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Mad Men: The Finale

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This turned out to be one heck of a season of Mad Men, and last night’s finale did not disappoint!

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After the big confrontation two episodes back we knew it was coming, the end of the wedding-cake-topper couple, and it did, with Don moving out and Betty on a plane to Reno.  I think it’s fascinating that the two of them didn’t really attempt to fight for each other, for the marriage, for the family, yet they were both relentless in going for what they really wanted, a divorce and a new agency. It will be interesting to see how the writers handle the new dynamics, Betty playing house with Henry, the kids with a new father-figure, Don living on his own in Manhattan.  There hasn’t really been any character growth with these two, just that they’ve changed their environments to suit them…we’ve watched two of the main characters of this show go through three seasons of life happening around them, and yet they both remain completely flawed. Full of fairy-tale endings, Mad Men is not. Which is why we love it.

And now on to Sterling Cooper 2.0–Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  I thought the whole sneak in and take everything and everyone over the weekend brought the show a unique energy.  Mad Men is almost entirely dialogue-driven, so to see Draper kick in the Art Department door, the plot to get the files, watch the boxes be carted away and the new firm’s  relocation to the Pierre, there was something so exciting and urgent about it all. Don typing on the coffee table, Harry stationed in the bedroom, and Joan explaining that meetings were to take place beyond the hotel lobby, it was kind of like watching foreign correspondents in a make-shift news bureau (complete with exquisite window treatments, lovely teacups and lush upholstery).  Of course, the intensity was slightly interrupted when Trudy arrived with all kinds of sandwiches! Ah, she means well, and she’s proud of Pete–and their marriage just might make it. For now.

A few more nuggets I cared about from last night’s show…Don’s speech to Peggy, Peggy refusing to get Roger coffee, JOAN COMING BACK and saving the day (naturally), Lane getting a little revenge on PPL.

So, it’s going to be an interesting new season ahead. I’m going to keep a look out for any spoilers, leaks, predictions, etc. and post something closer to the premiere of Season 4. Until then, we wait and go back to a life without Mad Men…*sigh*

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Mad Men…and who are you supposed to be?

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I know, I know, I’ve been a bit absent these past few weeks with the Mad Men recaps, I just needed to take a little break from writing about the show, but of course this week’s episode was just too big to not write something…

…so, now that Betty knows about Don, not only should we be asking “who are you supposed to be?” but also “just what the heck is going to happen now?”

Will Betty forgive Don, or will she seek a divorce?  Yes, he has lied to her every day as she pointed out, but is it enough for her to now know the truth? And for Don, once again his past has collided with his present. He knows he can’t really run again, but his alternative escape, other women, will have to end, and more than just an episode or two. He knows he has to be on his absolute best behavior if he wants to salvage his marriage.

Jon Hamm and January Jones both put in knock-out performances—and the added suspense with Suzanne waiting in the car was just one more example of why this show will go down as one of the best in TV history. The production was phenomenal, from the minute Don walked through the front door and was startled by his family’s unexpected early return home—it took me back to previous sequences where Don came home and imagined being greeted by his family—to all the movement through out the house, each location establishing the mood. The altercation in the office, to the sit down at the table, and finally the intimacy of the bedroom, going through the photos.

I imagine with JFK’s assassination coming, the  writers are setting up the parallel “end of an era” in Mad Men land…Sterling Cooper’s up for sale; Don finally told Betty the truth; Betty might now have the upper hand; Roger Sterling doesn’t feel the need to stray; and Joan’s husband will probably be shipped off to Vietnam.

I think Peggy’s quote during the focus group summed up all the tension quite nicely:  “I can’t turn it off, it’s actually happening.”

So, two more episodes to go…I’ll definitely write post-finale, and of course do an overall wrap up about the season.

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This week’s Mad Men: Souvenir

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Italy never looked better!

It was nice to get away from Sterling Cooper for a bit…August in New York may be slow and empty, but for the Mad Men kids there is still plenty of drama to be had!

