Countless viewers of Sunday’s Mad Men episode could be forgiven for thinking Don Draper, in a rare tender moment with his young son, told the boy that his own father liked to eat “ham…and candy that tasted like violence.” It was so poetic, and so perfect for an episode that further revealed Draper’s own violent tendencies. But if you listen carefully (in my house, we had to rewind immediately after shouting “wtf!?”), Don says “candy that tasted like violets“:

The writers had to have done that on purpose, but Draper was talking about C. Howards violet gum and mints in their “beautiful purple and silver package”, which were popular in the ’40s and ’50s and with which I had a brief pretentious flirtation in high school after I read some book that mentioned them (probably The Bell Jar) and found them in a museum gift shop. They’re disgusting. Stick to ham.

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Comments (8)
  1. Nick  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2008 -2

    yeah yeah, its the infallible mad men.. but come on Weiner..not everything has to be some hyper-period-specific reference.

  2. The whole show is a hyper-period-specific reference.

  3. Chadams  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2008 +1

    C. Howards violet mints taste quite a bit like violence from my experience with them. Candy shouldn’t make you cough and tear up like you’re in a riot.

  4. You guys are all wrong. The candy tastes like violins! Willy Wonka invented the candy that combines the refined tastes of horsehair, spruce wood and varnish. Yummers!

  5. this is one of my favorite shows.

    and all candy tastes like violence.

  6. In the movie Final Analysis, Kim Bassinger and Uma Thurman are sisters who make psychologist Richard Gere a pawn in their diabolical plot. He realizes something is up when Uma, posing as a patient, keeps telling him about a dream she has about a vase of violence. “Viloence?” “No I said vioets.” He later realizes she took this dream directly out of Freud; apparently it is a famous slip. Not sure if that is true. Has anyone else on earth seen this movie?

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