Who is Don Draper? That’s the question asked at the beginning of Mad Men season 4, one that will prove to be very important to the season that follows. AJ, Kenn, and Joe get in a celebratory mood circa 1964, starting with Sally’s Thanksgiving regurgitation in “Public Relations”; before moving onto Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s Roman orgy festivities in “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”; and ending with some bad news in “The Good News,” just in time to ring in the new year. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
It’s Christmastime in the city, which means 1963 is almost over. Other things at an end: the Draper marriage, Sterling Cooper, and Mad Men season 3. AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss the finale, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.,” in which our cast of characters, who have so often been at odds with one another this year, are forced to band together to start a new chapter of their lives. It’s a heist, Mad Men style; Don’s Eleven, if you will. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Where were you when JFK was shot? The characters on Mad Men find their everyday lives, their ad campaigns, and their affairs interrupted by those bullets in Dallas. AJ, Kenn, and Joe, who weren’t around on 11/22/63, sift through Sterling Cooper’s sense of loss and share reactions to their generation’s closest reference point: 9/11. The episodes under the lens this week are “The Color Blue,” wherein Betty consults an attorney; “The Gypsy and the Hobo,” in which Ms. Farrell spends a lot of time in the car; and “The Grown-Ups,” wherein Lee Harvey Oswald ruins Margaret’s wedding. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
After taking a week off, AJ, Kenn, and Joe are back with more talk of Mad Men season 3. The episodes up for discussion this week are “Seven Twenty Three,” in which time (and Don’s face) is fractured; “Souvenir,” wherein Pete does something very bad; and “Wee Small Hours,” in which Lucky Strike doesn’t get lucky. Also on this episode: the boys realize that three straight white guys analyzing Mad Men is sort of terrible and ironic. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
It’s still 1963 for the gang at Sterling Cooper; acid wouldn’t become the drug du jour for another few years, but that doesn’t stop our very own Kenn Edwards from going on a far-out trip, man. As Kenn comes down from his psychedelic odyssey, he attempts to talk about Mad Men with a depressingly sober AJ and Joe. The episodes among discussion this week are “The Arrangements,” in which Sally throws a tantrum (that will bring you to tears); “The Fog,” wherein Betty takes revenge on caterpillars; and “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency,” in which, well…yeah. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
A new season has begun, in more ways than one. As Don gets his Maypole on, AJ, Kenn, and Joe begin the third season of Mad Men. This week, they take a look at “Out of Town,” which features a devious little bellhop; “Love Among the Ruins,” wherein Ann-Margret is a sexy baby; and “My Old Kentucky Home,” which is an extravaganza of blackface, pot-smoking, and accordion-playing. And don’t forget those Brits. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
Reunions. Betrayals. Usurpations. (Is that a word?) Just another day at Sterling Cooper and also the second season finale of Mad Men, “Meditations in an Emergency.” AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss where Don and Betty’s relationship is headed in light of how badly it’s been damaged this season; the Cuban Missile Crisis hanging over every decision these characters make; and the conclusion of Duck’s foolish gambit. There’s also talk of Are You Here, Matthew Weiner’s new film and feature directorial debut. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!