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Mad Men, Ep. 5.05, “Signal 30”: Conformity and Punishment

16 April 2012 10:28 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Mad Men, Season 5, Episode 5: “Signal 30″

Written by Frank Pierson & Matthew Weiner

Directed by John Slattery

Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

It was always going to be tough following up the brilliance of “Mystery Date”, however the teleplay produced for this episode is probably of even higher quality. Although more explicit in its messages and use of symbolism, “Signal 30″ seems to proffer that punishment will follow one’s refusal to conform.

This week there is a strong focus on Pete, who encapsulates this idea most powerfully, though not solely. Mad Men often delivers wonderfully textured episodes with such density to them and great complexity to its layers, and there is no aberration this time, as the message of heeding to conformity is explored across the multiple characters’ stories.

“Signal 30″ opens on Pete in the midst of viewing the driver safety film, Signal 30. Unwittingly, the film forewarns Pete to conform to safety, »

- Adam Farrington-Williams

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