seemed to imply, quite unfairly, that he was somehow less interesting and vibrant than his bandmates. In the group's early years, it's true that Harrison took a backseat to the dynamic duo of Lennon and McCartney. But by the time the group disbanded in 1970, he had emerged as a strong artist and individual in his own right; in fact, his first post-Beatles record All Things Must Pass, outsold his former bandmates' initial solo albums, McCartney and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
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