10:20pm – Monday, June 6 on ABC2
Monday,6 June 2011 At the Justice Department, Bobby decides to put additional indictments of Sam Giancana on hold, compromising his principles. In the South, civil rights demonstrators are protesting. JFK calls a meeting with the Southern Caucus of the Senate, who state their opposition to desegregation.
Then, Joe Snr. suffers a stroke from which he may never fully recover. When Joe is sent home, Rose tries to care for him, but he only responds to Michelle, his secretary (and former lover).
Rose is losing her patience with Michelle’s presence. Flashback to 1936 – after a violent episode, Joe insists on sending their daughter Rosemary, who has a mental disability to a convent where she can be adequately cared for. But the out of control Rosemary continually escapes.
During a classical concert in the East Room, Jack tells Jackie he’s needed in the Oval Office. Instead, he heads to the White House theater for a tryst with Mary Meyer, his on again, off again lover. Jackie finds out. Furious and humiliated, Jackie leaves with the children. With his marriage in shambles, Jack has to also deal with an impending crisis in the Caribbean. The Soviet Union has placed nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba. Tensions are high, and Jack is being pressured to attack Cuba with the purpose of removing the missiles.
Meanwhile, Bobby’s wife Ethel convinces Jackie to return and support her husband during this crucial time.
Tension regarding the Missile Crisis escalates further when the Soviets shoot down an American U 2 surveillance plane over Cuba, killing the pilot, but Jack resists the temptation to retaliate. And he decides to respond to Khrushchev’s initial, conciliatory message. As the world waits…
Jack tells Jackie to take the children to the safety of a bomb shelter in the Maryland Mountains in case the Soviets attack. But Jackie refuses to leave. If the end is coming, she says, she wants to share it with him.