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That week went way too fast. Here we are another Sunday night and a new episode of Mad Men.

Episode 2: Christmas Comes But Once a Year
A last minute visitor threatens to spoil the agency's Christmas party.

Something tells me this is going to be an interesting Christmas party. (How retro... we're actually calling it a Christmas party.)

Comments

flippet
Aug. 2nd, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
His poor secretary. I think she had hopes that something was going to change in there relationship. Instead she got $100. Poor thing probably feels like a prostitute.

I think that we, as the audience, were definitely supposed to make the paid-for-sex connection, but I think that even the characters understood that the prostitution connection, while there, was inadvertent.

It's like the old 'racing towards the cliff' thing - Don had already promised her a bonus. He couldn't renege on it. The fact that sex had suddenly gotten in the middle of it made a simple promised Christmas bonus feel incredibly dirty, probably for both of them, yet they both knew that wasn't what it *really* was...it was just tainted, now. As was everything - thus the (presumed) resignation letter.
anatolealice
Aug. 2nd, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
The fact that sex had suddenly gotten in the middle of it made a simple promised Christmas bonus feel incredibly dirty, probably for both of them, yet they both knew that wasn't what it *really* was...it was just tainted, now.

Yes, that was sad. Had he not made that move she would have been thrilled with the $100 and looking forward to christmas.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 2nd, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hi Anabelle! Joining us in real time, I see. :-)

There certainly wouldn't be any ambiguity to the $100 if the sex hadn't happened, that's for sure.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 3rd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Just curious: Are they showing Season 4 concurrently in Australia? Or are you watching MM through iTunes?

Or some, ahem, "other" means? ;-)
anatolealice
Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
*shifty eyes*

They could well be showing it actually, I haven't checked the TV guide!
tomfoolery815
Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
Well, they've left you no alternative. ;-)
tomfoolery815
Aug. 2nd, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
thus the (presumed) resignation letter.
That's what I presumed she was typing too, Flipcy.

At least Don seemed to regret that she thought it meant more than sex. Small consolation if you're sympathetic to Allison, but it's something.
flippet
Aug. 2nd, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
thus the (presumed) resignation letter.
That's what I presumed she was typing too, Flipcy.


And she was staring off to the side/out the window while she typed....whole new twist on 'lay back and think of England'. :-/
gatsbyfan
Aug. 3rd, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
think that even the characters understood that the prostitution connection, while there, was inadvertent.
Most definitely.

As was everything - thus the (presumed) resignation letter.
See I never saw that as a resignation letter. I saw that as I'm going to go back to my desk and get back to work and try and pretend this whole thing never happened.

She's smart enough to know that despite Don's bad habits and recent behavior, she's got a good job. You don't just throw away good jobs if you are single.



tomfoolery815
Aug. 3rd, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
See I never saw that as a resignation letter. I saw that as I'm going to go back to my desk and get back to work and try and pretend this whole thing never happened.
This does seem more a likely scenario, Gatz.

She's smart enough to know that despite Don's bad habits and recent behavior, she's got a good job. You don't just throw away good jobs if you are single.
Certainly true.
flippet
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
She's smart enough to know that despite Don's bad habits and recent behavior, she's got a good job. You don't just throw away good jobs if you are single.

That had actually run through my mind - I was thinking...hope she's got somewhere else to go!


I guess it just seemed so pointed, deliberate, and connected, but you're probably right.


You'd think, with her years of experience, she'd have grokked to the corporate culture - that 'this never happened' is a way of life (like it's second nature to Joan), but I guess she's more idealistic than that. Still.
gatsbyfan
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm still not convinced that she wanted/s him. But she did recently watch another secretary go from a desk to a ring on her finger after an affair.

Jane ended up with Roger... stranger things have happened.
amycurl
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I saw it as a resignation letter at first, but then when the episode ended without any confirmation of that, I went back to seeing it as just "regular work." And then we see her in the teaser, so I knew I was wrong.

I wonder if that was deliberate mislead...maybe that's what would happen now, maybe not so much in 1964?
gatsbyfan
Aug. 6th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
My DVR didn't tape the teaser so I went off my impressions. I'm glad she's still there. This could get interesting.