Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 3 “Tea Leaves” (B+)
Last week’s double-decker premiere served as an important refresher on the lives of all of the employees of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and this episode reintroduces one of the most crucial players outside of the office: Betty Draper. Having gained a few pounds and considerably distance from her formerly loving husband, Betty gets her very own cancer scare, managing to drive her husband away further by calling Don in a moment of panic when she’s not able to reach Henry. Don didn’t exactly keep the news to himself, talking to both Megan and Roger about it and allowing it to dominate his thoughts. I love how the show still manages to infuse humor into its everyday events, such as Don’s new secretary being named Dawn and Harry signing a fake Rolling Stones band after being admitted backstage when the elder ad man wasn’t. Megan was clearly bothered by being treated like a wife rather than a coworker at the dinner meeting, and despite Don’s affection for Peggy, he doesn’t seem to pick up much on her desire to be taken seriously in a professional sense. Pete’s going to get himself into trouble soon taking Roger down a peg in front of the entire office, and Roger’s only going to spiral further downward. Peggy’s interview with Michael went horrifically, and it was so interesting to see him transform completely in front of Don to prove charming and highly likeable. His scene at home that stresses his Jewish unbelievably is clearly meant to indicate that not only does this man have family, something he lied about, but he’s very close to his father and to his traditions, meaning that he definitely isn’t being honest about who he is, which makes him quite intriguing.