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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.


Aug. 17th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)
(Before I saw anybody else's posts, I swear that I was going to open this post thusly:)

Such a cruel fire alarm! Just when Sal was about to get some.

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.
Only Don indeed, Amybabe.

I thought it was a triple entendre, if you will. He's actually pitching an ad campaign to Sal. (As if how to address the matter inspired a new ad campaign. Since he's Don Draper and all.)

But he's also advising him about how to handle his true nature, and telling him "That's your business and none of mine." (It's akin to his "Move forward" speech to Peggy just after she gave birth.)

What I took from that moment is Don saying "Yeah, I saw the bellboy zipping up. None of my business. You're still one of us." It's why Sal looks so relieved after Don says "Good" and lays back in his seat. I can hear Sal processing: Don knows, he accepts it and he'll keep his mouth shut.

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.
Absolutely, Mary. And all done without expository dialogue. One of the many aspects that makes Mad Men the best show on television.

I don't even feel like it's cheating; his worse transgression was marrying her in the first place.)
Apparently I agree, given that my first thought upon seeing that The Bellboy Only Rings Once was "Hey, good for Sal! This is what he really wants."

But then there's that poor, naive Mrs. Romano, who thinks Sal is sweet to her out of romantic love and not merely kindness and keeping up appearances. It'll be interesting to see that storyline going forward: Sal's conflict between who he is and who he wants to be.

Jeez, 2:35 a.m. here. More in the morning. So great to have this show back! :-)

Edited at 2009-08-17 07:39 am (UTC)