I sat down to watch The Wheel again last night. Figured it would be extra fun after reading the script and all. The ones I have saved on my DVR are from the second straight-through run of the season.

Let’s remember this: They showed season one at 10 and “encore presentations” at 11. Then they showed a few episodes (I think it was 1, 2, 5, 6, 10–13). Then they showed the full season straight through again.

Roberta and I discovered they were cutting the encore presentations. Cutting! The very first day the episode was run. CUTTING.

Last night I discovered that the second run of season 1 was cut further. Further! I want to smoosh their little AMC faces with pie, I really do. The episode felt noticeably truncated. Over too quick. Brief. Fleeting. Choppy. Smoosh their faces, I tell you!

Here’s what I mean, using one scene as an example. Seriously, don’t read this if you have a weak stomach.

Original run: Pete gets roped into a reproduction discussion with his father-in-law. Father-in-law indicates that a bun in the oven would get Pete the Clearasil account. That night in bed, Pete pressures Trudy into unprotected sex (the infamous “deleted scene“).

Encore presentation: Pete gets roped into a reproduction discussion with his father-in-law. Father-in-law indicates that a bun in the oven would get Pete the Clearasil account.

Second run of the season: Pete gets roped into a reproduction discussion with his father-in-law.

Period. That’s it.

Fuck.

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I wrote the following yesterday. And then after I wrote it, I dug around AMC’s website.

I am so outraged. Like, speechless. (Well, my version of speechless is kind of word-heavy, but you get it.)

Those stupidheads at AMC are NOT GOING TO BE SHOWING MAD MEN AT ALL IN MAY. NOT AT ALL. NOT SUNDAYS AT MIDNIGHT, NOT WEDNESDAYS AT 3AM, NOT SATURDAYS AT 6AM TO COMPETE WITH ANGEL ON TNT, NOT ANYWHERE AT ALL.

Heard about this great new show but still haven’t gotten around to seeing it? Been waiting for the latest run to wind up, (which it just now has) and maybe you’ve even read that the first two episodes will be airing over the next two weeks?

WELL TOO BAD FOR YOU!!! Guess you’ll have to wait until July.

Way to build momentum, Jack. Or, what’s that other thing… LOSE ANY STEAM YOU HAVE WITH POTENTIAL NEW VIEWERS WHO WILL FORGET ABOUT YOU ONCE THEY START WATCHING NEW EPISODES OF HOUSE AND ER.

Anyway, I think this little intro perfectly sets up the rest of what I had prepared. Enjoy:

I’ve been thinking it’s time to recap AMC’s sins. Some of you are new, but also, like when your shitty boyfriend starts acting all sweet lately, you might be losing perspective.

Let’s take a moment, shall we, to think back to a simpler, happier time. (more…)

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.