Well, OK. For the most hit-or-miss season of Mad Men thus far, last night’s season finale makes perfect sense. Oh, it was still a great season of a great television show to be sure, but it took a lot more detours, albeit most of them brief, into the silly or the downright no good than the others. Hey, remember civil rights? Just kidding. We barely got any fat Betty all year, which is fine, the fat Betty thing already felt like kind of a loose-knit placeholder to account for January Jones’s real life pregnancy, but nothing makes it feel more like a loose-knit placeholder than to have that be the only thing she really does in 12 weeks. And don’t even get me started on the Hari Krishna thing. But if previous seasons were about men doing what men do and ignoring the wreckage they leave behind, this season was about women struggling to drag themselves from the rubble. Congrats, ladies! You made it! Sort of! But now you’re pissed! Everyone is so pissed. Joan is pissed. Peggy is pissed. Sally is pissed. Megan is pissed. Betty, if we ever saw her, would be pissed. (Although Betty was already pissed.) Mrs. Lane is pissed. Beth is pissed. Annie from Community is pissed. The boys are also pissed. Year of the Piss.

Pete’s pissed because he just wants to fuck his neighbor’s wife until the death disappears. Roger is pissed because Megan’s mom won’t trip balls with him. Harry’s mad because of his office still like give it up man. Don is pissed because his wife said that advertising wasn’t art? I’m actually still kind of confused about what’s going on with Don and Megan. That’s, like, what this show is all ABOUT and I still kind of don’t get it. Is Megan cool or does she suck? It could totally go either way. But more importantly why is Don so pissed that she didn’t want to be a copywriter? We can all be honest about our lives, right? Can we not be honest about our lives? It seems like Don, for all of his deceits and self-made mythologies actually tends to have a pretty clear-eyed view of how the world works, so why does he want advertising to be put on some kind of pedestal? It’s one thing for him to be proud of what he does and to relish being good at it, but why is he such a bitch about it being, like, The One True Thing? Easy does it, Don. You’ve got the fire in your belly for Firestone tires or some shit, but, like, you know that you’re just using clip art and word play to trick men into buying pantyhose as “structural garments.” Ease up. But then Megan, too, it’s like, first of all, your friend asked you for help getting an audition and you totally snaked her only to put your husband in a super-awkward position and like maybe you need to chill even more than Don needs to chill. Don’t ask him for an audition for his own shoe commercial, or at the very least, when he explains why you’re putting him in an awkward position, why don’t you deal with it like a grown up instead of getting all Monster’s Ball “make me feel goooooooood” about it? Seriously: so unsure about how to think/feel about this Megan thing. Someone take me by the hand and lead me through this emotional forest!

I really liked the thing Megan’s mom said about Megan having an artist’s temperament without any of the talent, because that’s just an interesting thing that people don’t really explore very often (because it’s kind of a fucking bummer). There are lots and lots of people who try to do things and just don’t succeed at doing them, and that’s one of the ways that life plays out, and it’s tough but also kind of fascinating. I also liked how Megan’s mom was a bad mom but in a very realistic and semi-relatable way. Fuck your kids if they’re going to act like that, you know? You’re a grown woman who is married and living in a beautiful apartment and pursuing your dreams. Get the hell out of bed you nincompoop, it’s LUNCHTIME! As a whole, the entire episode had a lot to say about ambition and how it kills people one way or another. Fair enough. I’m not sure that’s true, but OK! Food 4 thought.

The real thing to talk about, though, was the closing montage that seemingly sets the stage for next season (premiering May 10th, 2090) because I thought it was weird, what did you think? #TwoDogsFucking is trending worldwide! For the most part, the closing montage felt like one of those sitcom episodes from the ’90s where everyone just remembers what happened. It was a reminder of what happened to everyone this season, just in case you somehow already forgot. Roger took LSD, remember? I remember. And then, of course, Don sits at a bar and orders an old fashioned (S01E01) and two very beautiful ladies try to pick him up, which, wait a second, was that actually a thing? For as historically accurate as this show is always supposed to be, were there really just hot babes trolling New York City bars alone trying to get dick in 1966? Womyn’s lib, I guess. IS HE GOING TO GET IT WET OR NOT?! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Mad Men.

