Monday, October 4, 2010

Mad Men 4.11: "Look at that Punim"

"Look at that punim," Faye affectionately says to Don about his face in Mad Men 4.11 - "punim" is Yiddish for face - and that punim has reason to be concerned, given that Lucky Strike's exit from Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce has hit the fan.

A large part of this excellent episode, in what is shaping up to be the best season of Mad Men thus far, is about the impact Lucky Strike's departure has on Don and Faye's relationship.  SCDP goes into emergency mode, which means the gang must do everything to keep their other clients, and draw in new ones.  Don asks Faye to keep him posted on any of her clients - outside of SCDP - who may be unhappy with their ad representation and therefore ripe for SCDP poaching.  Faye balks and stalks out of the office.

Don, who has asked Megan to keep an eye on his drinking, ends up sleeping with her - at her initiation - even though he says it's not "a good idea".   Megan seems more on top of her feelings, in touch with what she wants, than was Allison, so this could have a more of a future.  But -

Don finds Faye at his door when he goes home, with news of a client that Don can approach.  She's thought over their conversation, and decided that her deepest loyalties in everything reside with Don.  Lucky guy.   I do like Faye a lot better than Betty, in any case, especially this season.

The other big fallout from Lucky Strike's leaving is Roger, or, more precisely, Roger and Joan.  Roger wants to sleep with Joan.  She understandably says no - - understandable given the pregnancy that resulted the last time time the two made love.  Roger still has just about everything anyone could want, but he's never seemed more pathetic, hat in hand and dejected.

About the only character with undiluted happiness in last night's episode is Peggy, who sleeps with Abe and really enjoys it.   Even the mishap with lipstick on her teeth at a presentation to a client does little to daunt her.  About time - Peggy's waited a long time for a good relationship.

See also Mad Men 4.1: Chicken Kiev, Lethal Interview, Ham Fight ... 4.2: "Good Time, Bad Time?" "Yes." ... 4.3: Both Coasts ... 4.4: "The following program contains brief nudity ..."  4.5: Fake Out and Neurosis ... 4.6: Emmys, Clio, Blackout, Flashback  ... 4.7: 'No Credits on Commercials' ... 4.8: A Tale of Two Women ... 4.9: "Business of Sadists and Masochists" ... 4.10: Grim Tidings

And from Season 3: Mad Men Back for 3 and 3.2: Carvel, Penn Station, and Diet Soda and 3.3: Gibbon, Blackface, and Eliot and 3.4: Caned Seats and a Multiple Choice about Sal's Patio Furniture and 3.5: Admiral TV, MLK, and a Baby Boy and 3.6: A Saving John Deere and 3.7: Brutal Edges ... August Flights in 3.8 ... Unlucky Strikes and To the Moon Don in 3.9 ... 3.10: The Faintest Ink, The Strongest Television ... Don's Day of Reckoning in Mad Men 3.11 ... Mad Men 3.12: The End of the World in Mad Men ... Mad Men Season 3 Finale: The End of the World

And from Season Two: Mad Men Returns with a Xerox and a Call Girl ... 2.2: The Advertising Devil and the Deep Blue Sea ... 2.3 Double-Barreled Power ... 2.4: Betty and Don's Son ... 2.5: Best Montage Since Hitchcock ... 2.6: Jackie, Marilyn, and Liberty Valance ... 2.7: Double Dons ... 2.8: Did Don Get What He Deserved? ... 2.9: Don and Roger ... 2.10: Between Ray Bradbury and Telstar ... 2.11: Welcome to the Hotel California ... 2.12 The Day the Earth Stood Still on Mad Men ... 2.13 Saving the Best for Last on Mad Men

And from Season One: Mad Men Debuts on AMC: Cigarette Companies and Nixon ... Mad Men 2: Smoke and Television ... Mad Men 3: Hot 1960 Kiss ... Mad Men 4 and 5: Double Mad Men ... Mad Men 6: The Medium is the Message! ... Mad Men 7: Revenge of the Mollusk ... Mad Men 8: Weed, Twist, Hobo ... Mad Man 9: Betty Grace Kelly ... Mad men 10: Life, Death, and Politics ... Mad Men 11: Heat! ... Mad Men 12: Admirable Don ... Mad 13: Double-Endings, Lascaux, and Holes

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