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Mad Men: Dark Shadows

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: I have come to terms with the fact that I might be the only person in the world who has any sympathy for Betty Hoeffstadt Draper Francis. However, this episode really made an attempt (a successful one, at that) to show the insecurities of a woman “who has everything [she] wants.” Her pettiness from seasons past perpetuates and progresses into this episode driven by her her reluctance to accept things that are out of her control. Yet seeing Betty know which cards to play against the new Drapers, and how Don and Megan react to Betty’s strategy, is very interesting to watch. Continue reading

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Mad Men: Tea Leaves

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SONIA BRAND-FISHER: For the first time in the entire series of “Mad Men,” I feel unrestrained and sincere sympathy for Betty Hofstadt Draper Francis. All of our jaws dropped when the svelte Grace Kelly look-a-like we…

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Mad Men: Season Finale in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: What is one supposed to do when Don Draper proposes to a brunette, his secretary, in bed, in a room that is not his one, on a coast that is not his own? Are we supposed to compare him to Roger Sterling proposing to his twenty year old secretary in Season 3, who was supposed to bring vibrancy at a time when the world around him seemed to embody an emotional wasteland? Are we supposed to feel joy and tear up at Megan’s sweet and genuine reaction? Did we see this coming? The Season 4 finale of “Mad Men” seemed overwhelming with conflicting emotions of disgust and relief, surprise and verification, distrust and acceptance.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’ve heard plenty of discussion about what the choice of Megan over Faye represents, but not this: the choosing of Don Draper as the identity moving forward over Dick Whitman. And further, this doesn’t represent a backslide from the work Don has done on himself- it represents an embrace of it- a third way, really. Continue reading

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