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  1. The two dogs rutting was baffling. What did it mean? I am genuinely interested in any theories. Two ideas:

    1) Peggy is going to bed alone. The dogs rutting remind her that she’s not getting any. But…where’s her boyfriend? Isn’t he still in the picture? I’m confused.

    2) Dogs do as they do. It’s their nature. Is it saying that Don is going to go back to being Don–philanderer and hot shot ad exec? That the Year of Megan couldn’t really change him? Maybe especially when Megan’s selling out made her less attractive to him?

    I don’t know!

    • I have spent a few nights in Richmond hotels and a lot of nights in rural Ohio hotels. Feral animals and empty trucks are EXACTLY what you expect to see when you look out the window.

      • Richmond is my fair hometown, and at first I was very up in arms like “we have so many cultural attractions beyond the two dogs in the parking lot!” and then I stopped and thought “no, wait, that’s about right.” Either way, I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen Richmond mentioned on a TV show

    • i thought it was just trying to show that she was staying in a shitty motel but i never really know what’s going on in mad men.

    • I thought it was just to underscore, “This isn’t Paris,” and how even though her career is going well she’s not in Paris. cause dogs don’t hump in Paris? I guess? It’s about as symbolically confusing as when Duck let his dog go on the street: I sort of get it but I really don’t.

      • She’s on a business trip! It’s exciting! Look- two dogs rutting! But Peggy don’t give a care! Wine! BUSINESS TRIP!!!

        • Yeah! Like how she told Don she was going to Richmond…on a plane! Haha, no bus for Peggy. Oh man, she seemed so happy and fulfilled, sitting there on that bed with a glass of wine. She didn’t even pull off the bedspread like you’re supposed to do, because back in 1967 people don’t know about that yet.

        • I bet she expensed that wine too! Woohoo! Business!

    • Perhaps we were witnessing the birth of the term “bitch stick”?

    • Sort of off topic, but…my boyfriend and I visited a basset hound during the day, which we decided to adopt a few hours later. He was great, but he had a very shiny dog boner when he got excited (and also distinct ball shapes under his skin? though he is neutered?). The bottom dog in this scene was totally a basset hound, so we saw both sides of basset sexuality in about 12 hours.

    • I just thought it was a funny contrast to Peggy feeling on top of the world.

    • In this E.M. Forster novel [Howard's End] there’s this image at the end of all these rabbits humping on the lawn of this house and I remember from lit class that in that particular case, and there are a lot of character parallels actually, it was a symbolic foreshadowing of a gauntlet being passed from an older generation to a newer more ‘free thinking’ one.

      So basically Peggy is a hangover from the old generation but stands apart from the next one – she’s not a 60s housewife, she’s a proto career girl, but what’s RIGHT around the corner in the timeline is the ‘sexual’ revolution when an entire generation will essentially start acting like horny shaggy animals. Will she quit and take off to San Fran with flowers in her hair or become a cultural outsider hawking ladies’ cigarettes?

      Two dogs humping = she’s at an impasse right now. Also, probably we get to see hippies next season.

  2. I have stoutly defended this season, but the last few episodes have felt like air slowly leaking out of a tire. This finale was really anti-climatic. A bit disappointing.

    • But Pete got punched in the face TWICE. So it wasn’t a complete loss.

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  3. I liked the last 5 minutes. Creppy in a David Lynch kind of way.

    • I didn’t feel so obvious to me, rather it left me kind of unsettled.

    • My favorite shot was Draper walking away from the commercial shoot. Megan is having her wish come true and it’s apparent that Don’s like screw this noise. That colorful soundstage gets smaller and smaller as he walks across this dark expanse of a soundstage and off to no good. That’s where the montage music picks up as well (and that’s just one of the best intros to a song).

    • what does “creppy” mean? were you trying to write the word “preppy” as opposed to the greasers?

  4. I agree that the episode was a little too full of obvious call-backs. Just a quick Adam reference would have been fine. We didn’t need that spelled out with god damn hanging puns.

    Also, Lane had a pic of a woman. From the season premiere! Remember? REMEMBER!?!?

    • I forget who Adam was. Who was he again?

      • Don’s half brother who committed suicide!

        • Oh yeah. I need to take notes.

