First, let me say thanks for all the great comments. I'm happy there was so much to talk about after last week's episode. I learn a lot from your posts, so I hope you'll keep educating me.
Who knew Midge's male friend - Tom, was it? - was Don's romantic rival? We all suspected something was going on there but I wouldn't have guessed Midge was in love with Tom. I'm sure some of you guessed exactly that two weeks ago, but I didn't see it coming. It makes sense that Midge would ultimately go for a more artistic, downtown sort of man. Our uptown, uptight, mysterious Don isn't doing it for Midge anymore. Maybe she wants to settle down? Maybe she wants someone who will be himself around her? I, for one, am totally fine with him ending things with Midge. I can't see how he would have been able to make something work with Betty and Rachel
and Midge. I'm not sure I would have given her that $2,500 check though. But she will need it, considering Tom doesn't have a job.
Other relationships of interest:
Peggy and Pete got back together, albeit briefly. She "marks her man" early that day with only the janitor as a witness. Their relationship continues to intrigue me, not necessarily in a good way. I think they're both getting something they need. Peggy has feelings for Pete; she probably thinks she's in love. Pete loves no one but himself and I can't see that changing anytime soon or ever. I think Pete's flattered by Peggy's attention and can't help but get a piece of her action, since she's offering it so freely. I just want her to be careful because those two are a messy, ugly train-wreck-in-waiting. I mean, Pete couldn't even feign happiness for Peggy when her idea for Belle Jolie went over so well. And I think those of you who are predicting a pregnancy are right on the money.
Then we have Salvatore. I thought his little interlude with Elliot was going to go in an entirely different direction. Sal's reactions to the subtle, then more blatant invitations from Elliot were interesting and surprising - and very telling for that time. Considering that every other man on this show seems to act on his every wish and desire, I kind of thought he'd go for it. The '60s were still a time of intolerance - for all minorities, be it the color of their skin or their sexual preference. One bright, but perhaps depressing, note for Sal was his introduction to Lois Saddler. She's smitten. Until he's brave enough to come out of the closet, he'll probably pretend to be interested in her.
I enjoyed peering deeper into Don's past through his drug-induced flashbacks:
" The "gentleman of the rails": I enjoyed it when he gave Don the chalk and explained what all the traveling man's marks mean.
" Don's father: He seems to be the true embodiment of a sinner and I don't remember seeing him in the flashback that introduced us to Don's baby brother, Adam. I wonder when and how he died. Definitely before Adam was born, but how? Thoughts?
" Don's stepmother: My opinion of her is definitely colored by Don's deep hatred of her. She seems like a good Christian woman, but it's possible much more lurks beneanth her pious surface.
Things we learned about Don:
" Roger's suppositions about Don's childhood are proven true. Don grew up on a farm.
" Don's a "whore child." So Don's father got a woman of ill repute (or not) pregnant. Special thanks to the commenter who pointed out that Don admitted to being a "baby in a basket." I'm impressed with those of you who watch the show more than once.
" Don's father is a liar and was marked as such when Don was a child.
I didn't write down as many lines as I usually do. Here's what made the cut (and my comments):
"I'll probably lose the rest of the day watching other people work." Doesn't that happen every day, Pete?
"Either [Jesus] lives in your heart or he doesn't." Don was laying it on a little thick there, but he made his point to the Belle Jolie guys.
"My mom always said that life is like a horseshoe. It's fat in the middle, open on both ends and hard all the way through." I love this quote but I fear Don's stepmother is a religious zealot, and they scare me.
"You make the lie. You invent want." My hackles went up on Don's behalf when Tom attacked Don's profession - really his whole way of life - two episodes ago, but maybe Tom has a right to be disgusted with Don. But I still love him.
I think I might do a "mini" critical analysis each week to satisfy anyone who's interested in reading it (no promises). My topic this week is hoboes. I did some research and here's what I found interesting:
" The term was used as early as the 19th century and coincided with western migration across the U.S, but it didn't really come into popular use until the Great Depression.
" A hobo is different from a tramp and a bum. A hobo is homeless, almost always male and rides the rails, traveling from place to place in search of work. A tramp only seeks to ride the rails and a bum neither works nor travels.
" In hobo lingo, "grease the track" means getting run over by a train.
" Robert Mitchum "hoboed."
this out to learn about a modern-day hobo, more commonly referred to as a hobohemian.
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First, let me say thanks for all the great comments. Im happy there was so much to talk about after last weeks episode. I learn a lot from your posts, so I hope youll keep educating me.Who knew Midges male friend Tom, was it? was Dons romantic rival? We all suspected something was going on there but I wouldnt have guessed Midge was in love with Tom. Im sure some of you guessed exactly that two weeks ago, but I didnt see it coming. It makes sense that Midge would ultimately go for a more artistic, downtown sort of man. Our uptown, uptight, mysterious Don isnt doing it for Midge anymore. Maybe she wants to settle down? Maybe she wants someone who will be himself around her? I, for one, am totally fine with him ending things with Midge. I cant see how he would have been able to make something work with Betty and Rachel and Midge. Im not sure I would have given her that $2,500 check though. But she will need...