10:20pm – Monday, May 30 on ABC2
Monday,30 May 2011 After Jack’s inauguration speech, we jump directly into a meeting about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Jack is told of an Eisenhower approved plan to train guerrillas in Nicaragua for an assault on Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Virtually all of Jack’s advisors, military and civilian, urge him to go ahead with the invasion. And finally Jack, against his better judgement, gives the order to send the guerrillas in.
Jack’s worst fears about the Bay of Pigs operation come true. The guerrillas are overtaken by Castro’s troops, and are suffering heavy losses. Jack faces a brutal dilemma: intervene and admit US involvement, or stay out of it and let them die. He doesn’t want to give the Soviet Union justification for military action, so he chooses to do nothing.
When the smoke clears, 114 guerrillas are dead, and 1189 taken prisoner. Jack is wracked with guilt, and he sends Jackie and the kids to Massachusetts while he contemplates the next move. With Jackie gone, Jack has a one night tryst with Judy Campbell, to whom he’d been introduced during the 1960 campaign by Frank Sinatra.
It is August of 1961. The Russians have moved troops into Berlin, though their intentions are still unclear. JFK prepares for the possibility that Khrushchev may try and take the city.
Back at the White House, FBI Director Hoover informs JFK’s advisors that the Bureau is aware of the President’s dalliance with Judy Campbell who is also the mistress of Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana.
Bobby then announces the formation of the Organized Crime Division.
Joe Snr. meets with an ex-FBI agent and asks him to dig up the files on Giancana – Joe wants to know where Sam is weak. But the agent can’t help, leaving Joe feeling powerless.
FBI Director Hoover plays Bobby a recording of Giancana talking to another mobster about his meeting with Joe Kennedy. Bobby’s devastated. Bobby and Jack decide that their father’s association with the Administration must come to an end.