          • That wasn’t a great reference on their part. “Hey remember this character from one episode four and a half seasons ago?” No, no at all, Matt Weiner. And what was that supposed to show? That Don felt guilty? I thought we already learned that last episode when he let creepy Glen drive to show that he knew some people don’t get to start over and that they should do what they really want to do now or whatever. Sometimes I think this show goes style over substance but ends up as style mistaken for substance.

          • While I agree that there was maybe too much Adam stuff, I’ve been thinking about Don thinking about Adam since last week. Both he and Lane hanged themselves essentially because Don asked them to get out of his life, so it would make sense that he’d connect them.

          • I thought that reference was fine. As soon as Don “saw” Adam in the elevator, I was like, Sure.

            The specter of death still looms heavy in the office, everyone is trying to just ignore it and go about their lives, as you do, and meanwhile Don has a hot tooth that’s making him see red and also see his dead brother everywhere, who hung himself just like Lane, and they both way heavy on him because he played a part in both of their final hours on this mortal coil.

            Also, I didn’t feel that Don let Glenn drive because he felt guilty. He let Glenn drive because he was feeling his own mortality.

          • *WEIGH heavy on him

  5. This was a great shot:

    But then I was waiting for the building in front of them to crumble to The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind.”

  6. I think the reason he was pissed about her leaving advertising is that it’s not his plan for a wife. Like, he found a good Mary Poppins type and has spent this whole season trying to craft a wife from Megan out of all the best qualities of women he likes, as opposed to realizing what true love and partnership really is. Megan being an awesome copywriter was the Peggy piece of the perfect wife puzzle, but not only did he push Megan out of advertising but he under-appreciated the actual Peggy and pushed her away in the process. He tried to find and augment the parts of Betty that he liked (cover girl looks, letting him do what he wanted, being a great conversationalist and hostess) while leaving out the stuff he didn’t. He was sort of okay with Megan pursuing being a serious actress because he didn’t think she would make it and because it’s still a passionate pursuit, but once she compromises and wants to be a beauty in commercials, the very job Betty was doing when they met, he basically just gives up his life and goes trolling for some strange like the self-destructive nightmare that he is.

    Well, that’s what I think, I could be totally misreading/projecting. This season has been very good but also very heavy-handed, so I have to think the “commercial beauty” thing was symbol of how “Betty” Megan had become.

    • That was exactly how I interpreted it.

    • Noted this upthread before I read it here – but I concur!

    • Messica is the best at interpreting Mad Men.

    • For some reasons, the thumbs aren’t letting me upvote you. But you hereby have my written upvote.

    • Yes, this is how I felt about it exactly!

    • I think Don maybe has a little bit more self-awareness than you’re giving him credit for. I think he recognizes the behaviors you’re describing in himself and he’s been doing his best to correct them in his relationship with Megan. He hasn’t always been successful but I think he’s really been trying to be understanding and supportive of her, and I think he actually does love her for who she is and not who he wants her to be, a la Betty. To me, it seems like there’s been some definite character growth in that department. The problem is that he doesn’t honestly believe in the values holding his fictitious persona together but he likes the persona and he’s unwilling to give it up. It gives him power. So there’s an inflexibility at the core of his behavior that isn’t gonna go away until he accepts himself for who he is. The irony is that he should be doing what Roger is doing – not necessarily dropping acid, but trying to expand outside his comfort zone – but Roger is the last person in the fucking world who he’d follow or take advice from. And rightly so because Roger, as awesome as he is, is a narcissistic buffoon.

  7. My opinion is that this season has been mostly very poorly executed. However, I think that the Megan-Don story has certainly made the most sense. Megan is like the new generation or whatever, and she’s grappling with new generation woes, i.e. entitlement. Everyone else is like, hey you have everything just cheer up, and she’s like, um no I am a WOMAN and a PERSON and I desire fulfillment outside of my domestic duties and I also desire that this fulfillment should not only come from my art just it should also be my job. And Don of course just doesn’t get it but also loves her and wants her to be happy but is pretty sure she’ll abandon him (like EVERYONE DOES) if she is independent, which is why he will emotionally abandon her first via one or both of those liberated womyn at the bar and there you go no matter how society changes, people don’t change.

    If the new goal of TV is to reach a ratio of 1 for quality:depressing, this show ranks #3 behind Breaking Bad and The Wire.

