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Mad Men: Signal 30

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: A meditation on marriage, fidelity, and personal loyalties, “Mad Men”’s episode 5 of season 5 stirred our minds with some disturbing dialogue, an office fist fight, and Don Draper in a plaid sport jacket (that he could not have looked more uncomfortable in if he had tried). This week’s episode was full of moments that felt tightened and tense, between the country dinner party with Trudy and Pete’s friction and Lane Pryce’s search for a solid identity being a British immigrant enthralled by Americanism to the degree that he is allowed.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I think this might have been the strongest episode of the season to date. No argument with anything Sonia said, but I’d like to highlight a few other points of note. Continue reading

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Mad Men: Week 11 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: Don Draper, what did I tell you not to do? Life is complicated enough without you sleeping with your artsy secretary in your office, who assures you she won’t “run out crying the next morning.” Faye Miller gets Draper a meeting with Heinz and asks delicately if he would just sit down with her when Draper finally returns to his apartment, mirroring Jane Sterling’s warmth as Roger comes through the door after visiting Joan Harris. “It’s the end of the world” Stan declares after he kisses Peggy Olson in her office. Lucky Strike, after 25 years, after being the subject of the very first episode of the very first season of “Mad Men” is a lost account. Bedlam erupts in Season 4′s episode 11 from the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and bleeds through the ceilings into the other compartments of its workers’ lives.

HOWARD MEGDAL: All the energy of the episode is Lucky Strike getting away, yes, but the lessons of the episode provide a huge payoff at the funeral of a longtime ad man. Continue reading

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