"I always felt we met so both our lives could be better."
No matter how much of a loner Don Draper is in the boardroom, the statement above (and the woman who spoke it) just might explain why it is that, in the two seasons we've known Don, he's always seeking some sort of extra connection. Before fully immersing himself into Don Draper's life, Dick Whitman had a special partnership with the real Don's wife, Anna, and thought he had found something similar in Betty. But of course, he's jumped from woman to woman since then, looking for a partnership that does make both lives better. In this episode, Don reconnects with Anna (and the world), while Betty, Bert Cooper, Pete and Joan all make (or break) their own special partnerships.
Now that Mad Men's Don (Jon Hamm) has left the house, his future with wife Betty is left hanging in the balance, without much time left in Season 2 to figure it out. Yet, as Betty has slowly become more emboldened in recent episodes, her newfound independence is leaving her portrayer, January Jones, in a bit of a conundrum as to her hopes for the couple's storyline to come.
Jones wouldn't say exactly what does happen in the season's two remaining episodes, but she did share her hopes for Mr. and Mrs. Draper. "I'm old-fashioned. I'd really like to see her and Don work it out," she told TVGuide.com. "But, on the other side, if it were me, actually me, I would have kicked him out a long time ago, so I don't know."
Yet, she continued, "I have high hopes for her. I think these last couple of episodes have been a huge deal for her. I don't know what's happened that's made her have this strength all of a sudden, but I think the ticking time bomb went off."<
David Duchovny and Natascha McElhone, Californication
10 pm/ET Showtime
A lot more than food finds its way onto the table when Hank and Karen host a dinner party for an eclectic mix of friends.
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Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
All of you "Don Draper" and "Joan Holloway" lovers-wannabes rejoice: Lionsgate has exercised their option for a third season of the Emmy-winning drama Mad Men.
However, there is still a question of who will be at the helm of the show next season as negotiations...
William Petersen and Gary Dourdan, CSI
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Question: I just wanted to give props to the amazing season premiere of CSI last week. I was a fan of the show from the pilot, but I stopped watching around the fourth season because the stories seemed to start repeating themselves too much. But after watching this stunning, well-produced, gripping premiere, I may have to declare once again that I am a CSI fan. So here's my question to you: Why do you think Warrick's death was so effective, while many other TV deaths aren't? Was it because Warrick Brown has been in our lives and in our homes for eight years? Was it because the characters around him acted like real human beings, and not "TV characters?" What was it about this episode that stuck with me so much? —Marcus
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Throughout this season, Don Draper has told a number of characters to "move forward," forgetting the past and making the most of the future. But in this episode, old habits died hard for both Don and his Sterling Cooper rival Duck Phillips. Similarly, Roger Sterling was up to his old tricks (though to be fair, he never really gave them up) and Peggy again found herself falling for the wrong man. All the while, Don is miles away from the action, both at the office and his business trip, indulging in what can only be described as Mad Men's most surreal plot to date. And luckily, he left his "baggage" behind.
Cheers to Mad Men for finally letting Elisabeth Moss get rid of those horrible bangs. Due to her unsightly '50s-style 'do, Moss' junior copywriter Peggy Olson has been having bad hair years ever since she started at Sterling Cooper. She briefly restyled her coif when she tried to be one of the guys at a strip club earlier this season, but it took an ill-fated date to a Bob Dylan gig with gay coworker Kurt (Edin Gali) to provide Peggy with the extreme makeover she so desperately needed. Even oily ex-lover Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) noticed there was something different about her.
Now let's hope Peggy really lets her hair down.
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Mark Moses, Mad Men
As Desperate Housewives' Paul Young, Mark Moses played Wisteria Lane's man of many secrets. On Mad Men, Moses' Duck Phillips has his own spotty past and the same conniving ambition to get what he wants at all costs. In the Oct. 12 episode, says Moses, Duck will take his ambition to the next level, making a major power play. He chatted with us about Duck's teetotaler status, why he and Don Draper just can't get along and why he had to let his poor dog go wandering down Madison Avenue ...
There was no passing down of money in this episode, but the two most child-like characters in the ensemble did gain some wisdom and maybe even a little maturity. Don Draper took a backseat to the self-discoveries of his wife Betty and colleague Pete Campbell, as each took strides to becoming their own person, even more defiantly than they have in the past. But while the realizations may be crystal-clear, the reality is as murky as always, as represented by actual children such as Pete's illegitimate baby with Peggy and neighborhood hair collector Glen Bishop.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski
Question: I wanted to write to applaud the writers of The Office for taking the road less traveled. They have managed, it seems, to do something that most other shows have been too afraid to try: keeping their main romantic couple together and have their relationship be both happy and entertaining. Years upon years of TV watching have kept me waiting for the other shoe to drop for Jim and Pam, but The Office has handled their coupling with perfect care. What are your thoughts on Jim and Pam? And do you think that more shows will be willing to take this risk in the future? — Allyson
Matt Roush: Cue those who may think they're boring now that they're together, but I agree with you. I loved the proposal scene, especially in contrast to how miserable Angela is making Andy after his own ill-timed (and surely ill-fated) popping of the question.