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Mad Men S07E09 – New Business

Mad Men returned last week with the first of its seven final episodes, and it felt like it never left as “Severance” put forward some solid plot lines that I was looking forward to. “New Business” threw all of those out the window and while it was still entertaining, it didn’t FEEL like Mad Men. Let’s go….

-We open with Don making milkshakes for his two sons, Bobby and Gene, and Betty walks into the kitchen as we see her for the first time in this half-season. I’m not the biggest Betty fan in the world, but she has to play a role over these final seven episodes, right? She is the mother of his children and all. I thought this was a flashback as she looks about as happy as Betty can be, and she tells Don that she is going back to school for psychology, but then Henry walks into the kitchen, so Don is playing babysitter Dad. He leaves, but turns around to see what was his family, and he looks like he was kicked in the nuts.

-He returns home to a phone call from Megan, who is tryna set up a time for the movers to get her stuff, and she has also run out of money, which Don gives her every month. Whatever happened to her saying, “You don’t know me anything?”. I guess the actress life isn’t as lucrative as she thought.

-Roger is apparently busy enough to need two secretaries, although you know he’ll still carve out time to do some day drinking. Really, Roger is never busy enough himself, the secretaries are the ones doing the heavy lifting, but even he realizes the ridiculousness of having two secretaries and three phones.

-Harry is talking to Don’s secretary, Meredith, about Los Angeles and he suggests that she go sometime, but she is worried about the Manson brothers, which is wrong and he corrects her with “family”. Is there no crime in New York for her to be worried about? And this had to be a nod to everyone thinking there was a connection between Megan and the Manson family last season because of a sweater she wore. The internet comes up with some wild shit sometimes. Speaking of Megan, when Harry gets a chance to speak to Don, he tries to get the go-ahead to talk to her as she needs help finding a new agent. Don agrees because anything to get her outta his hair, he’s down for. Even though Don has always treated Harry, not poorly, but he has always been sort of standoffish towards him, Harry still wants his permission. Don gets a phone call and points Harry out the door.

-Don goes to dinner, where he sees the waitress from the alley because Don is a stalker, apparently. He really feels drawn to Diana, whose name I’m not even sure he knows. He wants to have dinner with her, even if it’s five minutes at a time and he’s like, you’re creepy…but she does take his card. I don’t care what anyone ever says and even if I rewatch the whole series again and don’t see her, she has been in this show before. She’s just so familiar.

-Peggy tells Stan that they’re going for a new photographer, a woman named Pima, and Stan isn’t a fan of it, but Peggy doesn’t care because she is the boss and this is happening. It emasculates Stan, but hey, Peggy has seen enough of it in her day that it’s good to see her flex her muscles. Isn’t she supposed to be in Paris, though?

-Diana calls Don when she is off work, and she has been drinking. He asks her to come over and after a little minor persuasion, she does and Don gets all dressed up in a suit because he admits that he is vain, but as he says, “it’s 3 AM, you know why you’re here”, and they get it poppin’. She can’t seem to sleep with her beside him and she’s kinda skeptical about the divorce story since all of Megan’s shit is still there, and you get the feeling that Don is attracted to her because she might be as messed up as he is, which is a tall order to fill. Then we learn in the morning that Diana’s daughter died of the flu, so she had to leave her home in Racine, Wisconsin. Maybe she is as messed up as Don, who is ruining women, not getting them already damaged.

-Peggy shows up at a vermouth commercial with Stan, who meets Pima and is very sacrastic towards her as he probably still feeling the sting of Peggy putting her foot down. The males in Mad Men have a problem with taking orders from women, so this is par for the course. Peggy does feel some pride in being the boss, though, and she deserves it because she’s worked damn hard to get where she is.

-Don gets to the office, where Roger is hiding in Don’s office, drinking, because it’s Roger. He tells Don that he has to go on a golfing excursion with Pete with some clients, then Don gets some divorce papers from Megan, and Roger goes into a spiel about not letting Megan walk over him, but this is more about Roger’s divorces as he says that his second ex-wife saying that Roger squandered her youth, and he blurts out, “I thwarted her career? She’s a consumer!”. So much hurt, and yet, I laughed out loud.

