Wednesday, June 12th

Juice Wars

Another slow episode, at least, initially. Don and Roger are wooing Sunkist, while Ted’s half of the agency is jamming on Ocean Spray. They can only pursue one of these clients to avoid conflict. I love that in the late 60s we are getting treated to so many recognizable brands on the show. Speaking of recognizable brands, do you remember when Volkswagen had awesome advertising? Here’s one in particular that I loved, featuring one of our very own Mad Men.

Anyway. Arnold and Sylvia have a son, Mitchell, who looks to Megan for Canadian connections so that he may dodge the draft. Can’t blame the kid.

Mad Men Draft-Dodger

Maybe it’s his own veteran status or his lingering feelings for Sylvia, but Don goes a little nuts worrying about this. He brings everyone down at a lighthearted Chevy dinner. Ted sees they’re entering into risky territory with the client, who are a bit more conservative and he saves the night. Later he lays into Don but then offers to use his airplane connections to help Mitchell. Don agrees to stop getting in Ted’s way at work. He calls Sylvia and tells her the news. She cries and Don’s shunning is over.

Chevy Dinner

Mad Men Don and Ted

Sally and her annoying little friend Julie are staying in NYC for their Model UN activities. They flirt with Mitchell and Julie slips a note under his door from Sally, only to tell a livid Sally later. Luckily Sally is BFF with the doorman and borrows his giant keyring whenever she wants. She sneaks into Mitchell’s apartment and catches Sylvia and Don doing it. They die. I die. All of America dies. This is the horrific scene I’ve been fearing all season. Sally takes off and a stricken Don wanders around fearing the consequences. Daaaay-um. I just can’t believe this. Mr. Betty and I scream and pull out our hair.

Mad Men Julie and Sally

In the second worst animal to be spotted in Peggy’s apartment (after Abe) she realizes she has a rat problem. But that is nothing compared to her encounter with Pete’s mother who sits down and talks about her baby with Pete. Of course, she has no idea about the actual baby Peggy and Pete conceived. She merely thinks Peggy is Trudy. AWKWARD!

Mad Men Peggy and Pete's Mom

Pete’s mother thinks her male nurse is her boyfriend. That really sets Pete off and he takes it out on Bob Benson, who recommended Manolo. Bob assures Pete that Manolo is gay. Then he attempts to play footsies with Pete and hits on him. Oooohhh, so that’s the deal with Bob Benson. He’s gay. Pete is not interested. And I feel bad for Joan.

Not sure that this will lead to anything, but we learn that Ted’s wife is frustrated with his work schedule. He seems like a great dad though. He really is the flip side of the coin for Don, all honesty and lightness. It’s a nice contrast to Don’s broody darkness.

Mad Men Ted

One thing I really miss about this season is Don’s sheer creative genius. No matter what demons he was battling and how supremely flawed he was, we forgave him because of his talents. But the writers aren’t playing up his work and creativity anymore. He’s lost that dimension and I think it’s a disservice to the show. Thoughts?

Tuesday, June 4th

California Dreamin’

I love when Mad Men has a California episode. L.A. at that time was just magical.

Mad Men

Roger, Don, and Harry are trying to woo a new client, Carnation Instant Breakfast. Roger assumes they will be a bunch of dumb hicks, but they are tougher than the average prospective clients. The meeting was rough.

Luckily, Harry takes them to a groovy party in the hills where he wants to talk to some movie producers. Roger runs into an old nemesis and makes lots of short jokes and ultimately gets punched in the junk. Don smokes a bunch of hashish and almost drowns in the pool, where he hallucinates that Megan is there and happily quit her job and is pregnant. Is that what he really wants? Another Betty?

Mad Men Roger

Back in NYC, Michael Ginsberg is having mood swings all over the place. Ted describes him as “lightning in a bottle” which I guess is why he’s allowed to mouth off and call the partners fascists and nazis. The partners themselves are still at a deadlock when it comes to renaming the agency.

Mad Men Partners

Cutter is supposed to be saving the Manischewitz account, but sends Bob Benson is his place with Michael Ginsberg. We didn’t get to witness the meeting, but we learn that the agency is up for review, meaning their days on the account are numbered. No one cares. Ted finally got Chevy to sign off on the creative. Whew.

