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'Mad Men': 'Fees And Commissions' - And Beginnings And Endings

June 4th, 2012 8:57pm EDT
'Mad Men'
With ‘Fees and Commissions,’ ‘Mad Men’ did what it does best: Telling a melancholy – no, tragic – story quite matter-of-factly. It was shocking even though we all probably saw a lot of it coming. It was both sympathetic and heartless, and it showed how television can juxtapose images and storylines to masterful effect.

This episode is about beginnings and endings. The young and the not-so-young. It features characters rejuvenated with confidence and others completely drained of it. And at the center of the story, fittingly and sadly, is Lane Pryce.

In the beginning, it starts off quite al...
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'Mad Men' Recap: 'Christmas Waltz,' Flirting And Back Taxes

May 21st, 2012 7:18pm EDT
'Mad Men'
Is it just me, or is ‘Christmas Waltz’ one of the weakest ‘Mad Men’ episodes all season? It’s not because of the characters featured (Harry, Joan and Lane, primarily). I think it’s because one gets the sense that this episode is moving the show along toward the season finale, but as a dramatic arc in itself, it falls flat.

Let’s look back at what happens. Lane is informed by his attorney in England that he owes a crapload of back taxes. Lane panics and resorts to desperate measures. He gets SCDP’s bank manager to extend $50,000 in credit, then tells the execs that a $50,000 surplus should ...
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'Mad Men' Recap: 'Dark Shadows' And Desperation All Around

May 14th, 2012 8:57pm EDT
January Jones
In ‘Dark Shadows,’ Betty grows jealous and irritable while trying to watch her weight, Pete fantasizes about a virtual stranger amid his failures, and Don does something almost as underhanded as Betty. You know the end of the season is approaching when characters get evermore desperate.

Let’s start with Betty. She’s faithfully attending Weight Watchers meetings and seems slimmer since the last time we saw her. It’s clearly a strain on her: She catches herself spraying whipped cream into her mouth straight out of the fridge and results to telling Sally one of Don’s secrets out of jealousy ...
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'Mad Men' Recap: 'Tea Leaves' - Betty Has Weight And Health Issues

April 2nd, 2012 8:05pm EDT
Mad Men
Here are two words I never thought would go together on ‘Mad Men’: Fat Betty. Unseen in the season premiere, Betty has indeed plumped up. She’s clearly upset about it and doesn’t seem to know what to do with herself. Her mother unhelpfully suggests she try diet pills, while her doctor at first tells her that sudden weight gain is a common problem for bored housewives. What a simple explanation.

But then he finds a lump in Betty’s throat, and then “Betty might have thyroid cancer” lingers through the episode. In the end, she apparently finds out she doesn’t have it and tells her husband she...
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'Mad Men' Recap: 'A Little Kiss'

March 26th, 2012 5:24pm EDT
Mad Men
After shrouds of secrecy and an agonizing 17-month wait, ‘Mad Men’ returned to the airwaves on Sunday with an episode titled ‘A Little Kiss.’ And it was worth the wait for fans to pucker up.

For ‘Mad Men’ watchers wondering how far in the future the plot would pick up, the question was answered fairly quickly. At Don and Megan’s new digs, Don’s three kids sit on bar stools for breakfast. Gene looks to be about two to three, so we can guess the action is perhaps a few months to a year or so into the future.

Betty is nowhere to be seen, although Don does drop the kids off at her ginormous h...
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'Nikita' 1.22 'Pandora' Recap and Review

May 13th, 2011 7:22am EDT
Nikita
Now we come to the end of the rollercoaster ride that is Nikita. I hated it, then I loved it, then my feelings got all lukewarm, and now...well, now I'm still kind of lukewarm.

Picking up where "Betrayals" left off, Alex has apparently killed Nikita. We know that's not the case, but Joey Greco tells Percy that cardiac arrest is what did our heroine in, which doesn't make him as happy as one might expect. Percy orders Alex back to Division, telling Amanda "that was unexpected," before leaving to visit Oversight.

