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"Mystery Date," last night's episode of "Mad Men," closed with The Crystals controversial ode to love and abuse "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)," a fitting theme song for an episode all about the dark things that lurk in the night or in our own subconscious. The installment was pinned to Richard Speck's July 14, 1966 rape and murder of eight student nurses in Chicago (one hid under the bed and got away), a lurid incident that draws many of the show's characters in, though it also frightens them. If last week's episode explored how a health scare can make peeople rethink and reevaluate the lives they're living, this week's observed the allure of danger and the way we all have a touch of the death drive. It's only newcomer Michael Ginsberg, played by Ben Feldman, who's tuned into his own frequency and continues to misread everyone around him, »


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