  8. So, I’m no doctor, but does electro-shock therapy really just make you forget pretty much everything? That seems a little far-fetched. That’s not what happened in Strange Brew.

    • Yes. I mean, it was a convenient thing to forget, but short term memory loss and mental confusion was a side effect of ECT then. They made it seem like she had been admitted for shocks three or four times so there would be a good chance she would have side effects.

    • Dr McMurphy’s analysis of ECT and the after effects:
      “They was giving me ten thousand watts a day, you know, and I’m hot to trot! The next woman takes me on’s gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars! “

    • Yeah, memory loss and mental confusion were side effects for long term ECT users, especially in those “shock the hell out of you” days. They made it seem like she had been admitted three or four times, so it would be even more likely in that case. The memory loss usually goes mostly away after some time.

    • This seemed incredibly unrealistic? (I read the Bell Jar a couple weeks ago, so I am an expert.) It also didn’t seem like we were supposed to think she was faking? I mean if EST were actually a full-on MIB style memory eraser, it would be a very powerful and sinister tool that was not used to its dramatic potential in this kind of bad scene.

      • I considered the idea she was faking, but then I thought she may have left a clue for Pete, and she didn’t. Other weird things about that scene: 1) Pete seemed to accept this new reality pretty quickly. I would have been sitting there for five minutes saying “We just had sex like 24 hours ago and you seriously don’t remember?!”. 2) Did people in the sixties just show up in the hospital to visit total strangers? She seemed very welcoming for someone who “didn’t know” the person that was visiting. That scene just left me feeling confused.

        • When Pete realized she didn’t recognize him, he covered up by saying he was in the wrong room, and he was visiting a “friend”. That’s why it segued into her asking about the “friend” Pete was supposed to be visiting, and Pete’s explanation of his “friend’s” problem.

          “Quotation marks.”

          • I get that part about Pete. But she (assuming the memory loss was legit) was all just “here’s this stranger who just ‘accidentally’ walked into my room while I’m in the hospital for some presumably serious mental issue and boy wouldn’t it be nice to just have a chat”. Like that was a normal thing.

      • If last week’s episode was Catcher in the Rye, this week’s episode was definitely The Bell Jar.

    • Temporary extreme memory loss and mental confusion was (and sort if is still) a side effect of EST, especially in repeat patients like her. It was super convenient and groan-worthy, but scientifically sound.

    • Yeah, that legitimately happens. The thing that doesn’t happen is you being fine and sing-songy like 3 minutes after it is over – especially they way they did it in the 60s. You’d be groggy and probably not making much sense, and in the 60s you likely would have some bruises on your head/face (though today it’s an outpatient procedure and there’s no of the scary hardcore violent convulsions anymore).

    • Oh, but obviously her husband would not be able to be like “oh, I’ll just erase her affairs every time.” You don’t get to pick what you forget. It’s not Eternal Sunshine or anything.

  9. When Pete left the meeting and told Don he had his proxy, and then Don was like, “We can do that?” Haha, that was great. Also Don saying he had a hot tooth made me laugh. I really liked the episode.

  10. ugh, Roger’s ass. Also, Don ordering an Old Fashioned? we GET IT. But I love love love this show anyway. Anyone notice how Peggy and Vermont’s Best Ken Cosgrove are the only happy characters?

    When is the next season going to happen? I really can’t wait. I’m filling up the hole in my unhappy life with a TV show. Thanks Matt Weiner.

  11. The scene of Don looking at Megan’s reel reminded is kind-of-sort-of a callback to the carousel scene, which pretty much describes 90% of the show. Nostalgia is a tricky thing, in that getting too lost in it can distort your notion of reality but how can you ever be really happy if you can’t look at the time when all you were was dreams and hopes and be happy with the person you’ve become?

    • I feel you about the Carousel reference, except this time it was Megan experiencing happiness without him in the picture…I felt like that’s a small part of what he felt when he was watching it – the bigger part being he recognized her as being a natural for the screen as well as the happiness she would get from realizing her dream. Don’s been selfless more than a few times this season. Kind of nice to see for a change and then the effing bar scene had to happen.

