Toronto Public Library System is the best!

Sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog, but here’s one that I’ve been thinking about for weeks if not months.  First off, I apologize to those that don’t live in Toronto or don’t have access to a great library system like I do.  Hopefully you do where ever you live or will now go and check out if you do.  It never hurts to go and check out your local library.

A few years ago I was reintroduced to the Toronto Public Library (TPL) system.  When I was a kid, I spent so much time at the library.  My parents didn’t spend lots of money on new books for us, as we had this great resource that provided us with new (to us) books each week.  I still remember how great it was to get my library card and take out all kinds of books each week to devour.

It was when a few friends (you know who you are) suggested I check out the library again now as an adult and someone on a very strict budget.  I got myself a library card and it changed my life.  Now, I’m not the library user I was when I was a kid.  Then I could spend hours searching and searching the shelves for books to read or cassettes (yes, I said it), or even records, to listen to.  Many people enjoy doing that in the library, but now I’m more of the person to search for what I want online.  And that’s what’s great about the TPL online system.  I can search for the DVDs, CDs or books all online and then request a hold on them and just wait for them to come in and all I need is a library card to do that.  It doesn’t cost me a penny.

All the books from the best sellers list, all current or classic DVDs and music galore.  Maybe you want a new exercise DVD or want to learn a language or how to cook.  You can find absolutely everything you could imagine or want at the TPL.

I often have visits that I like to refer to as “hitting the library jackpot”.  What I mean by that is when you by chance hit the library and there are all kinds of DVDs (or books) that you’ve been wanting.  Since the library has all the current blockbuster movies, sometimes you can get lucky and get a bunch in one shot or just a favourite here and there.  This is something that truly puts a smile on my face.  I know for my other library users friends, it can be to find that great recording of classical music or a live concert.  And for others it’s that new and amazing recipe or travel book.  It can be anything.  And I forgot to mention all the incredible programs that the library offers.

It’s endless what the TPL has to offer.  And it’s all right there for free for our use and enjoyment.  Thank you Toronto Public Library.  Now everyone, go out and get yourself a card and start enjoying it today.


TV Mid-Season New Shows 2011

Here we are at the beginning of a New Year.  My gosh, it’s 2011.  Wow.  This is an interesting mid season in the world of TV.  It’s unlike the past few January’s, as the past few years many of us were excitedly waiting for the return of our favourites, like “LOST” or “24”.  But they are both gone now.  Really there are not many really big shows that are returning during this mid season.

There is “V”, but I’m not sure how many of us are watching this.  I do and find it pretty good.

Of course we have all of those reality type shows returning like “Idol” and “Amazing Race”.  Plus some new ones like “Live to Dance”, which I really don’t really get.  They go, however, fill a spot for the viewers out there.  I am going to be showcasing some of the scripted shows that are new on the networks.  They seem to be starting anytime between January and April of 2011.

Off the Map (ABC/Global TV Wed. Jan 12, 10pm)

Looks like it might be fun.  Kind of like Grey’s Anatomy takes a road trip.  The question is, who will be the McSteamy or McDreamy?  Maybe the Aussie?  This equation works.  Look at the success of Grey’s and Private Practice.  The difference is this one comes with exotic scenery and crazy illnesses and accidents.  See preview below.

Body of Proof (ABC Tuesday March 29, 10pm)

Nothing like a Neurosurgeon turned Medical Examiner who has lost everything.  Bit of chip on her shoulder and a nothing to lose attitude.  Body of Proof looks like it will be interesting.  Dana Delany always adds a little something special to shows that she is a part of.  I’ll probably give this one a chance.

Happy Endings (ABC Wed. April 13, 10pm)

This one has potential.  The supporting cast looks like they will carry this show.  But like a popular show of a few years ago, “Friends”, this show equation has tried to work since the end of that show.  Maybe it will work with this one.  Looks like one that will help the late 20s/early 30s out there know that they are not alone.

Mr. Sunshine (ABC Wed. Feb 9, 9:30pm, CTV Monday Feb 7, 8:30pm)

I love the cast of this show.  Matthew Perry, Allison Janney and James Lesure.  I’m looking forward to this one. It will make sense to the late 30s/early 40s crew out there.  The situation is different from other shows like it.  It’s based in an arena that will host various events and therefore different situations.

