Skip to main content

Oh, Ginsberg. Don't do it. (Courtesy AMCtv.)
This week, on Mad Men: Don and Betty find themselves at parties where they don't fit in; Ginsberg take steps to alleviate tension in the office.

Details below the fold. Scout's honor.

Ginsberg, wow. I cannot do better than Margaret Lyons' analysis for Vulture, so let's go with that:

Mad Men's Michael Ginsberg reached a crisis moment in his mental-health struggles last night, but that severed nipple is not the first time we've known Ginsberg to be detached from reality. In fact, the very first time we see him, in season five's "Tea Leaves," he confesses to being a bit unhinged. "I didn't pick this profession, it picked me," he tells Peggy, who's interviewing him based on his promising portfolio. "I didn't have any control over it." He thinks he sounds passionate, but he really sounds desperate. "I have no hobbies, no interests, no friends. No girlfriend, no family." He says he's the kind of guy who talks back to the radio (and note that it's his office radio malfunctioning that really sets him off in "The Runaways"). Peggy rolls her eyes and tells him that makes him like everyone else. "I've never been accused of that," he replies. It's self-deprecating and almost endearing, except for how deeply lonely he sounds.
As for Don Draper, however, everything is looking up:
As recently as a week ago, it seemed his marriage had ended and his prospects within a hostile firm were dimmed beyond recognition, no matter how furiously he pounded out burger taglines on that Coronet. But suddenly he’s not only welcome again in Megan’s Laurel Canyon home, she’s inviting a friend into their bed, no big deal, 1969 California’s pretty chill sexually. (We will pause to recognize that is perhaps not the sign of a mending union as much as it is a symptom of ongoing marital dysfunction, your surprise three-way mileage may vary.) He’s catching a lucky break in the form of a Harry Crane–shaped coincidence showing up unexpectedly and offering crucial intel about a Philip Morris–fueled plot to oust him once and for all. He’s marching into a white-tablecloth meeting, sorry to interrupt, gentlemen, but have you considered that maybe the only sane thing for your tobacco concern to do is to hire the man who once attempted to stub out the entire industry with a surgical strike in the New York Times? Bullshit delivered, bullshit received, bullshit marveled at by a stunned nemesis whose only reaction is you magnificent bastard …
As for Betty Draper Francis, who speaks Italian goddamnit, it feels like the feminist revolution which hit Peggy Olson years ago (as well as Sally) has finally crept into the suburbs. Which, of course, doesn't make her any less cruel of a mother, but it's something. Will she, in fact, run for office? Do anything to make manifest to the world that she is not, in fact, just another pretty face?

Probably not. I just wouldn't want to get in Sally's way at this point.

Meanwhile, Joan, Roger and Pete, are, apparently, out visiting Bob Benson, Glen Bishop, or whatever. Two episodes to go this year.

Originally posted to Adam B on Mon May 12, 2014 at 04:21 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site