It’s the end of what’s been a season of fights and fat, suicide and stray gum, love affairs and LSD trips. Last week Lane ended it all, Sally got her period and Glen took a drive with Don. But this is the finale, and with the drama of Peggy leaving the agency and Lane’s suicide, what more can happen? Last season’s finale had a surprise engagement for Don and Megan, with Peggy saving SCDP from the brink with the Topaz pantyhose account—will this one give us the opposite, whatever that is?
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Mad Men Recap: Season 5 closes out with more affairs (and hints of future affairs!), more sixties-era psychosis and more punch-outs!
Mad Men Recap: Making light of the fact that something TERRIBLE happened (and Sally got her period…)
In the antepenultimate episode of Mad Men, some game done got changed. Namely, Peggy made a power move and left SCDP for the greener (and by “greener” we are referring to money) pastures of CGC as their chief copywriter. Joan slept her way to a five per cent share of the agency (and let’s be honest, we’re sure her skills helped land them the Jaguar account), Pete showed what a schmuck he is (again), Lane brought up the bonus (again), and Megan struggled with an audition and Don’s lack of support. But we’re getting close to the end here, so let’s see whether Peggy’s move will be the big shake up or if there are bigger exits ahead…
Last week we got another measured dose of Betty, but once again the Francis household is nowhere to be seen. Instead it’s back to a plate of SCDP and agency hard times. Last we saw Lane, his Jaguar buddy got caught with gum in his pants that led to boardroom fisticuffs with Pete. Don and Megan pop up for some bickering, but it’s not as bad as the underwear party clean-up and Howard Johnson gelato spat, and seems to stem from his dissatisfaction at work. Joan is finally hearing from Dr. Harris about the future of their marriage that she ended, just as her long-ago ex, Sterling Cooper’s smug copywriter Paul Kinsey, is popping back into Harry Crane’s life.
Mad Men Recap: Pete, Megan and Rory from Gilmore Girls all “just taste it!” Meanwhile, The Beatles’ Revolver has us thinking deep thoughts
Whenever they do the “last time on Mad Men” at the beginning of the episode I try to predict whom the episode will be about. This one hinted at another Pete-centric hour, and did not disappoint—he’s certainly taking the tailspin reigns from Don this season. Last week we only had a glimpse of Pete when he charmed Megan’s dad, otherwise we were treated to Roger charming his date Sally only to cheat on her (all too adultly and adulterously) with Megan’s mom, Megan and Don winning back Heinz and Abe and Peggy taking a leap of faith and living in sin. What sins will we see this week?
Mad Men Recap: The punch, the call girl and the boy named Handsome that turn Pete into a complete psycho
Last week’s episode was like playing a game of Mystery Date (our new retro game obsession, in which you never know who’s going to end up with who!). Don fought his libido incarnate in a fever dream, Joan reunited with and then kicked out Dr. Greg, and Sally eventually got high bonded with Grandma Pauline. We feel we’re in a good place with most of our characters, so who’s going to have a crisis this week? Read on…
After last week’s Jon Hamm-directed episode in which we had a health scare for Betty, a close call with the Stones for Harry and Don (one guess at which of those two we think has got the moves like Jagger), and the debut of a new copy writer who we’re sure would be fun at any Passover dinner, we’re ready to dig in to what Mad Men is best at: revealing its characters’ flaws.
Mad Men recap: We explain Betty’s second helping of ice cream and how teenagers “feel” when they they listen to The Rolling Stones
How to top last week where we had a birthday serenade, thwarted bean ballets, Pete and Trudy’s clashing party ensembles and Harry repeatedly sticking his foot in his mouth? The return of Betty Francis. And with more Betty to love (and simultaneously hate)!
Mad Men recap: We explain what the characters really mean when they say and do what they Zoo Be Zoo Be do what they do
When last we left Draper and Co., things were looking optimistic, or at least as optimistic as Mad Men ever gets. Don announced his engagement to the beguiling Megan. Joan and Dr. Greg were expecting a bundle of joy (that’s got a silver fox for a father). Peggy saved SCDP by landing the Topaz pantyhose account. Pete seemed less at odds with himself and Trudy was contentedly pregnant. If there’s one thing Mad Men has shown us though, it’s that the only constant is change, so let’s not get too comfortable. And since Mad Men is always about the subtext of what’s being said or done, we’re here to explain what the characters really mean when they say and do what they Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo what they do.