The Cape (NBC/CityTV Premiere Sunday Jan 9th, 9pm, regular slot Mondays at 9pm)

Not on the top of my list to watch this season, but who knows I might be surprised.  Keeping an open mind.

Harry’s Law (NBC/CityTV Monday Jan 17, 10pm)

Kathy Bates.  Do I need to say more?  I don’t think so.  She has re-entered the world of scripted TV with her re-occurring role on The Office as the new owner.  She is funny, sarcastic and always fun to watch.  Looking forward to this one.

Perfect Couples (NBC  Thursday Jan 20, 8:30pm)

The title of the show pretty much says it all.  It’s a show about couples who think they are perfect compared to their other “couple” friends.  Really none of them are.  Which is where I assume the comedy will come from.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour (CBS/CTV) – Forest Whitaker is in this show.  I think it will be good just because of that.

Chaos (CBS) – No comment yet.

Mad Love (CBS) – No much to say yet, other than the cast looks pretty good.  A lot of my favourites, especially Judy Greer and Sarah Chalke.  Can’t wait to see when this one will start.

The Chicago Code (Fox/Global TV Monday Feb 7, 9pm)

Another police drama.  Yipee.  This one in Chicago.  A little different.  Interesting cast.  There is potential for this one.  Not sure if I’ll be watching.  Might give it a chance.

Traffic Light (Fox, Tuesday Feb 8, 9:30pm)

I think that I will really like this one.  For any one who likes the movie Love Actually and liked the character Colin Frissell, they will see that he (Kris Marshall) is in this new show.  This one is a nice mix of friends at different points in their lives.  A good variety of situations for us to enjoy each week.

InSecurity (CBC Tuesday Jan. 4 8:30pm)

Just wanted to mention this one, as one of the actors (the one showcased in this video) went to my high school.  All the best Richard Yearwood.

Check out the new shows.  There are a bunch of good shows that are on cable, but I don’t get many of those channels.  If there are other shows that I missed, definitely tell me about them.   Enjoy your TV watching.

New and Old Christmas Specials

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Christmas TV specials are filling the time slots.  Maybe your favourite show is doing up their “Christmas/Holiday” epsiode or your show is being replaced for a night with a classic or new Christmas special.

All of us have our favourites.  The ones that Christmas wouldn’t be complete with out.  What’s your’s?  I’m sure that Charlie Brown, The Grinch, and Frosty make that list.  But are there others that touch your hearts or make you cringe at the thought of?

I was once made to the watch The Star Wars Christmas Special. That’s a few hours that I will never get back in my life and thoroughly regret watching.  But, if you have a few hours and nothing to do but kill brain cells, definitely click on the link above and check it out.

Back to happier Christmas memories.

What Christmas is complete without Linus explaining to Charlie Brown what the true meaning of Christmas is?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was another special that I looked forward to in December.  It was so unique in it’s animation style.  And who didn’t love the snowman story teller.  That voice of Burl Ives will always make me think of the holidays.  And those misfits.

Thank goodness for Rudolph saving the day or what would have happened?

Frosty the Snowman just had so many catchy songs, a snowman who came alive (after watching this, we all wanted our snowman to come a live) and of course the bad guy whose nasty heart melts in the end.  Thanks Frosty.

This Christmas show summary wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t talk about the mean one, Mr. Grinch.  All the cute and loving Who’s (especially Cindy Lou Who), the Grinch’s ever loyal dog and of course Mr. Grinch and his growing heart.  Got to love it.

But, my Christmas show list cannot be complete without my new ultimate favourite.  Lanny and Wayne the Prep and Landing Elves.  This one just came out last year from Disney.  The animation is awesome and the story is great and kind of believable.  I always thought that Santa had some more help on the big night.  These Prep and Landing Elves make things run much smoother.

And for me, Christmas TV moments include the following two movies.

White Christmas is that movie that gets me truly in the holiday spirit.  Finally got it on DVD last year, but can only watch it in December.  Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney (yes, George’s Aunt) and so many more, make this a special movie for me.

And of course, a movie that has nothing to do with Christmas, but we have this need to watch during the holidays, The Sound of Music.  It’s the 45th Anniversary this year of this Academy Awarding winning film.

Enjoy all the great Christmas specials and new Christmas episodes of favourite shows.  Tell me which ones you can’t live without during this holiday season.

What happened to the memorable TV Theme Song?

