Chocolate enthusiasts may already be aware that Hershey's chocolate has a faintly sour aftertaste. In fact, that flavor distinguishes the American-made chocolate from many of its European competitors. While Hershey's chocolate may mix sweet and a little bit of sour for a distinctly delicious taste, the memory of its flavor is bittersweet for Don Draper, whose honest and uncharacteristically candid recollection of his early Hershey's memories weren't quite as appealing to the fictional Hershey's reps featured in the Mad Men season finale as they were to the actual brand...
Mad Men closes out its excellent sixth season with a real game changer for the show at almost every turn you can imagine. We have to start with Don, who ultimately is forced into temporary exile after a season of absenteeism with the company, and life in general, forces the other partners to play their hand. And just when things were starting to look up for the guy.
I had a hard time swallowing the idea that Bob really did have it bad for Pete, but it's hard to imagine any other reason that a careful social-climber would campaign for such a risky job. He wanted to get closer to Pete-- and, OK, get a major promotion in the process. And because Pete has proven in the past that he's a pretty lousy blackmailer, Bob's going to get it
Where to start, Don Draper 2.0, the maiming of Ken Cosgrove, the triumphant return of Glen? These are all trumped by the second really bad week in a row for Don who last week lost his daughter and now might have lost the only other woman in his life that matters.
The aptly titled episode of Mad Men spreads the wealth to many of the ensemble before bringing it all back around right on top of Don. Away from the impending bomb in Don's life, Pete's stack has yet to blow and maybe that joint at the end of last week took a bit of the edge off. Bob's recommended nurse, Manolo, is a big hit with Mrs. Campbell...
This week's episode of Mad Men is all about tension boiling over, but I am left the most intrigued by the one who still hasn't quite done so yet. Pete Campbell has been the secret lead this season when it comes to the office of SC&P (we got a name!) in that there has been a lot of moving and shaking for all, and Pete is the one on the most unstable ground.
Mad Men lights an old flame, extinguishes another and can't quite ignite a couple others. The extinguished flame this week is unfortunately that between Abe and Peggy who just don't seem to gel as well anymore, especially in their hell hole of a neighborhood. Abe is stabbed by either a black, a Puerto Rican or white guy on the subway, but it's when he gets stabbed by Peggy, on accident, that he finally gets the guts to call things off.
WTF? That is the number one feeling Mad Men has going through my head right now, but I like it. Seriously, what the fuck was that episode. The show has been known to pull some some of themed episodes from time to time and this might just be their drug trip entry. We might have gotten a taste of this before with Roger and his LSD trip, but we are thrown headfirst into this trip through the eyes of Don, Stan and a few other “enhanced” members of Sterling Cooper Draper Whatever It's Called.
SCDP and CGC have become... well they don't have a name yet, and the merger sees heads rolling and rivalries heating up in a hurry. Don and Ted have always been rivals, even if it is a bit one sided from Chaugh's side, but now that they are in the same office they have to find new ways to find out who's dick is bigger; metaphorically, obviously.
Mad Men delivers an all-timer with “For Immediate Release” whose ending is a wonderful call back to the title of this episode as the revolving door of incidents leads to a completely unexpected conclusion.
The death of MLK Jr. brings out a lot of interesting emotions this week in our cast of characters and none of them are really as expected. While everyone gets dolled up for the Ad Club of New York awards, with a special speech by Paul Newman, news of Martin Luther King’s death begins to spread across the city creating emotions at every turn.
A great, great episode of Mad Men this week has become the benchmark for the season going forward. The fourth hour of Mad Men this season was one of its largest ensembles to date and it doesn't waste a minute with any of them. Besides being hilarious and rather plot driven, the episode is a real stand out because it lets us into so many characters' lives.
Getting caught seems to be a running theme this week on Mad Men and our characters handle that pressure quite differently. Don seems at quite the loss with his feelings this week as he is having trouble putting up his public persona against where his feelings truly lay. As we dive deeper into his ongoing affair with his friend and neighbor Sylvia Rosen, Don is reminded of his time living in a rooming house that happens to rent out one of its rooms to a lady of the night.
In the grand tradition of Mad Men previews, the video above gives us almost nothing to go on in terms of the plot. These maddening previews seem to go out of their way to keep us in the dark, only giving us random snippets of dramatic and tension-filled scenes that don't offer enough to really speculate on beyond knowing that people will be having discussions about things. And stuff. Of course, it doesn't take much of an appetizer for fans to tune in to the acclaimed series, especially after last night's double-dose of a premiere.
Mad Men is back, so you know what that means-- we're poring over weather reports from the 60s to find that New Year's Eve snowstorm, flipping through copies of Dante's The Inferno for hidden references, and mourning that Lindsay Weir (a.k.a. Linda Cardellni) has shown up to make trouble for a beloved TV marriage. We've already written our full recap of the episode, but with two hours and a whole lot of story to dig through, there's obviously more to talk about