(Apparently, I did.)
Ah never mind, who can forget the great Rachel Mencken Katz?
Am I wrong, or is Lindsey Weir the first of Don’s mistresses to dump HIM??
The Bark Knight Rises
OMG OMG OMG OMG! Making it into the Monster’s Ball for the first time (as a very infrequent commenter of late, no less) is wayyyyyy more gratifying than I ever imagined it would be! Thank you, Mary! Thank you, Videogum! I really wish that I had taken the time to welcome you in the “Welcome Mary” post, but I am a public school teacher and have LITERALLY no time for fun things. Man, this really cancels out my whole shitty week.
I second your disagreeing!
You guys, what follows is a true story, but take it with a grain of salt because my memory is pretty shoddy:
Once when I was 18 and being driven home from college by my dad, we stopped for gas in northern California and I saw Rider “Shawn Hunter” Strong AT THE NEXT GAS PUMP putting gas in a Toyota Corolla! Except I’m not sure it was a Corolla, and I’m not sure how old I really was (but some kind of teenager because upon spotting him I instantly attempted to make myself look as cute and aloof as possible, should he happen to look my way), and I’m also not sure where, geographically, the alleged (ha!) gas station was. But the important part of the story is all true!
Side note: My freshman year of college I took General Psychology and scoffed at the notion that the test subjects in memory experiments scored so poorly but now I get it. I get it. #old
And why Hank? I love Hank! Non-ironically! Even though I really, really wanted him to DEA his way into the know rather than let some lame damning evidence [literally] catch him with his pants down.
Do you LOVE Rachel McAdams? Or do you LOVE Naomi Watts? WHO DID YOU MEAN, GABE??? I need to know how you feel about both of these actresses!
I am the fifth person.
Let Herb be the mirror being held up to all of society! (Ew.)
HE DOES??? I only remember his spoiled brat of a daughter.
That hand kiss DESTROYED me. Also, Joan’s face when Don came to her house in the retrospect. Joan’s face while unzipping herself. ALL THE JOAN FACES.
Let the record show that Matt Weiner is the only man routinely invited to stab me in the fucking heart. #girlswithhighselfesteem
Peggy will rise through the ranks at CGC and eventually become Don’s rival and inevitably blow him out of the water (but not right away) because NEW 60s VS. OLD 60s EVERYONE!
Yes, OK, Pete, Roger, terrible men abound. BUT WHAT ABOUT LANE????
He’s supposed to be Joan’s friend, yet all he does in this episode is try to save his own ass at Joan’s expense. I think I was disappointed in his reaction most of all. Pete is a shit and Roger I think felt like he had no right to oppose it if Joan was, as Pete said, “amenable” (because Pete misleadingly lead everyone to believe that, because Pete is a shit).
But Lane is just being a pathetic coward about this whole embezzlement thing and he’s grasping at straws to keep himself safe from scrutiny. Yes, his suggestion resulted in a better “deal” for Joan (YUCK!), but he didn’t have her best interest in mind when he pitched it. I hope Joan finds him out and exposes his ass now that she’s a partner
black friends is the new black friend
I don’t know, I thought that Frederick Douglas costume was adorbs and nerdy and innocent. Does that make me a racist? Even though I have black friends? Guys?
“For when your uterine lining looks like the elevator from The Shining.”
You mean “sno ball” though, right?
Andrew Rannells was on an episode of Girls a while back and he was HILARIOUS. I love him now.
I was prepared to hate this show on principle, then I started watching it and begrudgingly liked it but continued to talk shit about how I liked it “in spite of my better self” AND THEN I saw the episode where Lizzy Caplan hates Jess for the same reasons I was hating the show and I felt bad for being such a dick about it. And then Jess said my favorite of her lines, something like “And now I’m gonna pay this fine, and my checks have baby farm animals on them, bitch!” So now I just love the show because it’s great. Yay!
oh my god, YES. BFF FOREVER, get it? I love that show and how have they not done a gal pal comedy forever ago? #savebff
As Gabe once said, the man will always be a goddamn national treasure.
Yes, yes, yes. Gabe is so wrong about Megan!
I have been super busy lately, but I had to log in for the first time in weeks to staunchly defend this episode and Megan, both as an individual and as a device on the show. I think the character is explored just enough: we care about her to a reasonable extent but more interesting are the revelations/reactions/outbursts that she forces other people around her (aka our old friends) to have. I like what you said about the sadness we feel about Don and Megan’s failure to connect on THAT LEVEL, but I would like to posit that what makes that SO sad is their generational difference AND NOTHING ELSE.
The big tragedy of the Don/Megan romance to me is that they are essentially the same person 20 years apart (each of them a symbol of progress/advancement in their respective generation), enacting a weird Lake House-esque (terrible analogy, sorry) scenario of being ideally matched in every way but never truly able to be together due to uncrossable rifts of space/time (in this case, just social mores, but still). What I’m saying is I think that Megan and Don would be a great match if they had both grown up in the 30s (loved the scene when Don and Roger are commiserating together about having had no freedom to have a real dream, each of their predicaments so different from one another’s yet so alike when pitted against Megan’s).
Another scene that I cringe-loved was when he tells Megan he’s not mad at her for wanting something else, etc. and then she tells him he’s exactly what she hoped he’d be and he reciprocates and it’s just so awkward and weirdly paternalistic on both sides and I have never felt their age difference more than in that moment.
The times, they are a-changin’ and Don senses it and cannot change along with them. Or can he? My prediction is that while playing at being Roger Sterling was fun for a while, Don’s pragmatism will force him to ultimately remain in “Squaresville,” if for no other reason than his kids.
Maybe that’s true, but what was really abhorrent about Don in that scene wasn’t just that he ordered for her, but that immediately when she rejected the sherbet he copped that patronizing dad tone with her that is just. so. irksome. “Don’t you think you might be overreacting with your uterus just a tiny bit, sweetheart?” Ugh!