Sometimes we see more by looking less.
As Mad Men DVD-watchers know, the writers love embedding small messages within seemingly mundane moments throughout the show. For instance, in The Mountain King, the transition between Don’s pensive gaze out the window in California and Peggy’s similar pose in New York was meant to convey their connected souls.
Other “Easter Eggs” appear where we least expect them – music cues that are call-backs to previous episodes, loaded phrases that reference unrelated conversations.
During last weekend’s re-airing of Three Sundays, one of these chestnuts jumped out at me, which was a delight, since I consider this episode one of the masterpieces.
As Peggy’s sister, Anita Respola (a finer Brooklynite name has never been invented in the history of television), is concluding her controversial confession to Father Gil, she is reciting her act of contrition. “I detest all my sins,” she speaks. “I dread the loss of Heaven…”
Open to: Sterling Cooper conference room following the doomed American Airlines pitch.
The loss of Heaven, indeed.