I consider you the TV master of the forum t3cii, it's good to know you'll always have demanding standards for every episode of every show we watch, it's the sole reason why I love these topics.
But tonight, it has to be said:Y U NO LIKE DIS EPISODE'S SUBTEXT AND AWESOME CHARACTER STUDY ?!!
I'll start off with my biggest problem with the episode, that being Don. Don is mysteriously sick...
To be honest, the entire deal with Don being sick more or less resonated to me as a way for the writers to comment on how it could be for him if he truly lost control, what would happen ? How would he react ? It was a strong theme this episode, exemplified with his sickness and constant coffing at work and on the meeting, continuing with Ginsberg flipping him and doing his own campaign, and moving on with the former mistress.
Even in the case of the other characters, Joan not being able to keep her husband at home, the SDCP employees trying to work around the riots and being paranoid about the Nurse Killer, Sterling doing the impossible to keep his position in the agency, even Peggy making a shocking revelation about herself I would've never
expected of her, it's all about control man, and this episode focused heavily on it, most strongly on Don.
Though I will admit, that dream sequence was lame as fuck, it really had the subtlety of a Sherman Tank, how come NOBODY can do dream sequences like the goddamn Sopranos ?
This leads me to Peggy's plot line. After fleecing Roger out of a few hundred dollars, she has Dawn sleep over, since Dawn can't make it to Harlem. I'm glad it seems like they're trying to develop Dawn as a character, but I get the feeling things are going to end badly for her. She's too nice, too polite to exist in the world this show has created.
Maybe this sounds cruel but I find this to be awesome, more drama for me
After a few (or more) drinks, Peggy decides to go to bed, then notices the purse on the table. Here we get another scene involving a character not completely trusting a black person, and I'm starting to wonder what's the point? Peggy has never been depicted as being prejudiced, nor has Lane Pryce, yet we get scenes like this.
Peggy didn't act prejudiced in reality, the thought passed through her mind because it's the frikkin sixties, equality was likely a swear word in that era. In any case, she acted on her better judgement and chose to leave the purse, I don't see that as saying Peggy is racist, only that she lives in the times she lives in.
The other main story of the episode is Joan, and the return of her dirt bag husband Greg. Remember when Greg raped her? Right at her place of work? I've never been able to forget that, and it's kind of weird how the two have had a mostly incident free marriage. Until now. Joan kicks Greg to the door, but it felt a bit too abrupt. I get the impression that maybe the writers just wanted to get that storyline out of the way. I will say this, at least Joan looks like she is going to have a substantial arc this season, something that can't be said of the others.
Completely forgot about the rape scene
! Always seemed strange in my mind that, as you say, no fallout came out of that one.
Still, I found it interesting for the most part, really, would you have thought it was in Joan's character to wait for that man for ANOTHER year ? Fuck no.
"Don't ever do that again! Don't ever successfully pitch an idea to a client, only to come up with an even better idea, that they totally wanna go with, making you look even more brilliant! Do it again and you're fired. Or not. Like, whatever, bitch, I'm mysterious! What!"
Your job must be awesome
First, Joey fucked up, he didn't do what his boss told him, and then acted smugly in front of him and Cosgrove.
Second, it ties in with the control theme, Don didn't want to go with the Cinderella idea, and his order didn't get through with the new guy he can barely tolerate, it wounded his pride.
I was sure that Sally was going to grow up to be a bit of a mess as a teenager, and I guess she still could, but she seems to be pretty sharp, usually sharper than the adults around her. She ends up sleeping under the couch, a too on the nose mirroring of the woman who slept under the bed and avoided being murdered.
Favorite part of this storyline ? Gran'ma Pauline's assumptions story about getting kicked by her father, as well as her assumptions on the Nurse Killer victims, fascinating and truthful study on the machist mindset of the people from that era, I must admit I loved it.
Also, while I hate the typical "Adultified Kids", and Sally is certainly a case, I think it makes up that the girl who plays her is a really good actress, where opinions are concerned at least.
Final Comment ?MAL ! GET YOUR BLACK CHOCOLATY ASS OVER HERE ! MAD MEN NEEDS DISCUSSING !