  12. I think Don is nearing the end of his journey to self-discovery. He’s a lost soul with someone else’s name, no parents, an actress for a wife and a job where he gets paid lots of money to sell people crap. The questions he’s always asked himself are “who is Don Draper?” and “is he someone different from Dick Whitman?” What he’s finding out is that the Don Draper he’s so carefully tried to cultivate over time – even as those times changed – was always a facade. Dick Whitman – the real Don – kept poking through. That was the signficance of the reappearance of Adam. Don is a hayseed. And an orphan. He’s trash dressed up in nice clothes. He doesn’t have the ability to truly connect to a person. He’s a philanderer with no ability or desire to truly know and love someone. So he finally sheds all the BS. Literally walks away from this character he’s playing (yes it was heavy-handed, but it was quite brilliant and effective too) and, for the first time, embraces his true self without the self-loathing he’s suffered in the past. At least I think that is the direction they are going.

  13. in finding this posted this early, as opposed to 5pm, I have to admit I feel like Don after Megan gets her commercial.

    I like the idea of it – and the wait. and now that it’s up already and has it’s own thing going, I kinda feel like I’d rather head over to another site’s Mad Men recap that’s cheaper, easier, and is far less complicated because it asks nothing of me than try to grapple with the intricacies and complex feelings of something I already know I love that has been somehow cheapened now that it has revealed it’s own agenda separate from my own.

  14. I had a conversation with a person who doesn’t read the Internet but watches Mad Men the other day. It seems to me that there is a general consensus that Glen is supposed to be a creepy character but the civilian told me that that Glen is just a kid who thinks like a grownup and that’s the only reason why Glen creeps us out. Do you guys agree with that? I mean I guess she does have a point because the older characters do way more creepy things and we don’t call them creepy. Sally is more of an adult than Betty and we don’t call her pretty. Is the Creepy Glen thing just an Internet joke that I took too seriously?

    -Too Concerned with Fictional Characters in Chicago

    • “I had a conversation with a person who doesn’t read the Internet but watches Mad Men the other day…”

      it’s ok, TCwFCiC. I talk about Mad Men with my mom too.

    • No, he’s creepy. Like, the adults are all weird, over-sexed assholes but even Pete doesn’t ask for a lock of someone’s hair. And knows to put on pants to take a phone call. Ugh, creepy motherfucker.

      • With his creep mustache. (Do The Creep!)

      • Hmm, the lock of hair thing is creepy for sure. I’m so-so on the pants, kids don’t like wearing pants. I guess if there were 3 other things I would definitively call him creepy. Can you give me a top 5 Creepy Glen moments? thank you in advance.

        • Kids don’t like wearing pants, but Glen is 14 or 15. Put some goddamn pants on, Glen.

          • See, my thought is that Mr. Weiner is thinking Glen is a “deep” character that all the troubled preteens will fall in love with and that was a more causal i ain’t even care about pants scene. That or the alternative is that he just needed to cast a creepy kid, looked at his son, and said “perfect!”

        • Don’t forget that he told Sally that he told his classmates that he was going to the city to have sex with her. AND the creep mustache? Creep: First Class.

      • i dont see how that makes glen creepy. he probably just saw some film on tv where a woman gave a lock of her hair to someone. they were always doing shit like that in old movies. he just thought it was sweet and that he could be like the grown ups.

        • Hmm, now I’m on the fence. Can the Pro-Glen Not Creepy monsters present a 5 point list to why Glen is not Creepy? Thank you in advance.

          • 5. glen listens to people and doesnt judge them- betty felt comfortable with him because he has the honesty of a child but also a sense of compassion that surpasses most of the adults around her. he connects with people in a very genuine, no bullshit way.
            4. he can see people for what they are and shows a surprising amount of emotional understanding and maturity at times- ie, “just because youre sad doesnt mean everyone else has to be.”
            3. he is a good friend to sally- just because they dont look the same age anymore like they did in season 4 doesnt mean there is anything pedo going on, they’re both kids of divorce and kindred spirits
            2. he is smart and makes lots of quite astute and witty comments
            1. he said all of the jocks pissed in his locker at school, so it sounds like everyone else are the creeps

    • Counterargument, in chronological order:

      5. Lock of hair.
      4. Breaking and entering.
      3. Phone with pre-pubescent girl – no pants.
      2. Visiting pre-pubescent (then later that day, pubescent) girl – tells friends they’re doing it.
      1. Fuzz mustache.

