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Old June 18 2013, 05:28 AM   #241
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Re: Mad Men season 6 (spoilers)

Squiggy... is that authentic? Rewatching the episode I noticed this new logo in the background of the scene that Don is confronting Ted about the budget of the TV ad.

Quote of the night by Roger: "Lee Garner Jr made me hold his balls."
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Old June 18 2013, 05:55 AM   #242
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How is Don retreating into the fetal position twice in response to Sally and Peggy's condemnation of him going to play out? Is he going to fling himself off a balcony?

I'm starting to wonder how Don's story can turn out any differently. He's too damaged, too scared, too insecure, and the world has passed him by. He's a dinosaur at 45. He can't be happy in a marriage. He's compelled to fuck it up. When a woman like Dr. Faye comes along who could actually make him happy, he throws it away for an image and then blames the image when she can't live up to the pedestal she was placed on. Don doesn't know how to be a father, either. What can become of him at this point?

He's doomed to die in the gutter if something drastic doesn't happen.
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Old June 18 2013, 12:45 PM   #243
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The vodka in the orange juice and Megan's comments about the drinking being more excessive than usual don't bode well for him either, vis a vis ending up dead or in the gutter.
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Old June 18 2013, 03:38 PM   #244
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Squiggy... is that authentic?
It was "released" by AMC after Sunday's airing. It's also on the mug that Bob is drinking out of when Pete confronts him.
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Old June 19 2013, 05:42 PM   #245
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Also this.

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Old June 19 2013, 08:21 PM   #246
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So Sally loves trouble. What a surprise. I thought she liked the boy who has been her friend over the years. Initially, I thought the reason she dragged him into a fight was because she was jealous that he went into the room with new girl. But she didn't seem to flinch when he told everyone that they were just friends. I've read that productions use "herbal" cigarettes rather than tobacco, but I don't know if I'de want my 16 year old smoking "herb" at work.

I'm thinking that Pete's reason for keeping Bob Benson around is because people like him (and Don) have a certain ruthlessness that Pete doesn't have but needs as part of his team., or at least that is what I think we were being told. BTW, I still don't see where it is definite that Bob Benson is gay. He denied it to Pete.

I wouldn't be surprised if Don and Megan separate, maybe not for good, in the season finale. They've never been further apart and Megan is getting fed up.

It was funny watching Don play a baby and Joan a Jewish woman and Ted, (whoever, can't remember). Don may not be able to keep it in his pants but he sure can read when other guys are thinking with "theirs". He was right about Ted and Peggy allowing their goo goo eyes routine to get in the way of sound business practises. Old common sense Ted realized it. Peggy though, chose to blame it all on Don.

Glad to hear the Megan won't be killed this season (or maybe ever).

Also, I don't think Don is going to kill himself in the end either. That is too "pat" for this show, not to mention cliche. "Everyone" seems to think it will happen and that is likely one of the reasons it won't.
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Old June 24 2013, 04:25 AM   #247
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No words. I was blown away!

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Old June 24 2013, 04:29 AM   #248
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How awesome would it be if that was the end of the agency's storyline and next season was about Don trying to redeem himself by starting over elsewhere but this time with more self-awareness?
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Old June 24 2013, 04:30 AM   #249
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No words. I was blown away!
Same here. Don is basically outing himself in unexpected places. First at a client's meeting and then it looks like he's going to do the same with his kids. I even got the feeling he's was going to tell Megan before she flew out the door.

Pete and his brother are also pieces of work and don't seem all that upset over their mother's disappearance. But I've always seen Pete as his own brand of douche anyway.

Man, it's gonna be a long wait till next season.
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Old June 24 2013, 04:35 AM   #250
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I always said Don is not going to literally die. Figuratively "Donald Draper" will die and already is dying. The opening has always been symbolic. The show is so secretive there is no way Mathew Weiner would have been telegraphing a physical suicide ending this whole time.
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Old June 24 2013, 06:02 AM   #251
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Anyone notice the mirroring of the "don Draper" silhouette from behind shot when Peggy sat in his office chair? Will she become the new Don?

I cracked up with the "well be bi-coastal" line.

Loved it, can't wait till next season, hate that it will be the last.
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Old June 24 2013, 03:01 PM   #252
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I wasn't impressed with Don outing himself in front of Hershey. That's not professional behavior. Once again, he makes a unilateral decision that affects everyone without asking them. Confessing to your kids is a necessary step, but keep it out of the work meetings. Hershey's could have been a big account or maybe not, but it wasn't Don's decision to make to torpedo the potential client.