*********************SPOILER ALERT, so  for the love of Betty’s magnificent updo and dangerously-sexy Italian make-over, please don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what happened in Episode 8

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RECAP:

  • Don is now traveling quite a bit for Hilton Hotels, he takes Betty on a two-day trip to Rome
  • Betty gets Henry Francis to speak on behalf of the Junior League and their development-halting efforts at a local hearing with the town mayor and trustees. Henry presents a memo, from the Governor’s office, insisting that more research needs to be done. Oh, and at the end of the evening Henry kisses Betty, she doesn’t stop him.
  • Pete decides to be neighborly and help out the Au Pair living down the hall–she had ruined one of her employer’s dresses (that she had borrowed without permission). He takes the dress to a department store to exchange it, and runs into Joan, who is now working there. Later, Pete gets drunk and forces a kiss on the nanny, which leads his neighbor to tell him to back off. This all occurs while Trudy is vacationing with her parents.
  • Sally kisses Ernie (Francine’s son) and then beats on her little brother for teasing her about it. Carla tells Betty about Sally’s anger issues  (and the kiss).

SUMMARY:

I’m still recovering from that whirlwind trip to Italy, hot! hot! hot! Let’s first discuss Betty… she’s got that Henry Francis in the palm of her hand…but it’s the attention and respect from her husband she so desperately wants. The happiness and satisfaction she felt after the success at the hearing,  she was so giddy and confident to speak with Don about something important and worthy, and outside their household.  It was interesting how she shared all the details with Don, when he doesn’t tell her anything about his job, but she was able to conceal the kiss she had with Henry (a technique she picked up from Don, perhaps?).

But as we know, Betty’s heightened sophistication and power didn’t stop there–it continued in Italy–which, if I’m not mistaken, I believe that’s where the Drapers went on their honeymoon. She spoke the language fluently, she indulged at the salon, where she emerged looking like a fashion model (which we know she used to be). She was flirtatious and aggressive with Don, it was as if they had gone back in time, before the house in the suburbs and the kids, when they were just newlyweds in Manhattan, madly in love.

And then it was back to reality…and that morning-back-at-the-house scene, with Don heading to work and Betty in a simple summer dress and her hair in a headband, she was so irritated, wiping at her dress and so obviously miserable being back in her kitchen, my heart just broke for her. Italy wasn’t just a romantic getaway for her, it was a two-day delay from her life…

…”When you have no power, delay”…which is what Henry said to Betty after the hearing, and we know it stuck because she repeated it back to Don. At the end of the episode she says to Don that she “hates this place, our friends, this town.” Don giving her the charm from Italy didn’t help things either, the souvenir of another life, another path, a reminder of what she doesn’t have, “then I can have something to look at when I tell the story about Rome.”

And finally, to wrap up Betty, let’s delve into that heart-to-heart she had with Sally, about kisses.  I felt like Betty was talking to herself, and Sally was just there to help absorb her thoughts:

Betty: I don’t want you running around kissing boys (which Betty has now done twice, the guy in the bar last season, and of course Henry)...and you don’t kiss boys, boys kiss youthe first kiss is very special.

Sally: But I already did it, it’s over.

Betty: You are going to have a lot of first kisses. You are going to want it to be special so you remember. It’s where you go from being a stranger to knowing someone. Every kiss with them after that is a shadow of that kiss.

So, what does this mean for her and Henry? It’s like the child in her and the adult in her are wrestling for control…she loves the idea of first kisses, but they also mean something to her, they have significance, it’s more than just being whimsical. Did she convince herself not to let things with Henry move forward?  I would guess that based on her conversation with Francine about the water tower, and the possibility of seeking further help from Henry, her quick “I’m done with that” response had double-meaning. Yet, it seems that Henry’s attention gives her confidence, fills that void from Don, and then when she approaches Don she feels more in control. But of course, this is Mad Men, and they are constantly making us guess, so we who knows what that Betty Draper will do?

And speaking of people surprising us, and then not surprising us: Pete Campbell. I was so touched that he was compelled to help out the neighbor nanny. And then of course, the old drunken obnoxious thoughtless conniving Pete Campbell came back.  He just can’t pick a side, can he? With Trudy gone, no social life, sleeping in front of the TV, he easily dwindled back into a Pete completely out of control, fueled by loneliness and fear.

One last thing I want to cover: Joan…working in the department store, helping out Pete. She appeared to be composed, and in charge, but we know she was suffering inside–this was not the life she had hoped for. I’m glad they gave us a glimpse of Joan, just to remind us that she’s not gone, but I’m so concerned for her. She’s always taking care of everyone else, making concessions for everyone else…please tell me the Mad Men kids have something good cooking for Joan somewhere down the line.