Maybe it’s just me, but I find that the TV theme songs of today don’t really compare to those of the 70s and 80s and even before.  There are shows now that don’t have an opening or it’s just a graphic and a sound.  I remember, and still find myself, singing a theme song to a classic show when it comes on the retro stations.

I guess so many of us just fast forward through the openings now.  We don’t need to waste our time with theme songs.  It’s not worth it for a show to come up with something catchy.

Some of my favourites are below. This is in no way a complete list, but they are ones that popped into my head when I started writing this post. I can still sing all the words to most of these or the tune takes me back to a different time and special memories. You know those memories. Back in the day when you all had to sit around one TV. Yes, I said it. One TV. Can you believe it? Back around that one TV when the family got together to watch a show, or you watched the old reruns by yourself after school.   Either way it was these theme songs that started every show for you. And you couldn’t fast forward through them. They were just part of the whole experience. Sadly in a lot of case, this is now lost. So enjoy a few favourites from the past. And suggest some others that you remember.

The Love Boat is definitely one of my all time favourites.  Saturday nights around the TV with my parents and a bowl of popcorn.  Who were going to be the guest stars today?  They’ll tell us in the opening theme.  Heck, I even have this one on my iPod.

The Golden Girls were another Saturday night classic.  The song just resonated with everyone.  “Thank you for being a friend…”

Mary Tyler Moore Show.  Really how much more do I have to say about this one.  It was the theme song images that brought us the big twirl and the hat toss.  Thanks Mary and we’re glad that you “..made it on your own.”

What about The Odd Couple and the great organ sounds plus 70s style orchestration that makes this one a great finger taping theme.  Now this one might be very dated for most of you.  But still a good one.

WKRP in Cincinnati help us answer the question “wondered what ever became of me…living on the air in Cincinnati”.  This is definitely one that all these years later, I can still sing all the words.

At the same time we had, Welcome Back Kotter which took us to a time in NYC with Sweathogs and hair styles.  But you always felt that you were “Welcome Back”.

Good Times along with being one of my favourites, this theme just made you want to dance as you sang every word.  Times were tough in this show, but they had Good Times.

The Jeffersons theme has provided times.  References to “moving on up” have been made in various shows and movies since we first heard this song.  It is great theme songs like this one, that are timeless.

Three’s Company theme is very 1970s.  But it was the images and the music that made it seem like a place/show you want to watch.  Because “You’ll see that life is a ball again and laughter is callin’ for you.  Down at our rendezvous…”  Who wouldn’t want to spend 30 minutes (22 minutes without commercials) with these characters each week.

Family Ties just had such a calming opening song that it made you feel like this was a special family that we needed to meet and see what they were up to each week.   “Sha-la-la-la”

In and around the same time, give or take a few years, there were some other classic theme songs that came along.  Who could forget the following.  Or maybe you did and I will help to remind you.  Growing Pains, Perfect Strangers, Silver Spoons, Who’s the Boss, The Greatest American Hero

The Facts of Life theme song really said it all “you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life…”  What an opening.  This show was definitely for me back in the 80s.  Thanks Blair, Jo, Natalie, Tootie and of course Mrs. Garrett.  Plus a young George Clooney, with a mullet, for a season.

And who could forget what came before it, Different Strokes.  Plus some other favourites like Gimme a Break, What’s Happening, Eight is Enough, One Day at A Time.  Not necessarily from the same time, but still about families that were not all blood relatives.

I always loved the short run and start for Tom Hanks’, Bosom Buddies.  A little Billy Joel helped this become a great theme song and every time I hear that “My Life” by Billy Joel on the radio, I think of Bosom Buddies.

Cheers.  How much do I really need to say about this one?  When that piano starts to play, we know it’s time to “…get away.  Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and their always glad you came….”

Happy Days.  What to say about this one?  You want to get up and dance.  You want a soda down at Arnold’s and to hang with the Fronz and the Cunninghams.  This song just says and make you feel it all.

And of course Laverne and Shirley.  Because you can’t reference Happy Days without Laverne and Shirley.  This theme was a great one also.  These girls just seemed like they were going to make things happen.

Charlie’s Angels had a little something for everyone.  And so did this theme song.  Gotta love the music of the 70s.

