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mad men: "love among the ruins"

It's so nice to come to the end of the weekend and look forward to something on tv. I love this show.  This week's episode for those of us that don't have the iTunes season pass and didn't get the release last Monday:

Episode 2: Love Among the Ruins
Betty gets a visit from her father. Sterling Cooper grapples with a very specific client request. Roger makes arrangements for a wedding. Peggy becomes personally affected by a campaign.

Roger planning a wedding? The writers love us. Grab your martini and join in the discussion.


Aug. 25th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
There's a bunch of this episode I just didn't get,

Oh thank god, it's not just me!

How awkward was that dinner? I actually felt sorry for Betty and Don.

Yeah. But Embeth Davidtz! And wow, Betty looked classy. When I was pregnant, I just looked fat. :-(

During the Maypole dance, he seems to be gazing lustfully at the teacher who, you know, is pretty hot. He puts down his paper cup and touches the grass. The same grass she's dancing on. To connect with her, is my guess.

That's kind of what I was getting from it, too. That there she was, fresh, beautiful, barefoot....and appearing very, very free. In a way that Don hasn't been for a long time. So, both a simple connection with her - touch what she's touching - and perhaps a bit of connection with nature and freedom itself. Also, from Wikipedia, that bastion of knoweledge, or at least trivia, LOL: "The first kind of maypole dancing is probably extremely ancient and is thought by some to have Germanic pagan fertility symbolism, although there is a lack of evidence to support this conjecture." There were a lot of references to fertility this ep, both direct (how Betty was carrying, for instance) and indirect (Peggy stopping her activities, then proposing different activities).

but Roger just looks at the suit of armor and says "You ever get three sheets to the wind and try that thing on?"

Hah. That was *so* Roger. He's canny, but not as much so as Don - and sometimes he's just a child in a man-suit. Because that's *exactly* what he'd do.

She's clearly in a lot of pain, and, I think, feels that she *can't* or *won't* ask Don to have her father move in with them.

What struck me this episode (not that it hasn't before) is just how much of a brat Betty is. I got the impression that she wanted her father not because she *actually* wanted to do the work of caring for him--and I think that's why she didn't ask--but because she's got a *mine, mine, all mine* problem. She didn't want her brother or his-wife-who-though-perfectly-nice-is-unrelated to "get their paws on" the car, the house, etc. She totally read the situation as them trying to gain a tactical advantage from the situation. And, while the brother may have had those thoughts, the wife seemed incredibly genuine, offering to have Dad move in with them, and she'd take care of him. Caring for someone with dementia is such a thankless job, and she offered out of the goodness of her heart.

Well. Betty's going to come to a deeper understanding of 'be careful what you wish for', it seems.

yes, Joan looked yuuuuge! There was the whole conversation between her and Betty about carrying--I wonder if Joan is already pregnant?

I was not only wondering that, but--the contrast between Joan and Betty was enormous at that point, no pun intended. Here Betty is, pregnant, yet looking so composed and put-together, and downright lithe...and when she walks away, you can see that Joan actually looks a bit dumpy in that skirt and blouse. It didn't fit as well as her dresses, plus there's the visual line cutting her at the waist - I'm sure that particular wardrobe choice was quite deliberate.

She's right: Ann-Margret does sing shrilly. But Ken and Harry only see "hot woman acting sexy."

I loved Peggy's take on it - a 25-year-old acting like a 14-year-old. I've never seen Bye Bye Birdie, but I wasn't overly impressed with that clip, for much the same reason. There was something about AM's demeanor that was borderline offensive....but yeah, the men were just lapping it up. Ugh.