    • Glen is not creepy, Glen is awesome! Yes, he asked for a piece of Betty’s hair, but let’s not forget…SHE GAVE IT TO HIM! She’s an adult! That is FARRRRRRRRR more creepy! Why aren’t we calling her Creepy Betty? Also, Glen is a great friend to Sally because he listens to her and makes her laugh. He trashed their old house because she wanted to move. That’s nice! Nice Glen! Sure he told his friends that he was going into the city to do it, but then he told Sally about it. Honest Glen. Also, he’s hilarious.

    • Has everyone forgot how he walked in on Betty using the toilet and just stood there and watched!?!? CREEPY! Also Betty was creepy in her interaction with him. While I read blog posts on Mad Men, I certainly have it up when I was making cringe faces at the tv in the early Glen scenes. Side note-If Glen is not supposed to be creepy than Weiner is in some serious denial about his son’s acting skills.

  15. I actually loved this episode. The most indisputable criticism I’ve seen is that it was incredibly heavy-handed (“It’s not your tooth that’s rotten, it’s everything in your life – your lost soul, your sad wife, the multiple deaths you’ve caused”). But, I squealed when Peggy came on screen, and though I wish she’d had more time (like 30 minutes would have been appropriate), I LOVED the movie theater scene. I also thought the last few minutes were great, and the “will Don cheat on his wife now or ever” question felt natural and interesting in a way that Don’s infidelity never interested me before.

  16. 1) my comments keep disappearing into the ether.

    2) seeing this posted early as opposed to mid/late afternoon, i kinda feel like Don after Megan get’s the commercial. It’s like I might as well just go to some other site’s Mad Men recap and comment all over it since it asks nothing of me, and is around only when I want to use it. I mean – I expect things to go a certain way here and when the site reveals it has it’s own agenda that is different from how I want it to be, I kinda lose interest.

  17. I enjoyed the finale and the season as a whole. My head might fall off if I read one more in-depth analysis of what something on the show may have meant, and if it made the show better or worse. There’s no pleasing the internet.

    (Sorry, it’s too early for me. The Mad Men thing usually doesn’t post until later)

    • Hey so now that no one fell down the elevator shaft, what did it mean? I assume you’d like to dissect this all day with me. What was it’s symbolism? Everyone’s empty life? I need to talk this out all day bro. All day, all over your internet.

      • Maybe the elevator represented a thing with very specific duties and expectations, and for Don to witness something as cut and dry as an elevator deviating from its purpose, it represented the dangers of– it’s too early. I got nothing.

      • Maybe it means someone called building maintenance & reported a broken elevator, and then it got fixed. ‘Cuz it would be pretty silly for it to remain a gaping shaft for months on end, without so much as someone putting up an “Elevator Out and/or Looming Symbolism” sign on it.

  18. I really liked the thing Megan’s mom said about Megan having an artist’s temperament without any of the talent, because that’s just an interesting thing that people don’t really explore very often

    i’d like to invite you to my nightly show “explainer guy’s last thoughts of the day” that happens between 12-1am sunday-thursday in which we explore exactly that. the show goes on hiatus Fridays and Saturdays, because alcohol.

  19. Oh, so, Gabe alluded to this for a second, but can we talk about how they addressed civil rights early in the season, and for a minute it looked like Dawn might actually be a character, but that totally never happened? UGH. Look, it’s nice that this incredibly white show took the time to recognize that other important shit was happening in the 60s, but seriously, Dawn’s most important function the entire season was to shine a light on Peggy. I think the Beatles got more screen time than civil rights.

    • Yeah, that pissed me off. Like, I liked a lot of the storylines this season but you couldn’t sacrifice one time Pete was an asshole to do a Dawn storyline instead? Shennanigans.

      • There was this great moment in that one episode where Peggy though Dawn was afraid to go home alone because of a serial killer, when actually, it was because of real threats that Peggy didn’t think of because Dawn inhabits a different world as a black woman. I saw this and thought, AHA YES this is really interesting and important and let’s see where it goes. It’s like Weiner wanted to nod to civil rights because he had to/he wanted to let us know he was aware, but then he didn’t think it was worth pursuing?

    • But the show isn’t about civil rights, it’s about ad men on Madison Avenue.

