Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 11

The Other Woman (27 May 2012)

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Peter asks Joan to make an unspeakable sacrifice to help secure the Jaguar account, Peggy prepares to make a drastic move in response to Don's treatment, and Megan's acting career begins to create tension with her and Don.

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Tension is rising at the firm as the date for making their pitch to Jaguar approaches. Don and most of the creative team are huddling in the conference room trying to get it right. Another complication arises when one member of the three man panel who will select the winning agency makes it clear that if they want any chance of winning, it will be necessary for Joan to spend the night with him. Joan scoffs at the idea but in the end demands a high price for her cooperation. Peggy Olson meanwhile decides the time may be right to get a job elsewhere. Freddy Rumsen encourages her and helps her get the word out. Megan meanwhile is excited at getting a call-back for a stage play but Don is only now realizing what that implies. Written by garykmcd

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On Tolerance for Ambiguity
28 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The adroit juxtaposition of Don's presentation with Joan's aside...

How many of us were raised (taught, instructed, indoctrinated, trained) to tolerate ambiguity or unresolved conflict? If the conductors of our cult-ure promoted anything other than black and white, all or nothing, all good or all bad, all right or all wrong thinking, do you think our cult-ure(s) would survive in the contests against the similarly raised competition?

I've seen every last episode. And just when I thought that Matthew and his monumentally conscious collaborators could not outdo their previous efforts, they knock me in the head with a triple play like this.

Angry feminism is the "feminism" most of us either buy into (out of guilt?) or reject (out of hand). In the world of centerless, immoderate mental polarity most of us take for granted, it's all about "Hanoi Jane" or "hairy legged ragers" or "intellectual dominatrix's" ... and the "overweening" Helen Reddy, the "subversive" Betty Friedan, or the "castration-bent" Alanis Morissette.

Change does not go down easily with those who have been regimented so effectively that the majority of them will sit tight when the wealth accumulators elect to vacuum the pockets or slaughter the sons (and now daughters) of those they trained to make, consume and fight.

I've no idea if Matthew & Company understand all this, but it surely =looks= like they do in episodes like this. The hopeful, achievement- obsessed Cosmo Girls up against the wall, or perhaps more accurately, painted into the corners of their indoctrinated identities as objects accepting the rights of others to use them as they see fit.

The adolescent female of today loathes her mother for giving in. She can afford to. In today's world, the woman are =all= putting out. The dilemmas faced by Peggy, Megan and Joan are Just The Way It Is now.

Is our ardent willingness to sell out and be "all that we can be" abetted by better clarity and conscious resignation? Or are the Peggy's, Megan's and Joan's of today just as "snowed" by their instructors as their mothers and grandmothers were?

In 1966, most of us still believed in a "fairness" that was not yet so obviously a fairytale. It was part of the "glue" of our cult-ure then.

No; I do not expect to be widely understood. And neither, I think, does Matthew. (He knows he needs to make the characters, the plots and the scenery interesting.) But MM's niche success suggests, at least, that there are people out there who are least "fascinated" by The Way it Was (and Still Is?) and this ensemble's nuanced, perfectly articulated packaging of it.


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