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Mad Men: Lady Lazarus

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: A tense and turbulent episode of “Mad Men” this week where we get insights into the ambitions of women in marriage, and the positions of the husbands who must accept and love them. Megan’s ambitions take her out of the halls of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce into capris and acting classes so that she can pursue her dream while Don accepts it and lets her fly away as he breezes in from work. Beth Dawes (played surprisingly well by Alexis Bledel) is leading a similar life to her husband, Howard, in her ambitions to have “side dishes,” or really more like side amuse bouches since they seem to come and go pretty quickly. And then Pete, with the absent but still very present Trudy, wants someone to make him feel complex and validated and not that he is doing everything that he should, which seems to be Trudy’s strategy. I do wish we could see more of Trudy and Pete’s home life like we have in previous seasons, because right now I wonder if we are supposed to assume that her life is taken up by the baby and hence nothing really changes for her, or maybe Matthew Weiner is waiting for a big reveal later in the season.

HOWARD MEGDAL: You should be thinking of Trudy? What about Pete? Hell, Trudy would take up most of my thoughts, if I didn’t have a wife who tops even the fabulous Alison Brie! Continue reading

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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 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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