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Long-ass paragraph about Lane Pryce
There's some actors in this world that just make whatever you're watching...........better.
I knew that as soon as I noticed Lane Pryce was being portrayed by Jared Harris, I was sure that this show had reached an entirely new level, I had confidence in the future of Mad Men simply because Mr. Harris was now part of the cast, he is just that awesome.
And play Lane Pryce he did, and even more, still, I'll also "jump on the wagon" about his abrupt departure. What confuses me specially, is how they didn't build up his demise, they'd rather go with the pointless "Emma" sub-plot rather than building it slowly, from the first episode.
I'm sensing foul play here, maybe Jared Harris had a contractual or creative disagreement and wanted out of the show, and this was the quickest way Weiner and crew thought to get rid of him, it just came out of nowhere
I think Don showed some good tact in giving Lane the chance of resigning with some dignity left intact. He gave Lane the advice that the hardest part is over, that is, the hard part of telling the truth. In Don's eyes, there is the belief that you can still turn your life around. After all, he did. But he was a young man when he started over, and Lane isn't. Seeing his reputation tarnished, the prospect of being humiliated in front of his wife, and being sent to back to England, Lane saw he had only one choice left.
Don was a goddamn gentleman here, unlike what happened with Sal a couple of seasons ago, he reassured Lane as best as he could, but making it very clear he just couldn't work with them anymore.
If there's anything I want to know is, who will fill Lane's spot now ? Will the shares be split among the senior partners ? Will this make Joan stronger company-wise ? Or will they offer the spot to someone else ?
His wife bought him a Jag. I hate when characters are oblivious to other characters, and Lane's wife was annoyingly oblivious. She sees her husband come home drunk and irritable, and thinks it's just a case of him celebrating early?
Maybe that was the point ? Despite seeming like such a good person, she was just another burden in Lane's life, no wonder he thought sticking carbon dioxide into his lungs was a decent solution for his problems !
He looks completely shaken by it, and when he realizes Lane is still hanging in his office, his instance that they can't leave him there is brutal. Lane had suffered too much humiliation already. But it's interesting that Lane chose to kill himself at the office, where they would come across his body. One final "fuck you" to the office?
For being such a pussy, Don sure demonstrated plenty of courage in this episode
As for Lane saying a final "fuck you" to the office, it's the most likely scenario, even though, where could he have gone ? It was either his house or the office, not much choice there.
I found it strange that there was no mention of Peggy leaving the office. We never got to see how everyone reacted to that, in particular Ken, who seemed to be in Peggy's corner.
Maybe it's being relegated to the final episode.
Betty returns and shows Sally some affection. But it's too late, Ice Queen!
All the while I was thinking:
"Be a good mother Betty, be a good mother Betty, be a good mother Betty".
And a good mother Betty was
Even if she had to fuck it up by rubbing her nose in Megan's face
I wish they wouldn't try to make Glen a recurring character. Matt Weiner's son just doesn't have any knack for acting, and it gives all of his line readings a creepiness I'm not sure is ever intended.
At least he sounds like a normal kid, I fucking hate adultified kids, I'm very glad Matt Weiner hasn't fallen into that horrible hole many movies and TV shows today tend to fall into, kids behave akwardly, kids are kids, KIDS ARE NOT ADULTS !