Home Invasions

 Posted by on April 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm  Characters, Mad Men, Slideshow, Themes  52 Responses »
Apr 152015
 

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Early on in of Mad Men episode 7.09, New Business, Don’s secretary, Meredith, tells Harry Crane that she’d be afraid to got o California because the “the Manson brothers could be running around.” Taking place in May of 1970, the The Tate-LaBianca murders committed by, as Harry quickly corrects Meredith, the “Manson FAMILY” would certainly be front and center in the minds of many. However, as nothing on Mad Men is random, it’s hard to imagine these were throw-away lines added strictly to be a period cultural reference or, as some reviewers have postulated, an inside joke about past predictions that Megan would get somehow caught up in the Manson murders of the late 1960’s. Instead, this seems to be a deliberate device in an episode that focuses on outside intruders and dysfunctional families. Continue reading »

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We Are Happy To Serve You

 Posted by on April 9, 2015 at 6:52 am  Characters, Mad Men, Season 7, Themes  24 Responses »
Apr 092015
 

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While running the audition of a model in a chinchilla coat,at the very beginning of Mad Men episode 7.08, Severance, a close up of Don’s hand shows a coffee cup with the words “We are happy to serve you” written on the side. This motif is carried throughout the episode as moments of introspection on the part of various characters are punctuated by displays of servitude to others. In an episode about people questioning their life choices, this device helps create a mood of subordination to situations one cannot control.

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Fly Away With Me

Fly Away With Me

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Paris. Now. Let’s go. – Don to Midge, The Hobo Code There are as many ways to travel as there are travelers. Some people live for the next great adventure: a road trip, a weekend in Las Vegas, a vacation to Panama. Some people travel just to tell others where they’ve been. And some people […]

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[Here’s another reprint of a lost article. It garnered lively discussion last spring.] When Peggy Olson wants to dress up, she wraps herself up in a bow. Well, not “dress up” exactly. I think it’s specifically when she wants to please a man, or be sexy or beautiful. She doesn’t wear bows to church or […]

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We are delighted to announce that thanks to some inside connections, Basket of Kisses will offer the collective wisdom of the Sterling Cooper & Partners team to address our readers’ moral quandaries, lovelorn queries, and general questions about life. We’re inaugurating the weekly series with Roger Sterling as our resident sage. Mr. Sterling is more […]

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It’s worth mentioning that Lou Avery was Duck’s recruit at SC&P, following Don’s dismissal. We all know Duck considers Creatives second-class citizens (“It’ll take a second to find a kid who can write a prose poem to a potato chip …”), so what kind of candidate do you think he’d put forth? Lou Avery.  Consider the […]

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Don's still hungry.

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Between Ritz crackers and lunch with Dave Wooster, Don absorbs some of the latest print ads, including … Ahem.

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Don's hungry.

Don’s hungry.

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Maybe I just need a “Brooklyn Avenue” from Canter’s, but what stuck out to me in last Sunday’s Mad Men episode, Time Zones was Don taking healthy bites of food, not once but twice. First meeting with Pete for the aforementioned pastrami where they put coleslaw right on the sandwich.  Unemployed Don takes a huge bite.

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The Marriage of Pete

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The other day, Melissa and I went to a baby shower in Connecticut, and on the way back we passed a sign for Cos Cobb. It was an epic poem getting home from there. Naturally, we started talking about Pete and Trudy. I think there’s a part of their marriage and separation that has been […]

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When Don met Betty, he was drawn to her sweetness and Grace Kelly-like beauty. In a flashback, he raved to Anna that he had met a beautiful, happy girl and he loved the way she laughed and the way she looked at him. When he met Rachel, he fell in love with her intelligence and […]

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