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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.


Sep. 3rd, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
not only Don, but also Pete seemed to be uncomfortable with the blackface performance.
Yes. Pete gets points for his discomfort, too.

As to the timeline: It's May 1963. So we're three months away from MLK's March on Washington, and a year away from two Jewish boys from NYC getting killed doing civil rights work in Mississippi (the "Mississippi Burning" case). So, especially given that we're talking about two guys who work in cosmopolitan Manhattan, it makes sense that they would be uncomfortable with what their boss was doing.

But we're also five years away from George Wallace running an effective third-party presidential candidacy by sowing white resentment over the blacks (ahem) getting uppity. So you have guys like Don and Pete knowing how offensive that is -- note that it's happening on the lawn of a country club, where surely the only blacks are caddies or dining staff -- and you have other guests either amused by, or indifferent to, Roger doing his Al Jolson.