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Mad Men: Commissions and Fees

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: It seems futile, to me, to attempt to eulogize Lane Pryce. For a man so utterly complex and so consistently facing feelings of inadequacy, lack of fulfillment, and conflicting performances of identity, it would not be far fetched to wonder whether he would take his own life. This episode, it can be argued, was incredibly predictable. But that is not a detriment to the episode as a whole, for the acting on the part of Jared Harris, in particular, but also of Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, and Christina Hendricks stuns the audience into yet another Mad Men-induced trance. Continue reading

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Mad Men: Week 4 In Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: And we’re back to the brilliant chaos of Manhattan, with the business-as-usual bustle and telephones ringing off of their hooks around the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The familiar chimes of negotiations with Lucky Strike twinkle and settle within the razor-sharp banter between Don Draper and Roger Sterling. I personally don’t need a hot apple pie baking on the windowsill to feel home again; the first five minutes of Season 4′s Episode 4 of “Mad Men” were able to settle me back among the chatter of secretaries after last week’s West Coast drama. But look at all that has changed! Trudy is pregnant! Peggy is canoodling with lesbians and kissing bohemians in closets! Women are crying about their self-image in the office! Kenny’s getting married! There’s a new secretary! Oh, and Don Draper is still as miserable as ever.

HOWARD MEGDAL: What has to be considered the best episode of the season so far paced itself perfectly, even by Mad Men standards. One need only notice that the director was John Slattery to know the reason why. Continue reading

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