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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 03:45 pm (UTC)
The "Move forward" directive and Don's advice to "Limit your exposure" are even more connected than I first thought.

In both instances, Don's addressing somebody who feels they're on the verge of losing their keys to the kingdom. As Amy pointed out upthread, if anybody knows how to keep a secret life secret, it's Sterling Cooper's alpha male.

In both instances, Peggy (having just given birth) and Sal (on the plane) have worked hard to attain the Sterling Cooper life, want to keep it, but perceive a massive impediment to keeping it. So Peggy gives up her baby, and earlier Sal found that a sweet young girl from the old neighborhood makes a lovely beard.

At a critical juncture, accidentally or otherwise, Don is there to tell first Peggy, then Sal, "here's what you must do to keep what you've attained."

What makes it Mad Men is that Weiner knows his audience is smart and can be shown these things indirectly, not be hit over the head with them.

Edited at 2009-08-17 04:10 pm (UTC)