Friday, April 11th, 2008

Today the Mad Men blog over at AMC posted a “deleted scene” from The Wheel. Yay. Great. Awesome scene.

According to Wikipedia:

Deleted scene is a commonly-used term in the entertainment industry, especially the film and television industry, which usually refers specifically to scenes removed from or replaced by another scene in the final “cut”, or version, of a film (including television serials). It is occasionally, but rarely, referred to as a “cut scene”, but due to the usage of “cut scene” in reference to video games, the preference seems to be to call it “deleted” instead. A related term is “extended scene”, which refers to scenes (such as fight scenes or montages) which were shortened for the final version of the film. Often extended scenes will be included in collections of deleted scenes, or also referred to as deleted scenes themselves

So to be clear, this scene did air in the premiere airing of The Wheel. I remember it well. AMC simply edited it out for every subsequent viewing. And other things. There are lines missing from that episode as well. Every single episode that we are currently watching (unless you’re getting them through iTunes or you are watching from the very first run, but only the 10pm run and not the 11pm “encore” presentation) is already butchered.

I wrote about this when I first discovered it. It tangles my yo-yo string more than any of their other (numerous) sins.

Anyway, whatever. Watch it. (For some reason I was unable to post the video itself.) It’s brilliant, of course, and kinda gross, ’cause Pete’s being all dirty in his little boy pajamas, and extra weasley in his ‘get me the Clearasil account’ ways.

But let’s not pretend AMC doesn’t suck for taking the scene away from us to begin with.

(I don’t usually issue spoiler warnings, because we started this blog after the first season had aired, but this little entry does reveal something from the finale, so if you’re about to see it for the first time this weekend, just hang out and read this next week.)

In the Wheel, Don finds out, through a disgruntled Bertram Cooper, that Rachel has gone on a three month ocean voyage.

Rachel’s objection to Don’s let’s-run-away panic was, among other things, that she couldn’t just up and leave her life.

(Though I’m not gonna lie. A three month ocean voyage seems a perfect plan to get away from and potentially over a romance gone bad. Especially one that mixes with your professional life.)

But also of course, it is ironic because Don’s let’s-run-away panic was, as it turned out, premature and unnecessary. Everything turned out fine. Oh, it’s hindsight week here at BoK.