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mad men: the color blue

Another week, another new episode.

Season 3, Episode 10: The Color Blue
The firm celebrates a milestone.  Peggy and Paul compete on an account.

Grab the beverage of your choice, and come and chat about one of the best shows on television.

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tomfoolery815
Oct. 19th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
So what is it that makes Don serially unfaithful? It can't be that Betty's not attractive enough. I'd say that, based on the scenes from Rome, the sex is good to great.

Do you suppose it's because of how cold Betty is the rest of the time, a lack of intimacy? When Miss Farrell said she didn't want to have sex (after Don didn't take her brother to Bedford), Don was content to hold her. That moment reminded me of the emotional intimacy he had with Anna, and with Rachel Menken before that.

He even had it with Bobbie to a degree; they lingered at least a little bit at the intersection of physical intimacy and emotional intimacy ... before making a U-turn down the road that brought them there.

What do you guys think?
marymary
Oct. 23rd, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's probably some combination of all the classic things. He can be whomever he wants to be with those other women, without repercussions. He can leave them whenever he wants. They see him in a different way than Betty does. Betty's mostly disappointed in him, but the other women see him as hot and powerful and mysterious or whatever. They definitely "want" him more, Rome excepted. All that normal cheaty stuff.

It's like they say...it's not who the other person is but who YOU are in their eyes.

Although having said all that, I actually don't blame Betty's coldness for Don's cheating. If she were more adoring and relaxed, I'm sure he'd like that and it would help.

But I think it's bigger than that and it's 80% Don. I think Don's looking for a version of himself that he can live with and he uses the women to do that. Betty provides part of it, but the way the other women relate to him completes the picture. Betty helps him be important and stable and responsible and established. The other women help him feel sexy, open, powerful and free. He obviously can't do that for himself.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
I think Don's looking for a version of himself that he can live with and he uses the women to do that. Betty provides part of it, but the way the other women relate to him completes the picture. Betty helps him be important and stable and responsible and established. The other women help him feel sexy, open, powerful and free. He obviously can't do that for himself.
Sounds about right. Those are all excellent points.