The A-Team theme really spoke to what this show was about.  You could just feel it in the music.  And when you heard it radiating out of your single speaker of your 20″ TV, you came running if you were a boy or a tom boy of the 80s.  It was time for Mr. T, Hannibal, Face and crazy Murdock.  It still gives me goosebumps today.  Another one that’s on the iPod.

Dallas.  Yes, Friday nights I would watch this one with my parents.  The 70s and 80s were full of evening soap operas, or dramas.  This theme was an interesting one. As Dallas was on for so many years, the core of the theme song never changed, but it was modernized as the times changed.

Along with Dallas, came the other soaps.  Here are a few themes like Dynasty and Falcon Crest.  Oh so dramatic.

Hawaii 5-0 is supposedly one of the most recognized theme songs in the world.  Makes sense.

And if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.  Check out Hawaii 5-0 2010

Let me just say that this was one of the most fun posts I’ve ever done.  I still know the words, I’m still singing along and they still put a smile on my face.  Doesn’t matter what the episode was about, you just needed to hear that theme song and you would plop yourself in front of the TV and you were ready for one of your favourites.  But I could go on for days with theme songs from the 70s and 80s.  What about CHiPs, Dukes of Hazzard, MASH

Now, what about today?  Are there ones that we remember and sing along with?  For me there are a few.  Of course there is Friends.  But more recently, this is probably my current favourite.

The Big Bang Theory has a very catchy theme song and tune, plus it’s done by the Barenaked Ladies.  And it really talks to what the show is about.

What are some of your favourites from today or the past?

Mad Men – Season 4 – Tomorrowland

Sadly I put together the last post for Season 4 of Mad Men.  What a great season it’s been.  So much change for Don and the rest of the cast.

This episode had me saying, “WHAT?” a few times.  I thought at one point that I was watching a dream sequence.  And I didn’t think I was hearing things correctly at another point.

This season there were a few things that we could count on.  Don experiencing change in every episode.  Betty being crazy and making bad choices.  Joan surprising us and Peggy just getting better and better.

This week started with us saying goodbye to Dr. Faye, but we didn’t know it at the time.  I really thought that there was such a future for them, but looking at it now, she made Don analyze himself too much.  We know that Don’s not about that.  He’s spent most of the past few seasons (or maybe his whole life) doing that.  He needed to find a fun and happier life and Dr. Faye didn’t provide that for him.  Plus, I don’t think that she would have been any good with the children and that’s all part of the Don Draper package, even if it’s only every other weekend.

The boys met with the American Cancer Association (AMA) and probably made a good impression and hopefully some good connections.  Loved how the board at the AMA admitted that they smoked.  Could you imagine if that was true today?  Don’t think that you’d be on that board if you did.  The best part of that was when they returned to the office.  First, Roger was being his own secretary, typing his own letter, but his question was priceless, “Get cancer?”  Love it.  The writers really give him some great one liners.

Then there was Betty.  I think that Glen said it best, ” Just because you’re sad, doesn’t mean everyone has to be.”  Don’t need to pay a therapist big money anymore Betty, Glen hit the nail on the head.  Maybe he’s creepy, but he’s got you figured out.  Follow that with Betty firing the only sane person in her life, Carla.  What the hell was she thinking?  But by firing Carla, Don found the love of his life (for now).  The world works in mysterious ways.  I’m a big believer in that.

With Carla not allowed to go to California, I guess a perfect replacement will be, the little French Canadian secretary, Megan.  Plus Megan is a full service caregiver.  She will take care of 2 years olds to 40 year olds.  Impressive.  I did think at the time of the decision that we were seeing the old Don coming out.  But, I think that Megan does bring out a different side to him, aside of the sex that he needs.  In California, we really did see the culmination of the changes of Don Draper.  He was great with the kids (hanging out with them and playing with them in the pool), he had some closure in regards to Anna, and I guess he found someone that he can be himself with.  As she said, Don has a, “Good heart and is always trying to be better.”  It was nice to see how she was with the kids and how she is the complete opposite to Betty.  So much calmer.  Those kids will be wanting to live with Don and Megan in no time.  As an aside, I love how Don’s style changes from East coast to West coast.  That man can really pull off any style.

As I mentioned, I really thought that we were in some kind of dream sequence when Don asked Megan to marry him.  I just kept waiting for him to wake up and it all be a dream.  But, no.  It was real.  Didn’t see that coming.  I know I should of when he got Anna’s engagement ring.  Don you work fast.  And sadly for Dr. Faye her prediction, when she and Don first met, of him being married within the year has come true, just not with her.

