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episode 3: the good news


Another week, another episode.

Episode 3: The Good News

Don takes a trip. Joan has scheduling problems. Don and Lane get to know each other a little better.

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tomfoolery815
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Lane needs to get drunk with Don more often.

But, when he thanked Don for a "welcome distraction," it occurred to me that he wasn't the only one looking for a distraction.

I felt so bad for Don, er, Dick there at the end. Anna -- whom I love -- might actually be the great love of his life, I think. And here he is, helpless to intervene the way he wants to. Because, sad to say, her sister's harsh but right: He is just a man in a room with a checkbook.

Jesus, did you see the veins in Hamm's forehead when Dick was hugging Anna goodbye? Bryan Cranston is unbelievably great on Breaking Bad (and I know you have to take my word for it), but I hope Jon Hamm gets some Emmy love this year.

I was just as floored as Dick when Hot Berkeley Girl told him that Anna didn't know she had cancer. It's hard to imagine that happening to an adult ever, much less as recently as 1964.

She was having medical marijuana and didn't even know it.
marymary
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Well I liked the whole Joan/Lane storyline. He (we come to understand) snapped at her because of his stress and loneliness, tried to make it right, made it worse... Poor Lane. But my favorite part was that, once Joan understood what had happened, she snapped to attention and sorted the situation.

I also liked the scene with her husband. She was afraid to let him stitch her hand! "Just take me to the hospital!" That was pretty hilarious. I'm glad they had him be all calm and competent.

Also liked Peggy's face when she told Joan that her New Year's Eve plans were with "...Mark? My boyfriend?" I had the idea that she just wanted a boyfriend to have a boyfriend, but that look really confirmed it. Maybe she feels that, as someone with a partner, she's moving on the path to being a serious professional? Because I don't see her being the type who needs a man, per se.

Aw, poor Anna. Poor Dick. That was heartbreaking. He painted her wall! D':

The only part I didn't like was the Stephanie bit. SO predictable I almost couldn't watch.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
my favorite part was that, once Joan understood what had happened, she snapped to attention and sorted the situation.
I liked that too, Mary.

She was afraid to let him stitch her hand! "Just take me to the hospital!"
Was there was a general presumption that he was a bad doctor? I did think that.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Also liked Peggy's face when she told Joan that her New Year's Eve plans were with "...Mark? My boyfriend?" I had the idea that she just wanted a boyfriend to have a boyfriend, but that look really confirmed it. Maybe she feels that, as someone with a partner, she's moving on the path to being a serious professional? Because I don't see her being the type who needs a man, per se.

I don't think she's needs a man either, Mary. I think you might be right about Peggy seeing a partner as a necessity. That she thinks that's what she needs to do. Which makes it sad that she's staying -- doubling down, even -- with Mark in light of that post-coital look on her face.

If she marries him, I project the divorce in about '72 or '73.
marymary
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Was there was a general presumption that he was a bad doctor? I did think that.

Yeah, I think he basically flunked out of his surgical residency or something. IIRC, he needed the approval of a certain attending and didn't get it? Anyway, at the time, all Joan ever said were words of encouragement. I thought it was funny how we suddenly discover that she does think he's a bad doctor. That really tickled me.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
IIRC, he needed the approval of a certain attending and didn't get it?
That's what I recall, Mary. (Sorry! Thought our host had returned)

Anyway, at the time, all Joan ever said were words of encouragement.
Well, Joan keeps up appearances, right? Even with herself to some extent.

I thought it was funny how we suddenly discover that she does think he's a bad doctor. That really tickled me.
Right. When it's her hand ...

