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mad men: 'my old kentucky home'

Another Sunday, another episode of GOOD tv.  Tonight's installment:

Season 3 Episode 3: My Old Kentucky Home
The writers fight off boredom when they are forced to work after hours. Roger hosts a party while Joan and Greg host a party of their own. Sally has a run in with Grandpa.

I may have to hide my remote because I have a feeling I'm going to want to throw it at the tv at Greg, the rapist.

You know the drill, grab your cocktail and come in and chat about Don and the rest of the gang at Sterling Cooper.


Aug. 31st, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Smitty, who seems to realize it's actually about talent, was great in this episode.

Yeah, Tom, I love him.

I like the sly running commentary about pedigree running through this episode.

Tom, you're right: there was a ton of racism and class-ism in this episode. As you guys mentioned, the blackface. Then Betty's dad's treatment of (ok, it's sort of hilarious that I can't remember her name right now) the maid. The comment about Pete being "in" because of his family, and that's ok. Don's conversation with the bartender. I always love Don scenes like that.

gatz, I totally agree that Sally is being portrayed as messed up, and that it seems to be due to her parents' bad relationship/separation and Betty's treatment. So this is going to sound bad, I guess, but sometimes my reaction to Betty's coldness to Sally isn't as strong as other people's. For two reasons.

- IF you balance that stuff out with affection at other times, it's a whole different thing. I actually do talk to my kids like that sometimes! But then at other times, I'm all over them with the hugs and kisses and I really take their personalities and their little likes and dislikes and victories and sorrows to heart. But I'm saying that by themselves, those scenes where Betty is very dismissive of Sally or Bobby don't bother me. What bothers me is that we don't see a lot of the affectionate stuff.

- Parenting is simply different nowadays. For the better, IMO. But, for Betty's era, Betty's not a mean mom at all. She's just not an indulgent mom. For her era, I'm saying. You can see that she's sweet with the kids sometimes, just in her...Nordic way.

(The one time I really was down on her was when she was encouraging Don to spank Bobby. That sorta makes my blood boil. I do prefer Don as a parent.)