The Astronaut Wives Club Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Liftoff

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Everything's bigger in Texas, including the competition.

On The Astronaut Wives Club Season 1 Episode 4, the families adjust to their new lives in Houston, and that isn't easy for anyone.

There's actually a LOT going on in this episode: Betty getting made fun of, a pretty loaded commentary about Trudy's (ahem) massager, Deke being grounded, and Max hitting on Louise. Oh, and then there's that whole nuclear war thing looming in the background.

As much as I'm loving this show so far, I do feel the need to complain about the fact that everything is starting to feel too rushed. Granted, I realize there's a certain amount of story that needs to be told in a certain amount of time, but I wish we could spend more time with some of the details.

There are a lot of characters and a lot of interesting statements being made, all of which deserve a little more time. I mean, can we please talk a little more about Trudy's massager, and how appalled the guys were at that idea?

There's also Betty, who is completely loveable and adorable, and just doesn't want the flowers to go to waste. She's ridiculed, but Rene stands up for her and takes an even bigger display of flowers.

These two also make a gesture of friendship toward Jo when she needs it most, and that gesture involves a chainsaw. It's just too bad we don't get to actually see Jo cut a hole in that fence.

The common theme of friendship and sticking together still applies to the men as well. Deke is grounded permanently, but all the guys went to bat for him in hopes of keeping him around. The result? Deke may not get to go up into space, but he'll control who does with his new promotion.

While all of these things are happening, there's a much bigger issue: the possibility of nuclear war. When the astronauts first hear the news, they assume it's time to drop everything and prepare to be deployed. They're still military, and they want to do what needs to be done. But Duncan wants them to continue their roles as astronauts.

Guys, right now, you are more useful as a symbol of hope than you could ever be flying a jet. Go to that party, get your photos taken. Show the world that nothing scares an American hero.


This is something else I wish we could have spent more time on, one way or another.

Still, the idea of the world ending has everyone a bit on edge. The wives still go to the gala in their new dresses, despite the news, and Max shows up pretending to play reporter. But the fact that the world could be ending gives him an extra dose of courage when it comes to Louise, and he convinces her to leave the party with him.

Louise: We can't leave the party.
Max: The world is about to end. We can do whatever we want.

There's obviously tension between these two, and there has been from the start. They could make great friends, and they both share a bit about their pasts. Louise tells Max she had a sister who died, and now she's raising her daughter. This is the most we've seen her open up to anyone, and Max admits something too. He admits he was afraid the world was going to end, and he wanted to spend time with her before it did.

We'll see where that goes, I suppose!

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Liftoff Review

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The Astronaut Wives Club Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Guys, right now, you are more useful as a symbol of hope than you could ever be flying a jet. Go to that party, get your photos taken. Show the world that nothing scares an American hero.


Betty: Think I can pull this off?
Jo: No.
Betty: But it's got feathers!