      The show is still racially taut when shown (that asshole client calling Dawn ‘black coffee’ or whatever), and the characters are aware of the bigotry and may not like it very much (like Don), but they’re still very privileged white people with WPP.

      Only young, politically active characters have a foothold in that world, and, other than Peggy’s communist boyfriend, every character this season was only concerned about ‘getting theirs.’

      • Also, considering when they did touch upon civil rights stuff, they got reamed for poor dialogue, then, when they revealed they were using an actual quote from a real person, the quote was criticized for not sounding natural enough.

        • Yeah, I see that, but they also gave us the character and then hid her away. They sort of set up that Dawn/Ginsburg as outsiders breaking into that environment would serve as a contrast to these aging white guys with dwindling power, the way Peggy did in the beginning, but then they kind of never followed through. Ginsburg just became Don 2.0 and Dawn just disappeared after being a Peggy Object lesson. I’m kind of hoping it was just a long, slow set up for more next season.

      • I mean, sure, but it’s also a show about the 60s. Like, Mad Men also isn’t about LSD, but look how much Roger wouldn’t shut up about it.

        • Privileged, ’60s white people trying LSD or selflessly involving themselves in the civil rights movement are universes apart on the spectrum of things privileged, ’60s white people can do.

          I’m sure a Dawn episode could have shed some more light on civil rights (beyond her adventure with Peggy and her purse), but as a whole what they did cover was adequate enough to establish what is going on without being heavy-handed, and considering how everybody likes to put this show under a microscope, I’m glad they didn’t stretch their narrative too thin.

          • Yes I agree, too much Dawn would have been quite ridiculous this early on. They are presenting her as a token character in the show just as much as she would be in the office, at this point in time anyway.

    • Maybe they’re getting there. It’s early ’67 in the season finale, so we’re about a year away from Martin Luther King’s assassination and I can’t imagine the show ignoring that.

  20. GUYS, Peggy is this close to inventing Virginia Slims and that is important.

  21. Sorry, for asking to many questions and offering little answers but can someone explain the poster to me? Gabe mentioned that Weiner said it would make sense at the season finale. Sorry, if I misunderstood that.

  22. I got the feeling, based on the AVclub, that this season was about Don’s slow fade into irrelevance. So, at the end, when Don does or doesn’t cheat on Megan, it’s him saying “Ya still got it, Drapes!”, even if no other aspect of his life reflects that.

    • Which, now that I think about, is evidence of Don’s massive self-absorption. He’s stil partner in a fairly sucessful advertising firm and he can afford an apartment like that, so any feelings of irrelevance would be tempered by that. That is, if he weren’t an egotist.

  23. Isn’t it March of 1967 now NOT 1966 Gabe? Women totally evolved in that one year between 66 and 67 and whoa if Don hated Revolver he is going to LOATHE Sgt. Pepper!

  24. Megan is Don’s hot tooth!

  25. This is not the face of a man who is about to say no.

  26. One last Peggy/Window joke. Swearsies.

  27. The big question is what are we going to watch now that Mad Men and Game of Thrones are over? True Blood? I don’t think so.

  28. Wasn’t the girl who talked to Don at the bar Megan’s friend? I thought she was trying to get revenge on Megan for taking her part. Or maybe I just think all blondes look the same.

  29. I know we’re all done talking about this, but one more thought. In Mystery Date, Don was so scared of his tendency to cheat that he dream-murdered the woman he dream-screwed. He dream-strangled her when she started telling him how he was a sicko who couldn’t resist. He was faithful to Megan because she was his perfect bride, and cheating on her would mean he was a twisted pervert, and entirely at fault.

    Contrast that early episode to the season finale. Megan has shown herself as a flawed character, to both us and to Don. In this episode, she even becomes her own version of Betty. (Remember that commercial Betty so badly wanted to film?) Now that Megan isn’t perfect, Don gives that smile at the end that suggests that he could cheat now, and if not this time, probably next. And in Don’s sick, disgusting, misogynist little brain, Megan would be at fault, not him. If she were still perfect, and he felt he would be at fault, he would be too repulsed by his own desires to cheat.

    All this is to say, wow, what an asshole. He blamed his cheating on Betty’s awfulness, but I think we’re about to learn that her awfulness didn’t spring up on its own.

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