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 »


Mad Men Haiku!

 Posted by on September 29, 2016 at 4:00 am  Actors & Crew, Characters, Mad Men, Season 5  No Responses »
Sep 292016

Ed Baxter

Lucky Strike letter

Ed tells Don he is poison

“Napalm. Dow makes it.”

Ed Baxter tells Don

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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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Mad Men Haiku!

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Farmer and a drunk Kicked in the face by a horse Soft. You grow bullshit.

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