Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What I’m Watching: Mad Men

Mad Men: Season 7, Episode 11 “Time and Life” (B+)

This is damn good television, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll admit I’m at a loss about who owns Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce these days and how it all led to what happened in this episode. It feels like so long ago that Bert Cooper sat Harry down and told him that he could come with them to their new firm or they could lock him in a closet all weekend, and I’m not entirely sure what’s happened since then. It’s strange to think of this group as independent since they’ve seemed like a true era-defining corporation, and now the five New York partners are going to go from being top dogs to average workers in a position that might be desirable to anyone else without their prior experience. Don pitching a Los Angeles office and getting shut down immediately was disheartening, especially since he can usually smooth-talk his way out of anything, and the reaction of the entire office when they broke the news was messy. As this all played out, we’re continuing to get useful snippets of different characters’ home lives, with Pete heading out to punch someone who didn’t admit his daughter to school and Peggy worrying that kids don’t like her. It’s nice to know that Joan’s new beau was ready to get on a plane at a moment’s notice when he found out that she needed him, and it’s a relief that at least one of these mad men (and women) has a decent shot at a happy ending.

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