Mad Men – Season 4 – The Good News

A Don (Dick) and Joan centric episode.  Great.

I always enjoy an opportunity to see the alter ego of Don Draper, Dick Whitman.  He is just such a nice mix of the sauve-ness (probably not a word) of Don Draper, with the down to earth, caring side of Dick Whitman.  Or at least we see that side of him whenever Anna Draper is involved.  But don’t worry, the episode was book ended by enough of the womanizing, egotistical Don Draper that we do truly love or can’t really do anything but love.  It’s Don Draper after all.

On his way to a trip of definite debauchery in Acapulco, Don stops off in LA to visit Anna.  What he finds out on this stopover changes his life.  This person who loves him unconditionally, is facing certain death and doesn’t know it.  Tough call on everyone’s part to not tell her.  Which begs a very interesting ethical dilemma.  Would you want to know, if there was nothing that you could do about it?  This news does change a lot for Don and it will definitely play a big part as we go through the season and we see how Don must deal with the potential and eventual loss of Anna.

With this news, he cannot continue on his trip and returns to work.  This decision ends up creating, what I see as, a turning point in his relationship with British partner Lane.  Nothing like a few drinks, a good Japanese Godzilla movie, rubbing a huge steak on your pants (pretending it’s a Texas belt buckle), some homosexual comments at a comedy show and hookers to change a dynamic.  Don really knows how to show a very reserved guy a good time.  Didn’t take Don long to compartmentalize his feelings for Anna and find comfort in his favourite hookers arms.  And wow, hookers were $25 back then.  I really don’t know if that’s a good deal or not.  Probably pretty expensive for 1965.  Wow, 1965.  A year full of history for America.  Vietnam, Malcolm-X being shot, and the riots in Watts in LA.  How will this all be addressed by Mad Men.

Now, for one of everyone’s favourite, Joan.  We learned a lot about her this week.  She’s had two “procedures” in her past, but hopefully that won’t hurt her chances to get pregnant with her husband, who has such an explosive personality (but not in all aspects 0f his life).  We did get to see him actually handle a situation this week.  We could see that he truly does know how to do his job well when he was helping Joan after the orange juice incident.  I think that he really changed a lot of people’s view of him, including Joan, and finally she can let someone else handle a crisis.

I must say, I do love the way that Joan handles herself in the office.  She’s a woman who is trail blazer for the time.  Joan takes no crap from anyone and is so professional when she does.

Really another great episode and only a few references to Betty and we didn’t have to see that creepy kid Glen.  I’m sure they will be back soon enough.

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