Edited at 2010-08-09 03:51 am (UTC)
marymary
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
(Sorry! Thought our host had returned)

No problem, I do it all the time. :)

Important Safety Tip: Don't reply to a person to tell them they have an error, because then they can't edit it! It amazes me how many people do this.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I know! I await the further evolution of so many error-spotters. :-)
marymary
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
You know, I really hate MM's scenes from next week. They just edit together clips with one word, one phrase, a reaction shot. You never get any actual tips about what's coming up, except the rare time when someone's mere presence (like last week with Allison) is a clue. Maybe it's supposed to be fun and stylish but I find it annoying. Or maybe I'm just cranky. :)
gatsbyfan
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
I guess I should be happy that my Comcast DVR always manages to cut off during the middle of the scenes from next week. It seems it doesn't matter that I miss them.
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tomfoolery815
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Or maybe I'm just cranky. :)
No, it's not just you. :-) Alison's appearance led some of us (well, me) to think certain things about tonight's episode, and it turned out to be misdirection.

Weiner is notoriously spoiler-averse -- he was so upset at one of the New York Times TV writers for how spoiler-heavy her season-premiere preview story was that AMC is no longer sending "screener" copies out to critics. I wonder if the vague, often misleading nature of the previews is some kind of compromise between Weiner and AMC. Mysterious, ambiguous snippets rather than actual previews.
marymary
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
I wonder if the vague, often misleading nature of the previews is some kind of compromise between Weiner and AMC.

Based on what you say about Weiner, that makes a lot of sense.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
The only part I didn't like was the Stephanie bit. SO predictable
Stephanie is the college student? Presuming that: That was predictable, yes. But this, IMO, is further proof of Don being off his game. He thought the logical next step was to make a pass at her, when she's much closer to Joey's "He's pathetic" line of thinking. She is so not Bobbie Barrett or Abigail, but he doesn't know it.

So ... was that supposed to be Lenny Bruce in the comedy club?

I did love Peggy poking her head in Lane's office after Joan blew up at him. I picture Peggy having a "WTF?" reaction, then trailing Joan down the hall.
gatsbyfan
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
I'm going to start with the superficial... Dear god that shot of Don in the convertible when he just arrived in California. Oh boy. Seriously it isn't fair that he is that handsome.

I also enjoyed the shot where he was sitting on the couch after just finding out about Anna and it goes from dark to light. Not original, but a nice touch.
gatsbyfan
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
I also liked the scene with her husband. She was afraid to let him stitch her hand! "Just take me to the hospital!" That was pretty hilarios.
I loved that bit too, Mary. I thought the same thing because we know he failed at being a surgeon. Granted stitches require less skill, I would still be worried.

Also interesting that Joan had two abortions. I'm not surprised that she had one, but I am a little surprised that she had two. I guess that the doctor examining her performed the second one.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Dear god that shot of Don in the convertible when he just arrived in California. Oh boy. Seriously it isn't fair that he is that handsome.
He looked so good there that I noticed it, Gatzy. (That's always been my test: If I find myself thinking "Damn, that's a good-looking man.") Those few seconds of film may already be a GIF.
gatsbyfan
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
I was just as floored as Dick when Hot Berkeley Girl told him that Anna didn't know she had cancer. It's hard to imagine that happening to an adult ever, much less as recently as 1964.
Yeah, see that's what I don't understand. If it were her husband, I could buy it. But I don't understand how she isn't aware of her condition. When my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the late 50s/early 60s she was told and presented with the options. My grandfather was only involved when they went for a follow-up meeting to schedule surgery. So I just don't understand how she isn't making the decisions especially considering she isn't incapacitated mentally.
marymary
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Also interesting that Joan had two abortions. I'm not surprised that she had one, but I am a little surprised that she had two. I guess that the doctor examining her performed the second one.

Yeah, I think he did the second one. I sort of like that she had two -- not that I like it, but I sort of think it makes sense for her character. She's around 30, she's been master of her sexuality for a long time, and she's highly practical and stoic. Whereas a Peggy is so unprepared for sex and for professional life that she literally ignores her pregnancy until the last second, Joan stares it right in the face. She takes precautions or takes action. I guess I was surprised that she wasn't able to find a doctor to do the first one, but it was very Joan that she just told the doc frankly that it was someone who said she was a midwife.
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