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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?”

Last Week on Nashville: Fixing It

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Rayna and Bucky are happy with the good publicity the Bluebird performance brought.  Rayna’s mood quickly shifts when she receives a delivery meant for Maddie: a diamond necklace from Edgehill.

Avery is pulling double duty tending to the very pregnant Juliet and producing Sadie’s album.  Avery’s Juliet distractions are not the only hurdle in this album.  Sadie is derailed by the constant threats from her ex-husband, Pete, who is not too happy about the restraining order she took out against him.  In fact, he serves her papers to get what he delusionally thinks he’s owed of her money.  When Avery finds her crying, she confides in him.  He goes to confront Pete, who is 100 feet away as the order demands, but still right in front of the studio.  As he does, Sadie suddenly gets brave, tells him to get lost, and is ready to finish her album.  Get it, girl.

Scarlet’s optimism and Deacon’s pessimism are at odds about his cancer.  Scarlet basically forces Deacon to actually speak to Maddie.  Facing Maddie with this secret is hard for Deacon, who has convinced himself he only has six months left to live, despite no definitive prognosis.  Face to face with Maddie, (on Facetime,) Deacon agrees to a guitar lesson.  As Maddie struggles with a chord transition, Deacon tells her not to ever give up and basically convinces himself not to give up on life.  I literally cry.

Luke has a sensitive, honest moment writing a song with Gunnar.  I hate him less for seeing that.

Layla’s released from the hospital.  I forgot about her.  After Jeff comes to visit and compliments her hipster performance in the park, Layla shows up at Edgehill all decked out in dark colors.  She never gets called into the meeting.

Rayna confronts Teddy after finding out he signed Maddie’s Edgehill contract.  Maddie still knows nothing of the contract, but Rayna is prepared to strip Teddy of his parental rights, since Deacon is her biological father.  Teddy comes clean with Rayna on the blackmail, and she agrees to save the family from the scandal.  At Maddie’s Edgehill presentation to the investor, it’s Rayna who shows up instead!  Power move for the Queen of Country!

Rayna drops the bomb of Layla’s attempted suicide and Jeff’s manipulation of Teddy.  She gets the contract nullified!  Jeff gets fired!  Then I think he sleeps with Layla?

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What I’m hoping for tonight: I’m starting to think Deacon will never tell anybody about his cancer.  It’s time to tell the people you love, Deacon; they can help!

Since Scarlett’s been flirting with Deacon’s doctor a bit, maybe that poor girl will get a storyline.  I’d love her to get back together with Gunnar, but that’s far-fetched.

We didn’t get a single glimpse of Maisy (ehm, Daphne) last week.  Now that Rayna has told Teddy the girls are going to be sticking with her, I’m hoping we see both of them tonight!

Thoughts?!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 11: Thoughts

It’s been three long weeks since we got a new episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, which is always tough. Things are even tougher for Usagi and the Sailor Senshi, as we know their ally Tuxedo Mask is now under the control of Queen Beryl and the Dark Moon Kingdom. So now that we’ve seen the Reunion, here’s what I’m thinking about…

Character Development

Well guys, 11 Acts in and our characters are really starting to come together. There were some really nice moments between Luna and Usagi in this episode. Usagi is the character we know best, and it’s through her relationships with others that we get to know them.

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Rei’s comment made me laugh. Her friendship with Usagi was so different in the original anime, but this harkens back to that nicely.

Finally Minako is coming alive a little. I was wondering, she says with a giant sword in hand, do I look suspicious? This silliness is much needed! It was nice to see a Venus Power Make-Up! from her too, but I wish her transformation pen weren’t different than the other inner senshi.

Makoto might actually be my favorite when it comes to Sailor Moon Crystal personalities. She’s tough, unafraid, and strong-willed. The fact that she confronted Evil Mamoru made my heart soar.

Disposable Income

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In this episode, to test the strength of the sword, Ami present a giant diamond engagement ring fully expecting it to smash to smithereens… which it does. Minako, who did the smashing, is horrified, and the rest of the girls are too. Ami’s cool with it, though, and I am dying to know why!

It looks like an engagement ring to me. Did she purchase it with the purpose of seeing if it would break? How much money does her doctor mother make so that she has this kind of disposable income? Baffled.

Identity Confusion

There is so much confusion in this anime about who’s who that it’s getting ridiculous!

Usagi and co. see a guy on the street who looks and sounds exactly like Mamoru Chiba, but assume it is not him because he has been captured by the Dark Moon Kingdom. Fair enough. Eventually, some of the girls come to accept that this might physically be him, but the magic hypnotic sparkles flying from his eyes indicate that this is not the same Mamoru they knew before. Usagi takes a little longer, and Luna sacrifices herself to a blow from him to convince her that this is not her Mamoru. She doesn’t quite connect that just because it’s not her Mamoru, doesn’t mean it’s not the Mamoru. She gets another little shock when she figures that out. Girl, you’re slow.

I did kind of love the hypnotic suggestion on Motoki, though. Evil Mamoru’s evil eye-sparkles made Motoki’s friend Endo walk away without a word and with a whisper, from now on, I’m your best friend Endo. Another of Motoki’s friends pops by later asking who this dude is and Motoki’s like, that’s my best friend Endo! She’s kind of reluctantly accepts it, oddly. I guess she assumes he has two best friends named Endo. Silly!

Queen Beryl finally shows her face at the end. It was a quick episode because of all the ~action~ and we’re left on a cliffhanger. I’m eager for a more substantial episode!

What did you guys think of Act 11?