Speaking of accounts, Joan is doing a little networking of her own and has a lead on Avon.When it comes time to pass the reigns over to Pete, she cuts him out of the loop. Peggy is livid. Neither she, nor Joan, are trained at closing deals with clients and when Pete finds out…well, let’s just say that Pete and Joan’s recent friendship is probably over.

Mad Men Joan and Peggy

Peggy intercepts Joan from her firing squad of Pete and Ted by saying Avon is on the phone. We hear Ted give Pete the brush-off. It’s Joan’s account. If they land it, that is.

Mad Men partners

The partners get together one last time in the episode and settle on an agency name. Sterling Cooper and Partners. SC&P. Has a nice ring to it. I think they can finally start acting as a unified team now.

Tuesday, May 28th

Old Habits Die Hard

How lucky were we that they still aired Mad Men over the holiday weekend? And if you ask me, they made up for last week’s odd episode with a double shot of awesome this week.

There is still no cohesion in the agency and they are struggling with the margarine creative. Don and Ted are at odds conceptually and put Peggy in the middle. She refuses to choose a side, earning no one’s respect and finding herself an island at work. Ted confesses his feelings for her and she admits to thinking about him, too. Aw, can’t these two crazy kids get together?

Betty is back! And she’s skinny and blonde, like the old Betty we know and love. Or hate.

Betty Draper on Mad MenShe and Don are on their way to Bobby’s camp, separately. But they get together for some wholesome family fun.

Father Abraham

Later, Don and Betty get together for some less than wholesome fun of their own…in Betty’s motel room. I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING! I actually can’t believe either of them wants to go there. But she seems to need the validation and he’s a pig, so…I guess it isn’t that surprising. They have a nice moment and Betty muses that poor Megan doesn’t realize that loving Don is the worst way to get to him.

Megan seems down in the dumps. She’s having trouble playing the role of twins at work. She’s no Haley Mills.

Haley Mills in the Parent Trap

When her friend Margaret (who you may remember as half of the swinging couple from earlier in the season) comes over to run lines, she puts the moves on Megan. Poor Megan. Work and home are both a shit storm these days. She tells Don that something has to change in their relationship and he agrees.

Joan, Bob and Roger in Mad Men

Roger is feeling sad and lonely. He wants to hang around Joan and be a father to Kevin. When he drops in with some Lincoln Logs for the baby, he is shocked to find Bob Benson there with some short shorts and his ever present Greek coffee cup. The happy couple are headed to the beach and want no parts of Roger. Poor Roger. On a show of lonely souls, Roger is the loneliest.

Pete, another lonely soul, took Harry Crane’s advice and met with a headhunter. And the headhunter is Duck! Duck tells Pete that he needs to spend time with his family or nothing else in his life will work.

Pete Campbell on Mad Men

And finally…Peggy. She and Abe continue to live in the gates of hell. When Abe gets stabbed getting off the subway, it is the last straw and she wants to sell the building even if she takes a loss. Abe, on the other hand, isn’t bothered by the stabbing and won’t tell the police anything. Abe is a man of the people, that’s for sure. But I still don’t like him.

The next night Peggy comes home to a rock thrown through their bedroom window. She is really afraid but Abe leaves her alone to go to work. She sleeps with a makeshift spear, which appears to be a broom handle with a sharp knife attached to the end. When chaos and screaming erupt outside, she guards the window with her weapon, turning to stab Abe deep in the belly when he startles her. I guess the second stabbing of the week was worse than the first, because he berates her in the ambulance and ends their relationship.

Ted and Peggy in Mad Men

Now that she’s free to date Ted he’s no longer interested. So sad!

Tuesday, May 21st

Grandma Ida

Well, this episode was weird, wasn’t it? Not one of my favorites, actually. But let’s discuss anyway.

Silvia and Don from Mad Men

Silvia is holding fast to her breakup with Don and he is not taking it well. It’s undignified, really, and I hate seeing him this way. Waiting outside her door, chain smoking and sweating. Oh, he’s sick, too.

Mad Men Ted

A lot of the agency is sick and rundown. They’ve been frantically working on creative for Chevy for six weeks, only to have each concept rejected. Poor Ken is stuck entertaining them and is now using a cane. He’s coming apart at the seams. Ted comes unglued when partner Frank dies.

Mad Men Quack Doctor

The work load isn’t going to let up (does it ever?) so they bring in a doctor quack who gives them shots. His own mixture of B complex vitamins and stimulants. Do they work?

