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Mad Men: Tea Leaves

And just like that we are at episode 3. 

Season 5, Episode 3: Tea Leaves
As Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce tries to build upon its current business, Peggy is given new responsibility. Don and Harry indulge a client. 

So what did you think? 

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gatsbyfan
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
I like how paternal Don was with the girl who was focused on meeting Brian Jones.
I did too. It reminded me that the girl wasn't that much older than Don's daughter and he was getting a preview of some coming attractions.

Though, Mo Ryan, rightly commented that it was also another case of Don doing "work".

Don: What do you feel when you hear them.
Girl: Brian Jones. He’s a troubadour
Don: So you feel romantic


It's research. He is mentally cataloging the information for the future.

Pete really made Roger eat it, didn't he? Of course, that's just tit-for-tat, considering the way Roger treated him in the last episode.
Maybe. But I felt Pete might have gone a bit far. It is one thing to say something about Roger in front of Roger or the other partners or even a senior staff member like Peggy. However, he practically ridicules in front of the entire office. Roger's name is still on the masthead. That's just not a wise move.

Roger asked when things are getting back to normal; obviously what's unspoken is that this is the new normal: Pete, Peggy and Ken making things happen for SDCP, Roger -- and Don, possibly? -- on the sidelines.
Roger's talent was to deliver the client using booze and whatever means. Don's job was to capture the client in by giving them something that they didn't know they wanted or needed. Unfortunately for both of them they are growing older and loosing touch with the demographic their (future) clients are going starting/about to start marketing to, Boomers.



tomfoolery815
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
It's research. He is mentally cataloging the information for the future.
Yep, Mo nailed that, too. It did remind of his first scene in the series, asking the waiter about his cigarette brand.
tomfoolery815
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
However, he practically ridicules in front of the entire office.
Well, this is Pete Campbell we're talking about. Revenge is like muscle memory for him.

Roger's name is still on the masthead. That's just not a wise move.
I don't know. All Roger was left to do was bitch to Don in private. He could still try to further the cycle of vengeance, but on the career continuum, Roger is much closer to Cooper than he thinks.
flippet
Apr. 4th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
and he was getting a preview of some coming attractions.

Absolutely.

and I *love* how the ending music functioned in much the same way (Sixteen Going on Seventeen). It beautifully played a dual role there - Sally, starting to grow up, and pushing her ice cream away - she's going to be developing/keeping her figure, will soon be interested in boys (absolutely 'on the brink') - while you have Betty who was once in that place, the beautiful young ingenue, wooed by a dashing man...and her time is passing, she's losing her figure, and aside from the thyroid issues, has apparently decided to let herself go somewhat as well, finishing off Sally's ice cream.

All very much about youth coming into their own, this time around.



Edited at 2012-04-04 08:21 pm (UTC)