We’re recapping the 2008 miniseries John Adams each week because the 18th-century costumes and American history are just that good! Catch up with previous episodes here.
So! We are doing this thing! Woo!
Please note: I have had all the cocktails because it’s hot, and humanity is fucking shitty and look, I AM NOT SAYING MY COPING MECHANISMS ARE GOOD RIGHT NOW. DON’T JUDGE ME.
Where were we? Oh yeah, Holland.
John Adasm is sick AF.
You know this because his head is shaved, he’s sweating profusely, and he’s pale AF. His cloak, however, has some really nice detailing. Look at that needlewoven edging.
John gets good news: THE AMERICANS HAVE WON THE THING. So he has another audience with the Dutch … guys … who wouldn’t loan the Americans money in the last episode, but suddenly they’re all like “FUCK YES WE WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE MONEY … for 5% interest.”
John is like, “Sweet! But I am going to France now to meet my wife who I have not seen in like a million years…”
And we are all like, “YAY! ACTUAL INTERESTING COSTUME CONTENT!”
John shows Abigail her new digs. And then has awkward sex with her because they haven’t seen each other in years and well, that’s how adults do it.
You do get a nice shot of Abigail’s dress, which is undone to show the underlacing placket, which makes it all worth it from my standpoint.
Oh look, Jefferson is in Paris.
Abigail is wearing a chemise a la reine, which is a bit fashion forward for a mid-1780s American, but I am going to let it slide because I wrote my Masters thesis on this dress.
The chemise dress from the front.
And a good close-up 3/4 view. Also, is Abby kind of into Jefferson? I can’t quite tell.
Next scene, they’re preparing for a visit from Franklin, and Abby is wearing that seafoam green gown from the previous episode when she had dinner with the French Admiral.
Finally you get a good view of the dress.
Franklin, who is approximately 218339827394 years old, is having a conversation with Adams about stuff he should know because he’s a young whippersnapper.
Everyone attends the launch of the first hot air balloon. But the Wikipedia would like you to know that Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson weren’t in Paris when this happened IRL. The more you know.
Next thing you know, the Adamses are in London and about to meet the king.
Yay! It’s Tom Holland! Also, it’s super awkward.
Back on U.S. soil! Abby is greeted by her daughter, Nabby, who is all grown up. There’s awkward reintroduction with all the Adams kids because John hasn’t seen them in approximately 100 years.
Abby is wearing a nice striated silk taffeta gown while Important Things are being discussed.
But don’t worry, she’s right back in the gardens getting shit done in a practical pair of linen stays and a striped apron. Lest you think she was high falutin’.
John, meanwhile, has been elected Vice President of the United States and is giving his acceptance speech in front of people who are like, “WTF are you doing, bro?” Because none of this shit has ever been done before.
Washington shows up and it’s weird. If only everyone knew what a shitshow everything would be in 235 years.
How are you hanging with episode 4 of John Adams?