Overstimulated Mad Men

Um, yes. They work. Well, kind of. Everyone remains high as a kite for the rest of the episode, leading to close to an hour of confusing moments. Don has several flashbacks to an incident where he was very sick as a kid in the whorehouse. His mother wasn’t exactly sympathetic, so another prostitute nursed him back to health. And then some.

Peggy makes out with Stan. Ken tap dances, and no one can seem to come up with a decent idea for Chevy.

Ken Tap Dances

The more interesting part of the episode happens outside the agency. Megan lets Sally babysit her brothers while she attends a play. Bobby is bratty, Sally is bored, and Gene eats PB&J. But the place is really livened up when “Grandma Ida” appears. She just walks in the door insisting that she’s Don’s mother. Then she changes it to nanny. Bobby seriously wonders if he’s been black this whole time without realizing it.

Grandma Ida Mad Men

Good ole granny cases the joint after a nice chat with Sally over eggs. Clearly a thief, she takes off after Sally calls the po-po. Things were a little scary there for a few minutes. When Don finally comes home from work, three days later, he walks in to find the cops, his neighbor and his angry/upset family waiting in the living room. He gives us as manly a faint as I’ve ever seen.

Let’s hope next week is better.

Wednesday, May 15th

Margarine Tales

The day has arrived! The agencies merge. And it’s weird. And I LOVE IT!

Mad Men Merge

There’s all kinds of office shuffling and ego bruising as the two agencies learn to work with each other. The secretaries and Roger all seem extra bitchy. The creatives are crammed into the same space, with the exception of Peggy who gets Harry Crane’s office. Ha ha!

Mad Men Brainstorm

The first brainstorming session is about margarine. The team is pretty stumped on coming up with ideas because they are rusty margarine is disgusting. Don shows up 40 minutes late and pisses off Ted. And Don’s pissed, too. Everyone’s pissed.

Ted and Don

Maybe Don shouldn’t have blown off his first day of work to hang out with Sylvia. I don’t know about you, but I hate this affair. More than any other affair in the whole series. Part of it is Sylvia’s housecoats and head scarves. Yuck. She looks like she got lost on the way to Sanford and Son.

Sylvia

Don keeps her trapped in a hotel room pulling some dominant bullshit and eventually she calls off the affair. I’m surprised it ended like this. I thought Megan or Arnold would catch them in a horrible, dramatic scene. Looks like Don gets off easy again.

Sylvia

Poor Joan is sick at work. Clutching her side, barfing into a trashcan, sick. Trusty old Bob Benson puts down his Greek coffee cup for once and takes her to the ER. He elegantly lies to get her to the front of the line and visits her later at home, brings her baby a football. Looks like a budding romance to me. This could finally explain Bob’s presence. Joan swiftly saves Bob’s ass when they fire a ton of people from both agencies.

Pete is afraid of being pushed out of his job, and I must admit, he’s probably not being paranoid for once. When his mother shows up at his apartment, clearly in the early stages of dementia, I can feel his blood pressure rising. He’s got a lot on his plate. All the gin and tonics in the world don’t keep her from starting a fire in Pete’s kitchen.

Pete's Mother

The best part of the episode was the dynamic between Don and Ted. Their creative and management styles are so different, not to mention their personalities. Don gets Ted sloppy drunk and before he passes out on the floor of his office, he tells Don his Gilligan’s Island theory. How each character represents a segment of the market. Huh. I guess if that’s true I’ll be in the same market as the professor. (Truth: I am Gilligan.)

Just when it looks like Don will win this battle of wills, Ted turns out to be a pilot with his own plane. Don is terrified on their small, stormy flight to see a client and the playing field is now level.

Don and Ted Flying

The episode ends with the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

Megan and Don

What troubling times these were.

Tuesday, May 7th

The Friendly Skies

Well! What an episode. I love when they focus on the agency and the work. Most of you watch the show for the fashion or characters’ intriguing story lines. Not me. I watch for the thrill of the advertising. Who wants to look at Jon Hamm when there’s Heinz Beans on the screen?!

Anyway, Megan’s mommy is in town, making rude comments about anything and everything in her secret language no one can understand. Oh, that’s French? Whatever. Megan’s mom is a huge bitch and I love her. When Megan confesses that her marriage is rocky, she tells her daughter to dress sexier. This outfit she wears to dinner does the trick:

Don and Megan

While the dress was a success, the dinner was not. They were joined by Herb and his stupid wife. When Herb suggests that Don run his work by some kid who writes flyers for Herb, Don fires him as a client. Bye-bye, Jaguar. Later, Megan’s mom talks about Herb and wife and says, “She’s the apple that goes in the pig’s mouth.” I laugh gleefully and will use that phrase from now on.

