Mad Men: A Night To Remember - VIDEO
by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 15th 2008 12:33AM
(S02E08) "Crab, Duck. Duck, Crab." - Roger, introducing Crab to Duck.
I have a 12-pack of Heineken in my fridge right now. I don't drink it, but my roommate does. So it's fun to see the Sterling Cooper gang going after the beer company.
But can I say that I don't get Betty's reaction at the party when it came to the beer? Sure, this is just one more thing that she feels Don "deceives" her about, but I don't think he was doing anything particularly bad to her. What is nasty are the boldfaced lies that he tells her when she confronts him about his affair with Bobbie. Though I wonder, what else can he do? I know, I know, tell the truth. But given what the truth is, he probably feels that he has to lie or he's going to be that guy in the credits, falling from the sky as his world collapses beneath him.
Some more observations:
- I'm really enjoying the plotline with Harry and his TV department. I feel really bad for Joan. She wants to go on to bigger things, maybe even be like Peggy, and Harry is completely clueless about it and just hires someone else. He can't see the pain in her face? I also love Ken's line to Harry after Harry said "I didn't know it was job," the funny "How could that be? You made that job up."
- This episode is jam-packed with products and the names of old TV shows: Heineken, Utz Chips, The ABC Sunday Night Movie, Maytag, Make Room For Daddy, Love Of Life. It's one of the reasons I love this show. (And yes, Pride was a real furniture polish.)
- Betty breaking the chair ranks up there with her bird-shooting and Don putting his hand up Bobbie's dress as one of the more bizarre scenes in this show's short history.
- I'm officially bored with the whole Peggy and the Priest storyline. Though if it leads somehow to Pete finding out about the baby then it might be worth sticking through (though I do love the jarring images of Father Gill walking around the offices of Sterling Cooper - great line by Pete about Miracle Whip.
- If the whole priest thing doesn't work out, Father could have a career like Elvis Presley or Ricky Nelson.
- I know Mark Moses is still a guest star officially, but I hope his character sticks around (though for some reason I doubt it - just a feeling).
- LOL moment: Roger waiting for Harry to open the office door.
- Sally's dance is awful. I think she's still drinking. Hic!
- This whole plot with Don and Betty is really eating away at me. I think I've said before that I'm hoping for a Rob and Laura Petrie thing going, but Rob never cheated on Laura repeatedly and then lied to her about it. And Laura never drank too much wine and went into their closet and smelled his jackets and looked for clues to his infidelity. It's funny how we went through the entire first season with Betty not knowing and the Draper marriage being rather good and solid (on the surface anyway), and now we seem to be speeding towards some really nasty break-up or at least a huge shift in the Don/Betty dynamic. The Betty we knew in the first season would have never talked back to Don in quite this way or told him not to come home. She gets in some great digs at him (and at Bobbie: "How could you, she's so old.")
More than anything, I just want Don to keep it in his pants and realize what he has. But there's probably not as much drama in that story.
|Yes, she'll forgive him and move on.||31 (7.2%)|
|Nope. She'll stay married, but hold it over him.||402 (92.8%)|