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MAD MEN QUESTIONS & PREDICTIONS
There are numerous questions that I have about this upcoming Mad Men finale. I may be guilty of leading the witness with these questions but we all have our biases and theories.
- Is the opening point of view shot of Jonesy’s heart attack mean we could have a bookend moment with Don in the same position? Or was that just a setter of tone and theme by showing a man’s rebirth?
- Could Don promising to visit Dr. Rosen’s workplace like he promised in the premiere ever really have good connotations?
- Will we ever see the petulant early version of Ted Chaough again or will he remain in Peggy’s ideal image of work husband?
- Will Michael Ginsberg get a girl? Or does he ever care either way?
- What is Roger’s story for the season? Does it include the ‘opportunity’ in the refrigerated truck business venture he agreed to with his daughter in the premiere? Is Roger just the new Bert or is he the guy who was a step ahead of everybody at the old agency with General Motors?
- The side door of the Draper penthouse has been used in the literal and figurative violating of Don’s personal space. Will it come up again?
- Sally has a secret she can use against Don: Will she show mercy or will she internalize that kind of shame? Or will she shed her Draper skin and really become Henry’s adopted daughter by taking the Francis name- her ‘rebellious’ trajectory in becoming a preppie Betty?
- Does Joan know about Bob Benson? Would she even care about his sexuality? Could they be friends or a non-sexual work couple who help each other out? If Bob Benson is the new Don Draper could Joan be his Anna Draper? Or is that actually Manolo’s role in Bob’s life?
- Don ended the ceasefire with Ted in the Ocean Spray vs. Sunkist tiff. Will Ted’s end of the bargain, securing Mitchell in the New York Air National Guard, be kept or will something happen there? Will it be Ted’s doing or something else?
- Will Ken want to still be working at the agency or was getting shot in the face a wake-up call?
- Is Megan’s career still stuck playing in soap operas or something bigger on the rise? Or will her figurative/literal inhibiting of the theme of twins/doppelgangers go down with the season? Could she ever return to Don as his housewife or his work wife? How come we see her constantly on the phone with her agent Jeff Hunter but never in the flesh?
- Will Megan ever find out about the Sylvia affair? Does she have an idea that he might be cheating but not necessarily with a friend? Will she forgive him? Will she leave him? Is she really in the position to leave him?
- Will Sylvia ever spill about the affair to Arnold? Will she be able to specify with whom she had the affair?
- Is Harry a little too comfortable with the certainty he will become a partner or is he onto something? Could the agency be expanding to the West Coast in addition to setting up shop in Detroit?
- With titles like “The Quality of Mercy”, “For Immediate Release”, and “Favors” actually telling us quite a lot about their episodes, does “In Care Of” present us a finale having about somebody handling matters, responsibilities, and news on the behalf of somebody else? That speaks to a lot of characters (Bob Benson, Peggy Olson, Pete Campbell, Joan, the agency, etc.) over the course of this season except for Don- but could that change? Could that mean that Don is somebody ‘In Care Of’ (lest we forget Dante needed a Virgil)?
- Is the next step for Don to have his secret identity exposed if Sally has seen the Dick Whitman side to her father by seeing him cheat?
- How much of the season is a reflection of 1968 and is there a calming of the status quo among the office when Nixon is elected? Will the finale take place exactly a year after the premiere?
- Is California still in play or was that party a composite of it being corrupted from Don’s idealized paradise? Will the decay of New York City (that hits rock bottom in the seventies with bankruptcy) cause people to not just leave the city personally but professionally?
- Will Cutler ever show his wrath again before Ted seemed to neutralize him or is their compromise of SC&P the ultimate Trojan horse by those two characters?
- Since the show likes to play with the literal/figurative marriage in symbolism could the finale possibly taking place in winter symbolize the ninth circle of hell (Treachery)?
- Does the motif of Rosemary’s Baby actually hold not just symbolism for the women on the show but also Don? But is he Guy or is he the anti-Christ (the subtle way Ted posited him in the homage commercial as the baby)?
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"THE BETTER HALF" EPISODE #6.09
Although this show has proven to be a show all about Don Draper, Matthew Weiner does spread it out in story and with Peggy Olson the show is very much her story too. This episode showed that Peggy’s work life the moment the merger happened continues to blow up in her face, but that the merger itself reflected an unraveling home life.
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"MAN WITH A PLAN"
I liked what this episode was doing. Was it the best Mad Men episode? No, not in this season especially. But it was a welcomed relief. Through the writing done by respected Matthew Weiner confidante, Semi Challas and Weiner himself along with John Slattery’s maturing skill and eye for direction that is equal parts dramatic and cheeky, this episode let us in on how we are really supposed to think of Don Draper in both relation to the show’s world of its characters and time period. But I also was surprised that this show reciprocated my theory that Don Draper and Adam Sackler are actually the same type of person.
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This seemed like an inevitable event that Mad Men would have to drop its Updike/Cheever novella episodic storytelling for history to take over. I am more than fine with that. “The Flood” is not necessarily Season 3’s “The Grown-Ups” that dealt with the JFK assassination head-on. Despite the Baby Boomer conflation of the three assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK, Mad Men shows that the largely white cast and largely the White America had a different reaction to Martin Luther King’s assassination as opposed to JFK’s assassination.
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"TO HAVE AND TO HOLD"
Even in an episode with the least amount of Don Draper, you will get a lot from Don Draper in this episode. But it starts and ends with hypocrisy. In a way that nods to his past. In seeing his wife have any sort of fulfillment, particularly in career, he sullies it. In Betty’s case he pulled the plug on the modeling career which he had some control with. He had already helped Megan get a career through that very same power but even in giving her that freedom the viewer saw he abandoned any level of emotional trust and attachment to her in the process. When watching her do a love-scene for her soap opera, you at first see it as a callback to young Dick Whitman watching women ‘perform’ in the previous episode. Then you realize it is that for another reason.
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