I haven’t been able to watch this week’s Mad Men yet. That’s one of the most important things I’ve learned from my time in Los Angeles so far: sometimes you are able to do things, and sometimes you are not. SHOWBIZ! In any case, based on this photo from the episode, I’m very excited to learn how Don and Betty got simultaneous divorce amnesia after apparently falling off of a boat harbored in the waters of Naples. “Buona sera. I feel like we know each other…but how?” “I don’t know, but I am sure your wife wouldn’t like you talking to me.” “My wife?” “You have a tan line on your wedding finger.” “That’s strange. I’m not married.” “Me neither.” “Would you care to join me at the l’Incanto Nell’Ambito Del Ballo Del Mare*?” Simultaneous Divorce Amnesia Time Machine Love Connection! I’m sure that I got all those details so right that I basically don’t even NEED to watch the episode now. Riiiiight?

*Italian for “the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance,” according to Yahoo!’s BabelFish.

Comments (45)
  1. This is going to be a long, long week.

  2. After Betty saved the reservoir, she was all like, “let them build it up in Newburgh, it’s already disgusting”. Hey Betty, that’s my hometown! But still, if you think it’s disgusting in fictitious 1963, you should see how gross it is in actual 2009.

  3. Great episode. I love when we get to spend time inside the world of Pete Campbell. I think he’s one of my favorite characters on this show.

    I do wish that we saw more of Duck and Peggy this week. Don’t leave me hanging, Matt Weiner!

  4. I got a good LOL out of Pete laughing while he watched Davey and Goliath. He’s such a ridiculous manbaby sometimes that it melts my cold heart just a little. But then he has to go do something like insist upon sex from the neighbors’ painfully shy and sweet German nanny. Eww, Pete, Eww.

  5. Wasn’t quite as good as the last few episodes but that’s just cuz they were soooo good. Betty thinks that a change of scene can make her relationshit as exciting as an extra-marital affair but she’s wrong. And Joan at the dress shop was kinda deressing, she needs her job back. Petes a weasel but his wife too his cheating WAY too well

  6. aaron joseph  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2009 +13

    Pete said, “I want to talk to the manager of the Republic of dresses.” LOLz!

  7. Mr. Campell, feel free to cheat on your wife with any of the hundreds of other nannies in the neighborhood, just not mine. No, really, it is cool that you made sex my Au Pair, but now all she does is cry! It is making us all look bad. So take your business elsewhere, O.K.? Stud-muffin? No hard feelings. Really. It was fine by me that you got drunk and had sex with a young lady in my employ, in my home. Just don’t do it again. Good talk. Back to my Martini. Because, you know, 1964.

  8. OmNomNomNom  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2009 +10

    Seeing Joan in the dress store broke my heart a little bit. Also, Pete’s Republic of dresses line and the opening shot of him reading Ebony added some LOLs to my LOLK.

  9. I saw the Don/Betty portion of this episode as a sort of bizarro subdued continuation of their Revolutionary Rd. counterparts; wherein, she actually has the baby and instead of moving to Paris, they take a brief business trip to Rome where Don amnesia finger bangs her. Betty: If you touch me, I’m going to look wistfully off camera when you leave the room!!!

  10. This was the only episode in which I didn’t 100% HATE Pete. He did a good deed, and was cool to Joan, but then he was all like “Hey I fixed your dress problem” I got scared he was going to rape rape her.

  11. Betty brought the bitch this episode. It was amazing.

  12. This ep. made me feel like a total fucking dork. I actually started clapping when Joan showed up. She needs to be back at Sterling Cooper tout suite.

  13. Pete also brought the LOL when he wiggled out of his shirt in the beginning. Oh Pete. You giant douche manbaby.

  14. Sally’s a hitter.

  15. best part: Don sits down in the cafe and the guy hitting on Betty yells, “Hey Yankee, go home!”
    Italian Men: Sleazeballs Since (at least) 1963!

  16. When will Mad Men be sufficiently successful to merit an actual trip to an actual location such as Rome? Hell, the Seavers got to go to Hawaii.

  17. Doracle  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2009 +2

    Of course, the real highlight of the episode was a continuation of the creepy dancing motif. This time, Betty got into the act — “We won, we won, we won.”

    i have to wonder if this is the work of one of their creative consultants. He was like, “your show generally does a good job of accurately portraying life in the early 1960′s, except you guys left out the part where everyone goes around creepy dancing.” Ah, it was a simpler time back then.

  18. And do we like Trudy better in Mad Men or Community? Just throwing that out there.

  19. I can’t stand Pete, but I feel as if he could sway people, and by people I mean me, with the addition of a Mustache. While Trudy was away there was some 5 o’clock going on but then he bailed on it. Stay Committed PETE!

  20. Sebastian Paper  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2009 +5

    What Mad Men won’t show: The use of a homemade water ballon canon in the workplace

    What Mad Men will show in detail: Betty ordering room service.

    Get your priorities straight, Weiner.

  21. Pete was so adorable, with his mussed, un-brylcreemed hair and jammies, until he got all rapey with the German au pair–whose name is the same as his wife’s, GROSS PETE CAMPBELL. I was all ready tot welcome him back to the soft spot in my heart for educated, interesting, spoiled entitled man-children until the raping. Now what younger dude is there left to like? The guy who came to SC with Peggy’s gay friend who went to Michigan State or wherever?

    It’s not news that white dudes were horrible in 1963, Mad Men. Can’t anyone be decent?

  22. KE  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2009 +2

    Peggy’s gay friend is actually one of the creative guys at Sterling (brought in by Duck, part of the young twosome last year). His partner who came with hiim was the one who went to the University of Michigan, not Michigan State (It makes a bit difference to Michiganders!). Ken Cosgrove is the young man to love at Sterling. Remember that he published a short story in the first season, which had Pete seething?

    • KE  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2009 +1

      Oy, typos, sorry! Should have previewed! “him,” not “hiim,” and “big,” not “bit.” Won’t happen again!

  23. So…there seemed to be a moment when Mrs. Campbell looked Pete in the eye over a nice (?) salad and said, “It is OK that you got blasted and rape-raped the au pair this time, but please try not to do it again.”
    Did anyone else see that?

  24. yes in community, but she kinda pisses me off in mad men. stupid big eyes.

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