With congratulations from all and for all (thanks to Peggy for bringing in the new account, you go girl, saving the company) it was important to see how Peggy was going to take all of this.  The exchange between Don and Peggy was what it should be.  After a season of growth for both of them and for their relationship, Don was gracious and so was Peggy.  Still love that relationship.

The absolute best part of the entire episode was when Peggy marched into Joan’s office, slammed the door and they lite their cigarettes and did what all of us girls do so well, gossip and bitch.  Their is a relationship that has also changed this season.  They have definitely had their ups and downs.  As the season comes to a close, Peggy and Joan can sit down together, have a smoke and share a moment.  Love it.

However, the biggest shock of the finale was that Joan is pregnant.  REALLY?  So was she pregnant before the incident with her, Roger, the mugger and the alley?  Or are we just taking a chance on who’s baby this is?  What will Roger say?

As we close up season 4 we see the end of the life Don and Betty built together.  They share a moment in the kitchen.  Betty did however look like Cruella Di Vil, as she stood in the kitchen.  Don gets better and Betty gets worse.

Season 5 will be a good one.  Can’t wait.  Looking forward to next summer already.  Thanks Mad Men for an awesome season.  See you soon!

Mad Men – Season 4 – Blowing Smoke

What’s going to happen to Sterling Cooper Draper Price?  Cooper is leaving.  He’s had enough.  Wait, let’s back up and see how we got to that point.

After, what I’m sure is, an expensive consultant sets up a meeting with Philip Morris, it falls through and so do much of the hopes of the partners.  With that screw up and the fact that all other potential clients are doing the “we’ll see in six months” (Heinz) it’s time to clean house at SCDP.  Before we do that, Don has some things he must go through as part of the process of creating the new and improved Don Draper.  This season we seen lots of changes in Don.  Cutting down on the drinking, starting to exercise, kind of being loyal to one woman (small steps), starting to deal with his crap, letting others in and so much more.

Part of this process, unknown to him, is looking back at his previous life.  Midge tracking him down helps with that process.  Maybe not for her, the heroin addicted artist that she is now.  But Don, needed it to see what was and what could have been. Feeling sorry for Midge, he gives her money for one of her paintings, “Number 4” and moves on.  The painting is supposedly what Midge sees when she closes her eyes.  Don takes a second look at it as he goes to throw it out and move on.  After taking some time to really look at the painting, he is inspired to write his letter which turns into a full page ad in the NY Times about what SCDP is no longer interested in.  Tobacco accounts.  Obviously, this doesn’t go over well with the partners, but as part of the changing Don Draper, it is a huge change and load off his shoulders.

As part of the changes that need to happen at the agency all the partners have to give of their savings to save the company for another “six months”.  And it’s time to start the process of cutting staff.  But not before we see another hope that Don Draper has changed, paying Pete’s part of the partner payment.  A call from the American Cancer Association gives Don hope that he did the right thing.  No one else does though, yet.

As always, the relationship of Don and Peggy had some short but important moments in the episode.  Peggy can talk straight up with Don and he will listen.  Peggy supports Don, in a sarcastic way, about the letter (“I thought you didn’t go in for those kinds of shenanigans,”she smiles.).  I’ll just say it again, I love the relationship that they have.  So interesting.  The interaction between Peggy and Dr. Faye, as she is on her way out, also provides insight into what Peggy is striving for.  She sees Dr. Faye as some what of a mentor in how to deal with men in this world.

Then it’s time to say goodbye to many of the minor, yet sometimes interesting, characters of Sterling Cooper Draper Price, including, not so minor, Bert Cooper (“girl, get my shoes”).

What about our little Sally Draper?  Wow, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree there.  Like mother like daughter.  Both manipulators and both in great need to therapy.  Is Sally playing the therapist like she is playing her mother?  And what about Glen?  He does have a lock of Betty Drapers hair from season one.  He is one weird kid.  I guess that Sally is his way to feel close to Betty.  As part of playing her mother, Sally is trying to play all mature and calm to be someone she is not so that Betty will believe that she’s getting better.  Dinner with the adults and not having meltdowns every second, until of course talk of moving comes up.  What will Sally do now?  She is becoming all philosophical though.  Talking to Glen about her dream and forever.  Her reference to the Land o’ Lakes butter girl holding a picture of herself holding a picture of herself holding a picture of herself…Great advertising reference (Daddy Draper would be proud), but also an insight into the mind of Sally Draper.