Roger has been dating a stewardess who gives him access to the upscale airport flight clubs. This is how he’s getting business these days, by casually stalking corporate bigwigs waiting for their flights. He successfully lands SCDP a chance at the new Chevrolet car. Good thing, because Pete and Joan almost kill Don for firing Jaguar. Joan’s mad because she went above and beyond to win that account. Pete’s mad because it jeopardizes the company’s chance to go public. And his chance to get back together with Trudy.

Another blow is dealt to Pete’s ego and to the agency when he runs into his father in law at a brothel. Um, awkward! The father in law yanks his Dow Chemical business faster than you can swallow your Vicks Cough Drops. He runs and complains to Trudy and oddly enough, she wasn’t thrilled to find out both her husband and father hang out with hookers. Weird. So she kicks him out forever.

Abe and Peggy

Peggy and Abe bought an apartment in what must be the Little Juarez section of New York. Seriously, it’s heinous. Abe wanted to live among the “real” people and now they have junkies pooping on their steps. Is that real enough for ya, Abe? God. Why hasn’t Peggy left this guy yet?! It’s not like she doesn’t have other options. Her boss Ted gets swept up in her talent and ambition and lays one on her at work.

Peggy and Ted

She finds herself thinking about Ted and flirting with him. Ted, meanwhile, finds himself flirting with Don Draper in Detroit. Okay, not flirting per se, but flirting with the idea of merging pitches. When they are both in line for the Chevy pitch, they realize it’ll just be a battle of the big agencies to win the business, while their smaller agencies will provide the creative ideas that get stolen. So they decide to band together and stay up all night working on a new pitch. They also share their own pitches to each other at the bar and I have a major ad geek out moment. I FREAKING LOVE THIS SHOW!

They win the business and break the news of the merger to Peggy. They ask her to compose a press release announcing the news. We hear her voiceover as she types up the release and it’s an awesome ending. YEAH!

Tuesday, April 30th

Dark Times

 

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Don and Peggy find themselves in a room together for the New York Ad Club Awards. While Megan runs over to chat with Peggy, Don avoids her. She’s officially an adversary now and her talents intimidate him. I predict that they will be friends once again at some point. The Peggy/Don relationship is the purest thing about this show.

NY Ad Club Awards

Paul Newman steps onstage to introduce the program, but not before stating he supports McCarthy. His speech is quickly interrupted by the news of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. That sets the tone for the whole episode. What a sad, sad time.

Peggy and Phyllis

There are discussions and hugs with all the black secretaries in the ad agencies. They seem taken aback by the sudden affection and my heart is warmed by the genuine concern these characters feel. Pete, especially, is devastated and practically kills Harry Crane when he suggests that this will be a financial loss for the agency. It’s good to see a kind, human side of Pete again.

Don and Bobby

Megan is so sad and troubled by the news and takes Don’s kids to a vigil in the park. Bobby, who is being a real pain in the ass these days feins a stomach ache. Don takes him to the movies to see Planet of the Apes. Bobby tells the usher that “everyone likes to go to the movies when they’re sad” and I start to feel bad for Bobby. Sure, he started peeling the wallpaper in his bedroom like a total brat, but he’s being raised by dysfunctional, broken parents. Poor kid. His stepfather is about to run for state senate, so life is about to get harder in the Francis household.

Peggy is looking to buy an apartment on the Upper East Side, but Abe talks her into a poorer area. He pictures them raising their kids in a more humble location. Peggy goes all googly-eyed when he mentions kids, so she’ll move into a slum in a heartbeat. Ugh. I am so over Abe. Break up already!

Bad Date

In the most light-hearted storyline, Michael Ginsberg’s father sets him up on a blind date. Without telling him. Surprise! She’s in the apartment and Michael has no time to shave or get ready. He takes her to a diner, orders soup and confesses his virginity. Then he asks the lady how much she makes. In short, the most awkward date ever. They end the night early when the MLK news comes out, and Michael’s father is pissed. He says you need a partner during times of crisis and recalls Noah’s Ark and the animals getting the boat with their partners. “You! You’ll be getting on the ark with your father!”