All right, that’s enough rehashing for now…this Sunday’s episode, “Wee Small Hours” features Betty hosting a fundraiser (so, maybe Henry isn’t bye-bye just yet?).

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This week’s Mad Men: Seven Twenty Three

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Nice to see the kids at Mad Men shaking things up a bit with those dramatic future-forward clips at the beginning:  Peggy sleeping in a fancy hotel suite, Don face down on the floor of a motel room and Betty draped over a plush chaise lounge–and then the episode cuts backs to the present (or day before, however you want to look at it), with Don getting ready for work…And by the way, was it just me or did anyone else think for a split-second Peggy was in bed with Don?!

************************SPOILER ALERT, so for the love of not looking directly at a solar eclipse, please don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what happened in Episode 7*****************************

RECAP:

  • Don brings in the New York Hilton Hotels account, Sterling Cooper makes him sign a three-year contract.
  • Duck continues to woo Peggy and Pete, sending expensive gifts. Peggy visits him at his hotel suite to return her gift and they end up in bed together.
  • Betty, fresh from redecorating her living room, decides to get involved with the Junior League and local politics. Her first assignment, as secretary, is to attempt to halt the production of a large, unsightly water tower.  She reconnects with Henry Francis, the same handsome, distinguished-looking man she met at Roger’s garden party, who just happens to work in the Governor’s office.
  • Sally’s teacher continues to put herself out there for Don to pursue and he continues to avoid going there…but he will drive drunk and pick up young hitch-hikers, hang out with them in a road-side motel, take some drugs, and then get knocked out and robbed.

SUMMARY:

Let’s start with Peggy…and DUCK! Did anyone see that coming?? I sure as heck didn’t. Yet, now that it has happened, it totally makes sense. The two of them are using each other…

Duck wants to poach Don’s talent to get back at him. I have no doubt he thinks Peggy is talented and ideal for the female-geared clients at his agency, but he must still be angry over how things went down when PPL merged with Sterling Cooper…and Peggy…well, Peggy is going through all sorts of phases and trying to figure out who she is as a woman and how to conduct herself in a man’s world. Remember the advice Bobbie Barrett gave her: “You can’t be a man. Be a woman. It’s powerful business when done correctly”…prior to their afternoon delight Peggy told Duck she wants to be Copy Chief…and…well, I guess it could be said that she’s trying out the “sex gets you things” tactic. We will just have to wait and see how that works out for her.

Moving on to Betty…she’s really fighting for some independence isn’t she? She’s involved with the Junior League and dabbling in civic issues; she reached out to Henry Francis, so now she’s making her own connections. And although I think there is some chemistry between Betty and Henry, I also think she just appreciates having a man treat her like an adult, she wants to be respected and considered interesting and intelligent. Unlike Don who never speaks with her about things beyond the home, he doesn’t even discuss his contract with her.  Did you notice that after she spoke with Henry on the phone, in the study, she yanked at Don’s locked desk drawer? She must do that every time she’s in there.

…And then that antique fainting couch…she didn’t care if she “ruined” the modern scheme of her recently redecorated living room. She plopped that enormous chaise lounge right in front of the fireplace, because according to her interior decorator, “the hearth is the soul of your home. People gather around a fire even if there isn’t one.”

And finally, Don…and that damn contract.  Now we know the origin of the episode title: 7/23 is the day Don finally committed to Sterling Cooper. Roger’s tactic was to go through Betty, follow up with the lawyer; Bert’s was to bring up the past, that he knows Don isn’t really Don, “when it comes down to it, who’s really signing this contract anyway?”

But the night before he signed it, he had one of his “I have to get away drives” after his fight with Betty, which involved that whole motel-thing. And as scandalous as all that was, the most interesting thing was his hallucination of speaking with his father. The conversation touched on Don’s guilt for what he does, “you grow bullshit,” which gives some validity to Roger’s concern, “I don’t know if you don’t want to do this here or you don’t want to do this at all.” But alas, Don isn’t privileged like Roger, so he has to work and stay where he is, trapped once again. And as he signed the contract he told Bert he wanted no more contact with Roger. I guess Don feels he needs some power somewhere, and between the three men running his life right now–Roger, Bert and Connie–Roger is the only one who didn’t overtly exert dominance by helping himself to Don’s office and Don’s desk chair.

