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From the Earth to the Moon

Season 1 Episode 7

That's All There Is

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 1998 on HBO
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That's All There Is
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On November 24, 1969, the Apollo 12 crew – Pete Conrad, Al Bean and Dick Gordon – returned from the moon. Certainly, this mission had a different feel to it when compared to Apollo 11. Bean recounts everything he can, including his luck in joining the crew, how he helped out when lightning struck the shuttle during launch, his favorite moments and his bad luck with cameras. According to him, though, the real thrill through it all was enjoying a close friendship with Conrad and Gordon.moreless

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  • Alan Bean, the Apollo 12 LM Pilot, reminisces about flying to the moon with his best friends Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon.

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    I may be biased about this episode since I'm a fan of Dave Foley, but I really enjoyed it. These astronauts are very brave, of course; this is particularly evident when Apollo 12 gets struck by lightning after launch and they only have a few seconds to either solve their electrical problems or abort. But the show's writers also want to humanize them, so we see Bean dwelling on his mistake with the TV camera, Conrad using "colorful" language when he's annoyed, and Gordon regretting that he doesn't get to walk on the moon. Bean explains why the Apollo 12 insignia has an extra star on it (in memory of the original LM Pilot who was killed in a plane crash). I have an interest in how these insignia were designed, so I was glad they included this. I know this series was not 100% accurate, but they included many actual incidents from the missions. In this episode, some of the most hilarious moments really happened on Apollo 12, like Pete Conrad's exuberant moon landing line when he joked about his height ("Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me!") and the LM crew floating into the Command Module naked after Gordon complained about them being dusty. Near the end, Conrad asks Bean about something, but he's distracted because he's working on a drawing of astronauts on the moon. I wonder if this inspired anyone to surf the web and look at the real Alan Bean's art. I hope so; it's amazing.moreless
Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak

Astronaut Edward White II

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Flight Director Eugene Kranz

Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly

Astronaut James Lovell

Paul McCrane

Paul McCrane

Astronaut Pete Conrad

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin

George Newbern

George Newbern

Astronaut Stu Roosa

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Dick Gordon: (toweling off after a shower) Damn! That shower feels good.
      Pete Conrad: The first time you take a shower and it doesn't feel that good is when you'll know that you're officially home from the moon.

    • Al Bean: (narrating) Neil and Buzz's ascent had knocked the crap out of their flag. They could send a man to the moon, but they couldn't think to place the flag 50 feet away from a rocket engine so it wouldn't get blown over.

    • Al Bean: (narrating) Maybe we weren't dignified enough to be heroes. It didn't matter, 'cause we were the second mission to land on the moon. History's ultimate anticlimax.

    • Pete Conrad: (just before take-off) Al Bean! You are going to the moon!
      Al Bean: Y'all can come along too, if you like.

    • Dick Gordon: (prior to separation of Lunar and Command modules) I guess we gotta closer her up now. I wish this son of a bitch fit three people.

    • Pete Conrad: Looks like this launch is gonna be a wet one.
      Dick Gordon: No big deal for an all-Navy crew. We can handle it.

    • Pete Conrad: Damn! I wish I could shit! … I know just what's gonna happen. It's gonna be the first shit on the lunar surface.

    • (Al Bean is setting up the first color TV camera ever on the lunar surface, but it isn't working)
      CAPCOM: That's coming in better there, Al. What change did you make?
      Al Bean: I just hit it on the top with my hammer. I figured we didn't have a thing to lose.
      CAPCOM: Skillful fix, Al.
      Al Bean: Yeah. I hit it with this hammer I got.

    • Al Bean: (narrating) Flying with Pete and Dick was the best thing about the entire mission - we were a true team. Those men were, and are, my best friends.

    • Pete Conrad: (first words upon stepping onto the lunar surface) Whoopee! That may have been a small one for Neil, but it was a long one for me!

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Alan Bean: I kind of feel like that song. Is that all there is?

      Bean says this as the Apollo 12 crew prepares to leave lunar orbit. "Is That All There Is?" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and recorded by Peggy Lee in 1969, the year in which this episode is set.

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