I’m always gonna love Minnie Mouse.
There was a bit of discussion about why Sally and Bobby were dressed in these costumes, when earlier in the episode they had talked about being Minnie Mouse and an astronaut.
The reason that the kids’ first-choice costumes were nixed, and this was also discussed, was that neither Betty nor Don wanted the kids in store bought costumes.
I remember having the same struggle when I was a kid. I can remember the Halloween of 1970 (or possibly ’69) being mesmerized by the costumes in the stores. And my Nana bought me a Cinderella mask, which I thought was just magical (but wicked uncomfortable). My mother insisted on homemade costumes, and as I got a little older I started to appreciate the creativity. Are you kidding? My mom helped me last year when I needed a costume for a Halloween wedding I was singing in–I was in fact, Minnie Mouse.
The Drapers have money. Lots of it. So this was an ethical decision, one that Don and Betty both shared. Betty is the one who’s gotta sew ’em, for crying out loud. But no, we don’t do that. We will not indulge our children in that manner.
The hobo and the gypsy hearken an older world feel, one that seems to echo that ethic. Basketcases have also remarked that both the hobo and the gypsy represent freer, simpler times. Dick Whitman. People’s real selves. Unencumbered.
But isn’t it true that the images of both hobos and gypsies are associated with deception?
Well, yeah. You might even say there is a flavor of hidden identity.
And waaait-a-second. What do Minnie Mouse and the astronaut represent?
The astronaut represents exploration and the unknown. Minnie Mouse represents commercialism.
They both represent the future. And you know what else they represent?
So I just want to say that while the Gypsy and the Hobo was one of the most emotional episodes of television I’ve ever watched, and the final scene was oh-so touching, I just don’t know. I don’t know if the Drapers finding themselves a family of gypsies and hobos is quite as deep-sigh-of-relief as it might appear.