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 212014
 

Masters-of-Sex-Parallax-Virginia-BillThank you, loyal Basketcases, for hanging in an extra week while I traveled for business. Although I sometimes imagine I’ll find a way to get the writing done while on the road, it rarely happens, so I’m combining two weeks of Masters of Sex Season 2 into one post.

So far, Season 2 is shaping up to be far better than Season 1. There’s no doubt the show has been improving all along, but now we’re in a place where the darkest nature of sexual desire is being explored.

In the season premiere, Parallax, we find Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters where they left off last season; he knocking on her door and telling her he cannot do without her. For a short while, intercut throughout the episode, they give their passion for each other rein, but soon they return to the comfortable, believable lie—that this is about the work, and not an affair. The cost is a little honesty, a little comfort; both Virgina and Bill are very good at holding their feelings in check and acting as if they can rise above it all. The real price is being paid by Libby Masters, of course, and Caitlin FitzGerald portrays her character as if she sits on a knife-edge of revelation and loss. Continue reading »

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Personal and Professional Acts

Personal and Professional Acts

Jul 16, 2014

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 [...]

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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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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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Revived & Reborn Basket of Kisses FUNDRAISER

Revived & Reborn Basket of Kisses FUNDRAISER

Jun 23, 2014

Basketcases, let’s talk turkey. We’re writers. Deborah has some good computer knowledge, can do fancy things with HTML, can make MS Word sit up and bark like a dog. But we’re not techies. Fixing this website involved things like “php.ini” and “SQL” and other things we can’t say. We don’t make money from this gig. [...]

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