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Mad Men: Christmas Waltz

Sorry it's a little late. I was out of town until this morning. 

Season 5, Episode 10: Christmas Waltz
Lane's in hot water, Pete can't get no satisfaction, Harry checks out the Hare Krishnas and Don and Joan go for a ride and have a drink.

I'll be back after I finish unpacking and taking a long nap. Those 6AM flights are killers.

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tomfoolery815
May. 22nd, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Let's just get this out of the way: All other definitions of chemistry may now take a back seat to Don and Joan at the bar. Wow.

I think what makes their flirting all the more delicious is the fact that they have no intention of acting upon it. They're clearly attracted to each other, and have always been -- and the world says "Duh-doy, Tom, look at them!" -- but long ago came to a mutual understanding, spoken or otherwise, that there would be no acting upon the attraction. Even given each person's casual regard for notions of fidelity.

Either Sepinwall or Goodman pointed out something that I thought as I was watching it: Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks clearly enjoyed filming this scene. It didn't take me out of the moment or anything, but it's one of those things where you feel like you can detect the actors reveling in it. Again, no surprise: "Oh, I have to flirt with Jon/Christina in this scene. Yeah, I'll manage." :)
tomfoolery815
May. 22nd, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
All that flirty fun aside ... I like that Megan was pissed at Don for coming home late for dinner and let him have it. I also like that Don sat there in his wrongness, being wrong. He tried to pass it off as normal business activity, and while some of it was, most of it was not. It's OK to have a couple drinks with your hot, platonic friend, but it's not OK to do so while you partner waits for you to come home for dinner.
tomfoolery815
May. 22nd, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see that Don has dragged himself back to taking the actual work seriously. Good for Pete, needling him about possibly having to stay past 5:30.

Pete clearly feels that SDCP needs Don to be Don, not to be Roger without any gray hair. Regarding Roger, Pete had my favorite line of the episode: "Other than Roger, who started drinking at exactly 7:55 this morning, no one has given me the reaction I desire from this blessed event." /historynerd

Edited at 2012-05-23 11:58 pm (UTC)
gatsbyfan
May. 24th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Good for Pete, needling him about possibly having to stay past 5:30.
That line was great. And perfect coming from Pete considering he feels like he's doing all the work around the office.
gatsbyfan
May. 24th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
That episode was like a Christmas gift to viewers in May.

Don and Joan in the bar flirting and reminiscing... so perfect. I loved the line from Don You’re going to need to define some of these pronouns if you want me to keep listening. Because to me that showed that he was really listening and wanting to help her.

Also:
But no flowers from you.
You scared the shit out of me. Bert Peterson told me you were the one person in the agency I shouldn’t cross.

And now we know why they never got together. Don was afraid of little old Joan.

Interesting that they confirmed that Roger knows about Kevin and Joan refuses to take his money. Loved Joan's reply to Roger's comments about how they create a baby:
Yes, and now it’s some other lucky girl’s turn.
She gets Roger and understands that she doesn't have a future with him. He can be a bit of fun, but he's not husband material.

I actually liked Joan's meltdown on the secretary. She seemed like a dim bulb and good for us to see Joan break down once. She's usually so strong.

Favorite part: When Roger brings Joan the flowers from "Ali Khan" Your mother did a good job.
gatsbyfan
May. 24th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
Somehow it's not that surprising that Paul ends up a Hare Krishna. He was usually experimenting (pot, interracial dating, Civil Rights), so it seems sort of reasonable that he would fall into their spell. Though even though he's their best recruiter he admits that he isn't really getting anything out of the moment.

You have to feel bad for him. He has all these desires but clearly doesn't have the talent. But Harry lies and gives him money to get to LA. (So Harry isn't a complete ass.) But I wonder if Paul will actually go. He was so obsessed with Lakshmi that I'm not positive he's leaving her behind for the dream of writing for television.

(How funny was his hair?)

Kudos to Megan for calling Don out for coming home late and drunk. My guess is he'll think twice before disappearing without calling Megan. Which reminds me... I liked Joan's comment as to why Don wasn't getting anything out of the Jaguar: It’s because your happy. You don’t need it. It also helps that he has the other mid-life crisis possession: A hot, young wife.

Pete... you need to stop whining. Good god, he's never going to give up trying to get praise for his work.

Don's speech at the end... The old Don that we saw pitch Kodak was back. And I liked it.

Lane's storyline is troubling. I just can't figure out if he's going to end up blowing up just his career/marriage or also SCDP in the process.
tomfoolery815
May. 26th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
And now we know why they never got together. Don was afraid of little old Joan.
It suggests that while it took time for Dick to fully become the Don Draper we've come to know, on his first day at Sterling Cooper Joan was already fully formed. So to speak. :)

Favorite part: When Roger brings Joan the flowers from "Ali Khan" Your mother did a good job.
I loved it, too. That was sweet of Don. Joan's smile in response was delightful.

Somehow it's not that surprising that Paul ends up a Hare Krishna.
It's not, is it? Some of what Paul has does comes off as chasing trends, but we see in this episode that he's been searching, and he's adrift.

But Harry lies and gives him money to get to LA. (So Harry isn't a complete ass.)
It was nice to see Harry doing something generous instead of ... asshat-y.

(How funny was his hair?)
Quite. :)

Don's speech at the end... The old Don that we saw pitch Kodak was back. And I liked it.
It was pleasing to see Don show some enthusiasm for the job again.
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