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Philly2Philly's Mad Men Recap: Season 4 Episode 6

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By Diane Cooney and Brian Lynch

 Diane CooneyBrian Lynch

During this season of Mad Men, our own Diane Cooney and Brian Lynch will offer their own commentary about the previous Sunday night episode. Feel free to argue, debate, or offer your own commentary regarding Don Draper  and co.- just keep it clean of course!

Episode 6: August 29th, 2010

Brian Lynch: Tip for all prospective interviewees at ad agencies; if you’re bringing a portfolio with your own ads, make up your own slogans... Different ones, obviously. And lose the pipe. And the cut-out samples. And the worst tie in the world.

Diane Cooney: Don and Peggy are coolly brutal. And I don’t buy the dork’s, “I’m a hard worker” line. Loved Mrs. Blankenship’s line, “I don’t work for you.” Things turn a bit more serious as Peggy starts to reminisce… she contrasts her career with that of the clueless interviewee. When she complains about the new Art Director - anyone else miss Sal? I was hoping for more closure with his story line – Don replies, “You need to learn how to work with him – not the other way around”.

B: Don’s almost giddy when he walks into Roger’s office to give him the interview update. Oh, Roger. Dictating your memoir to your secretary? No wonder you haven’t gotten past the first chapter.

D: Best line from Roger, “I told him to be himself, that was pretty mean I guess.”

B: I think Roger’s conversation with Don sums it all up. Yes, under normal circumstances, this chucklehead would in no way shape or form get a job at SDCP… but he’s family. You give him the job, or I have to buy expensive gifts.

D: That conversation set off a series of flashbacks, as Roger remembers the first time he met Don, at the Fur company. Don was a good salesmen – he seems thorough, but I didn’t think he was too presumptuous – at least while they were discussing Furs. Roger noticed the ad hanging up in the showroom and Don explained he wrote it.

B: Guess who Roger was buying a mink for?

D: You have to hand it to Joan, she certainly knows how to motivate Roger. Younger Joan was channeling Marilyn during that conversation. I suspect life with his twenty-something missus is starting to get…. tedious.

B: By the way, why does Peggy get saddled with the lame ducks, like this art director guy, and Mister “Every woman wants to get married”? As much as I appreciate his tenuous grasp on the English language (speechify?), I’m even more incensed by his juvenile approach to work. Where’s that motorcycle from the last episode? Peg needs to run this guy over.

D: It is amusing to see Mad Men send up all the creative types… do they always sound like stereotypes? Guess it’s not so different from the jargon spouting suits in our offices today.

B: The gang was prepped for their pitch to Life Cereal, but the client got delayed in Philadelphia. Joan opens up the bar and sets up a little pre party for the office. Poor Joey – he got a smackdown when he presumed to ask Joan to make him his drink.

D: At the Clio’s, the smug dope who fell for the commercial stunt from last episode referred to Don and Roger as Pebbles and Bam Bam. That doesn’t even make sense. Joan and Pete are talking shop and Kenny (who was left behind during the great escape of Season Three) walks over with his Bird’s Eye client. The client slips and alludes to a merger with Geier. Don tells Pete not to talk to him as they begin the announcements. Duck makes an ass of himself… oh, why, Peggy, why?

B: Because she shouldn’t have?

D: Two words: Team Joey.

B: Pete’s not much of an improvement over Duck, though. He’s really been busting hump for the firm, and they want to bring in his old rival, Ken Cosgrove, to help get some more clients. Pete’s not too happy about this, but he gets his final revenge; he stands his ground, and being a partner finally pans out for him – and he’s now Ken’s boss

D: Sterling Cooper Draper Price win for their Glo-Coat commercial! And before they have a chance to settle in and make fun of their peers - I mean -enjoy the rest of the festivities, Megan from the office comes to fetch them, because the Life cereal gang drove up from Philadelphia.

B: By the way, Peg isn’t taking this whole art director / lack of credit thing well – and being locked in a room with his misogynistic ass all weekend is definitely not shaping up. So what does she do? Beat him at his own game. He likes nudity? Good. He gets to work naked.

D: Well, he sat there and tried to have some coherent ideas. I’m just glad she didn’t sleep with him. Why are there so few trysts we’d approve of? Guess because it’s reflecting the cynicism of real life.

B: Nah. I think it’s because he’s a moron, and we just want her to end up with Joey.

D: True.

B: As far as “Sexist Line of the Week” goes, there was some healthy competition – and multiple entries on behalf of the Art Director. As a result, his “Toots, grab a pencil and write this down” line takes it for being an example of classic sexism. Though, to be fair, Peg’s bit about dipping his man-business in ink was a bold and risqué attempt to leveling the playing field, and if she had made a comment to him about going into the kitchen and making her a sandwich, I think I’d love her for it / give her the win for the week.

D: Agreed. Though part of me thinks Peggy should be allowed a few more comments, just to balance all the ones she’s been subject to so far in the series.

B: The gang from Life were pretty good sports, and also had a few drinks before Don, Pete and Roger arrived. Don’s riding high, and then shoves Joey and Pete aside to try and pitch the entire meeting himself.

D: It’s bad enough his drunken decisions bled into his corporate life in a peripheral way before – hello Mrs. Blankenship – but now Don’s screwing up client meetings.

B: Yep. It’s no surprise, then, that Don’s pride leads to his downfall – but only Peg catches it. “Life – Cure for the Common Cereal”? Good grief, Don. You’re not just drunk on success, you’re hammered.

D: Peg breaks the news to him, in a moment that’s exactly like the one from the first episode. I love it!

B: “Fix it.” The cycle is complete; Peg is the new Don Draper, as Don Draper is the new Roger, and Cure For The Common Ad is the new Peg. But where I’m always pulling for Peg to succeed, I REALLY want the new guy to fail – and in the most miserable fashion possible. I mean, they gave Peg a shot because of her smarts; he got a shot because of nepotism and Don’s ego. It deeply irks me.

D: Hey, We barely touched upon his bender of a weekend, and how he lost his Clio award!

B: I liked that, of all people, Roger was the one to give Don back the award – and after forgetting about the kids completely whilst on that raging bender, I think there’s a strong possibility that Don has been humbled by this experience. Other than that, it’s a good shakeup for the SCDP crew.

To contact or argue with Diane, reach her at DC@dianecooney.com

To contact or argue with Brian, reach him at  brian.andrew.lynch@gmail.com