At the end of all of this, Don and Dr. Faye can live their relationship out in the open.  Don can sleep at night.  It’s a new start for Sterling Draper Price (no Cooper).  What will our final episode of the season hold for us?  How will we move on to 1966?  No sneak peek this week, other than “Season 4 Finale. Opportunity arises for Don and Peggy.”  Hmmmmm!

The Big Bang Theory + The Barenaked Ladies = Great Day!

What a great afternoon.  My favourite show and my favourite band.  The boys from The Big Bang Theory (BBT) and the boys from The Barenaked Ladies (BNL) were in town yesterday taping an episode of eTalk Live at CTV down at 299 Queen Street West, in the parking lot.  It was a laugh.

Didn’t think that I would get in when I saw the length of the line.  There are quite a few fans of The Big Bang Theory in Toronto that are willing to skip school and work just to catch a glimpse.  I guess that’s why it’s the number one show in Canada right now.  3.3 million viewers.  Awesome.  Such a well written and cast show.  But,  for me it was the combo of BBT and BNL.

Our Toronto guests from BBT were Emmy award winner Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali).  Missing were Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadler) and Kaley Cucco (Penny), who recently broke her leg shooting an episode.  Didn’t think that it was such a full contact show.

The three boys from BBT were fantastic.  Keeping us all laughing and while having a great time themselves (they were taking pics of the crowd during the breaks).  I think that they were surprised about how popular they are in Canada.  Not sure that any of them had spent much time up in Canada before (lack of hockey knowledge).  They were presented, when they arrived in Toronto, with Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.  I think that they got to go to the NHL season opener last night for the Leafs.  At eTalk they also received Team Canada hockey jerseys.  All set for…not sure what.  But they have 2 more jerseys than I do.

You may be wondering why The Barenaked Ladies were also at the taping?  They sing the theme song for The Big Bang Theory.  It’s a very catchy theme song in an era where not many shows have good theme songs or even anything other than a sound or a graphic.  As fans of the show, we were asking to sing it a few times at the taping.  There were even a few that had translated it into French and could sing that.  Impressive.  Check out BNL having some fun then singing the complete theme song.  For BNL fans, it wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t have a little fun before getting down to business.

The bonus to the afternoon, as a huge Barenaked Ladies fan, was that they stayed on after the taping of the show and played 4 more songs for us.  A few classics like “One Week” and “Pinch Me”, along with a few songs from their new album.

To top off the afternoon the lovely people at CTV provided all of us with free hot dogs, water, chips and candy floss.  Really, how much better does an afternoon get than that.

In closing, all I have to say is “BAZINGA”.  If you don’t know what that means then you better watch The Big Bang Theory. (Thursdays at 8pm on CTV and CBS).

Wait, one more thing.  If you wonder where you’ve seen Jim Parsons (Sheldon) before, check out this great commercial from a few years ago.

Mad Men – Season 4 – Chinese Wall

We are getting down to it.  Only a few more episodes left in season 4 of Mad Men.  That makes me sad, but excited as to how this season will close off.  Wait.  Stop.  I’m getting a head of myself.  Let’s enjoy the time that we have left together in season 4.

This episode was based around something that Peggy said.  “Every time something good happens, something bad happens.”  This week took a look at a variety of the characters and how life is affected by a statement like that.  We started out with another encounter for Peggy with Abe.  Abe looks a bit better when he’s just been to the beach.  And you have love our Peggy Olsen.  At the end of the day, it’s about the hook up.  Forget about how he annoyed her before.  She’s just a bit of a horn dog like the rest of the “boys” on Madison Ave.  That led to a little more something something at the office.  Giving Stan the idea that he could have a go.  No, no, Stan.  Peggy does have some standards.  “Why do you keep making me reject you?”, Peggy said to him as she pushed him away. A man scorned, can be a prick.  Not telling her that she had lipstick on her teeth for the big presentation.  Poor Peggy.  Still a woman in a man’s world.