I don't get the man. He wants to go to California. He doesn't want to go to California. He makes huge promises to his wife that things will change and she goes in and has herself written off her show, then he changes his mind and decides to be "nice" to Ted. Okay, Don has decided he can't run, but he decided after it affected everyone else's life and Megan completely uprooted her professional situation. I'm not surprised everyone east of the Mississippi is angry as hell at Don and wouldn't blame Megan for divorcing him. That the partners kicked him out isn't a surprise. How much money did he cost them when he decided he was offended by whathisface who slept with Joan and torpedoed that account? Don needs a therapist. Will he come out whole? Problem is, Don's been such a dreadful human being that his rooting value as a character is extremely limited. The other characters, flaws and all, are far more sympathetic to me now.

When will Peggy ever learn not to sleep with married men? I get how she gravitates to them because the single guys don't seem to be able to handle that she's a professional woman and the professional men are all married, but there's more where Ted came from. What a spineless wimp he is. He can have the affair, but he doesn't want to be the bad guy and leave his wife. Ted, you're Don with less backbone. That's a condemnation and a half.

I'm growing weary of Bob Benson and that Stepford wife smile on his face. He's starting to make Roger seem palatable by comparison. Hello? Your buddy Manolo murdered Pete's mom and skipped the country. WTF was that all about anyway? I almost feel sorry for Pete. He's a douche, but for some reason he's never offended me quite as much as the others. Go figure. Maybe it's because he's never been gifted with any social graces. You almost feel sorry for Pete like an ugly puppy with his awkwardness. He's always been a fish out of water. Also, is Joan safe with Bob around? Maybe he thinks she has money since she's a partner. Bizarro world.

Sally, Sally, Sally. Will you forgive dad? Will you end up at Woodstock next summer? Time will tell. Was that a subpoena for her and Don to testify at a divorce hearing for Sylvia and Arthur? My sound was having trouble at the very beginning.

Bizarre finale. I'll be back, of course. I'm too invested in the characters not to be back. Now Pete and Ted are in California. Ted can stay there, but I want Pete back. Will we end with Woodstock, the moon shot, or New Year's Day 1970? Time will tell.
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Old June 24 2013, 04:23 PM   #253
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Anyone notice the mirroring of the "don Draper" silhouette from behind shot when Peggy sat in his office chair? Will she become the new Don?
I think that was the intent of the scene, yeah. Ted was right, Peggy is better off without him. Ted leaving his wife for her would have undermined all she's achieved on her own in the agency.

It actually didn't end as bleak as I thought it might. The ties of family have been strong this season, and they appear to be revealing some redemptive power. It was family bonds, apparently, that got Duck back on the rails. It was family bonds that got Don to loosen up and sing a song in public with his son and ex-wife. It was family bonds -- his own and Ted's -- that made Don realize he couldn't go to California. The appeal of Stan's California pitch to Don's instincts of moving and re-inventing was so strong that he ripped it off almost word for word. For all the hurt it's caused Megan, it was still a more mature Don that ultimately rejected it. Rachel chucked Don because she couldn't respect herself being with a man who would desert his family. Megan may come to see it that way, or maybe not. But Don starting over and reinventing himself for the right reasons, that's got some real positive potential.

Bob Benson is Don with no code and no loyalty, running amok. As bad as Don has been, he could have been a lot worse.

I felt like I missed something: How did the California job go from "one man and a desk" to a two-partner operation?
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Old June 24 2013, 05:11 PM   #254
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Bob Benson is Don with no code and no loyalty, running amok. As bad as Don has been, he could have been a lot worse.
That I can buy. As bad as Don is, he's not running around plotting to rob old ladies of their (believed) savings and then murder them. Bob Benson may well be a would-be murderer in the making. He must think Joan has money. I just don't have any faith that Don can reinvent himself in a positive way at this point in his life. Yeah, I'm cynical.

Peggy probably is better off, but Ted's motives are born of weakness, not altruism. Nice that he came to the conclusion after he took Peggy to bed and not before. Lots of Teds out there. His wife will probably leave him in the future. That's the way it usually works.
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Old June 24 2013, 06:07 PM   #255
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Peggy probably is better off, but Ted's motives are born of weakness, not altruism. Nice that he came to the conclusion after he took Peggy to bed and not before. Lots of Teds out there. His wife will probably leave him in the future. That's the way it usually works.
True, though I'm not sure I'd call choosing his wife and kids over his mistress "weakness." But whatever his motives, I think Ted's too sharp to not know, on some level, that his relationship with Peggy would not be good for her in the long run.
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