Other smart people found smart connections in Mad Men episode 7.09: New Business.
— Judi Califano (@theJujucali) April 13, 2015
Holy shit. Roger called Diana “Mildred Pierce” in Severance. If you don’t know Mildred Pierce, it’s the story of a woman who took a social step downward from upper middle class suburbanite when she became a waitress (recall that Diana said she had a ranch house with a two-car garage). Mildred had two daughters. The younger died of the flu. She had a steamy affair with a dashing man who had a shady falsified history.
The other great catch this week comes from Matt Zoller Seitz:
A nifty and rather deeply embedded pop-culture reference: Pima is much older than Stan and has a streak in her hair, like Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate; Stan eagerly lets Pima seduce him, betraying his age-appropriate girlfriend Elaine.
Katherine Ross plays Elaine Robinson in The Graduate, and Stan’s girlfriend is Elaine. The streak in Mrs. Robinson’s hair is actually a blonde highlight, but the impression is striking.