Mad Men “Waterloo”

Tonight’s episode of Mad Men seems to have made a lot of you happy, a lot of you upset, and others… So, I guess it was a rousing success.

Where to begin?

I guess I will start with Ted and his mid-air freak out. I admit that being in a small aircraft in a rear projection studio is not exactly my idea of a good time either. The fact that this occured when two execs from Sunkist were on board didn’t work in Ted’s favor either. He has been looking for a way out ever since he got to California, I didn’t think he was going to try and kill himself. I guess being stuck in a small office with Pete will get to you.

Betty invited a friend from college and her two sons to be houseguests for a few days. I guess they didn’t have a TV and wanted to watch the Apollo 11 mission. The two boys are polar opposites–the older one, Sean, is a jock, and Neil is what passed for a nerd in the late 60s. In one of the most loaded lines of the episode, Betty says to Bobby, “Show Neil your telescope; it will give you an excuse to take it out of the box.”

Moving along.

Sally has a Summer job… As a lifeguard. Does this not trouble anyone else? And of course she has a thing for Sean. However… Sally ends up kissing Neil after he showed her Polaris. The star, not the missile.

As far as I know it’s still in the silo.

You know what I mean.

Perverts, all of you.

Don is having a horrible, terrible, not very good day. First, he gets a letter stating that he is about to get sacked. There is an awkward scene when Meredith gives Don the letter, starts crying, and then kisses him. It’s almost as if she has no idea that Don is a married man.

Well…

Don calls Megan to tell her the news, and when he mentions that he could always move to LA, she suddenly goes radio silent. Don is smart enough to take the hint. He should have known this was going to happen when she packed up the fondue set on her most recent visit to New York.

So, I guess all of y’all are happy now. Well, except those of you that want Megan dead. I will never understand what goes on in some people’s heads. Nor do I want to.

Roger is pissed off about the letter, which Jim Cutler sent without informing the other partners. In a great running gag, Harry keeps showing up to partners meetings and being told to GTFO. Poor Harry. Literally. But more on that later.

Roger confronts Bert Cooper about the goings on and gets a lecture about leaders, and a lesson about Napoleon. In other words: a typical cryptic conversation with Bert.

Or so it seemed.

On the night that Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the Moon, Bertram Cooper passed away. This shouldn’t as a shock, since most of expected him to travel to the Great Beyond years ago. Having said that, the man knows how to make an exit.

Don is in Indianapolis for the Burger Chef pitch when he gets the call from Roger. He immediately knows that this is not good news. While Bert voted to keep Don around, things ar not so good between them. Bert thought is was a mistake to let Don return, hence the Napoleon speech. In a complete reveral of season one, Bert wants to see the back of Don, while Pete has become Don’s hype man.

Who saw that one coming?

Don goes to Peggy’s room, not to tell her about Bert, he’s far too smart for that. Instead, he convines her to make the pitch, that way if he gets his walking papers she can keep the account.

I don’t know if it’s the moment that Peggy has been waiting for, but the viewers have. It’s her Kodak Carousel moment, and she was perfect. You could tell that Don was proud.

Meanwhile, Roger came up a cunning plan to save Don’s butt, and piss off Cutler in one fell swoop. He meets his frenemy from McCann Erickson and proposes that they buy controling interest in SC&P so that wayway eveyone gets something they want/need.

There is one catch; there almost always is–McCann wants Ted. At least someone does. It takes a bit of convincing, but he finally comes around, even though it means he has to sign a five year contract. I wonder if he will make it.

Needless to say it was Don who was doing most of the convincing. It was maybe his best pitch ever. It was so good that even Cutler voted in favor. After all, “It is a lot of money.” And… Harry doesn’t get a cut. At least he still has his computer.

And then things got weird like a three year old with a beard. Like David Lynch weird. Don skips out after the partners meeting and suddenly there is Bert Cooper. Not only that he is dancing and singing “The Best Things in Life are Free.”
Bravo.

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