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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.)


Aug. 6th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
What I found so intriguing about this was Don, yet again this season, forgetting his own playbook. Don doesn't sleep with his secretaries. It was so....common. It wasn't the Don Draper we knew. I agree that he knew it was awkward, but was trying to do the right thing after the fact, and, in a brilliant piece of acting by John, clearly the pain and understanding that he's hurt her is written all over his face at the end of the scene.

After the interview with the Times, we were lead to believe that that was the beginning of Don getting his groove back. Maybe this goes to show, that, like alcoholism, you have some good days and some bad days, and it's a constant struggle (esp. around the holidays.)
Aug. 6th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Don, yet again this season, forgetting his own playbook. Don doesn't sleep with his secretaries
Excellent point, Amybabe. That was an important part of the Don Draper image, not fishing off the company pier. I think it's an ancillary part of him being so angry at Roger going after Jane. (It was mostly about leaving Mona.)

In Don's mind, it was OK to have mistresses, but not OK to break up the family. (I know, as if infidelity wouldn't do that.) But here in '64, reminded all too well (by Christmas) that he's brought about a separation from his family, he's well off his game. Susceptible to forgetting his own rules.