Spoiler alert! If you dont want to know what happens in season 3, episode 1 of Who Do You Think You Are? stop reading right now.
I got Leo settled into bed just before 8, so I got myself settled on the sofa to watch the premiere episode of Who Do You Think You Are? season 3, featuring Martin Sheen.
Sheens Irish-born mother died when he was 11. I was kind of hoping this show would start like others, with a trip homeSheen grew up in Dayton, Ohio, northern neighbor to my Cincinnati hometownbut we moved right into the stories of Sheens two revolutionary uncles.
His mothers brother was an activist during the Irish Civil War of 1922 to 1923, but, it turns out, not on the side Sheen thought: He was opposed to the Irish Free State and the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
Sheens fathers brother Matias stood up against Gen. Francisco Franco for the Spanish republic in the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939.
Sheen visits prisons where each man was held. The show draws strong parallels with Sheens own social activism.
Next, Sheen delves farther back into his fathers family. He learns the names of his fourth-great-grandparentsand that his fourth-great-grandfather had several children with another woman (prompting a Whoops! from Sheen). The man also was a judge prosecuting a young woman in the community whod had an affair, probably with a cleric.
And the better-than-fiction twist: This young womans descendant married the judges descendant branches on the family tree from which Sheen sprang.
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