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episode 8: the summer man

Last week's episode was easily in the top 5 of all Mad Men episodes. Words cannot express just how much I enjoyed that episode.

So the big question is how will Weiner follow up last week's epic episode? 

(And how long until Weiner finds a way to fire the person who accidentally posted the clips to episode 8 on the AMC website instead of episode 7.)

Episode 8: The Summer Man

Joan and Peggy deal with high-jinx in the office.


Sep. 13th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hey, I didn't hate Betty in this episode! That's progress for me. ;-)

Don goes on a date with Bethany and bumps into Betty and Henry. Awkward. But whereas Don moves on, Betty obsesses about it. And then proceeds to drink to much and behave like a child.
Betty gave us some insight the morning after, when she was apologetic and Henry was still cool to her. She told him that Don was the only man she'd ever been with. That's significant, I think, because all of Don's affairs happened outside her presence. (Naturally.) So she was furious that she wasn't enough for him, but also jealous, because she loved Don deeply and couldn't stand the thought of another woman getting his attention.

So here she is, confronted by Don out with another woman. Even though she's married to Henry, her old feelings for Don -- the jealousy, specifically -- bubble back to the surface.

She actually handled Don's arrival at the party remarkably well, defusing the situation by bringing Gene to Don and walking back over to Henry's side.

It's Henry who was marking his territory. Pushing Don around about the boxes, then leaving them at the curb and refusing to acknowledge Don when he shows up. It can't make Henry feel too good to realize Don has any kind of hold on Betty, especially when Don isn't even trying to have a hold on her.