Thursday, May 31, 2012

pop culture BLOW OFF of the day: Don't Be a Stranger (Mad Men)

I'm convinced the reason that very little (or absolutely nothing) happens on half of all Mad Men episodes is so when something does knocks the wind out of us. Well, that's exactly what  last Sunday's episode did.  This scene between Peggy and Don was one of the most poignant break ups I've seen on television.  And that's exactly what it was.  A break up.  Don and Peggy have always had a complicated dynamic, but the show's relatively subtle about what's really going on beneath the surface.  Are they in love or do they just love each other?  Is it just tortured mentor/mentee relationship or is there more to it than that?

The season has been building to some sort of stand off.  Peggy's gotten more and more outspoken, but I don't think Don ever thought she would actually have the balls to leave him.  Technically, this is the first time Don's gotten dumped on the show.  I don't count Betty.  He didn't love her.  But Peggy.  Well, that's different.   I'm pretty sure Peggy will find her way back to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and...Harris.  She has to.  Don can't live without her. 

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