$25 For a High-End Hooker Must of Been The Good News

Mad Men-The Good News

Okay, before I start, Rubicon.  That show is just long and dull and bereft of anything resembling energy.  I can get into some formalist stuff but even formalism has some sort of energy, the formality is something to look at.  There is nothing to look at on Rubicon, nothing to hook onto.  I’m not mad at Rubicon in the same way I was at AMC’s The Prisoner (you piece of fucking fuckshit.)  So I’m done with that.

Anyway, Mad Men.  This one was honestly a bit of a tough one for me.  I respected what it was doing more than I actually like the episode itself?  I like how it kept inverting what it was supposed to be based on past episodes.  It had the three prong structure of the “Three Sundays” episode but the structure wasn’t as rigid.

Don goes to California again to be Dick with the original Mrs. Draper.  Last time he went the whole episode as I remember it was like a vacation for us too away from the turmoil of Don Draper.  This time around we can feel the man-whore Don of the last two weeks ready to deflate the whole thing because Anna (OG Mrs. Draper, thanks Wikipeida!) doesn’t know better than to bring her 19-year-old beach bunny proto-hippie niece around Bangie McSexfiend.  And of course he goes for it and then that gets deflated by hippie niece telling Don that Anna has cancer and that she doesn’t know it effectively killing another “Dick in LA” episode with another 20 minutes left in the show.

Then there’s Joan Holloway’s plot.  More Joan is always a good thing.  But I think were all attracted to office Joan.  The Joan that’s willing to get in a fight/throw shit at her boss.  I didn’t know her and British Guy had problems.  Another off-screen relationship that their bringing in as character history.    The flower scene you think is going to be pure comedy misunderstanding, then they fire that fat secretary and shit, you feel kind of bad a little bit? She screwed up and didn’t take responsibility for it but god, she’s the fat chick in THAT office.

Then you remember how kind of awful and uninteresting Joan’s marriage stuff is.  Her douche of a husband.  He can fix her finger up all he wants he still raped her in Season 2 and he can’t die in Vietnam fast enough.  Oh yeah and apparently this is who Joan is married to in real life.  I’m still trying to work out how I feel about this new information.

Then finally, Don gets back to New York and hangs out with Lane (British Guy).  Lane is a character who gets definition in drips and drabs but when he does he’s really engaging and interesting.  There’s something charming about this guy who came from middle management in Britain and was so charmed by America he threw away his whole life  to stay here. Playing him off Don outside the office yielded the show’s best results and when I finally engaged the episode pretty fully.  Getting drunk and watching fucking Gamera and then banging a high-end hooker.  Now when Don does it, it’s become gross but for Lane, weren’t you kind of cheering for him?  Like that scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest when Jack Nicholson lets Brad Dourif score with one of his floozies and it fixes him for just a second.

No Betty in this episode.  So that was nice.

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