I was proud of our Joan for putting a stop to things with Roger, the little liar.  I do love how Joan is just a regular girl at home in comfy jammies.  At least someone on TV is showing a bit of real life.  No one hangs out at home in tight, form fitting clothing and stiletto heels (even though I’m sure many men would like that).  Roger had a great line as he was leaving Joan’s.  “That night we got mugged, that was the last time?  Wish I had known that.”  Why because you would have made that alley way a bit more romantic and that wall you had Joan against a little more comfy?  Oh Roger.  For Roger his life was affected by the theme a bit different.  Bad happened, lying and losing Joan, then good, his book is done.  Who will read that one?

Pete Campbell is finally a daddy.  To a little girl.  Congrats.  What a day.  Company is sinking and his personal life is riding high.  Good, then bad.  Who knows how things will end up for Pete.  He was pretty much headhunted by CGC in the hospital waiting room.  Interesting place for business.

Finally, there’s Don Draper.  As we hold on to the dream that he’s changed, sadly he hasn’t.  He’s a guy that needs to be loved.  One sign of things not perfect with Faye and he’s on the couch with another.  We all saw that one coming.  Another Madison Ave horn dog.  Before all that, he was the one to make sure that the troops at the agency believed that all was going okay and they wouldn’t be affected by the loss of American Tobacco.  Thanks for lying to all of them.  Makes them all feel more secure.  As his business is crumbling around him, the team hits a funeral to try and get clients (classy), he finds that his girlfriend actually has ethics and doesn’t do what is asked of her.  Good for you Faye.  However, we all know what Don Draper wants, he gets.

Another good looking assistant falls to the sexual powers of one Don Draper.  “Let me help you”, “I want to learn and do what you do one day”, “I’m creative” and “I’m from Montreal”.  Oh Megan, really?  You just want a little Don Draper for yourself.  This won’t end well, like all the girls before.  Don can’t help himself, even though he does protest a few times (was proud of him, for a second), before it’s couch time for him and Megan.  But, how does Don feel when he gets home and the lovely Faye is waiting for him.  She must really love this guy to go against her ethics to get him a meeting with Heinz, you know they make sauces and vinegars.  I think that we almost saw Don’s remorse for what he had just done.  Didn’t Faye smell Megan’s perfume on him?  Oh well, all is good for Don and Faye.  Just a little cuddle on the couch and they are back on track.  What Faye doesn’t know won’t hurt her…

Looking forward to what the last two episodes have in store for us.  Here’s a sneak peek at next week and the master manipulator that is Sally Draper.  A perfect mix of he mother and father’s worst traits.

Mad Men – Season 4 – Hands and Knees

It was a night all about abortion, desertion and interracial relationships.  Not an episode light on emotion.

First off, didn’t I call the pregnancy last week.  I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one out there with that idea after the post mugging alley rendezvous.  Oh Joan.  I do feel for you.  But, if I remember correctly this isn’t your first abortion.  Hence the age of your imaginary daughter at the abortion clinic.  Hmmmm?

Before I talk about the downward spiral that is Don Draper’s lies and desertion, what about the surprise from our straight laced, Lane.  Look at him with his, as he calls her, “chocolate bunny.”  Didn’t see that coming from Lane.  After his stuck up wife, I think why he would look for someone who is more fun and the polar opposite.  The real story here though is Lane’s horrible father.  Now that is one unpleasant man.  That wack across the face with his cane was unbelievable.  And then stepping on his hand until he gave in.  Could you imagine being physically hit by your father at that age?  I guess that daddy-o knocked some sense, more like fear, into his son, as Lane is on the first plane home.  Love his last line in the meeting though, the company is in sound fiscal shape.  Oh how little you know.  It won’t be the same when you return, my friend.

Desertion and Don Draper just go hand in hand.  I was impressed that he did come clean with Dr. Faye.  As I’ve said before, our Don is growing up and building a mature relationship.  Other than the last moments in the episode as he looked Megan up and down.  Back off Don.  You have a good thing going.  Back to his lies and desertion.  The range of emotion that Jon Hamm (Don) is playing out this season is amazing.  Might be an Emmy in his future yet.  Even though Pete has figured out a way to stop the investigation, really has it ended?  I can’t imagine the government just letting that go even if the clearance isn’t needed anymore.  What will happen with the desertion and Don now?

