Mad Men Haiku!

 Posted by on June 11, 2015 at 4:00 am  Characters, Mad Men
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conceiving gene 2


Third Draper child, Gene

Conceived in desperation

Finally, you speak

Genie speaks


  10 Responses to “Mad Men Haiku!”

  1. Poor Baby Gene – He was a part of one of the greatest series ever to come to television and he got to say exactly two words. “Hi, Sally.” 🙂 Easiest paycheck that kid will ever get…

    • Does he get a union card for a non-speaking role? And if so, if twins share the role and only one speaks, do they both get the union card?

  2. He also said, “No!” when he didn’t want to leave the kitchen, didn’t he? Three whole words from that poor kid.

    • You’re correct!

      And, I just remembered one other time baby Gene speaks, giving him a grand total of five words.

      In Season 5, Episode 9, “Dark Shadows” baby Gene gets away with one of the few ad libs by an actor throughout the entire Mad Men run. Don is walking out the apartment door with Bobby and Gene. Don takes Gene’s hand and says, “Let’s go.” You can hear baby Gene ad lib “Jumpy. Jumpy” as he literally jumps out the front door holding Don’s hand (around the 27 minute mark).

      Three scripted words and two ad libs!

  3. Best haiku yet.

  4. He also says, “Bye Daddy”.
    However, that could have been a voice over, he was getting out of the Caddy with Sally and Bobby. His back is to Don as he climbs out and we hear, “Bye Daddy”.
    Therefore, we have – Three scripted words, two ad libs and one voice over.
    The kids’ a star!

  5. I have a sad but true question – Will Baby Gene remember Betty? How old is he?

  6. Baby Gene was born in 1963, so he is around seven years old when we last see him in 1970 — he certainly seems younger than seven.

    Children younger than seven can form autobiographical memories, which are the memories formed based on both specific experiences, including people and places (also called episodic memory) and general knowledge about the world, usually encoded with language (also called semantic memory). Memory is constructive, so the extent to which Gene will remember Betty is based not only on his own experiences and his ability to encode those experiences into representations (usually language), but is also based on the stories that others (Sally, Bobby, Don, Henry, Uncle William, etc) tell him about Betty. The vividness and emotionality connected to memories also make them more potent and more likely to be remembered.

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