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 [...]
The most recognizable back-of-head on television. Fan art by James Zapata.
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 [...]
Between Ritz crackers and lunch with Dave Wooster, Don absorbs some of the latest print ads, including … Ahem.
I want to scream at you for ruining all this. Then you tried to fix it, and there’s no point. – Betty Draper, The Grown-Ups Don Draper knows how to fix things. In Marriage of Figaro, he singlehandedly built Sally a play house for her birthday. He fixed a rickety chair for Anna when he [...]
About halfway through Mad Men episode 7.02: A Day’s Work, I wondered if we weren’t looking at an episode primarily concerned with communication and miscommunication. By the end, I understood this was an episode about wanting to be loved. Not about being loved, but about the desire for it, and all the permutations thereof. Valentine’s [...]
The penultimate image of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, leaves Peggy utterly alone. It reminded me of another image, in another episode.
With the title “Time Zones” and a fourth wall breaking opening monologue from Fred Rumsen pitching the wristwatch ad tagline, “Accutron. It’s not a time piece. It’s a conversation piece,” it’s no great stretch to see the use of time as a motif in MAD MAN’s first episode of Season 7. The idea of time [...]
During the course of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, two different quotes captivate Don. I feel it’s worth reviewing and comparing them.
In Mad Men Episode 6.12, The Quality of Mercy, Glen Bishop and his friend Rolo drive to visit Sally when she’s on her overnight visit to Miss Porter’s School. Just for fun, here’s their road trip.