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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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