Mad Men
The Flood

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Couch Baron: B | 3 USERS: A-
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White People Problems

Pete answers the door for an Asian deliveryman and tries to chat him up a bit about the situation outside, only to realize that the guy doesn't understand a word he's saying. Inside, he looks super-bummed, but it's his fault for not ordering fish and chips.

In the mirror, Betty holds up an old couture dress of hers and sees just how far away it is from fitting. She strokes her hair for a bit, possibly wondering if she can change the rest of her like she changed her locks, and then walks off...

...while Don, also in the dark, walks into Bobby's room, apparently having heard something. It must be pretty damn late given how much soberer Don sounds, so his admonition to Bobby that he needs to go to sleep is no surprise. Bobby, however, says he can't, so Don climbs into bed with him, and they face each other as Bobby tells him he's scared - he keeps worrying that someone's going to shoot Henry. Although it's hard to see his face in the dim light, the long pause Don takes probably means that that one hurt a little, but he recovers to tell Bobby that no one's going to do that. "Henry's not that important." Hee. I wonder if, years from now, Bobby will remember this comment and be like, "Hey!" For now, though, he nods, so Don puts an arm around him and tells him to go to sleep. Bobby closes his eyes, but Don keeps his open...

...and then he's walking out onto the balcony, lighting a cigarette as sirens wail, belying Henry's claim that the violence is over. Don looks contemplatively out over the city, maybe wondering if things will ever be the same, and we go to credits. A difficult event to which to do justice and hardly a perfect episode - it does show how far the show has to go really to engage with any African-American characters. But for a few characters, it's the first real sign of life this season. See you next week.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His new film, a documentary on online privacy and the sale of personal data called Terms And Conditions May Apply, recently premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January. You can get news on it from the film's Twitter account. Also, you can email John at couchbaron@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/couchbaron, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.

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