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"Mad Men": Anybody else watching/watched it, and love it?

 
 
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 19 Jun, 2009 06:28 am
@msolga,
I have ordered seriesII.

Remember, our protagonist was most unimpressed by the goings on!
msolga
 
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Reply Fri 19 Jun, 2009 06:30 am
@dlowan,
I did indeed notice that. He found it quite distasteful & kept trying to leave.
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 09:18 am
@msolga,
Well that's series one over. SBS chose to run the last two episodes in one bumper screening tonight. It was wonderful! I wish Deb's computer was functional so's we could compare notes. Mac? What an ending! Everything in Don's world seems to be collapsing. And so much more going on as well! Can't wait for series two!
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mckenzie
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 01:53 pm
Season 2 of Mad Men comes out on DVD July 14. I ordered it from Amazon on Saturday. Looking forward to it! Our cable provider doesn't offer AMC, so we've been waiting a year since we saw season 1 on DVD.
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 07:20 pm
@mckenzie,
I don't suppose you could let me in on a few plot developments before series 2 is shown in Oz, mckenzie? Wink
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 08:24 pm
@msolga,
Perish the thought!!!!!!
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 08:32 pm
@dlowan,
But I wanna know what happens next!!! I really do! What an ending to series one!
On tenterhooks in Melbourne! Wink
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 08:56 pm
@msolga,
You're strong.

We can bear it.
msolga
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 09:10 pm
@dlowan,
But the surprise birth! (I thought she'd put on heaps of weight!)

Don's wife's cunning revelations about infidelity (for Don) to the shrink!

Don's deliberate identity swap!

That young whipper snapper (forgotten his name) attempting to blackmail Don for a promotion! (This is not over, you can just tell! Wink )

And that Dylan song over the credits at the end! We are about to experience the 1960s with a vengeance! This is going to be interesting. Everything is about to change!

Gosh it was good! Very Happy



msolga
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 09:12 pm
@msolga,
One question: I missed last week's episode (an evening meeting). What happened to Roger? He had a heart attack & then ...? He wasn't in either of the episodes which were broadcast last night.
mckenzie
 
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Reply Thu 2 Jul, 2009 11:36 pm
@msolga,
Is this the episode you missed, msolga? Episode 11 (from the online synopsis)

"Adam Whitman, unshaven and dressed in a dirty suit, hands a shoe box to a hotel manager and asks him to mail it for him. The package is addressed to "Donald Draper" at 405 Madison Avenue. It costs 40 cents, but Adam hands the man a $5 bill.

Back in his hotel room, Adam throws the pile of bills that Don gave him on the table. He places a note that says, "Enjoy" next to the pile. Then, he removes his belt and pulls a chair next to a ceiling pipe. He threads the belt around his neck and around the pipe before kicking the chair out from under him. His feet dangle as he hangs himself.

It's October at Sterling Cooper, and Roger is still out recovering. Joan prods Don about his condition but is flustered by her own lack of aloofness.

The ad men congregate in Don's office. On the coffee table is a pink plastic belt shaped like women's panties with a small control box and electric cord. After they timidly inspect it, they discover that it's a weight loss invention. Whether it actually causes weight loss is yet to be determined, and Pete is skeptical to promote it. "It might be a lightning rod for the government and other people out to kill advertising," he says.

Just then, Peggy walks in. As she leaves, the men jokingly suggest that she might be a good candidate to try the "Electrosizer." Fred, however, thinks she'd be able to put her creative talents to work by testing it out. Later that night, Peggy sits in her bedroom, papers spread on her bed. She decides to give the contraption a try. Peggy turns the dial, and immediately becomes aroused by the vibrations. She peels it off in a hurry.

In another bedroom, Don stares at Rachel. She admits that she thinks about them being together. "I don't know if I understand how this works or where it goes," she says. "I'm worried this is a fantasy."

Just then, Peggy walks in. As she leaves, the men jokingly suggest that she might be a good candidate to try the "Electrosizer." Fred, however, thinks she'd be able to put her creative talents to work by testing it out. Later that night, Peggy sits in her bedroom, papers spread on her bed. She decides to give the contraption a try. Peggy turns the dial, and immediately becomes aroused by the vibrations. She peels it off in a hurry.

In another bedroom, Don stares at Rachel. She admits that she thinks about them being together. "I don't know if I understand how this works or where it goes," she says. "I'm worried this is a fantasy."

The next day, Peggy awkwardly shares with Don what she's discovered about the Electrosizer. She struggles to explain that she felt something that most women would like to feel. "It vibrates, and that coincides with how you wear it," she says. "It's probably unrelated to weight loss." Don realizes this new benefit and asks Peggy to figure out how to put it into words.

Cooper tells Don that he just spent the morning talking the Lucky Strike account "off the ledge." They recently lost a lawsuit and they are nervous about continuing to do business with Sterling Cooper due to Roger's heart attack. They'll need to be ready for a big lunch meeting tomorrow -- with Roger.

At the Draper residence, Betty gets a visit from a door-to-door air conditioning salesman named Bob Shaw. When Betty says she's not interested, he asks to come in for a glass of water. He persists, but she doesn't think the Indian Summer will last much longer. He continues to explain how cold air is escaping through their windows and offers to take some measurements. She accepts the offer, and as they both walk up the stairs to look at the bedroom window, she hesitates. "You know, my husband, I think he'd rather go to Sears," she says, forcing him to leave.