-Pima is visiting the office and she visits Stan, asking to see the darkroom, but also to see his work as she has learned he is a photographer as well. He says he will, but only if she is honest. This was a confusing scene as he is short with her at the beginning, but she notices that he wants her opinion, and there is definitely some sexual tension there.

-Megan arrives at a hotel, where her mother and sister are supposed to help her with the move, but the plan, her sister says, to try and get drunker than their moth because her sister rarely gets a chance to have fun since she has a family. I’m not sure this is a fun trip, but Megan agrees anyway.

-Meanwhile, Don and Diana are getting takeout and in the elevator, they bump into Arnold and Sylvia, who Don had an affair with in the past and Arnold makes a joke about Don bringing the whole restaurant home with him. Does he happen to know that his wife has been in the Draper bed? I’m 50/50 on it because he was either an asshole for calling out Diana right there, or because he is alluding to Don bangin’ his wife, and he wouldn’t be wrong for the latter. It is then that Diana realizes that she hasn’t been the only woman with Don in the elevator. Of course, he lies because it’s Don.

-Stan and his girlfriend, which we’ve never seen before, are at their place and he complains that he doesn’t have any photos good enough to show Pima, so she takes off her nurse uniform for some sexy pictures. Do we need to know he has a girlfriend with what, five episodes left in the series? I don’t think so.

-Instead of eating, Don and Diana start kissing and eventually have sex, but in the middle of it, Diana says she has a twinge in her chest. Is it guilt for something? She seems to be a hot mess.

-In the morning, the phone rings and it is the movers to get Megan’s stuff, so Don is like, we gotta be out and she suggests he come to her place that night. I would have bet that they would all meet up at some point, which would have been very awkward, but nothing.

-Pete is annoyed that Don isn’t dressed to go golfing, nor does he have clubs and Pete looks disgusted when Don says he’ll rent some. I’ma miss Pete’s smugness when this is all over.

-Back at the apartment, Megan, her sister and her mom are there, and her mom notices the red wine on the floor; a woman has been there. She does an awful lot of judging for someone that blew Roger at a party like, two seasons ago, while married, at that. Her sister tries to help and mentions that Megan’s divorce means she has failed, and Megan is like, bitch, please. Her sister is religious, which is why she is against divorce, but this is the United States and this shit happens. She storms out and Megan has to get ready for her meeting with Harry, telling Marie (her mother) she only wants a few things, but Marie wants her to take everything. Megan’s family is tryna treat this as a vacation, while Megan is tryna move on her with her life. This entire family needs a therapist.

-Pete and Don are driving, and Pete is still mad until Don tells him he wasn’t tryna go back to his crib because Megan was there, and Pete understands he is either going through a divorce, or it’s done with Trudy, I can’t remember. He then says, “Jiminy Christmas” and I remember what a dickbag he is. I’ll still miss him, but he is a dickbag.

-At the apartment, Marie has the movers take EVERYTHING, but she doesn’t have the money to do it and calls Don’s office. When she can’t find Don, she calls Roger and demands he come over with $200, which he does.

-Pima meets Stan in the darkroom and he shows her the pictures of his girlfriend, which she kinda tears apart and says that she can tell that his girlfriend doesn’t wanna tell him the truth. It’s right about here that I wrote, “Odds of Stan bangin’ ol’ girl in the darkroom? HIGH”, and I don’t even think I was finished the sentence before they started going at it.

-Roger shows up at the apartment with money and pays the movers, and Marie….well, again, I wrote down, “Odds of Roger banging her in the empty apartment? HIGH” and what happens? You know she takes pride in doing this in Don’s apartment, too.

-Harry meets Megan and he starts hitting on her within minutes, so I gave him medium odds, even after he says that he has a room upstairs and Megan is obviously disgusted when he puts his hand on top of hers. She storms off and I never knew Harry had that kinda scumbag in him.