Next week we have Episode 8, “Souvenir”–Don takes Betty on a business trip…hmmmmm. Oh, one last thing: I’m getting anxious that we haven’t seen or heard from Joan…I really hope she pops up soon, I’m going through serious withdrawals.

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This week’s Mad Men: Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency

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Let’s get a quick correction out of the way: to clarify the 1963 timeline, the show is now in July. I thought that due to all the coat-wearing an episode or two back that it was already fall.  However, they  mentioned 4th of July in last night’s episode. Possibly in Weiner’s constant attempt to be extremely accurate, the coats signified that spring/early summer in New York in 1963 was on the cooler side? Whatever the case may be, just wanted to update the timeline.

One other thing…I’m going to try a new format with the Mad Men posts. I’ll start them with a quick recap (aka bullet points) and then follow with more in-depth commentary/analysis.

********************SPOILER ALERT —so for the love of Mad Men’s Emmy wins last night (Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series/”Meditations in an Emergency”)!!!!! please don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what happened in Episode 6***********

RECAP:

  • Sally is freaked out over her new baby brother. He has the same name and room as her late grandfather, coping with life/death has her afraid of the dark.
  • PPL’s Director and Chairman of the Board crossed the Atlantic and crashed Sterling Cooper’s 4th of July holiday (“subtle” as Draper so eloquently put it), to reveal a re-org, with a young economic whiz, Guy MacKendrick now at the helm, and Lane to be shipped off to India.  Harry is the only employee in NY promoted, as head of the Media Department.
  • With the Brits in town everyone was on their best behavior, until Lois lost control of Ken’s John Deere lawnmower (courtesy of bringing in the new account) during a drunken reception in the office and ran over Guy’s foot (“just as he got it in the door,” ah Roger, with his never-miss wit!). This quickly changes everything. PPL decides that Guy can’t work now that he’s missing a foot, and they put Lane back in charge.
  • It was also Joan’s last day at Sterling Cooper, as she was leaving due to Greg’s anticipated appointment as Chief Resident. Unfortunately, he didn’t get it, and now Joan faces going back to work.

COMMENTARY:

Turning lights on and off, sitting in the dark, that seemed to be a theme in last night’s episode. The show opened with Sally sleeping with her light on, and Don promising her a nightlight if she cleaned her room—which later we see her lying wide-awake in the glow of the new nightlight. That same night, before PPL’s visit, we see Don in bed, in the dark, with a slight smile on his face, in anticipation of what tomorrow’s meeting will bring; and Joan, in her apartment, upon learning Greg’s unfortunate news, stands at the light before sadly turning it off.  For Sally, she’s afraid of the dark, what she can’t see; Don is in the dark about his future with Sterling Cooper, and for Joan–once illuminated with the prospect of being a devoted housewife for her doctor husband, she too is now  in the dark about her future.

With PPL’s visit, Don is once again passed over for a promotion, and immediately takes a meeting with hotelier Conrad Hilton, per Hilton’s out-of-nowhere request. Turns out, Conrad, or Connie as he prefers, was the bartender (or so we thought) that Don bonded with at Roger’s Kentucky Derby garden party. Connie asks Don for advertising advice, Don gives him a nugget and then asks for the account.  Don isn’t an accounts man, he’s creative–so just how will this play out? Roger’s name was left out of the re-org projector presentation, clearly the Brits don’t take him all that seriously, so will he get the credit for the Hilton account? After all, Connie was at Roger’s party, so there is a connection there.

Moving on to Betty/Sally/Baby Gene…I can not say enough about how impressed I am that Mad Men is delving into the painful and dysfunctional side of  sibling rivalry and birth-order issues. Most TV shows deal with this as people are adults, and recalling all the moments of what went wrong. With this show we are watching it happen, the beginning of all the issues everyone’s going to be screaming at each other about in 20 years. Sally, the oldest, coping with life/death, and the confusion Baby Gene is causing her. We see Bobby in the middle, and Betty tending to the newborn with affection, and trying to buy Sally’s security and approval with a gift, rather than directly approach her like Don does at the end.

