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All season, Don Draper has been on this love haze (or should I call it love spell under Megan). Until the season finale, he has proven nothing to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. We did see a glimmer of the old Don when he met up with the people from Firestone. Despite Don’s lackluster performance at work, I am very impressed with how the makers of Mad Men showed a different side of Don in his relationship with Joan and Peggy. All three of them should sit down and have drinks together; minus Roger.
Speaking of Roger, was I the only one who knew it was Roger making those prank calls to the Drapers all along? Was I also the only one who knew that “a little conversation” was not going to happen seeing how Roger has been on this streak of always getting what he wants. That being said, I think although Roger is the alpha bad boy of this season, he’s also the most entertaining one. Everything that comes out of his mouth is golden.
I want Marie Calvet to be my mother. She’s not afraid to tell it as it is. Ms. I’m-sassier-than-Joan is brutally honest. Marie will not give in to coddling Megan when she asks for “encouragement.” Way to go, Marie. Don’t ever give in to Megan’s childish tantrums.
This season finale proved to me that my first impression on Megan was right. Today we saw how she not only betrayed her friend who asked for her help gettting a part in the Butler commercial, but she completely went against everything she has ever stood for. I’ve always knew that Megan wanted to win Sally Draper over to be on Don’s good side. She hit a new low today when she drunk-guilt tripped Don into sleeping with her saying that’s all she’s good for. Megan makes Betty look benign. Team Betty.
Pete Campbell gets punched in the face for the second time this season. I’m sure Matthew Weiner will redeem Campbell dignity in the next season for being the most hated character. Pete’s affair with Beth comes to an end when we find out that Howard arranged for her to go through electroshock treatments because she’s “been kinda blue.” Pete was right about her husband trying to control her, but it was for the best. Their little affair always seemed kind of an ego boost for Pete to carry on with his life. It would have not gone anywhere.
Joan is trying to make her presence known among the partners. Of course, it’s not going to be easy because she did sleep her way to the partnership by solidifying the Jaguar account. Deep down inside, I still love Joan and her spirit, but I lost a lot of respect for her after the whole Jaguar incident. The poor woman is going through a divorce, lives with an overbearing mother, has a full time job and has a child under 6 years old. I can feel sorry for her. Did anyone notice that Joan’s red hair is getting oranger and oranger?
Peggy seems very contented with her new job. I’m happy for her. She’s done a fine job standing up for herself in the male-dominated industry. The unnamed cigarettes she’s trying out are Virginia Slims (I think). Good for her. My favorite scene was when Peggy and Don saw each other at the theater. There was no animosity, just good old friends seeing each other. It warmed my heart when Don said he was proud of Peggy.
Some of my favorite lines in the season finale are:
- “Don’t worry. I’ll hang around. Get it?” —Adam. I’m going to get nightmares of Adam saying this, by the way.
- “You want to be somebody’s discovery, not somebody’s wife.” —Don to Megan on trying to get a part of a commercial.
My question is: In the last scene where Don was at the bar, do you think he slept with that woman? He seemed very in-love when he was watching Megan’s audition tape. Do you think it’s necessary for Don to cheat on Megan in order for his creative talents to return? I miss the old Don. Do you?
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