-Megan returns to the empty apartment and realizes what Marie and Roger were doing. They even bleeped out a “FUCK”, which means they still have a couple left for the season, so I hope the last five episodes are loaded with F-bombs. Megan starts yelling and Marie is all, “DON’T JUDGE ME”, which is hilarious given their earlier conversation. Megan yells at Roger that Marie is married and he’s like, man, I gotta go to this meeting. Don’t get involved with this family, Roger, please.

-Harry tells Don that Megan is crazy and she might say something, and then he calls her stupid for quitting her soap job. You know, maybe Megan just isn’t a good actress, but calling her stupid and then lying because she wouldn’t give you some? Come on, Harry, I thought you were better than this.

-Pima is at the office with Peggy, looking over stuff, and then she starts touching Peggy’s hand, and I don’t know if this was makeup or Elisabeth Moss being great, but Peggy got flushed as hell when Pima says she wants to take her picture. I gotta find out if that was on purpose, because that was good shit.

-Don and Megan meet at a lawyer’s office and she starts calling him all sorts of names and he looks like, the fuck did I do? Don is like, you know what? Take this million and we’ll be done with this, I’m tired of fighting and she didn’t put up much of a fight when she took that cheque. Is this the end of Megan? Everything says that it is, but I feel we’ll see her again for some reason.

-Stan is all psyched when he walks into the office and drops a buncha hints as to what happened with Pima, but Peggy said she tried the same thing on her and Pima won’t be getting any work with them anymore, which bothers Stan. I thought he liked Peggy last season, then he has a girlfriend and then has sex with Pima. And again, why are we getting all this about him with five episodes left?

-Megan meets her teary sister at the hotel and Marie has told her to go home, that she is leaving her father for a man in New York who I assume to be Roger, but Megan is like, I got this million, I’m chillin’, you do what you need to do. The Roger/Marie thing is why I think we’ll see Megan one more time before this is done.

-Finally, Don gets to Diana’s place, which is in the ghetto, and they start making out and drinking, but she already has and the attitude changes when she admits that she has another child, but she just up and left Racine anyway. Don made her forget about her daughter, I’m not sure which one, and she wants Don to leave. Don is just stunned, but he doesn’t put up much of a fight and leaves to go home to his empty apartment, wondering what in the hell just happened.

I was relatively entertained by “New Business”, but just for the fuckery that was involved. When it comes to the show itself, there was a lot of stuff in this episode that we just didn’t need to see with so little time left. The stuff with Stan and Pima probably didn’t need to happen, and if they’re planning to do anything with Roger and Marie, that probably doesn’t need to happen, either. Even though I’m not a fan, we should be getting more Betty, Joan wasn’t in this episode and will we even see Sally ever again? And what about the Ken Cosgrove revenge tour?

It wasn’t the worst episode of Mad Men, but it certainly wasn’t the best.

 

Mad Men S07E07 – Waterloo

Mad Men capped the first half of their final season with “Waterloo”, an episode that captures everything that is good and bad about the show. It was poignant and allowed the relationships to breathe, then threw something in that just didn’t seem to fit, no many how times you watch the episode (and I’m on viewing #3). Let’s go……

-The episode opens up with the launching of Apollo 11, which is the spacecraft that sent Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (and the oft-forgotten Michael Collins) to the moon, so that places the episode on July 16th, 1969. Think we’ll get to 1970 before it is all said and done? I doubt it.

-Teddy is in a plane with some Sunkist people when he cuts the engine and starts talking about how all their problems would be over if he crashed the plane. The agency seems to taking its toll on people, first Ginsberg, now Teddy, who wants the partners to buy him out so he can just leave. Things haven’t gone as planned since they joined forces to become Sterling Anderson Cooper and Friends or whatever.

-Lou shows up to try and yell at Cutler and blame Don for losing the Commander cigarettes account, but Cutler one-ups him by telling him he is a hired gun and to get to steppin’. It seems like Lou was really only brought in to help push Don out. I still wanna know what Ginsberg saw Lou and Cutler talking about in the office, though.