This is a delicate thing Weiner and the writers are covering, childhood and the dynamics of families and so far they’ve done a brilliant job. I especially love that this all takes place (for the moment) in the late 50’s/early 60’s, a time so often romanticized about, where the reality is glossed over with images of Camelot, perfectly coiffed hair and convertible cars.

And finally, let’s talk about Joan. Sigh, poor Joan. She is so damn calming, she has me wanting to sit next to her on the couch and tell her all about it. So, Greg didn’t get the position, but he’s still a doctor. Of course, this throws a wrench in their dynamic, he’s probably going to feel like a failure, and it will affect his work/home life. And Joan now has to go back to work, which she doesn’t want to do. Will she go back to Sterling Cooper?  She did save Guy’s life with her quick thinking with his blood-gushing injury, so she could probably call in that favor if she wanted to…but there is that Joan-pride thing, she had the perfect opportunity to ask Don for her job back at the hospital, and she didn’t.

So many reasons to tune in next week! We are up to episode 7, “Seven Twenty Three.”  I looked up the date July 23 (7/23),  1963 and couldn’t find anything significant. Anyway, in the upcoming episode, Peggy receives an expensive gift, Betty gets involved with local politics, and Don contemplates his future.

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This week’s Mad Men: The Fog

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Oh, baby! Lots of stuff happening on Mad Men, let’s get down to business…

*********SPOILER ALERT, so in honor of Peggy finally having someone take her out for a business-related lunch, in a fancy restaurant with mini lamps on the tables and scrumptious Bloody Mary’s, please don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what happened in Episode 5***********

The stork stopped by, it’s a boy! …  Betty finally gave birth to the surprise baby, and oh boy, she was not a happy camper, throwing insults all over the place and making it clear to the hospital staff, and all of us wincing from the other side of the TV screen, that she is not excited about having another baby. Meanwhile, in the waiting room, Don seemed relaxed, reading the paper, a stark contrast to the other husband in the room, soon-to-be-first-time-dad Dennis Hobart, who could hardly contain himself. But was Don’s coolness due to this being the third time, or an honest lack of enthusiasm? I think both reasons are likely, but I also think Don may have had a possible moment of clarity when Dennis freaked out to Don about the thought of losing his wife during childbirth and then blurted out, “how could I love that baby?” We of course know Don’s mother died during childbirth. So did Don consider that even if he wasn’t thrilled about this new baby, that regardless, no baby should go unloved or carry the burden of  how he/she came into the world? After all, he did say to Sally later, during their midnight snack, that “not all surprises are bad.”

With Betty arriving home from the hospital, smiling and cheery, could it be possible that her “fog” lifted too (she even referred to the birth as a fog), is she ready to happily accept the new addition to the family, and not just go through the motions? Only time will tell. That scene at the end of the episode left room for way too much ambiguity: yes, back to business as usual, Betty tends to the children, but my goodness, she really took her time, there was no running to crying Baby Eugene’s side. And on top of it all, after all that labor and weird anxiety dream where she thought she was dying, she didn’t even get the little girl she was so badly hoping for.

Will Duck steal away Peggy & Pete?… Peggy asked for equal pay and got turned down by Don. Pete knows he is redundant, basically having the same job as Ken; and then got in trouble with a client and Roger and Burt for wanting to pursue the African-American consumer market. Peggy and Pete are both undeniably frustrated, and both are probably in their respective Manhattan apartments, right now, strongly considering Duck’s offer: to join him at his new firm, where ideas and creativity will be rewarded. I say the two of them should do it, I’d love to see how all of that goes down, and how the show deals with rivaling ad agencies, especially if one is  more progressive than the other–who can and will keep up with the times, for they are a-changin’.

Hot for teacher…one final thought: is Don considering going there [Sally’s lovely and young teacher]? I picked up that she was putting it out there as a possibility, but he didn’t seem entirely interested. Due to bad timing (um, time to go have a baby) or is he swearing off the relationship cheating and just sticking with convenient and no-attachment options [the flight attendant in Baltimore]?  Draper doesn’t love change, so I’m guessing it was timing…we may see something with those two down the road.

Ok, next week’s episode: “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency,” will feature a surprise visit at Sterling Cooper, and Joan gets some unexpected news.

