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Our Final Glimpse Into The World Of 'Mad Men'

5/18/2015 9:21am EDT
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Just when I thought we’d be saying, “Goodbye, Don Draper; hello Dick Whitman,” Matthew Weiner once again gives the ad man a reason to return after running away from home – except this time it was more satisfying.

Escaping from NYC/advertising/family life has had many false starts: Don went for a drive to nowhere, picked up hitchhikers who beat him up; took off when he was on a business trip in California without saying where he was going or when he'd return; and propositioned many mistresses to just pick up and "get out of here." But he always ended up begrudgingly back in Ossining and lyi...
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'Mad Men' Series Penultimate Surprises (Spoiler Alert)

5/11/2015 10:04am EDT
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Is this “Mad Men” or “Blue Velvet”? This next to last episode entitled 'The Milk And Honey Route' (any route taken which has a promise of better things to come) features only Don, Pete and Betty (plus some family members).

It begins with a mind game: Don is driving at night and gets pulled over. The state trooper raps on the window and says, "You knew we'd catch up with you eventually." Then Don wakes up in a seedy hotel room.

He talks to Sally on the phone and all seems well. They swap stories of their travel plans: he tells her of his post-Kansas sojourn; soon she will be off to Spain.
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'Mad Men': Things Look A Bit Lost For Some

5/4/2015 11:33am EDT
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Transition is their mission -- and things are not going well.

Don gets lost trying to find his new office on his first day at McCann, so he's late, but seemingly excited. His secretary Meredith is acting as decorator picking out furniture and color schemes for his new apartment.

Don heads right to a meeting with McCann honcho Jim Hobart and top account executive Ferg Donnelly. He's the "white whale" they've been courting for years. They invite him to a Miller Lite Beer meeting, but first -- for their own amusement -- want to hear him say aloud, "I'm Don Draper from McCann Erickson."

Wel...
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'Mad Men' Gives Us A Glimpse Of The Endgame

4/27/2015 10:58am EDT
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They've gone from bold entrepreneurs to little cogs in the wheel.

And so it goes when you sell your small business to a major conglomerate. The five partners – Roger, Don, Joan, Pete and Ted – may have made millions on the deal and may still have jobs after the dust settles (because they all signed four year contracts), but they have lost their independence; something that’s more important than anything to mavericks like these.

It seems that parent company McCann-Erickson has reneged on the deal they made with Roger, which was to allow SC&P to retain it’s name, offices, and clients. The g...
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Don Tries To Figure Out His Future In Latest 'Mad Men'

4/20/2015 10:04am EDT
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“It’s supposed to get better.” That’s Don’s take on life, but unfortunately not his life. True, things could be worse (he owns a penthouse on Park Avenue, has a high powered job on Madison Avenue, and a bevy of women always at his disposal), yet his life is stalled. He doesn’t know what he wants or what he should want.

Then he gets an assignment from Roger.

First though he has to get out of bed, which he does when a woman lets herself into his apartment. The first assumption is that she’s his latest conquest, but no, she's a realtor named Melanie. She's there to show the place, but first ...
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'Mad Men' Recap: Don Has To Deal With Some Old Business

4/13/2015 9:49am EDT
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Mad Men's latest episode is called "New Business," but Don's got to deal with old business first -- and we're not talking about clients.

There's Don making milkshakes in the kitchen of the Francis home. For a minute, I hoped that Henry was history, meaning Don and Betty were back together. But no. It seems Betty and Henry had a black tie event and Don was taking care of Gene and Bobby. (Sally is away at boarding school.)

Betty walks in alone looking all glam and updates Don that she's going back to school for her Master's in psychology. They've been divorced how long? Yet, she's still try...
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Breaking Down 'Better Call Saul' Season 1 Finale

4/7/2015 10:23am EDT
'Better Call Saul' Finale Recap: 'Marco' Ends The Season With We
Did anyone really have a clue how "Better Call Saul's" first season was going to end? Sure, maybe a few could have figured out the broad strokes- that Chuck unloading that "I don't respect you, you're a crook lawyer" truth bomb last week would be the true catalyst in turning Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman. Heck, we even guessed that in last week's recap.

But who could have guessed that Marco (Mel Rodriguez)- aka, that big dumpy guy with a mustache Jimmy spent a few minutes with back in "Hero"- would be one of the most influential people in Jimmy's life, ever? We didn't even know his name w...
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The End Of An Era Begins For 'Mad Men'

4/6/2015 10:03am EDT
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April 1970. As The End of an Era begins for AMC's "Mad Men," Don “My life only goes in one direction: forward” Draper, decides to look back.

As Peggy Lee croons, "Is That All There Is?" Don auditions a model for a Wilkinson Razor commercial. The woman is half naked and wrapped in a chinchilla coat. All the Sterling Cooper & Partners execs sit and salivate as Don directs the young woman to hyper sexualize herself and, "Don't talk, just touch your skin to show us how smooth it is." Later, he dreams that one of the models is Rachel Menken Katz, Don's former lover and client (Menken's Departme...
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Farewell To 'Mad Men': Quotes Of Wisdom, Wit And Advice

4/5/2015 9:00am EDT
30 Sterling 'Mad Men' Quotes To Live By Forever
“The End Of An Era,” the name given to the final seven episodes of the juggernaut AMC series, MAD MEN, debuts Sunday, April 5th.

How will the award-winning drama end? You’ll have to watch and see. But long after ad man/ladies’ man Don Draper and his SCDP colleagues are gone, their insightful, inspiring, and often-sarcastic words of wisdom will have a place in our lexicon.

Read them. Heed them. Live them. And keep Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, Betty, et al., alive in you.

Go home, take a paper bag and cut some eyeholes out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in...
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'Better Call Saul' Penultimate Episode Impresses

3/31/2015 10:05am EDT
'Better Call Saul' Recap: 'Pimento' Charges Towards An Epic Seas
Well this is weird. "Better Call Saul" was guaranteed a Season Two right around the time the first season started filming (at least as far as we can tell). You'd think Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and the rest would have at least a vague mapping of where the full two seasons are headed. Right?

Except "Pimento," this season's penultimate episode (also, the caviar of the South), plays very much like a series finale.

By the end of "Pimento," Saul is fuming, having been told by his brother that he's "not a real lawyer" and that he's just Slippin' Jimmy with a fake online degree. Saul takes off...
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