-Betty welcomes an old friend and her family to their house for the weekend, if only just to show that Betty has more than one friend, ol’ girl from the first episode we saw Betty in this season.

-Then we kinda go quickly through a couple scenes where Don, Peggy, Pete and Harry run through the Burger Chef pitch, then we see Peggy back at her apartment. There is a handyman working on some stuff there and he seems a little shocked that Peggy owns the building, which bugs Peggy as she has been dealing with some sexism throughout the entire season. But then the handyman gives her his number for professional reasons, and you can see Peggy on some “Stella Got Her Groove Back” shit.

-Back at the Francis house, Betty places a plate of eggs RIGHT BESIDE her ashtray. Mother Of The Year, folks! Then the older son of her friend appears with no shirt on, and Betty looks at him with some pedo eyes, while Sally enters the room before she goes out to her job as a lifeguard, but Betty notices she is wearing lipstick. The son needs to just chill and let things happen, because something good will go down if he does.

-Meredith asks Don to step into his office, where she gives him a letter from the partners on some breach-of-contract shit. As he is reading the letter, Meredith tries to comfort Don, telling him that she is his strength, and then kisses him. The look on Don’s face throughout the scene is priceless, right up there with his face during the meeting in Peggy’s office when she tells him about her ideas for the Burger Chef team. Meredith, on the low, has been the best secondary character Mad Men has added in years. That being said, Don passes it up because he has been trying so damn hard to be a good person this season.

-Don rushes into Cutler’s office, and Cutler is trying to get Don to hit him, but Don steps back and calls out the partners, who had no idea about the letter, which has to be illegal in some form or fashion. Don calls for an impromptu vote over him leaving, which he wins, but it might not matter anyway. Meanwhile, we find out that Joan is mad at Don for costing the company a million dollars when they were going to go public. However, even though Joan backed Cutler, she tells him he should have gone about it in a different way, which is fair.

-In the middle of that, Harry just runs in the middle of it because he heard that there is a partners’ meeting, but we find out he isn’t a partner just yet, so Roger tells him to get out.

-Peggy is at her apartment again, and the kid from upstairs tells her that they are moving because his mother got a job. The kid is just behind Meredith in the secondary-characters power rankings. He started off annoying, but he allowed Peggy to fulfill some maternal stuff that she claimed to be missing out on in her conversations with Don last week.

-Don calls Megan to tell her about all the stuff with the company, and then he hits her with the, “hey, maybe I’ll move out there”, which Megan throws in the bushes with an awkward silence. From there, the marriage is pretty much ended in like, 1-2 minutes. I know we have been watching this marriage dissolve for a while now, and I’m glad it is over, but it seems like they short-changed this. #DemTeef looked ill in a bikini, though, so I’ll take it, I guess.

-Roger and Bert get together to talk about the Don situation, and Bert tells Roger that he isn’t a leader. I’m not sure if Bert has always been as pragmatic as he has been this season. He probably has, maybe it was just highlighted this season. He throws out a Napoleon quote which comes in handy later on.

-EVERYONE is getting together to watch the moon landing: Don, Peggy, Pete and Harry in Indianapolis before the Burger Chef meeting, Betty and her houseguests and the kids, Bert is watching it with his black maid, Roger is with Mona and his grandson (so I assume his daughter is still off fuckin’ around in Hippyland). When it is all done, Don calls the Francis house to talk to the kids (not Betty, who said earlier she only talks to him when necessary), and Sally echoes the older boy saying that the moon landing is all a waste of money; we could be using it on Earth. Mad Men isn’t really political on the surface, but they throw you some bones every once in a while, hell, we are still having the same left-right wing/liberal-conservative arguments in this day and age. But like Betty last week with Henry, Sally’s beliefs are shouted down by Don.

-Roger gets a phone call. Nothing is ever said, but we can tell what it is: Bert is dead.

