Cast a novel, play, musical, television show or movie with the characters of Mad Men. It can be from the era of Mad Men, something from decades before, or something more modern. I’m going to present a partial list from Bewitched as an example: Don-Darrin Megan-Serena Joan-Endora Gender-bending is allowed, if you think it [...]
I miss the old Harry Crane. You remember old Harry, the lovable doofus of Sterling Cooper, the office schmoozer who’d screw up his assignments? Despite his flaws, he had a sweetness and gait about him that reminded me of my late father (Bill), right down to the horn-rimmed glasses and white short sleeved shirts. Yet [...]
Ted Chaough has changed. Or at least, he seems to have changed. We first met Ted (sometimes known as Teddy) in Season 4. First impression? He seemed a bit obnoxious, maybe more than a bit. He also seemed ambitious and persistent. He frequently showed up wherever Don was, which made him seem very “in-your-face.” (This [...]
“Honestly, Don, if I could deal with him, you could deal with him” The most memorable scene – in an episode of memorable scenes – was, through sheer force of acting, Joan’s raw shaming of Don in front of the partners. There was a buoyant chorus of “You go, girl!” from many quarters after that [...]
For Immediate Release was a Mad Men episode with a lot of optimistic, playful notes, but I woke up the morning after with the phrase Mutually Assured Destruction stuck in my head. Ken tells Pete that the principle of mutually assured destruction is why he’s not afraid of the bomb (“The Bomb” in those days; [...]
In the Season 5 episode The Other Woman, Peggy leaves SCDP for CGC wearing a deep wine-colored dress. For Immediate Release, Peggy learns that she will be back at SCDP (which is merging with CGC) wearing a dress of the identical color (this photo is from The Collaborators, in which she wore the same outfit).
My first reaction to Mad Men Episode 6.06: For Immediate Release was, who needs a theme when there’s so much going on? I mean, so much fun, drama, plot, adventure! Matt Weiner has said that Mad Men doesn’t have a genre, so each episode can be its own genre. We’ve had melodrama, Hitchcock, heists, black [...]
Everybody likes to go to the movies when they’re sad. – Bobby Draper, The Flood He’s very young, but Bobby Draper is right: there’s nothing like a good movie when you’re wrecked. The great gift of the movies is oblivion. Roger Ebert once said, “If a movie is really working, you forget for two hours [...]