Very interesting speculation about Don's roots in last week's comments. Please feel free to keep it coming. I love hearing (well, reading, I guess) your thoughts.
is this crazy fascination with milk? We're all aware of the "
Got Milk" ads (started in 1993), but was milk thought to have some sort of strange restorative power in the 1960s? Please enlighten me if you have any theories.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed in this episode and I think it's because all the grown-ups are acting like children. Roger hits on Betty and not in a subtle way. He's all over her, touching her inappropriately and trying to kiss her. Don thinks Betty's been flirting with Roger all night in front of him and calls her a child to her face.
Another married man having no luck with his wife is Pete, who doesn't consult Trudy before returning a Chip 'n Dip they received as a wedding present. He buys a gun with the store credit he receives and Trudy is not pleased. I can't blame her. Betty, still reeling from Don's accusations, hauls off and slaps Helen at the market. Helen can't believe Betty gave her son a lock of her hair. She rightfully reminds Betty that Glen is 9 years old. And after having to climb all 23 flights of stairs to their office, Roger vomits in front of "Nixon's boys." Cooper doesn't really need Roger to tell him what he had for lunch as it's right on the floor in front of him. Let me use my favorite expression here:
All this childish behavior really starts with Don. He calls Betty's doctor to check up on her. Even if Don doesn't believe in therapy, he needs to respect that his wife is still in mourning over the loss of her beloved mother. It's not nice to spy, but he does learn some interesting information. The doctor says he's "dealing with the emotions of a child." He feels deeper issues will come out once Betty gets more comfortable with him.
This behavior continues when Roger is rejected by Joan after proposing a romantic weekend at his home. His women are away and he wants to play. With Joan. But she's not having it; she's made plans with her roommate and she's keeping them. Roger convinces Don to go out for a drink then invites himself home with Don for a home-cooked meal. Poor Betty. She had to pretend she was a vegetarian for a night since there was only enough steak for two. But there was probably enough alcohol for a small army. They really put it away in those days. Not only did they drink all the liquor in the house, but Don has to raid his New Year's stash in the garage before Roger is finally ready to go home.
Back at the office, Peggy is "burning the midnight oil" trying to work on copy for the Belle Jolie campaign. Did you see Pete's face when Peggy told him what she's working on? I have to admit he saves face convincingly by offering to look at her work. He "does it for all the fellas." When Peggy takes him up on the offer, he tells her that strange story about wanting to hunt, dress and cook his kill. She thinks it's a wonderful dream. I think they're both a little odd and strangely made for each other. Too bad he's married, although that clearly doesn't stop anyone at Sterling Cooper.
The product placement of the week is a person:
Richard Nixon. In the Nixon Braintrust prep meeting, the guys talk about who will put up a challenge - Lyndon Johnson or Kennedy. They talk about issues of the day and where Nixon stands as of now in terms of popularity. It's clear the older guys in the office think Nixon will take it, while the younger guys are enamored of Kennedy.
Things we've learned:
" Don drops his
g's every once in a while, making Roger suspect he grew up on a farm.
" Pete is also known as "Humps the Camel" Campbell. Jealous he's not getting the attention, Pete sabotages his friend Matherton by telling the lady in question his friend has an STD.
" Betty feels like she's earning her keep if men other then her husband look at her.
" What was that comment Betty made to Don about bouncing her off the walls? One thing I absolutely don't want to believe Don capable of is domestic violence.
" Roger says, "At some point we've all parked in the wrong garage." To me this means he's slept with another man's wife, but when he's talking to Don, it seems like it means something between flirting and groping. Thoughts?
Some great lines:
"Stop smoking so much. It's a sign of weakness."
Pete: "Did I miss something?"
Roger: "No. Don and I talk all the time when you're not around. In fact, we're gonna do it right now."
"What'd you say we go to a commercial break, brought to you by more liquor."
"You've been making eyes at me all night. You can't tell me I'm not giving you hot pants."
"That's my car.... There you go.... Lights."
"When a man gets to the point in his life when his name's on a building, he can get an unnatural sense of entitlement."
Cooper: "[Nixon] doesn't even wear a hat."
Pete: "I don't know. You know who else doesn't wear a hat? Elvis. That's what we're dealing with."
Cooper: "Remind me to stop hiring young people."
"Kinsey, want to write this down or should I bring a girl in?"
"Desi and Lucy? Please. He's divorcing her again. Did he wake up one morning and say, 'Oh yeah, I forgot. I hate you.'"
"Drinking milk. I never liked it. I hate cows."
Elevator Operator: "I'm waiting for service."
Roger: "So am I, what are you talking about?"
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Very interesting speculation about Dons roots in last weeks comments. Please feel free to keep it coming. I love hearing (well, reading, I guess) your thoughts.What is this crazy fascination with milk? Were all aware of the "Got Milk" ads (started in 1993), but was milk thought to have some sort of strange restorative power in the 1960s? Please enlighten me if you have any theories.I have to admit I was a little disappointed in this episode and I think its because all the grown-ups are acting like children. Roger hits on Betty and not in a subtle way. Hes all over her, touching her inappropriately and trying to kiss her. Don thinks Bettys been flirting with Roger all night in front of him and calls her a child to her face. Another married man having no luck with his wife is Pete, who doesnt consult Trudy before returning a Chip 'n Dip they received as a wedding present. He buys a gun with the store credit he receives and Trudy is not pleased...