Mad Men: The Things They Wish They Had Not Seen, Heard or Said.

Let me make sure I understand:

Don gets an award from the American Cancer Society, but Roger is the one who gets his trophy polished at the ceremony.

Hey-oh!

"Thanks, but I would rather have what Roger is having."

Sally walked in on Roger and Megan’s mom as she took some dictation.

There is no good or graceful way, really, for a child to be introduced to sex.

That sure isn’t on the list.

I’m no clinical psychologist, but I think Megan might be bi-polar.

Last week, her and Don have a fight stemming from her feelings that Don won’t let her enjoy work the same way he does.

This week, he encourages an idea out of her, pitches it with her over dinner, gives her total credit within the agency and tells her how great she is.

But she is wrapped in a melancholy blanket (Target: $13.99) the entire episode.

Her father puts a point on it: advertising isn’t what she wants to be doing.

Granted, the man is a pinko Marxist and this might be him projecting, but still.

She doesn’t disagree with him.

By the end of the season, Megan will be clad in black, singing at a small club in the Village.

As for the idea Megan came up with.

I think we can all agree this is the most attention paid to Heinz Beans since 1965.

It's what's for dinner, if you have time travelled back to 1956.

Sadly, that level of brand — essentially secondary — may be the only kinds of clients that Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce can attract.

Don gets a bit of wisdom from none other than Ray Wise during the American Cancer dinner.

That letter Don wrote — ‘firing’ Lucky Strike — may have been brilliant in the forth season.

But the captains of 1960s American economy didn’t like it.

“Biting the hand that feeds,” was how Ray put it.

"But Don, I might hire you."

 

Don has to redefine himself, yet again.

He needs to either swallow some pride and apologize for his earlier feelings. (Which is probably too 2010’s of a response for the 1960’s.)

He needs to become a wild-hared creative maverick who attracts business from some real risk takers.

Or he could do neither and coast through the rest of his career, never equaling his glory from his lauded floor wax commercial.

All painful. But only two are depressing.

The final shot was perfect.

Each character, lost in thought, having seen or heard something that left them gobsmacked.

Don, feeling old and potentially marginalized in his career.

Megan, feeling like she sold out on her own true dreams and ambitions.

Sally, becoming more woman that she was ready to become, all dressed up and introduced to the things adults do to one another because of a wrong turn looking for the bathroom.

Pete Campbell watch:

No new bruises.

Barely able to hide his comtempt for himself (?) and Megan’s father, who asks him what he does. Pete layers on the flattery, then caps it by saying, “And that is what I do.”

On the Pete Campbell scale, where 1 is asshat and 10 is total douchebag, I’m scoring him a 5: Justifiably Contemptable.

"I'm not all bad!"

Sally inadvertantly breaks her gramma’s ankle — Bluto, she not-affectionately calls her — and almost gives Don a heart attack when she walks out in dress, make up and go-go boots.

One of the hidden themes of Mad Men: children may not kill you, but they will cause you pain.

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