Mad Men: Season 3, Episode 10

The Color Blue (18 Oct. 2009)

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As Sterling Cooper prepares for its 40th anniversary party, the bosses in London drop a bombshell to Lane. Miss Farrell's troubled brother pays a visit to her and Don, and Betty stumbles onto her husband's secrets.

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The 40th anniversary party for Sterling Cooper is approaching, but not many seem to be excited about it. Bertram, who does not feel the need to reminisce, is not planning to attend. And Roger doesn't want to see more praise stowed upon Don, which is supposed to happen at the party. But the Brits at head office want the party to be a success, if only to carry out their clandestine plan. With others in the office, Paul is feeling threatened by Peggy, who he sees as Don's favorite. Paul however comes up with what he believes is a brilliant idea for a campaign, if only he can remember what that idea is. And Lane is feeling pressured by his wife Rebecca, who hates living in New York. At the Draper household, Betty is keeping her distance from Henry Francis, but Don is continuing his affair with Suzanne Farrell. Being the private person that he is, he wants no one to know about it, even Suzanne's epileptic brother Danny, who she wants Don to know. But Betty stumbles across something Don ... Written by Huggo

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How do you see blue?
19 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The color blue as told by Miss Farrell (the school teacher), while in bed with Mr. Don Draper.

Does everyone see blue the same way?, the boy asks. It's such a simple, sweet question, yet the answer is not simplistic. In fact, the teacher has been posed a question by an 8 year-old that she rightfully does not know the answer to. This simple question takes her back to the roots of curiosity; back during that time when the smallest of detail and the most innocent of thoughts could bring a smile to one's face. He's so cute, sweet, and smart, she thinks. Her mind is taken to that magical spot where fascination with simplicity has reached beyond the philosophical ... to a place that's made her ponder, imagine, and curiously contemplate the very depths of the human spirit.

I watched every showing of this episode this evening (3 of them) and I hung onto every word, every detail, and I tried to read every thought in everyone's minds.

I love the glaring, staring eyes. I could mute the sound and know every thought in everyone's minds because I know how they all think. That is fascinating.

Here-for-to, if you have not seen this episode, you probably won't want to read on. I may spoil some of the mood you'll encounter.

Two parts of the show I could have lived without: The teacher's brother (who we may never see or hear from again) ... and Paul Kinsey's bout with the bottle... I do not like the way he pours a drink and frankly we saw too much of him. However, I do like how his bout ends in Don's office. "I had a great idea, and then nothing". But in the end, he has something: Resolute with his fellow employee, who was never trying to back-stab him in the first place... and some direction on an idea that stemmed from a simple line he quoted from someone else.

It's not so bad after-all.

I love the chemistry between Don and Miss Farrell; the way she whispers in his ear, I want you to stay the whole night. Then in bed, Don says, nobody gets as much pleasure out of their job as she does. "That's so sweet". She is curious how he would have been at 8; Don begins dozing off and says how he would have liked her, "that long curly brown hair, nobody has brown curly hair anymore". She softly kisses his lips.

What a dazzling, screen-capturing moment. That is the type of scene that makes an episode great.

Last week's previews had that fateful knock on the door, and the momentary panic of Don and Miss Farrell in bed. The obvious answer, and honestly the only answer was Betty. As it turns out, we were sold out by the irrelevant brother. That was disappointing. While the camera was on Don in the room and we heard voices, for a moment I thought it was going to be some young boy she was having relations with, but I thought that'd open up a whole new realm of weirdness. When she said it was her brother, I was skeptical, but once I saw him, I was pretty disappointed to say the least.

So it wasn't Betty Draper; she didn't find a piece of paper with a phone number or an address, but what she did find were the keys to Pandora's box.

Betty didn't have a chance to interrogate Don about her findings from his stash because they had to go to a function that Don would be speaking at.

In the end, we see Betty's eyes glaring at this stranger named "Don Draper". Her deep, brown eyes reveal intensity, rage, hatred, deceit, and sheer curiosity... the same curiosity that makes an 8 year-old boy wonder if we all see the color blue the same way.

Intriguing episode.


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