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"Mad Men" Far Away Places (2012)

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A brilliant episode showing three separate story lines all stemming from one minor event

9/10
Author: tbmforclasstsar from United States
24 April 2012

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What an interesting week we had with the ad men at Sterling/Cooper/Draper/Pryce. In an episode that felt like "Run Lola Run" where we reset back to a specific point in time during the show to tell a different story, this week's episode of "Mad Men" gave us a look at three major story lines separated by three different characters.

First off, we had Peggy's storyline. Peggy has really been frustrated the last few weeks of the show as she feels she is disrespected as a woman and a young copy/writer. Most of her frustration stems from the Heinz account she is dealing with. After Don pulls Megan out of the office for the day (remember this scene), Peggy is left to do the presentation with only one other partner. Though she has put together a very strong campaign on two separate occasions, she cannot please her client. She gives him what he wants, but he is never satisfied. Angry about the constant negative answer with positive feedback, Peggy lashes out at the Heinz chairman. She is kicked off the account and decides to leave for the day and see a movie.

Going to the theater alone, although her boyfriend had suggested seeing the movie together earlier in the day, Peggy smokes some of the wacky with a stranger in the theater and before you know it she has her hand down his pants. This seems to be the outward demonstration of Peggy enjoying the feeling of satisfying people and being in power. Afterward, she washes up, goes back to the office, falls asleep, and is awoken by a phone call from Don who asks her if she has heard anything. Peggy assumes this is about the Heinz debacle, but it is not at all.

We go back to that moment when Don pulls Megan from the meeting when we start to follow Roger. Roger leaves the office after talking with Don and goes to a party with his wife where a group of adults will take LSD together. At first very tentative to go through with it, Roger ends up taking the drugs and starts to have some crazy things happen to him. In one of the funniest scenes in "Mad Men" history, Roger hears Russian vocals blare as he opens a bottle of vodka, smokes an entire cigarette in a one second drag, and sits in his tub laughing as he thinks he is watching the 1919 World Series. Finally, as the trip starts to settle down, Roger and his wife talk in each other's arms, both admitting that they had once loved each other, but that they need to move on. Their marriage is over.

The next morning, the couple awakes and Roger explains what they had talked about the night before. Remembering, his wife realizes that their relationship really is over. They quietly sit before Roger stands and leaves.

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4 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

Don Always Has to Be in Control ***1/2

9/10
Author: edwagreen from United States
22 April 2012

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Don and the Mrs. take an ill-fated trip to a Howard Johnson's and the two argue with the wife disappearing. An angry Don had left and returned only to find his wife missing. Anxious, he comes home and the two chase each other in a memorable scene.

The scene with the LSD of the 1960's could have been done without. However, it was determined that Don's partner and his girl were through. He thought she was speaking in German while under the influence. She admitted that it was Yiddish!

Our office lady fails in her attempt to woo a client regarding coming home with Heinz beans. She goes wild. Was everyone in the 1960's on drugs or just drugged out?

Our new employee tells the weird story of being born in a concentration camp. Unfortunately, how many babies survived that nightmare? This should be developed.

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