What. Just. Happened?
Focusing on the women in Mad Men’s life is a common occurrence for the show but I don’t know if it has ever been as exclusively displayed as this. Outside his interactions with Sally and Faye, Don doesn’t really have a story here and surprisingly it didn’t really hurt the episode.
So I have been hustling and bustling back and forth half way across the country these last 10 days and have neglected reviewing the last two weeks of Mad Men. Well I am here today to right that wrong in a couple of brief recaps and some bullets about the missed episodes on the site. Hope you enjoy and I will fully recap/review the final episodes of the season in a timely manor.
I think a better title for this episode would have been, “Don and Lane’s Excellent New Years Adventure.” That segment last night was hands down the funniest seven minutes or so of Mad Men in this viewer’s opinion and was a brilliant addition to an already terrific season of Mad Men.
Picking up almost a year after the coup of Sterling Cooper formed the new Sterling Cooper Draper & Price, in swanky new window filled, colorful couches, and conference table less offices, the new team is barely keeping their head above water as Lucky Strike accounts for 71% of their billings. But this episode isn’t about the new firm, as much as it is Don Draper and his importance to firm.
This story’s opening line also opens the episode as Don marginalizes and brushes off the interviewer that is writing a story about him and the firm. Draper doesn’t care and it of course comes to bite everyone in the ass. Through out the episode every familiar face tells Don how important he is and what he means to this company as Don brushes them off and suggests that his work should do all of his talking.