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(I'm setting this up early because I'm in a meeting all day and have no idea when I'll be home. Plus, I'll likely watch the Emmys tonight - If I'm lucky - and catch up on Mad Men tomorrow evening.)
 

Season 3, Episode 6: "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency"
A surprise visitor shows up at Sterling Cooper; Sally gets spooked by something (or someone); and Joan is the recipient of some surprising news.

As always, remember to track the conversation.



 

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tomfoolery815
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
Haven't watched yet, but I wanted to let everybody know that Monday's Oprah episode is Mad Men-centric.
tomfoolery815
Sep. 21st, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an episode!

"We don’t know who he is yet, or who he’s going to be. And that is a wonderful thing."

Don says that to Sally, IMO, because she's too young to appreciate it if he were to say "Don't get so hung up on the name he was born with."

Once he saw that Betty was unmovable on how she was dealing with Gene's death (the baby's name), he worked on helping Sally deal with it.
tomfoolery815
Sep. 21st, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
There's so much to talk about in this one! But I will say just one more thing, then wait for the rest of you to turn up.

I love the moment, in the hospital, when Don and Joan are just looking at each other, silently, and the camera(s) linger. The alpha male and the alpha female. They're both so cool, and simultaneously so hot, that the look exchanged is all that is necessary. (Although the kiss on the cheek, followed with the removal of the lipstick, was a nice touch.)

So, I ask you guys: Do you think they had a fling at some point? Or have they always just wordlessly acknowledged a mutual attraction based on mutual respect? I lean toward the latter.

Edited at 2009-09-21 10:43 pm (UTC)
marymary
Sep. 22nd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
The doctors say he'll never golf again.

I'm sorry, did something else happen in this episode?
tomfoolery815
Sep. 22nd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
I know, right? That made me laugh explosively. :-)
marymary
Sep. 22nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Sorry, it's just that the British guys took it as a given that McKetridge (?) would have to leave his position, and that line seemed to explain it. Hands down, my favorite moment so far this season.

Anyway...no, Tom, IMO Don and Joan didn't have a fling. I think it's what you said, they respect each other. They're both attractive, but that's not what it's about for them. Their attractiveness is part of their power, and they appreciate that about each other. That's how I think about their relationship.

Moreover, I think I'd be disappointed if they had had an affair, because that would undercut what I think they have, which is sort of cool.

I LOVED Joan putting the guy whose name I still can't remember in his place at the start of the episode.

There were several things in this ep that were sort of telegraphed. I honestly can't decide whether I enjoy that or am disappointed. I think I lean toward the former. The John Deere -- well I can't say I saw the severed foot coming, but I def saw some plate glass falling. And the Barbie discarded. And since Don told Betty about the promotion, you just knew he wouldn't get it. And when the British were oblivious to July 4th, I figured they had some come-uppance upcoming.

Same feeling as the ep where Gene died; I was just waiting all episode for him to die. But in a way it's sort of satisfying. I guess you can't watch this much TV and not develop superpowers, right? You guys certainly had the same thoughts.

Thank god Betty still looks 4 months pregnant. I expect nothing less from you Weiner. And I continue to be impressed with the subtlety and complexity of Don and Betty as parents. Nice jobs all around.

Yay for Connie reappearing! Like Don, I had no idea who he was until you guys told me. :-)



tomfoolery815
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
the British guys took it as a given that McKetridge (?) would have to leave his position, and that line seemed to explain it.
Yes, they left the rest of it unsaid, didn't they? They're like the show that way. :-)

Their attractiveness is part of their power, and they appreciate that about each other.
ITA.

I LOVED Joan putting the guy whose name I still can't remember in his place at the start of the episode.
Oh, that was so hot. ;-) He makes some crack about the unattractiveness of the office's women, and she smacks him down hard and immediately: "Well, we could hire some prostitutes. I know your prime minister enjoys their company." It hardly matters that she got
Profumo's former position in Her Majesty's government wrong. That's still a direct hit. Then he ruins the surprise, and she lets him have it again. Mmmm ...
tomfoolery815
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
The maiming of Guy's foot was supposed to be at least a little funny, right? If it had happened to some character we liked, it would have been different. But, for whatever it says about me, I laughed out loud at that.

I love Roger's little journey through this episode. He agrees to the sitdown with Don. Don makes all the concessions, so Roger's feeling good again. Then, he's not even on the org chart; he's literally scribbled into the margin. Marginalized. ;-) He needs Cooper to tell him "we took their money, we have to do what they say."

Notably, Roger is positively chipper as the blood is being wiped off the window. He knows he just reascended that chart.

"He might lose his foot."
"Right when he got it in the door."
amycurl
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)

"He might lose his foot."
"Right when he got it in the door."


This was the best line in the episode, IMO. :-)

I love the Conrad Hilton thing..."think big." The thing is, Don is a *creation* of Dick Whitman's big thinking. Connie has no idea how much Don already has been thinking big all of his life.

It also drove home to me how much we needed the ADA in this country. ;-) Here's this incredibly talented guy, who it's just presumed won't be able to do his job. Don comes through again as the champion of the underdog, and the person who values talent above almost all else--"I don't think that's really necessary..."

Okay, I don't have really that much else to say. We were trying to figure out just how big Hilton was at this point (compared to, say, how massive it is now...)
tomfoolery815
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
This was the best line in the episode, IMO. :-)
Spoiled for choice here, aren't we A? I think my pick for best line is another of (shock!) Roger's: "Jesus, it’s like Iwo Jima out there. We should put a rubber mat down so Cooper can get around."

I also loved this exchange at the hospital:
Don: Joan ... my God!
Joan: (looking at her dress): I know. It’s ruined.
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