Meanwhile, Michael is still hanging out in the basement. Birkhoff wal...
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'Nikita' 1.21 'Betrayals' Recap and Review

May 6th, 2011 6:09am EDT
Nikita
Last week's Nikita was fairly forgettable except for that awesome scene that saw Amanda expose Alex as a traitor. It's time to pick that mayhem up where we left off!

Michael and Nikita are discussing how much time they have before Percy enacts his plan for world domination. "Whatever it is, if it fails with Percy's fingerprints on it, then he burns, and he knows that," Michael says. They know they need Birkhoff to help them break the encryption of the black boxes. She expects him to get a hold of the hacker, but he knows doing so will expose him for good. Then there's a now-require...
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'Mad Men' Recap: Blowing Smoke

October 12th, 2010 8:45am EDT
Betty
“They can smell it on us” – desperation, that is. The senior officers of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce know the bind they’re in – everyone in town knows they’ve lost 50% of their business, and no one wants to give them a job. The Heinz rep Faye hooked Don up with tells him, “I bet I could get a date with your mother right now” in response to Don’s surprisingly pathetic pleas. Ouch.

Speaking of pathetic, let’s get this out of the way: Don’s Ghost of Christmas Past materializes in the form of Midge, his mistress way back in Season One. (If by “mistress” you don’t have it narrowed down, pi...
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'Mad Men' Recap: 'Chinese Wall'

October 5th, 2010 9:09am EDT
Pete
Who was more pathetic in this episode of 'Mad Men' - Don or Roger? Don was up to his old tricks, so I'd vote Roger, who has reached a (scary) new low. Don reached a new low this season, and apparently so has Roger. But is he as resilient?

We learned last week from Lee Garner Jr. that Lucky Strike is striking out with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. But Roger is the only person with that knowledge - until now. Ken hears the news at a dinner with his fiance and her parents, from a competitor, no less. Ken wastes no time, cornering Pete in the hospital during Trudy's (long) labor. Cooper...
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'Mad Men' Recap: 'The Beautiful Girls'

September 20th, 2010 9:40pm EDT
Mad Men The Beautiful Girls
This episode strongly features two favorite 'Mad Men' female characters: Don's daughter Sally and his unapologetic secretary Ida. Unfortunately, neither of them have a good time during this episode, but they are great fun to watch.

Let's start with Ida. After having some more good one-liners (to Don: "Are you going to the toilet??" and about Sally: "She looks so chubby in the pictures...") she dies so fast she doesn't even time to drop dead. Instead her head rolls back, her mouth agape, dark glasses pointed at the ceiling. The scene that ensues, featuring Pete attempting to wrap Ida's ...
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'Mad Men' Recap: 'The Summer Man'

September 13th, 2010 10:13pm EDT
Betty of
'The Summer Man' has a 'Wonder Years' quality to it - a thoughtful voiceover, plus lots of talk of summer and the feelings in the air. As demonstrated in last week's episode, 'The Suitcase,' perhaps Don's time is now. Is he finally climbing out of his hole?

First off, he admits he has a drinking problem. He watches co-workers gulp scotch, ice floating in the cold glass, in slow motion. Even Peggy partakes as Don looks on, yearning for it. Instead, he sticks to light beer, chianti and coffee.

If cleansing and baptism were ever themes on 'Mad Men,' they are evident in this episode. Th...
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'Mad Men' Recap: 'Waldorf Stories'

September 2nd, 2010 1:39am EDT
Mad Men
It's fitting that while Mad Men was presented with its third consecutive Emmy win for Best Drama Series on Sunday, in "Waldorf Stories," airing at the same time, Don Draper took home a Clio for best ad. Somehow, Mad Men's acceptance of its award was more graceful than Don could hope to be. More on that in a minute.

This episode featured many intricate plots. First, the flashbacks: Don, a fur salesman, approaches Roger about contributing to the firm. He invites him out for a drink (Roger's "At 10 o'clock in the morning?" response is both ironic and pathetic). Clearly these two are a match m...
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