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episode 12: blowing smoke


Only one more episode after tonight. BOO.

This week:
Episode 12: Blowing Smoke
In the midst of a crisis, Don runs into an old friend.

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tomfoolery815
Oct. 11th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's Midge! Oh, she's a junkie. I suppose there's some logic to it from an early-adopter standpoint. But her painting inspired the full-page ad, so there's that.

I loved the little "shenanigans" moment between Don and Peggy. It mattered to him what she thought of it. On some level Megan gets it, too. A fledgling agency on the ropes needed to take bold action; Don just happened to do it without consulting the S, C or P in SCDP.

tomfoolery815
Oct. 11th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Poor Sally. Those earlier scenes established that Glenn wasn't being creepy or inappropriate at all with her. But Betty's decided the book on Glenn has already been written, so that's that.

Not that I'm blaming Betty 100 percent; I think she suspects that Glenn vandalized the house, and therefore he could be a bad influence on Sally. Plus, Sally was sneaking off to be with him. And there was the masturbation incident. (Horrors!) But of course she'll be linking the move, in Sally's mind, with Sally spending time with Glenn. So we'll see what this does to the progress Sally has made with the psychiatrist.

Miss Edna, to Betty: But I'm a child psychiatrist.
Every Mad Men viewer: Yes, and?
tomfoolery815
Oct. 11th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
-- I was hoping Stan would be on the redundancy list. Maybe Peggy didn't volunteer him to be fired because she feels as though she can control him.

-- Loved Pete bursting into Don's office with Megan one step behind him. "Are you busy?" She was trying to be the gatekeeper, but Pete's quick and was already in motion.

-- "You there! Get me my shoes!"
marymary
Oct. 12th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
I love it when Vincent Kartheiser makes Pete almost a caricature. There were moments when he was going nuts over Don's stunt where it was like he was turning into a cartoon before my eyes.

Don is really not a leader. Not the first time he's shown us this, but I find that aspect of his character really interesting. The way people all want to follow him, but he's not a leader because he has no purposeful leadership instincts. He often knows where he's going and he's so clear about that that people are drawn to it and line up behind him. But I imagine him turning around to the throng and saying, "What are you all doing back there?"

I mean, when they lose their meeting and things look bleak, Peggy goes to him to strategize and look for guidance and he's all, "How the hell should I know?" He's so wrapped up in his own torment about it, it doesn't even occur to him to use his influence to align people in...ANY direction. I think, 10 years hence, Peggy could maybe be what Don is not.

I'm so sick of being the Betty apologist, but I gotta say, if I saw my little daughter going to what is certainly not her first clandestine meeting with the boy who gave me that icky moment and then probably broke into my house and trashed it, I would yank her outta there so fast her hair bow would sorta hang in the air for a moment and then drop to the ground. I feel bad for Sally and Glenn, but tell me you didn't expect those playdates to turn gross at any moment.

I mean, I wouldn't have moved, but I would have kept an eye on Sally.

I just love Dr. Edna.

Do you guys think Megan knows what's going on between Faye and Don? I think Faye at least suspects something between Megan and Don, the way she said, "Have your girl make a reservation."
marymary
Oct. 12th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, that Midge scene was so painful. Could her husband be more gross? He blatantly asks for money, then turns up his nose at $10. Ugh. I was...well, not surprised that Don gave her money, because of her history and he's a traditional man who's used to giving money to women...but I guess I was so pissed at Midge at that point I sort of wanted Don to tell her to go fuck herself and leave.

(Still love you tho, Mrs. Livingston!)

Tom, you're so right about that moment between Betty and Dr. Edna. It was pretty pointed, right? But funny. I like how Dr. Edna just can't bear to send her away. <3

I love it when Megan screws up her courage to make some proclamation to Don. She's very endearing.
gatsbyfan
Oct. 13th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Could her husband be more gross? He blatantly asks for money, then turns up his nose at $10.
Did he pretty much offer Don sex with Midge in exchange for money? That whole scene made me incredibly uncomfortable. Oh Midge, how you have fallen.

.but I guess I was so pissed at Midge at that point I sort of wanted Don to tell her to go fuck herself and leave.
I agree, Mary. When she made that comment about the check my thought was really? He's giving you $300 and you're just going to put it into your veins. Shut it.
And when he realizes that he has no cab money, she tells him to walk through the park. So disappointing.


I loved the little "shenanigans" moment between Don and Peggy.

I did too. Those two always seem to come back together.

I happened to like Don's ballsy move. But if I were his coworkers, I'd be pissed too. It was a huge gamble. I agree,Mary, he isn't a leader. He's a loan wolf. He focuses on his survival without thinking about his actions are going to affect others.

One of these days his gamble isn't going to pay off.

But bravo Don for kicking in Pete's share of the money.



gatsbyfan
Oct. 13th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I feel bad for Sally and Glenn, but tell me you didn't expect those playdates to turn gross at any moment.
Exactly. This is one of those times when I feel like Betty was doing the right thing. Maybe moving was a bit extreme, but that kid (Glenn) is not right. She should be doing everything to keep Sally away from him.