-Joan comes to the office and so does Cutler, who starts talking about getting Don out of the office. Man, this dude is just AWFUL with people. He could have easily gotten everyone on board with getting Don out if he would have handled it properly, or even let Joan handle it. Roger even says, “is this what will happen when I am gone?”.

-The younger son of the visiting guest is out looking through a telescope, and Sally comes outside to smoke. The kid tells her that smoking causes cancer, so she doesn’t light up just yet. After some talk about about the stars or something, Sally kisses the kid, who looks like he might pass out and says, “what do I do now?”. He gets called inside by his mother (whom I suspect watched all this go down), but the important thing about this scene is that we’re watching Sally Draper grow up. It has been happening all season, but here, it’s almost eerie. And was it just me, or did she kinda looked like Betty as she was smoking? Sally (and actress Kiernan Shipka, who I have been hard on in the past) is the MVP of the half-season, no doubt about it.

-Roger calls Don to tell him about Bert, and says, ““Every time an old man starts talking about Napoleon, you know he is gonna die”. He is starting to lose it a little; first Bert goes, and now Don might be out the door?

-Don calls out an audible as he visits Peggy in the middle of the night to tell her about Bert, as he says she is going to give the pitch to Burger Chef. He says to her that he wouldn’t do this if he wasn’t sure she could do it, and if you couldn’t tell from the last couple of episodes, he does really care about Peggy, if no one else in the show. But there has to be some selfish reasons involved, because it’s Don Draper.

-Roger meets with the McCann guy from the sauna last week, and gives him an idea about buying the agency to push Cutler out, or at least wrest back some of the control Cutler has. He also knows how much McCann loves Don and wants him involved, which would keep Don in the company and give Roger a friend.

-Peggy looks like she is going to throw up before giving the pitch, and Don sees how nervous she is, so he takes the reins and introduces her using Peggy’s own words on how she is going to introduce Don. Peggy then proceeds to use the moon landing and the collective experience of everyone watching it to push their “everyone is welcome” tag on the Burger Chef guys, who eat it up. Happy and confident Peggy is so much better than angry Peggy.

-Roger is waiting for Don when he gets back from Indy to tell him about the McCann stuff, but Don doesn’t seem to be on board at all. He doesn’t like the McCann people at all, so I’m sure there is something I am forgetting that happened in the past.

-At the office, the partners are gathering to tell the employees about Bert, but Roger gathers everyone to tell them about McCann buying 51% of the company, with Roger in charge. However, McCann wants Teddy to be involved as he was a major part of the Buick account, and as we saw earlier, he wants out of advertising, even though he could make as much as $6 million from this. Don proceeds to pitch Teddy on the dangers of wanting out, which he has seen firsthand, and this is why he is Don motherfucking Draper. Son could sell ice to an eskimo. He also probably saved Teddy’s life, because he wouldn’t have made it out of the office alive if he refused, starting with Joan. Meanwhile, Cutler eventually gives in and agrees because, well, it’s a lot of money he stands to make.

-During this scene, Harry pops in on some “So, I hear there is a partners’ meeting” and gets shut down again. Two solid comedic moments from Harry.

-Peggy tells Don that they got Burger Chef, and she is so proud. It’ll be interesting to see where it picks up next year.

-Then, we come to the end as Don hallucinates and sees Bert, who puts on a song-and-dance routine to “The Best Things In Life Are Free”. I’m sure this has some sort of connection to Don, maybe it was some sort of goodbye from Bert to Don, but I just think it was out of place and didn’t serve a purpose. Hell, there is a good chance we really won’t know what it means until it returns, which I could see this show doing.

So, now we wait until next spring when Mad Men drops the curtain on their run. The first half of season 7 has been good to very good to straight up confusing at points, but they have done enough to keep me interested until it comes back. Does it end well for Don Draper and the crew? Will Roger end up being the leader Bert didn’t think he was? Will Betty EVER be a good mother? Who else will die? A lot of Mad Men questions still left to be answered.