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Mid-Week Mad Men: Time & Life

It’s not quite mid-week, but my Mad Men post is coming at you a bit early!  This week’s episode, “Time & Life,” was honestly such a pleasure to watch.

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The main storyline of the episode was the sudden (but almost obviously eventual) announcement than McCann Erickson would be fully absorbing, aka swallowing, Sterling Cooper.  There’s a fantastic classic rallying of the partners– Roger, Don, Joan, Pete, and Ted– with a grand plan to move to SC&P West to keep their independence alive.  McCann, though, is not having any of it.  They see this as SC&P passing the test; “they’ve died and gone to advertising heaven.”  Account names are dropped to entice each partner (Ted already wanted to go) with the exception of… Joan.

Joan has been a presence since this show began, but she’s risen from secretary to partner and account manager.  McCann’s already treated her atrociously.  She seems to take it the hardest, even though Don has now lost his home, his family, and the job he’s had since this show began.  Meanwhile, Joan’s love connection seems to be going well.

But whatever, I still live for this moment.

But whatever, I still live for this moment.

Peggy had a brilliant storyline as well.  She was charged with casting some kids and Stan notes how uncomfortable she seems around them. A stage mom leaves her little girl at the audition and plays in Peggy’s office while Peggy & Stan work.  The girl promptly staples her finger just in time for her mother to arrive.  Things escalate between Peggy and the mom, and later, as Peggy fumes to Stan further, she ends up telling him of the baby she once had, and how she can’t think about it so she can move on with her life.  Is this like the first person Peggy’s ever told?  Powerful.  She ultimately decides to go to McCann, and tells Stan he can come too.

Pete had a little more air time than he has had recently.  It was quite nice to see Turdy again, and she and Pete were very civil.  I actually liked him in this episode.  He was the one who told Peggy of the upcoming merge, which felt kind coming from Pete.

Finally, shout out to Don’s girl Meredith.  I’ve started loving her in this season 7 part 2.  She’s not very sharp, but listening to her tell Don she would not get him alka selzter was pure joy.

Did you guys like this episode as much as I did?

Midweek Mad Men: New Business

Ahh, there just are so few episodes left of Mad Men!  Sunday’s episode, “New Business,” seriously suffered from a lack of Joan, but it was a super interesting.

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sensual vermouth photo shoot, Peggy and Pima presiding

Female photographer Pima Ryan was a fun one-off character.  In her vest & slacks, she is a formidable professional presence. She’s not what she seems, though.  She seduces Stan, but Peggy’s got her figured out when she tries her moves on her.

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And I’m kind of sad to see Megan go.

Megan’s a tough case.  I hate her a lot of the time.  I hate hearing her ask Don for her allowance.  Get a real job, Megan!  I love her mother clearing out Don’s apartment for some sort of catharsis.  I love her standing up to Harry during a business lunch turned sleazy.  I even love her calling Don out, but seeing him write that million dollar check to close that chapter in his life was… rough.

Well, this is a crystal clear image.

Well, this is a crystal clear message.

I’m still worried about Don.  We got to see most of his family this time (still no Sally!) and see it functioning without him.  We see Betty, name droppin’ as usual.  Man, did that character take a negative turn.  (Did anyone else google Fairfield Masters programs to see if hers was real?  It is.  The clip is on Fairfield’s website too.)  Don makes me sad with his revolving door of women that he clings onto so quickly.  Diana is/was just another stopgap, really.  I can’t see her as anymore than that.

 

What did you guys think of “New Business?”