Monthly Archives: May 2015

Season 7 Episode 14 – Person to Person

Only in America can spiritual awakening be transformed into a Coca-Cola commercial.  In one of the great Silicon Valley exchanges, Steve Jobs is supposedly to have recruited then Pepsi CEO John Sculley with the challenge,  “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?”  Apparently, Don Draper can do both. He is a modern day Odysseus, a defiant survivor, but, alas, with no Penelope waiting for him at home.

The final episode in also decidedly American, with optimism and happy endings prevailing in most cases.  Even the tragic premature demise of Betty Draper is balanced by Sally Draper’s coming of age as the woman of the house.  She demonstrates a maturity beyond her years, something her parents have never shown. Credit must, however, be given to Betty for facing death so realistically.

Joan Holloway Harris once again demonstrates that money and success are more important than relationships. First, she turned on Don, who always looked out for her, and now she drives away a man who is in love with her for a chance to make it big.  One can understand her need to achieve, for she has been largely under-appreciated (except by Lane) all of her life.  Still,  I can see a “Rosebud” moment in her future.

Harry remains a shithead.

Pete and Trudy get what they want, but it is in Wichita. Will they be able to adapt?

Stan and Peggy get together.  The whole thing seems forced, and besides, Stan treats his girlfriend Elaine like crap. So, I can’t get too excited for Peggy.  Will they have a Catholic wedding?

Finally, I will conclude my Mad Men blog with best wishes to my favorite couple, Roger and Marie. Their final scene was so appropriate; sitting in a cafe, sipping champagne, with Roger ordering in French.  Long may they run.

I bid you adieu.

 

 

 

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Season 7 Episode 13 – The Milk and Honey Route

Is Don on his way through the desert into the Land of Milk and Honey?  Is it to be The Draper’s California home, the one home that has brought him happiness. New York is not for him, but he’s hopefully learned that anonymity has an ugly side, as small town America both welcomes and fears strangers.  He is shedding the last vestiges of Don Draper, ad man.

Who would have thought Betty would turn out to be a heroine, facing death with such equanimity?  It’s understandable, because life has not been good to her; she was promised too much, then suffocated in suburbia.

Henry has been suffering the fate of all lovers who are not loved in return. Can he leave Betty behind, or will he compare all women to a Betty who never was?

And what can we say about Pete and Trudy?  I think Roger and Marie will be the happiest couple; life has sculptured them to fit each other.

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Season 7 Episode 12 – Lost Horizon

Jim Hobart pursued Don Draper for a decade without understanding him at all. He called him his “white whale,” which was an incorrect analogy.  Moby-Dick was an indomitable force of nature who reaped havoc on those who hunted him.  Don Draper is more of a wild stallion, which can not be possessed, because once you have stabled him, he ceases to be wild. Don can not fit into the corporate milieu; Hobart doesn’t realize this because he is use to bending people to fit his mold.

SC&P may have been representative of the sexism of the times, but it was benign compared to the blatant, abusive and predatory version at McCann.  Joan is indeed lucky to have options other than submission or litigation, as either would have brought her misery.

As Bert said, Roger was not a leader; he is too naive.  To be a great leader, one has to understand the nature of evil, and evil lives at McCann.  So, he drinks, and plays the organ.  But, he has Marie, who understands evil, and will make sure he survives intact, because he is her last shot at happiness.

As is always the case, the young will adapt to the new regime, either because they are more pliable, or because they must. Harry is happy, and Pete resigned.  Peggy, of course, was magnificent, unwilling to submit until things were set straight, and then striding into the fray, looking more intimidating than intimidated, with Bert’s erotic Japanese painting, suggesting she needs more than a man to satisfy her.

And wither goes Don? He is in search of a woman to rescue, a woman to give his life meaning.  But, with the exception of Anna Draper, he has disappointed every woman who has ever loved him.  Can he really change, and even if so, will he get another chance?

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