Home run, ballerina.

 Posted by on October 24, 2016 at 9:22 am  Lippsisters.com  6 Responses »
Oct 242016
Lipp Sister-Weiner-Lipp Sister (Roberta, Matt, Deborah) at 92Y

Lipp Sister-Weiner-Lipp Sister (Roberta, Matt, Deborah) at 92Y

This is so much more than just “Goodbye”.

On July 19, 2007, AMC premiered its new TV series, Mad Men.

On October 19, 2007, the morning after the Season 1 finale, Basket of Kisses launched.

We were the right vehicle for the right show at exactly the right time. This was before the format of a morning-after recap had become commonplace. This was before Facebook had captured its new, post-college audience. This was before Twitter.

We wrote about the storylines, about the characters, about the writing, the music, or anything else we’d observed. We wrote about the show’s growing popularity, about awards it was nominated for, about the actors’ other projects. Our research team consisted of newsfeeds and the Google. And suddenly Basket of Kisses was known as the go-to site for all things Mad Men.

You all joined in on the conversation, and that was no small part of the phenomenon. The discussion here was high end, like the show itself.

We were very, very lucky.

Matthew Weiner surprised us by showing up at our Season 2 finale party. We had vibrant conversations with Matt that night, and over the years, with many of the actors and directors of Mad Men. We visited the Sterling Cooper offices, the Drapers’ kitchen, and the Campbells’ living room. We were welcomed into a Broadway dressing room to interview Elisabeth Moss. WE HAD LUNCH WITH JON HAMM.

The Basket expanded to include a bevy of talented contributors, and covered a wonderful array of shows, but always first, we were a Mad Men squee-fest.

Rich Sommer flanked by the Lipp Sisters

Rich Sommer flanked by the Lipp Sisters

Nine years later, almost to the day, we are closing the Basket lid, at least for the foreseeable future. While we may come back, right now, there are no plans on the drawing board, and there is no drawing board. For now, we are spent. Our many wonderful writers have moved on to other projects, and, without Mad Men‘s constant, driving presence, our mission is not clear. So it’s time to close up the active part of the blog.

The archives will remain up permanently, and you can always use Lippsisters.com as a resource for research on all things Mad Men.

There are so many people to thank, and we cannot capture them all, but to name a few:
Joe Bua
Marly K
B. Cooper
Anne B
Arthur Lipp-Bonewits
Professor Spouse
Glass Darkly
White T Jim B
Polly Draper
Deborah Newell
Polly Draper
Mad Chick
Matt Maul
Tom & Lorenzo
Mo Ryan
Matt Zoller Seitz
(and obvs) Matthew Weiner

But seriously guys, mostly you. Without every Basketcase, passionate, smart, committed, we’d never have hung in for all this. You’re the greatest.

Deborah and Roberta Lipp



Mad Men Haiku!

 Posted by on October 6, 2016 at 4:00 am  Characters, Mad Men, Season 7, Slideshow  2 Responses »
Oct 062016


“I’ll always come home.”

Don, do what you have to do.

Bye, Bye, Birdie….bye.




Masters of Sex: Coats or Keys

 Posted by on October 5, 2016 at 10:22 am  Masters of Sex, Slideshow  3 Responses »
Oct 052016

Photo: Warren Feldman/SHOWTIME

The latest Masters of Sex episode, Coats or Keys, is the best single episode this show has given us in ages, probably since season 1’s knock-it-out-of-the-park stunner Catherine., or season 2’s FightCoats or Keys may also be the first truly great Masters of Sex episode that is as funny as it is dramatically rich.

Nothing radical’s ever been catered.

“Key parties” have certainly been fodder for fiction before. I’m especially reminded of the film The Ice Storm. Ang Lee’s film and his all-star cast (Sigourney Weaver, Elijah Wood, Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire) mined many of the same veins: Hypocrisy, fear, using swinging to prop up an unhappy marriage. In some ways, though, Coats or Keys is better than the rather sloggy movie. For one, it’s funny. For another, it steps back and comments from the outside, by showing us “homos” and caterers and people who have no idea why they’re there.

I’m looking for a little moral support from the only other homo at this party.

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Oct 042016

What happened to Pete and Trudy Campbell?


Do Pete and Trudy find happiness in Wichita with each other or did they eventually return to Manhattan or somewhere on the east coast?


If they stay in Wichita, how often does Trudy take one of the Lear Jets to Manhattan to see her parents?


Do Pete and his father-in-law, Tom Vogel, reconcile now that he and Trudy are back together?


How does Trudy spend her time in Wichita?


How do you think Tammy turns out?  Is she more like Trudy or Pete?


Do Pete and Trudy become the Wichita Charleston Champs?



Ok Basketcases…..discuss among yourselves!

Sep 302016

Rolling Stone has listed the 100 greatest tv shows of all timeMad Men and Breaking Bad are right there in the illustration!  I count four additional Basket shows in the mix. The Hartford Courant criticizes the list, in part for leaving off Better Call Saul.

Mad Men cast included in “really big Emmy snubs”.

Matthew Weiner, as well as The Walking Dead producer Glen Mazzara, have been elected to the WGA board.

Jon Hamm will guest star on Billy on the Street.

From Basketcase Susan F: Jon Hamm had a cameo on Last Man on Earth (which stars January Jones). Behind the scenes photos of that!

Apparently, Hamm has made enough cameos that they’re now called “Hammeos”: Here’s a hilarious compilation. But that’s not enough for him! Continue reading »

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Multiple Basketcases let me know that Matthew Weiner is writing a novel to be released fall 2017. Magnolia Pictures will distribute the Elisabeth Moss film The Square. In another new film, The Free World, Moss may or may not be a killer. While at the US Open Jon Hamm shows he is master of the […]

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