Alright guys, how could we not talk about these last few episodes of Mad Men?! That nostalgia commercial/compilation that AMC plays right before this episode about bowls me over. Every Wednesday until the end, we’ll discuss the final days of Don Draper on our TVs. Why Wednesday? I like the alliteration in “Med-Week Mad Man,” and I’m also pretty lazy.
I’ve been sick, so I’m going to keep this one brief. “Severance” was kind of a weird, re-intro episode in that it’s been a year since we’ve seen Don, but we do, nothing’s really changed save for that he now talks about his childhood candidly. Progress! What saddens me is that I can’t picture what a happy ending for Don would even look like. He’s so sad and lonely.
Who I do want to talk about is these two: Joan and Peggy. Settling into the new agency post-merger, Joan’s dealing with even more chauvinism than ever before. Who wanted to smack that guy when he said Joan should work in brassieres? Poor Joan! I completely approve of solving your problems with retail therapy, but how long can the always-composed Joan listen to this guy? Joan has long been my favorite character on this show, so I’m hoping we’ll get lots more of her in these final episodes.
Peggy, on the other hand, it’s taken me a long time to like. I thought she looked quite lovely here and she even had her fun run-away-to-Paris date, which may or may not go anywhere. What I hated was Peggy in the elevator lecturing Joan about the way she dresses… pan to Joan in a high-neck top. Don’t be jealous, Peggy. Siiigh, Peggy never did fit in with the girls.
Okay, hopefully I’ll do better next week but until then: Mad Men thoughts, go!