Mad Men
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Couch Baron: A+ | 7 USERS: A+
Birth and Death In The Same Episode

Don wearily arrives home and sees Glen sitting there and while the kid has grown on me, I can't blame Don for his WTF face in reaction. Part of that is that he doesn't recognize him and Megan babbling that she'll explain later doesn't help, but when Glen reminds Don who he is, that pulls Don out of his haze at least a bit. Still, Glen senses the situation has become a bit awkward, so he starts to go even over Megan's protests, but Don, glad of a new purpose, asks where Glen is headed. The answer is Hotchkiss and Don, without fanfare, says he'll take him. Sensing Don's had an even worse day than he did on Friday, Megan rushes over and asks if he's okay, but Don simply tells her he had a bad day and they'll talk about it later. And when she hears about it, I have the feeling that Megan will delay informing Don his daughter has become a young woman for a while. Even Don Draper can be broken. Glen politely thanks Megan and he and Don get out of there...

...but only as far as the elevator, in which Glen wonders why everything you think is going to make you happy "just turns to crap." Don thinks Glen is too young to be talking that way and Matt Weiner's son seems too young to be able to sell this line, but Glen asserts that it's true, so Don slides down the wall to Glen's height and asks him what he would do if he could do anything. As The Lovin' Spoonful's "Butchie's Tune" kicks up, Glen considers that question for a moment...

...and then we cut to the two of them driving... with Don in the passenger's seat, surrendering responsibility for making any decisions at least for an hour or two. Again, a small bit of visceral comfort to end an absolutely brutal episode. The only other season that battered me quite as much was the third, but while that ended with some bright spots, I'm not feeling this one is going to relent at all. But whatever happens, I'll see you next week.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His current film, "The Trouble With Bliss," starring Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, Brie Larson and Peter Fonda, can be seen on iTunes and other digital platforms and cable VOD everywhere. (Facebook and Twitter here.) You can email him at, follow him on Twitter at, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.

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