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mad men: "out of town"

My show is back!

When last we left the good people of Sterling Cooper a lot of things happened. I'm not going to attempt to summarize. I don't have that kind of time. 

Season 3, Episode 1: Out of Town
Salvatore and Don take a business trip out of town. Pete Campbell and Ken Cosgrove worry about the changes at Sterling-Cooper and how the changes will impact them.

The times are a changing.... so grab your martini and come discuss the changes -both personal and professional - in the lives of Don, Betty, Joan, Peggy, Pete and the rest of the gang.

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marymary
Aug. 17th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
OMG Sal! What a rollercoaster. As soon as I saw that elevator operator peek over his shoulder, I was like, "Go Sal!" So nice that he was finally gonna get some. (I do feel sorry for the wife, but that marriage is invalid. I don't even feel like it's cheating; his worse transgression was marrying her in the first place.)

Anyway, I was so excited for him and then...cockblocked by the fire alarm! So sad. And then Don in the window ---seriously, my heart was in my throat.

Here's what's interesting to me. To OUR minds, Don has no moral high ground here. He's cheating on his wife (and, IMO, cheating on a woman with a woman is more...cheaty) so he's no better than Sal. But that's not how EITHER of them sees it. Don's not ashamed to be caught with the stewardess --- look how he doesn't even try to make it appear that they're not together, half-dressed, on the street. Both of them accept that Sal's the one in hot water here, and NOT because he's cheating on his wife, but because he's gay. I really love how the show makes that so clear without words, using scenes like the one on the street and the one on the plane.

Speaking of which:
What I *really* loved was the fact that the pitch for London Fog, "Limit Your Exposure" also speaks perfectly to Sal's condition--Don is limiting Sal's exposure. Only Don Draper could pull that kind of thing off, all while pretending to sleep on an airplane.

Yes! I loved that bit too, a.

I also love Don's surprised reaction to Sal's observation that he's never seen a flight attendant so "game." Don does live in The Bubble when it comes to some things, doesn't he? ;)

Yes to this too. When Don said "Really?" I actually laughed out loud. It reminded me of Jon Hamm's SNL sketch about how to pick up women by being Don Draper. AND for that matter, his role on 30 Rock, where everyone treats him so well all the time. He lives in a different world than everyone else.