Don Draper

The episode ends with a drunk and depressed Don admitting he doesn’t love his kids. Ouch.

Monday, April 22nd

Penny Under the Mat

I believe we have finally found our groove this season. Mad Men was fantastic last night. Let’s get into it.

Don is gunning for the Heinz Ketchup account. It was to be done in secret so that Heinz Sauces & Beans doesn’t find out. They create a shady little office that locks with a key and the windows are lined with foil. Stan is on the account and happily smokes pot while he works on “Project K.” The meetings are held in Pete’s apartment and then a hotel room. After pitching their work, they walk out to discover Peggy’s agency ready to pitch as well. The awkward encounter was awesome. No one does awkward as well as this show.

Agency Showdown

Peggy pitches exactly like she watched Don do for years. Looks like she might be surpassing her mentor. Then Sauces & Beans finds out and kicks SCDP to the curb. Ouch. This might be enough to put them all off ketchup and beans forever. Good thing they didn’t piss of any mustard or pickle people, as they are the superior condiments.  Stan gives Peggy the finger on the way out. I guess they won’t be having any more late night conversations on the phone.

Stan Flips Off Peggy

Heinz Letdown

Joan’s friend Kate is in town to interview at Avon. After giving Joan’s mom a Mary Kay makeover and discussing Joan’s successful career, they hit the town. I’m not sure what the hell kind of place they are in that has a phone on every table and no alcohol. Seriously. Can someone leave me a note in the comments and explain this to me? Anyway, they go to a psychedelic make-out bar and wake up crazy hungover. Fun storyline.

We get to know Don’s secretary Dawn a little better. We learn that she’s single and looking, she works long hours for Don, and her best friend is getting married. She keeps her head down at work and like everyone, fears for losing her job. (Psst! It’s still like this at ad agencies.) When Harry’s secretary, Scarlett, asks Dawn to punch her time card when she leaves so she can sneak out to a party, Dawn obliges. She doesn’t feel she can say no.

Mad Men Dawn

Joan catches Scarlett’s five-hour time theft and fires her on the spot. When Harry finds out he loses his shit on Joan and un-fires Scarlett. In the process, he storms into a partner meeting and demands to be made a partner. Um, that’s never gonna happen, Harry. They give him a check for $23k and he balks. Looks like Harry might jump ship soon.

Megan’s soap opera character is given a better storyline with a love affair. Her character is a maid, and I don’t know why, but I think that’s hilarious. She breaks the news to Don that she’ll be kissing an actor on screen and it seems like Don will be cool. But then he shows up for the filming of the scene and acts like a giant jerk. Hypocrite much? He’s still loving it up with neighbor Sylvia. She leaves a penny under the doormat when her husband isn’t home to tip him off. I am so grossed out by this affair. The only thing that would be worse would be Don and Megan taking up her coworkers offer to swing.

Don and Megan

The demure early 60s are definitely behind us, folks. We are in yucky 1968.

Monday, April 15th

Ketchup vs. Beans

Hello, friends. Mad Men kicked off at the Campbell’s house and everyone was flirting with everyone. Pete lures their lovely neighbor, Brenda, to his city apartment under the pretense of tickets to see Hair and the affair commences. (If there’s a God of Mad Men, please let Megan join the cast of Hair.) Turns out Brenda’s a bit of a clingy psycho. Her husband finds out and drops her off a bloody mess at Pete’s door. In my favorite Trudy moment ever, she yells at Pete. She knows all about his philandering and thought giving him the city apartment would be the most discreet way of handling it. But now she’s just mad and said they are OVER. “If you so much as open your fly to urinate, I will destroy you!

Don seems completely immersed in his affair with his neighbor, Sylvia. Frankly, their living in the same building makes me nervous. I mean, this can’t end well.

Don and Sylvia

It’s hard to watch Megan unknowingly confide in Sylvia about her marriage troubles and recent miscarriage. She’s guilty for feeling relieved. Her soap opera career is fulfilling enough for the time-being. I, for one, miss Megan’s cat eye liner from last season.

Megan Draper

Remember when a sleaze at Jaguar gave SCDP their business in exchange for a night with Joan? Well, Sleazy Herb is back. He wants the agency to pull focus from the national ad campaign and instead shift messaging to regional sales support. Like radio spots. He wants the agency to pitch this idea to the higher ups at Jaguar. Don gives an intentionally terrible pitch so the campaign will remain as intended. I loved watching him sink that meeting.