I just love Dr. Edna.

Oh yeah. She realizes that Betty can't make an appointment with the other doctor. I bet she figures this woman clearly needs help and if I'm the only one she feels comfortable with because she can pretend were talking about her daughter the entire time, than so be it.

Do you guys think Megan knows what's going on between Faye and Don? I think Faye at least suspects something between Megan and Don, the way she said, "Have your girl make a reservation."
I think so. Megan seems to realize Don has a special relationship with Faye.

Faye might not know that Don slept with Megan, but she knows the girl has feelings/designs on Don. Especially when they came walking up together. But it was pretty clear (to me) when Faye asked him to have Megan set up the reservation. That was a clear statement of "back off" to me.
gatsbyfan
Oct. 13th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
-- "You there! Get me my shoes!"
I think that's the first scene when Cooper has lost control. Usually he's calm in the face of uncertainty.

-- I was hoping Stan would be on the redundancy list. Maybe Peggy didn't volunteer him to be fired because she feels as though she can control him.
I think it's because Stan has talent. She got rid of Danny because he wasn't talented. If they are going to be short-staffed, they need smart, creative team players. Stan may be an ass, but he apparently has talent.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
I think you're right about Peggy re: Stan, Gatzy.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 13th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I feel bad for Sally and Glenn, but tell me you didn't expect those playdates to turn gross at any moment.
Oh, absolutely. That's exactly what I was expecting. But then when it didn't happen ... not that Betty was wrong, given what she knows about Glenn and her concerns about Sally. But we do understand how crushed Sally is, because to her Glenn wasn't doing anything but being a nice boy.

Love the hanging hair-bow image, Mary. :)

I like how Dr. Edna just can't bear to send her away. <3
The healer in her thinks Betty needs it more, I'd say. :)
tomfoolery815
Oct. 13th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
I love it when Vincent Kartheiser makes Pete almost a caricature. There were moments when he was going nuts over Don's stunt where it was like he was turning into a cartoon before my eyes.
On Facebook, I "liked" "Pete Campbell's Bitchface." Kartheiser is on record as saying as he's proud of his bitchface. :-)


But bravo Don for kicking in Pete's share of the money.
That surprised me, but it makes a certain amount of sense. He wants Pete to stay.

I love it when Megan screws up her courage to make some proclamation to Don. She's very endearing.
I agree. I think Megan suspects something's up between Don and Faye, but I wonder if "your girl" is indicative of Megan not being on Faye's radar.

IDK; perhaps the female half of the Jacquemetton duo wrote that scene and you two are right about the "back off" nature of the statement.
marymary
Oct. 13th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Well I could be seeing way too much in that little comment...I just heard something in Faye's tone -- she punched it a little. And I'm not sure about this, but I think she might even have looked in Megan's direction when she said it. What I got out of it was that Faye was happy that she and Don were now going public. She was getting the chance to stake her claim and, specifically, shut Megan down. Even if her understanding of Don/Megan is very vague.

But again, I might be out of my mind. :)
marymary
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I happened to like Don's ballsy move. But if I were his coworkers, I'd be pissed too. It was a huge gamble.

Yeah, I liked it too. They were out of options -- they needed to totally change the game. It got people talking and, hello, it also happened to come down on the right side of a major cultural turn, at its inception.

I loved how Don doesn't care about the right thing, only the right move. As he's talking to the "attorney general," accepting fake congratulations for his moral fortitude, he puffs away on his cigarette. I like that, because it underscored the distinction between what he said in the paper (we quit tobacco) and what he intended to do (save the agency).

But my favorite thing about it is that it answers the major question of this season in one swoop -- how will SCDP survive when Lucky Strike is more than half their billings, when WE know cigarette advertising is about to be banned?

But you're (we're?) right, gatz, he's a lone wolf by nature. I sympathized with his argument (by the time he got the idea through the partners, it would be dead or too late), but it really wasn't his place to make such a drastic move without them.

Caprica fans, it just occurred to me that Don and Daniel are similar in that way -- I've said Daniel Graystone with a solution is like a dog with a bone. Once he has that idea and he sees the path to what he wants, he goes for it -- damn the collateral damage. And they both might consider those around them wailing and waving their hands to be inferior minds.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
This is extremely cool: A mashup of the MM theme and Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy." Brian Williams' daughter Allison on vocals.

tomfoolery815
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
As he's talking to the "attorney general," accepting fake congratulations for his moral fortitude, he puffs away on his cigarette. I like that, because it underscored the distinction between what he said in the paper (we quit tobacco) and what he intended to do (save the agency).
Great catch, Mary!

it really wasn't his place to make such a drastic move without them.
No, it wasn't. But I'm with you guys: I loved it.

Don and Daniel are similar in that way -- I've said Daniel Graystone with a solution is like a dog with a bone. Once he has that idea and he sees the path to what he wants, he goes for it -- damn the collateral damage. And they both might consider those around them wailing and waving their hands to be inferior minds.
Definitely. He asked the partners "So no one is happy with this?" But, as I mentioned above, it mattered to him what Peggy thought of it.



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