In 1960 Don/Dick is 33. So Dick is born in/around 1927.
According to NvK script, Adam is 10 and Dick is 23. Thirteen year split. And so Adam is born in 1940. Which makes him 20 in 1960 when we meet him? Seriously? That guy is supposed to be 20?
Adam is eight years old when he saw Dick on the train. (“I was only eight but I knew it was you.”) Which meant Don was 21. Okay, check.
The photo of Dick and Adam in 1944; so Adam was four and Dick was 17.
According to AMC’s synopsis, Adam is 25. Which is plausible, from the casting.
But if Adam was born in 1940 he couldn’t have been eight when he saw Don on the train, because that would have set it in 1948, and it had to be between 1950 and 1953.
Okay and also? That same, tragically haircutted actor who plays young Dick does not look 13. And yet there he is when his baby brother is born. And his father is already dead.
And then the same kid (and we call him BCD; BowlCut Dick) does have a father. And I know that sometimes the same little kid plays a span of several years, but the issue of who his father is and when he died and suddenly there’s an Uncle Mack was especially confusing because it was Babylon (Ep 6) when he’s 13 but then Hobo Code (Ep 8 ) when he still has a father. And that’s just messing with us, frankly.
This from my sister while I was pretty much in a fetal position trying to chart this out a few months back:
Remember Don said “she buried him and took up with some other man,” implying she hooked up with Uncle Mack almost immediately after Archie died. That’s probably one of the reasons Don disliked her so. His father was no saint, but she could have at least allowed a proper mourning period before remarrying.
And if I may interject here, Don has carried the lovely trait of intolerance for mourning into his adulthood. Carry on, Deb.
Of course, in my mind, I go one step further. I suspect that Adam is actually Uncle Mack’s kid, and not Archie’s. Look at his coloring, look at his face. Abigail and Archie were both dark with angular features. Uncle Mack is sandy with more rounded features“like Adam. I bet Abigail was pregnant with Adam while Archie was still alive, or became pregnant soon after Archie died. To save face or avoid the stigma of being labeled a loose woman, they maintained that the kid was Archie’s. A woman who’s widowed while she’s pregnant is a far cry from a newly widowed woman who becomes pregnant. The irony there is that Don was labeled “whore child,” while Adam was “the first man,” although technically they’re both children of women who would be considered promiscuous by society’s standards. If Don was somehow aware of this situation, I imagine he’d hate Abigail and the circumstances of his upbringing even more, while at the same time, it might also explain his obsession with dark-haired women, as Kay suggested upthread.
Oh. Except I deleted the part where I’d kept the link to the thread. Sorry Kay.
Anyway, I hope that straightened nothing out for you. The answer is, the writers f-‘d up.
We love them anyway.