In other agency news, there’s a departmental war at Heinz. No one respects the beans guy and the ketchup guy is an arrogant tool. “Beans” had forbidden they work on business for “Ketchup,” but Ketchup is maybe interested in switching agencies. Maybe. When Peggy gets wind, she blabs to her (awesome) boss and they are going to go for the ketchup. All of this makes me think, I could really go for a hotdog right now. Also, everyone hates Peggy at work. Except her (awesome) boss, who I love. I hope to see Kevin Rahm with a larger role this season.

Kevin Rahm

We are treated to a couple flashbacks to Don’s childhood and they are devastating. I’m sure we’ll be treated to more scenes as he is a little boy living in a whorehouse with his pregnant mother. No wonder he’s so messed up.

I’ll leave you with one question to ponder. What’s the deal with Bob Benson?

Bob Benson

Monday, April 8th

Don Ho

The two hour Mad Men premiere did not disappoint, although I thought it was pretty weird. But I go through this every season. The first episode back is a little stiff and takes some getting used to. That’s what she said.

Don and Megan Hawaii

Don and Megan are enjoying fabulous Hawaii. Megan, especially seems to be having a great time, while Don is contentedly dark and broody with a glorious suntan. Don met a fellow drunk military guy at the bar and ends up giving away his bride the next day. My heart melts. They enjoy luaus, smoke some pot, and soak up the sunshine before heading back to NYC. Oh, and it’s Christmas. Okay.

Don Hawaiian wedding

Don and Megan have become friendly with their neighbors and also their doorman, who died for a moment but was revived. Not sure why this was given so much attention, but I can dig it. Don is especially close with a doctor and gives him a camera from his client stash. Aw, Don has a friend. It’s nice to see. Megan is making her career as an actress work, too. She’s a regular on a TV show and is tickled about being recognized by fans. Don is…less enthusiastic.

Don Makes a Friend

Back at work, Don resumes his normal crankiness. Everyone’s hair is noticeably longer and there are lots of sideburns. Mr. Betty comments that only Don looks the same. So true.

Roger Sterling's sideburns

Even Roger is rocking the ‘burns. Can I confess something? I think Roger might be my favorite character. He is a lovable rogue who takes nothing seriously. He’s seeing a therapist now. Or more likely, an analyst. Even though Roger can be an insensitive boob, he has those moments where you see how big his heart is. When he learns of his mother’s passing, he consoles his distraught secretary and keeps it together. But the passing of his shoe shine man is what makes him break down completely, in the episode’s best moment.

Second-best moment? The memorial Roger throws for his mom. It’s full of spunky old ladies lavishing attention and praise on Roger. His usual sense of humor carries them through the grief and when Don drunkenly throws up on the floor, it’s practically a party.

Roger Comforts Secretary

Peggy goes through some major work drama with a client, showcasing her clear talent for her work. But as a boss, she really sucks. Looks like she learned more from Don than anyone realized. I look forward to seeing how her new boss helps mold her. I’d be okay with it if they dated. Still not loving Abe.

Peggy at Work

So, if everything isn’t weird enough, the Francis house seems totally crazy to me. Sally’s friend Sandy seems to almost live there. She’s mean to Betty, but Betty can’t get enough of this girl’s approval. When she runs away, Betty spends the whole day in an abandoned building in a bad neighborhood in New York hoping to see her. I can’t verify that anyone is smoking crack there, but yeah, it’s a crackhouse. Betty teaches the boys who live there how to make goulash, even though they make fun of her and one is particularly mean. And off-hand comment about her “bottled” hair sends her running to the salon. She comes home looking like this:

Brunette Betty

I. Can’t. Even. Believe. This. I think I’m back to liking Betty again. Like, full-on.

Megan and Don throw a small New Year’s Eve gathering in their apartment. They serve fondue and watch a slideshow of their Hawaii pictures. Oh, how very 70’s. It’s a charming night and I almost don’t recognize Linda Cardellini. She’s gone from Freaks and Geeks to Totally Chic. Love her! Apparently Don does, too, as he is having an affair with her.

Linda Cardellini

Shiiiiit. So they went there. Don’s back to his old tricks, and even worse, sleeping with the wife of his only friend. I know this will make for more interesting storytelling, but I am very, very disappointed. I enjoyed seeing Don so happy last season and this regression will take him back to a dark place. What a way to end the episode. I feel like I was punched in the face.

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