Fri, September 19
Winning a third presidential term, FDR (voice of Edward Herrmann) tackles World War II -- bringing along America, not all of which is sold on the idea -- in "The Common Cause (1939-1944)," the sixth part of Ken Burns' new miniseries. The attack on Pearl Harbor sways many former opponents to reconsider Roosevelt's stance, but he must deal with new health concerns. Wife Eleanor (voice of Meryl Streep) visits injured military personnel in the Pacific.
Neighborliness is tested in "Stud Muffin," as a nearby resident informs the Baxters that their dog has put his in -- uh, the family way. Vanessa (Nancy Travis) learns that Chuck and Carol (guest stars Jonathan Adams and Erika Alexander) are having marital problems, and she appeals to Mike (Tim Allen) to help put them back on track. Mandy (Molly Ephraim) wants it a secret that she hit a car, but the note Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) leaves doesn't help that.
A new episode titled "Under Water" doesn't leave much room for guesswork when it comes to the type of acts to be performed during the half-hour. It's also not hard to deduce at least one of them will echo one of the legendary Harry Houdini's most famous stunts. Dean Cain plays host to illusionists Rob Lake, Nathan Burton, Eric Buss, Johnny Ace Palmer and Spencer Horsman ... some of whom likely require more towels after their turns than is usual for this show.