What’ll I Do?

 Posted by on May 26, 2015 at 8:50 am  Characters, Mad Men, Slideshow  15 Responses »
May 262015
 

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The first scene in Mad Men that made me laugh featured Betty Draper. It surprised me — she surprised me. She always does. As well as I think I know Betty Draper Francis, she never does exactly what I think she will. I think she even surprises herself.

What would you do if you were me? Would you love you? – Betty Draper

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Dead Duck Walking

 Posted by on May 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm  Characters, Mad Men, Slideshow  18 Responses »
May 172015
 

Last week we picked up a rock, made a wish, and heaved it at the old abandoned Weiner house. The sound of shattering glass in the dark made us smile. I can’t say this was prophetic; Deb said that. That’s good enough for me.

Don went through death and it broke him. He spent the night in a foxhole with a dead man. Don has PTSD, Roger probably does too; Pete and Harry don’t, which is partly why they will never fit into that circle. Even Duck was damaged enough to belong to the destroyed-psyches club; these are literally the Mad Men.

In 1970 the American landscape is littered with shell-shocked veterans. The Milk and Honey Trail shows them to us, from Don’s coterie in the Heartland to Duck in Manhattan. Continue reading »

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