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This week’s Mad Men: The Arrangements

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It’s only Episode 4, and already the jackets are coming out (Sally wearing one on her way to school, Don asking his secretary if he needs to take his coat). One more detail the Mad Men kids pay attention to, telling time through wardrobe. Oh, and if it’s already early fall, does that mean Kennedy’s assassination will occur mid-season rather than finale? I hope so for two reasons 1) if it happens at the end of the season it will be too much like last season ending on the Cuban Missile Crisis and 2) I think it would make this season much more interesting to really take the time to see how the President’s assassination affects everyone on Mad Men. Ok, on to discussing Sunday night’s episode, “The Arrangements.”

*************SPOILER ALERT so for the love of Don’s latest secretary, Allison, and the hope that she lasts for awhile, do not read further if you don’t want to know what happened in Episode 4 *********************

R.I.P. Grandpa Gene…we knew it was coming, but man, didn’t make it any easier. And just when Sally and her Grandpa were starting to bond, how great was that driving scene?–now her world is shattered. The preview for next week’s episode looks like Sally starts to act out. I think we are in for some serious character development this season with Sally dealing with death/reality, and with Don and Betty as parents dealing with a sensitive and strong-willed daughter.

Bye-Bye Patio, Hello Jai Alai…some interesting stuff happening with the Sterling Cooper accounts. The kids at Patio ended up not liking what they asked for, a TV commercial with an Ann-Margaret look-alike singing about the product a la the opening scene of “Bye-Bye Birdie.” Despite the ad being almost identical to it’s counterpart, no one could put their finger on it, but there was something “off” about the ad. Roger said it was because it wasn’t Ann-Margaret. Is this a little metaphor via diet soda? No matter what you do to it, call it, whatever, it will never measure up to the real thing? You could say that about most things: the true original of something is always more desirable than the imitation.

Moving from beverages to athletics, Pete Campbell talked his wealthy college pal, Horace, into going with Sterling Cooper to promote his dream of making the sport jai alai bigger than baseball. Since it’s 2009 as we are watching this, and jai alai hasn’t become bigger than baseball, we quickly realize that Pete’s friend, which he affectionately calls Ho-Ho,  has a lot of money to burn on an underwhelming product.  Don tries to take the high road and get Horace’s father involved, put a stop to the foolish investment. Horace’s father sees it as a necessary life lesson, let him fail. As Bert Cooper says in the meeting, “Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, that’s how I was raised.”

And that brings us to the theme of Episode 4, advice. Yes, this episode had a lot of advice getting thrown around…

…Don, not feeling as comfortable as his wealthy colleagues with watching one of their own fall flat on their face, told Horace he could do better, find something else to do with his fortune. Much to Pete’s relief (commission!) Horace ignored Don’s attempt to be more fatherly than even Horace’s own father.

…After Peggy’s ad for a roommate in Manhattan resulted in prank calls by her fellow Sterling Cooper staffers, Joan stepped in and told her to change her boring angle and be adventurous, that it’s about two young single women in the city. Peggy took her advice and changed the ad, and found a lovely and exciting roommate.

…Grandpa Gene tells Sally that she can be anything, despite what her mother says/does.

Those are the biggies, any more that I forgot?

One thing I want to point out…Don supporting Sal’s commercial, despite it not getting them the Patio account. Don knew it was good work, and he told Sal that he was now officially a commercial director. It was a nice moment between the two. And now we see Don has another alliance  with someone else who has a “a secret.” First Peggy, with her pregnancy and now Sal, who we know is secretly gay. Don, with his own bag of secrets, really has empathy for these individuals, he supports them and cares about them. He knows what its like to live two lives, bury a past, and be really passionate about work. They are all outsiders in a way, not privileged like Roger and Pete, they feel they have more to lose and have to work twice as hard to be taken seriously.

This season, Mad Men has taken a deeper look into class issues, something that I feel scripted television doesn’t really delve in to enough. It’s not polite to discuss money, right? But that’s one of the important elements about this show, it doesn’t strive to be polite, it wants to expose the issues, the hypocrisy, explore the human condition. Formalities and etiquette are what we use to keep things even on the surface, while ignoring the emotion and motivation that’s really going on underneath…I’ll save some of my further discussion for a night that AMC airs a repeat.

Looking ahead…next week is episode 5, “A Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency”…Don and Betty deal with Sally and her issue, and Betty has a weird dream.  Ohhhhhh, a dream, can’t wait to analyze that!

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