Mad Men
At The Codfish Ball

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Peggy gets a call from Abe ("Drexler" is his surname, in case we didn't know that), who asks her to join him at the Minetta Tavern for dinner. Peggy says she's swamped, and asks him just to come to the office, but Abe claims he can't talk to her there, and it's important. Stiffening, Peggy offers to meet him if she can come back, and Abe tells her seven o'clock before unceremoniously hanging up. Unsurprisingly, Stan and Ginzo then ride in on a wave of bitchery, with Ginzo asking if Megan "couldn't have been struck by lightning a week ago," and Stan suggesting it wasn't even her idea. But despite Stan crumpling up his Human Cannonball posterboard in frustration, he has to admit that the new idea is better than what they had, and Peggy, already checked out of this conversation, merely offers a mild "Good for her" before heading out...

...to see, of course, Joan. Peggy pussyfoots around for a bit, and Joan has little time for it, but when Peggy intensely asks for a cigarette, it's clear this is advice territory, so Joan invites Peggy to close the door. Peggy tells Joan that she has this terrible feeling that Abe is going to dump her, but when she lays out the facts -- they just saw each other, and he knew she was busy but he wouldn't take no for an answer -- Joan smiles to herself and offers that in her experience, when a man insists on a meal, he's got something important to say, and it's usually a proposal. Yup, that's what I was thinking, but Peggy thinks that's just for Joan, so Joan has to set her straight: "Men don't take the time to end things. They ignore you until you insist on a declaration of hate." Also what I was thinking, although not in nearly such Joan-like language. Peggy honestly can't believe that Joan's ever been dumped, leading Joan, not without some impatience, to tell her she's just like everybody else. And we all know that's not true, but I can appreciate where the words are coming from. Joan counsels Peggy to have her answer ready if a proposal is indeed coming, "especially if it's no," but from the look of unbridled joy on Peggy's face, that's not what she's thinking. Now I'm really hoping he's not going to dump her. Peggy wonders if she should go home and change, and Joan, with a subtle look that signals her mental calculations of what's in Peggy's closet, brightly replies, "Or better yet, go shopping!" I'm so glad she's back in the office.

Don and Megan are going over details for Heinz, the most notable being that the same actors would play the mother and child throughout the different time periods. Roger then busts in and notes that they're actually working, and it's not as awkward as "Megan, could you get us some ice?" but, typically where Roger's concerned, it's not great either. Megan heads out, and as Roger makes a beeline for Don's bar, he tells Don he's been working too. Don: "You finished yours, and now you're moving on to mine?" Heh. Roger, however, says he's been doing research on the ACS guys, and while Don doesn't think the atmosphere is going to be appropriate for drumming up new business, Roger demurs, asking if he remembers why he wrote that letter. Don counters by asking of Roger remembers saying it would kill their business, so Roger wonders if that means Don really thinks that people who sell cigarettes are bad, but Don tells him that's irrelevant -- the ACS people think that he was telling truth to power. "It doesn't matter why I wrote it." Roger sees his point, and muses that no one really knows why people throughout history have done good things. "For all we know, Jesus was trying to get the loaves and fishes account." Forget any emotion or depth he brings -- Jon Hamm should win an Emmy every year just for not breaking every time John Slattery delivers a line like that. Don says he'll do what he can, but he's not going to go overboard, especially not in front of Megan's Communist father, who hates him and all the capitalism he stands for. Roger, however, thinks that maybe Don's misinterpreting things, and dispenses the "sage" advice that lots of times, you think people are looking at you, but they're actually not. Don: "Lots of people that haven't taken LSD already know that, Roger." HA! I love that Roger has already babbled so much about his acid trip that people are preemptively cutting him off from bringing it up. Roger, unfazed, exhorts Don one more time before draining his drink and heading out...

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