Mad Men in CP Time: The Cuban Missile Crisis and A Prose Poem to a Potato Chip.

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In the season finale, Don works without a contract — how very meta! — Betty has mommy issues, Peggy has Father (Gill) issues, and Pete’s daddy issues may have saved his job while his babyfahva issues may yet cost him his marriage.
A’ight, y’all. Go!

12 thoughts on “Mad Men in CP Time: The Cuban Missile Crisis and A Prose Poem to a Potato Chip.

  1. universeexpanding October 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm Reply

    So happy to see that Duck’s “uppance shall come”. I literally clapped my hands I was so glad.

    Oh Pete…you know, for some reason I don’t dislike Pete. He’s annoying and obsequious and calculating but I still can’t hate him. I actually felt bad for him in this episode. Can’t say I see much point to him staying with Trudy.

    My mind snagged on the scene with Betty and the guy in the bathroom. I was thinking about the similarity of it to the scene of Joan’s rape…the shifting of garters and hose, and fumbling with underwear. The scene with Joan was deeply disturbing because of its violence but this was disturbing to me too. Here’s Betty cheating (finally!) and it seems futile somehow…there doesn’t seem to be any release that comes from it. I find that I’m very curious about who Betty was before her marriage. Don said to the ex-Mrs. Draper that he loved to listen to her laugh – I’m having a hard time imagining her being unselfconsciously happy. We all know Don has identity issues but Betty seems even more mixed up than him sometimes. Who is she really? I don’t think she even knows.

  2. quadmoniker October 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm Reply

    UE: I thought of that too, the similarity between her hook-up and Joan’s rape. Betty freaks me out in general. I don’t know what to make of her, and I really don’t like her at all.

    I actually felt sorry for Pete in this episode too. He actually turned into a partially decent guy, and I think it all turned on what he perceived to be Don’s fairness. He’s been waiting for Don’s approval for some time, and it’s odd that that’s all it took. I also think Duck’s dirty dealing made him want to play it safe.

    I can’t imagine that Don is out for very long. First of all, the show would end. Secondly, the clients will jump ship. Thirdly, Peggy, who I’ve decided is Don’s platonic soul mate, hasn’t weighed in yet on his departure, and I don’t see her standing for it. But Duck’s reaction to Don’s smooth “I don’t have a contract” was worth the entire season.

    Also, I hope Pete divorces Trudy and we never have to see her intolerable face again.

  3. ladyfresshh October 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Thank UE. i didn’t catch that similarity, but now that you’ve mentioned it, wow. There was a definite parallel between the two scenes.

    Lack of passion would be the initial similarity for me as well. I was more exasperated with betty at this point i feel because of the length of time and indecision that she was being more petulant with her behavior. She’s not acting she’s reacting and it’s delayed, it’s disappointing. Strangely i wanted more from her even in her infidelity, more decisiveness, more direction. She’s been doing alot of soul searching and it’s still amounting to reacting to whatever is put in front of her.

    I dislike Pete, he’s still immature. (just one episode ago he threw a turkey out a window) He’s also a disappointment still lacks an inner moral compass and wants to please whoever he sets up as his hero.

    I was SO happy with Peggy. It was quite satisfying to finally find out where the baby is and for her to unload that burden, it was a bit cruel to Pete in the advent but it needed to be done. As for the Father i think he came to a realization himself with Peggy of how entrenched he really is in his religion by his efforts to get Peggy to confess…well she did confess and to the right person i think.

    great season ender

  4. rakia October 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Isn’t it still debatable about *where* Peggy’s baby is? She told Pete she gave it away, but she didn’t say to whom. All season long, I thought Peggy’s sister was raising the kid as her own.

  5. ladyfresshh October 28, 2008 at 3:01 pm Reply

    rakia here ya go:

    I asked him if Peggy’s sister is raising Peggy’s baby, and he said, no, that is not the case. Peggy’s sister was pregnant when Peggy had her baby, and the sister gave birth around the same time. Her youngest child is her own child; the sister is not raising Peggy’s offspring.

    Again, just to be clear: Peggy’s baby is not being raised by her sister. That child was given up for adoption.

    i forget i read bits and pieces here and there and have conclusions from the extra hunting around

  6. rakia October 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Ooooooooooh. I forgot the sister was pregnant, too. Thanks, ladyfreshh. You’re the freshest.

  7. G.D. October 28, 2008 at 3:10 pm Reply

    LF: I seriously thought her sister was raising her kid. wooooooow. this changes a lot.

  8. quadmoniker October 28, 2008 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Her sister was pregnant at the same time? This blows my mind!

  9. Seanathan October 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm Reply

    I love this show.

    My favorite little detail was that Don was the only one that noticed Peggy got a haircut. They really are soulmates.

  10. G.D. October 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm Reply

    Sean: that was a great touch.

  11. ladyfresshh October 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm Reply

    You’re welcome Rakia.

    G.D. we all did! here is another excerpt but he does this on purpose:

    And that was intentional, creator Matthew Weiner said. “I mislead the audience all over the place, and that’s the fun of the show. I give out little bits of information at a time and then play on that,” he said in an interview on Monday.

    sooo misleading to watcher AND characters… i’m thinking this is why part of the reason why the priest pressed so hard

  12. ladyfresshh October 28, 2008 at 3:55 pm Reply

    @ Seanathan – Yes! I loved that it was almost immediate, god they are so connected.

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