Thursday, January 10th, 2008


In Indian Summer, Don and Rachel are in bed together. In the previous episode, Long Weekend, they had slept together for the first time. Here, we see that they have gone on as lovers, and they discuss things that reveal the kind of lovers they have become. (This is one of those wonderful bits of writing that assumes us, the viewers, to have intelligence. We don’t need every detail. We really do know how these things work; what kind of promises are made and felt.)

(Another example of that is in the Wheel, when we find Harry living in the office. I have a friend at work who is trying desperately to watch this show, but is confused by AMC’s suckful out-of-sequence episode-skipping sloppiness, and when he saw this scene, he asked me if he had missed an episode. No, I assured him, he hadn’t. Weiner simply didn’t fill in every blank for us. We don’t know if Harry ‘fessed up on his own or if Jennifer found evidence; all we know is Harry is without his wife and it’s bad. But I seriously digress.)

Don & Rachel. She is so happy, and so struggling. She tells Don it’s hard for her, but she also feels badly because it must be even harder on him.

Don: “I don’t think about it. I mean, I try not to.” (more…)

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Here’s my description.

Here’s how they looked at the actual event.

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So kartheiser-grl sent her readers our way. She journaled about the NY Times event, and gave us a little shout-out along the way.

She’s all Kartheiser obsessed. As a woman who has dedicated herself to just keep talking forever about one tv show, I got no judgments here. Thanks for the plug, k-g!

(Oh, plus I stole a picture from her. See next post.)

The best thing I got out of the experience of watching the New York Times Arts & Leisure do was this quote from Matt Weiner:

“The show is based on denial, and what better denial…?”

He’s talking about Peggy’s pregnancy, and I think that’s the insight we need as we contemplate what will happen for Peggy in season two.

Babies are hard to deny, but not impossible. Any action Peggy takes will have major consequences. Give it* up for adoption? Have her mother raise it and pretend she doesn’t have a baby that way? I know, I know that she won’t quit to raise it. Where does that leave her?

Denial is creating the mental state that you want, despite the reality. ‘I want to be a strong single career girl, not a timid mouse, and not a mother,’ says Peggy, and somehow she will make it so. And this is not different from Dick Whitman making himself into Don Draper, or Betty making herself into a pretty wife content to stay at home.

Interesting that Betty has the fewest exterior reasons to end denial (no secret identity, no baby) and yet she’s the one closest to breaking through.

*I cannot remember if it’s a boy or a girl. I haven’t rewatched The Wheel yet. Roberta says it’s a boy.

Mathan Erhardt of Primetime Pulse is a bitter guy. He wants a Season 1 Mad Men DVD release (me too! me too!).

Mad Men – I’ll admit that I may be jumping the gun on this show. It was a program from summer ’07 and AMC just finished rerunning the debut season a couple of weeks ago. So I’m probably asking a lot for it to be on DVD already.

But that doesn’t mean that I can’t clamor for it to be on DVD. Mad Men was one of the highlights of 2007. It was pretty much a flawless show and I was skeptical when it was announced. But I want to watch the first season again, with commentary and behind the scenes stuff. Plus I want to sent it to my mom (show still doesn’t have bloody cable) so that she can know the glory that is Mad Men.

Mathan blames Santa. I blame AMC.