Like everyone else on the planet, I have taken to Mad Men and am truly hooked. The past 18 months have been difficult to get through but Matthew Weiner and company rewarded our patience with a tantalizing two hours of drama.
Mad Men: Where the men are men, the women kick ass, and the young girl can out-act everyone in the room.
Sterling, Cooper, Draper, and Price: Where the red-headed bombshell is really the smartest one in the room and French-Canadian Jezebels can stir shit up!
Don Draper: A man with two pasts, a heap of self loathing, and a penchant for re-enacting scenes from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? with his wives.
This is just my long-winded way of saying that the adventures of Sterling, Cooper, Draper, and Price are going to get the bullet point treatment.
So, let’s make sure we have everything; water balloons, prams, sheet music to “Zou Bisou Bisou,”… yes? Okay, let’s go.
- Well, that opening scene at Y&R was something, wasn’t it? We’re entering the mid 60’s now and race riots are on the horizon, so what better way to prep us the audience for it by having a brace of African-Americans storming the gates of of Y&R and then SCDP at episode’s end. And the whole “equal opportunity employer” joke blew up gloriously in their face, even attracting the ire of and raising the fear in…
- Joan! It was odd to see our girl on the defensive with her mom (who I kind of love), with Roger, and with Lane. Make no mistake our girl knew what to do to when your job’s on the line; you plunk the baby in a pram, slap on your best face, and you march in there and get what you want!
- That said, is it me or is there some kind of weird alliance going on between Joan and Lane? While Joan and Roger crackle with sexual energy, Joan and Lane somehow get each other. While I don’t think this is going to be a romantic thing, they have great chemistry together and bring out the best in each other in the office. Speaking of offices…
- Did anyone howl over the whole shell game between the offices? That said, Pete has a good point: he is the one bringing in the business and Roger isn’t. And I actually liked Pete’s indignation that Harry sold out his office for Roger’s money. Roger had only one account, and now he has nothing but his money to keep him afloat.
- Speaking of which, I actually felt sad for poor Roger. He has no clients, his star is fading fast, and now his little wife is getting upity with him. The only good thing he has is his illegitimate son that he had with his colleague. Pete’s contempt of him is justified!
- Speaking of Pete: Was anyone else freaked out by his new house in Connecticut and how it felt like a low-grade echo of the old Draper house?
- Show of hands: Who drooled over Don’s new married man apartment? I want everything in it, including the guests at the party.
- Speaking of that party, how amazing was that scene?!? And who found it disturbing that it was the young vs. the old theme, but this time our friends were on the old side of the equation?
- While we’re on the subject of the old, Bert Cooper proves once again that he can go anywhere and still fit in to any social setting; go-go kids, black homosexuals, Nancy Sinatra impersonators, and Quebecois hussies gyrating to chansons be damned! Again, Robert Morse takes a small cameo and turns it into something brilliant. And I still think that it’s the best meta joke in the history of ever that J. Pierpont Finch is now the head of the company.
- So let’s talk about Megan, shall we? So what are we to make of her? On the one hand, she seems to get Don really well (and Holy Shit She Knows!!!) and knows that sometimes you need to have angry sex to get your dissatisfaction of your work situation out on the table. On the other hand, she should have known that he was hating every second of that party. This could be interesting, but I don’t think it’s going to last at all.
- And finally, who didn’t howl over seeing the lobby of SCDP filled with African-Americans looking for work. The 60s are coming, whether SCDP likes it or not!