Jul 232014
 

hamm1This one has me thinking …

The Dick Whitman we see in Korea is no football hero, we know that. And in 6 1/2 seasons there’s not one piece of evidence on screen to suggest Dick could have been anything more than a tackling dummy.

I’d be interested to know just what kind of backstory Don gave himself in order to woo Betty.

I imagine Gene Hofstadt needed about 10 seconds to see through that canard.

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Jul 162014
 

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Taking place as it does on Valentine’s Day and the occasion of a funeral, flowers are major narrative motif that runs through the Mad Men episode A Day’s Work. These elements are woven into a story depicting characters who find themselves forced to “act” a certain way as they play out the various roles in their life. The episode explores the idea of individuals struggling to sort out truth from fiction as these roles are played with others who are performing roles of their own. Continue reading »

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Emmy Award Nominations Announced!

Emmy Award Nominations Announced!

Jul 10, 2014

The list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was released this morning, and our shows represent (shows we actively blog in bold below)! The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on August 25th. Read the full list below! Be outraged! Sound off! Outstanding Drama Series “Breaking Bad” (AMC) “Downton Abbey” (PBS) “Game of [...]

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Accutron: It's a Conversation Piece

Accutron: It’s a Conversation Piece

Jul 9, 2014

When you look up something that was in an episode of Mad Men, you are meandering through history, and often, through people’s obsessions. While this site is a jeweler, it reads more like a love affair with Accutron. There’s an interesting history page here. I also found a buyer’s guide. Because there’s a lot to [...]

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Pennies in Season 6

Pennies in Season 6

Jul 7, 2014

At the beginning of Mad Men Season 6, there was speculation that pennies would be an ongoing theme. Pennies are mentioned in the first three episodes that were aired. (Since The Doorway Parts One and Two were aired together, pennies were actually mentioned in three of the first four episodes, but whatever.) But then the [...]

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Happy 4th

Happy 4th

Jul 4, 2014

Whatever you do this weekend, make it unforgettable.

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In Care Of: Stan is Dressed to Impress

In Care Of: Stan is Dressed to Impress

Jul 2, 2014

Mad Men Episode 6.13: In Care Of–The episode opens with Stan approaching Don about the California office. I’m struck by his appearance. Stan of the scruffy face. Stan, who never wears a tie, who puts a jacket over a polo shirt for client presentations. Stan, who comes to work in a leather fringe jacket. Stan [...]

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Fear stimulates my imagination

Fear stimulates my imagination

Jun 30, 2014

Fear stimulates my imagination. I had this quote on the brain tonight, because I am working on a tight deadline and I know how stimulating it is. The quote is from Season 1, Episode 1: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. At the time, the quote seemed glib and witty, a sigh of relief and a [...]

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What happened to Mitchell?

What happened to Mitchell?

Jun 25, 2014

In Mad Men Episode 6.11: Favors, Don comes home to find Megan talking with Mitchell Rosen. Mitchell leaves and Megan explains he’s 1-A, draft eligible. Don asks how that’s possible if Mitchell is in college. Megan says he sent his draft card back in protest, so they reclassified him. Later that night, Don and Arnie [...]

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Basket of News, May 31-June 6, 2014

Jun 6, 2014

Matthew Weiner’s Are You Here has a trailer online. Matt told Entertainment Weekly that the finished version — which debuts in theaters and on demand Aug. 22 — is “actually quite a bit different than it was” at the Toronto Film Festival. ICYMI, the Lipps posted Part Two of their interview with Mr. Weiner. Matt also talked to Vanity Fair about Don Draper’s [...]

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Waterloo Recap: The Best Things in Life Are Free

May 26, 2014

The moon belongs to everyone The best things in life are free The stars belong to everyone They gleam there for you and me. I guess it’s a good thing Don Draper hasn’t joined Roger Sterling on an acid trip. As evidenced by the ending of Mad Men episode 7.07: Waterloo (the mid-season finale), he really hallucinates enough [...]

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Peggy is connected.

May 22, 2014

Those people in Manhattan? They are better than us. Because they want things they haven’t seen. It was always the great irony of Peggy’s character that she was very good at a job that had her selling products to women nothing like her by trying to get inside their heads and figure out what they [...]

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Fan Art Thursday: Don Draper by Rapsag

Fan Art Thursday: Don Draper by Rapsag

May 22, 2014

Terrific piece by “Rapsag” found on DeviantArt.

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