Another highlight of the episode was Pete sitting with Trudy talking about how hard it is to be one of the honest people out there and how the liars in the world just get away with it.  Pete, you as a liar, would know all about that.  How can even get those words out without being struck down.  Let’s see where do we start?  Getting Peggy pregnant, basically raping the nanny next door and I’m sure many other lies.  Pete, Pete, Pete…

The big news that Roger’s keeping under his hat is the loss of American Tobacco.  With Don’s need to keep up a lie, they’ve lost the one client that could replace American Tobacco, North American Aviation.  Don’s lie is potentially going to cost them the entire business and affect the lives of everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  Covering up is getting to be a bit much Don.  I think that we will see a few more panic/anxiety attacks for good old Don Draper.  Better keep Dr. Faye close by.

There was a nice moment for Daddy Don who made one Sally Draper ecstatic with tickets to the Beatles (the biggest thing going at the time).  And even more shocking was seeing Betty smiling.  It looked genuine and not one of jealousy.  Too bad she lost all that happiness when she had to cover up for Don with the FBI.  Always short lived happiness for Betty Francis.

Check out the sneak peak for next week’s episode “Chinese Wall”.

Mad Men – Season 4 – The Beautiful Girls

Seems like it was Ladies Day on Mad Men.  A little time with all my favourite and unique ladies.  Joan, Dr. Faye and Peggy.  Plus some time with the resident little lady, Sally Draper.

I guess it’s been a couple of weeks since Don dropped Dr. Faye off.  They have already moved on to afternoon delights.  And it sure sounded like everyone was delighted.  I must say I’m in support of this relationship.  An actual smart lady who has substance.

This episode is called “The Beautiful Girls”.  I guess if you weren’t one, they had to kill you off.  Good bye Miss Blankenship.  Sorry to see you go.  You really added a special something to the world of Don Draper.  But a great line came out of her death, “I’d have my secretary do it, but she’s dead”.   Interesting choice of action after she saw annoying and greasy haired Sally Draper arrive.  There are other ways to get out of looking after her.  RIP Miss Blankenship.

What’s with this little Sally Draper?  Now, I’m not her biggest fan.  She’s quite a piece of work.  Take about being a product of your environment.  Sally was a little less annoying in the episode, but she did try to take on the role of the wife, taking care of Don.  Making him that yummy rum soaked french toast.  (side note, might want to give that one a try).  However, we never really found out why she really did come all that way on her own.  I guess just because she wants to live with her dad.  Oh well, she’ll get a good beating from her lovely mother on her way home.  We will probably see little Sally back again soon knocking down daddy’s door.

Now over to Joan and Roger, really?  Get mugged and have sex against a wall a few steps away from where it happened.  I know that a tragedy can bring people together, but really….Hopefully they had protection (obviously not from the mugging, but something a little more scary), or that could get interesting.  Before all that happened, it was nice that Roger sent Joan the door to door spa ladies.  How Swedish were they?  Really, I think that Roger is her only friend in that office.  She does know quite well that nothing comes from Roger for free.   However, he didn’t have to work so hard for what he got in the end.

Our other Beautiful Girl is Peggy.  It was great to see, that guy from the party, Abe come back.  Was it just me, or did he seem better looking and cooler the last time we saw him?  Must have been the lighting, the raid and kissing in the closet that made him seem that way.  He sure was pushing all his political views this time.  Now our Peggy has beliefs, not the religious kind but, and stands true to them.  She is not a political girl.  I admit, I wouldn’t have lasted as long as she did listening to him yammering on.  She made good points about how hard it is for women out there, especially as she tries to blaze her path in her small little world.

It’s hard for Peggy to find that right group to fit in with.  Political lesbians, frat boy co-workers, perfect girls or her family.  She’s not one of the stereotypical girls of the steno-pool in the office.  She’s not a drop dead gorgeous girl with a great body, like Joan.  However, that doesn’t seem to be making Joan happy either.  Nor is Peggy the smart, sophisticated type like Dr. Faye.   We did see that even Dr. Faye has some issues also.  But, she’s got Don to make it all better, for now.  I think that these 3 ladies should form a club.  I’m sure they don’t want to admit, but they are the outcasts.  Not the norm for women at the time.  Beautiful girls in their own way, but so much more than that.

One final observation, how can these women drink like they do and not gain weight.  Geez, I have a couple of bottles of wine on the weekend and I feel like a blimp.  Maybe straight scotch or vodka is the way to go.  Johnny Walker on ice for me from now on.