“It’s the future. It’s all I ever wanted.”
After weeks of dense, intricate episodes of Mad Men that have challenged my skills as a writer, it’s something of a relief to experience the plain ol’ symbolic, interesting, well-written, enjoyable hour of At the Codfish Ball. I strongly suspect that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life analyzing this, and that I can derive all its meaning in two or three viewings.
Which is not a criticism! I loved this episode, and I love the more complex ones. I do, however, see the difference.
The lyrics of the song “At the Codfish Ball” are about dancing fish. Twice we see Sally confronted with eating fish. The first time, she’s served spaghetti—you know kids, they just won’t eat grown-up food. The second time, at the banquet, she tries it, and it seems like she might be learning to like it. But, while the kids in Megan’s commercial are having beans rather than spaghetti, in either case comfort food and comforting adults aren’t available to girls who eat fish and stumble upon illicit blow jobs.
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