Mad Men Haiku!

 Posted by on May 28, 2015 at 7:29 am  Mad Men, Season 7, Slideshow  1 Response »
May 282015
 

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Peter and Trudy

Are leaving on a jet plane

Yes, a thing like that!

pete trudy airplane

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Stop Acting

 Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 10:51 am  Mad Men, Season 7, Slideshow  7 Responses »
May 272015
 

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Severance, Peggy Olson says to Mathis: You want a raise, stop acting like a secretary.

Maidenform, Joan Holloway (at the time) says to Peggy: You want to be treated with respect, stop acting like a little girl.

Joan taught Peggy how to “act”, and for years, Peggy has taken in the lesson that success in business is about acting the way people want and need you to act. This lays the groundwork for Peggy’s conversation with Roger in Lost Horizon–Roger lets her know that she doesn’t have to “act” not-female. Meanwhile, in Lost Horizon, Joan tries to solve her problem by acting very female–and it backfires.

Of course, Joan’s thing about being a little girl isn’t confined to Peggy:

Roger Sterling: What happened to the Jewish doctor?
Joan Holloway: He’s not Jewish.
Roger: Not anymore, but he was, trust me. Is he still a doctor?
Joan: You sound like a little girl. What do you care?

For Those Who Think Young (episode 2.01)

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What’ll I Do?

 Posted by on May 26, 2015 at 8:50 am  Characters, Mad Men, Slideshow  15 Responses »
May 262015
 

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The first scene in Mad Men that made me laugh featured Betty Draper. It surprised me — she surprised me. She always does. As well as I think I know Betty Draper Francis, she never does exactly what I think she will. I think she even surprises herself.

What would you do if you were me? Would you love you? – Betty Draper

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Happy Memorial Day

 Posted by on May 25, 2015 at 11:10 am  Season 2  10 Responses »
May 252015
 
Memorial Day--Maidenform

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Basket of News, May 16-22, 2015

 Posted by on May 22, 2015 at 9:00 am  Media-Web-News  28 Responses »
May 222015
 

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Matthew Weiner spoke about the Mad Men season finale at the New York Public Library.  While we await a later sitdown with Roberta, you can read a summary on the NYPL event at The Hollywood Reporter, or watch it at Gothamist.

Jon Hamm talked about the finale with the New York Times.

Elisabeth Moss gave an exit interview to the Wall Street Journal, which also ran a piece contrasting the end of Peggy’s arc with the end of Joan’s arc.

Jay R. Ferguson talked about Stan, his beard, and Peggy with Vulture.  Jay also spoke to the Wall Street Journal and TVLine about these topics.

John Slattery talked to AMC about Roger’s transformation and what the future holds for Roger and Don.

Kiernan Shipka reflected on the end of the show — and looked to future projects — at Deadline.

January Jones Instagrammed a final thought about Betty.  Anti-smoking activist Robin Koval wrote about Betty’s fate at CNN.

Evan Arnold (Leonard) hugged it out with Slate and TIME.

Helen Slater talked to People about keeping her vow of secrecy. Brett Gelman talked to Vulture about being in Don’s circle.

“Person to Person” drew about 3.3 million viewers live and on the same day, making it the third-most-watched Mad Men episode ever by that metric.

Kudos to folks at Uproxx and Vox for guessing part of the series finale.  CNN’s Jake Tapper, not so much.

Gothamist rounded up the cultural references in “Person to Person.” Continue reading »

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Matthew Weiner post-Finale

Matthew Weiner post-Finale

May 21, 2015

B. Cooper and I were lucky enough to attend the event at the New York Public Library where Matt discussed Mad Men in its entirety, and of course the season finale. It is the one and only interview he’s giving. (For now. He’ll speak with us down the road.) We will be giving you our […]

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Mad Men Haiku!

Mad Men Haiku!

May 21, 2015

Be open to this I’m OK, You are OK (Ding)  The real thing?

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That will haunt her

That will haunt her

May 20, 2015

Sally Draper: I’d stay here ‘til 1975 if I thought I could get Betty in the ground. —Mad Men Episode 7.02: A Day’s Work Betty is studying Freud, and knows what “magical thinking” is. Most of the time, when people say things like this, they don’t mean them, but when they come true, the guilt […]

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Don on the Mountain

Don on the Mountain

May 19, 2015

In the vast universe of Mad Men prediction pools, where historically folks go to sink, it seems a lot of people guessed at the Coke spot. But no one knew how Matt would get us there. As my sister mentioned in her review of Person to Person, I knew, from the moment Stephanie said “retreat”, […]

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Falling in Love with a Friend

Falling in Love with a Friend

May 19, 2015

People always “’ship” good friendships, both in life and on TV. I can’t fault it. I’m married to a friend. We were friends for four years, and then…we weren’t. People have been ‘shipping Stan and Peggy for years, and in Person to Person, their wishes were fulfilled. Does it make sense? I think so. The […]

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Mad Men Series Finale: Person to Person--The Soul of the World

Mad Men Series Finale: Person to Person–The Soul of the World

May 18, 2015

Basket of Kisses was honored to be a part of the Museum of Moving Image Mad Men Finale event. It was thrilling to see Person to Person on the big screen, with over two hundred devoted fans. Unfortunately, it meant that I was unable to deliver my usual review, although I trust the team of […]

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A Tarot Moment...

A Tarot Moment…

May 18, 2015

I read tarot cards at last night’s finale event in NYC, and after the show decided to pull one last card to sum up the finale. The Angel/Judgment came up (not for the first time that evening). Deb Lipp and I both agreed it was the perfect symbol of Don Draper’s ending moments. The image […]

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Mad Men Recap: Person to Person - Hello, Goodbye

Mad Men Recap: Person to Person – Hello, Goodbye

May 18, 2015

A story, said Graham Greene, has no beginning or end: [A]rbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. – The End of The Affair

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