That night, when Betty mentions the salesman's suggestions, Don fumes over her letting a stranger into the house.

The next day, Roger -- washed out and tired -- walks with Mona into the bullpen for the first time since his heart attack. A crowd gathers and applauds as he, Don and Cooper go into Roger's office.

Joan enters with instructions to help with his coloring. As she applies foundation to his cheeks, they admit they missed each other. "I've had a lot of time to think about the things I've done and been sorry about," he says. "And being with you is not one of them." Joan wells up with tears.

Men congregate in the conference room for the meeting with Lee Garner Senior and two other Lucky Strike executives. Don and Roger, all smiles, enter and get down to business. Anti-smoking legislation is in progress, but it could be a few years before they put warning signs on packages. Then, Roger lights up a cigarette as he bites into his pastrami sandwich. "Oh, oh Jesus!" he shouts, clutching his chest. Once again, Roger is wheeled away by ambulance drivers.

Harry, Paul, Pete, Ken and Salvatore sit in Pete's office, debating what might happen to the company. Sal jokes that he already sent out his resume, but Harry thinks Don will become partner. When they all start wondering if Don likes them, Pete shrugs in annoyance.

That evening, Peggy sits at La Trombetta, a seafood restaurant, with her date Carl Winter -- a blue collar truck driver in his best suit. When Peggy mentions how her Belle Jolie copy will appear in some high-fashion magazines, Carl remarks that advertising is simply a lot of people screaming at you from the walls and television. She's offended, but he reminds her of her reaction when he said he drives a truck for a living. "You can act like you're from Manhattan, but you don't look like those girls," he says.

Angry, she gets up to leave. "Those people in Manhattan?" Peggy says. "They are better than us. They want things they haven't seen."

Later that night, Don calls Dr. Wayne. He's angry that Betty is in worse shape than she was before therapy. "After hundreds of dollars, all you've managed to do was make her more unhappy," he says. Dr. Wayne suggests moving toward psychoanalysis, which is at least three visits every week.

The next day, Peggy gives her presentation of the new product. "Women lose weight so they'll feel good about themselves," she says. "Combined with a sensible diet, the Rejuvenator -- you'll love the way it makes you feel." They love the pitch but are still confused as to what it actually does. "From what I understand, it provides the pleasure of a man without the man," Don says. He offers a critique. It needs a new name and a clever code word so women will know its real utility.

In Ossining Betty attends to the laundry. When the washing machine goes into its spin cycle it begins to clatter against the floor and wall. Leaning it to steady it, she feels the vibrations and closes here eyes as she fantasizes about having sex with the air conditioning salesman on top of her dresser.

Back at the office, Peggy timidly asks for her own desk. She's interrupted when Cooper asks to speak to Don in private. He offers to make him a partner. When Don accepts, Pete is the first to congratulate him. Don, high off his promotion and raise, gives Peggy a raise, and the rest of the day off. Pete sneaks in to Don's office to sit behind the desk. Just then, the mailroom boy delivers the package from Adam.

Curious, Pete shakes the box. He takes it with him as he leaves."

msolga
 
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Reply Sat 4 Jul, 2009 03:41 am
@mckenzie,
Excellent! Thank you so much for that, mckenzie! Almost as good as having actually watched the episode. Smile

And I was wondering how Pete (that's his name! - I called him Don's "blackmailer" in my previous post) got his hands on the box of "incriminating" photographs! Quite a piece of work is Pete, hey?
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 4 Jul, 2009 05:52 am
@msolga,
Waiting for my boxed set of season 2 to arrive.
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 4 Jul, 2009 06:11 pm
@dlowan,
Let me know when it reaches you, Deb. Because, when it does, I'm arriving at your place (uninvited & everything!) & I'm going to watch The LOT with you, in one non-stop, marathon sitting! Doesn't that sound like fun? Very Happy Wink Razz

(I just hate it when you & mckenzie know what's going to happen next, while I have to wait & wait! Evil or Very Mad)
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 5 Jul, 2009 02:50 am
@msolga,
Done deal.


We might need a couple of nights, though.
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mac11
 
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Reply Sun 5 Jul, 2009 08:46 pm
I'd love to be there for the Mad Men Marathon.
msolga
 
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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2009 02:20 am
@mac11,
So would I, mac! Wink

(I doubt it's possible ... but hell, it'd be fun! Smile )
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2009 02:26 am
Well series one is over & what do we get on SBS in the Madmen time slot last night? Bloody cricket! Shocked Mad Sad From the sublime to the ridiculous. (well, for someone who isn't a cricket tragic .. ie moi!)
I tell you, I can't find anything half as interesting, on any of the TV channels, on any week night. Someone wake me up when series 2 starts!
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 3 Aug, 2009 08:54 am
@msolga,
So...how's the Mad Fest going?
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 4 Aug, 2009 02:42 am
@dlowan,
Oh I'm enjoying it immensely, Deb! Plot developments are so much clearer, minus the constant advertisement distractions I experienced on SBS! I just wish there we fewer "life diversions" so I could indulge myself for hours on end!

(For those of you who might be wondering: Deb very kindly lent me series 1 of Mad Men. Fantastic! Very Happy )
 

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