As Mad Men season 4 winds to a close, things seem to be falling apart for damn near everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe chronicle the various disasters in “Hands and Knees,” in which we discover Lane has a sweet tooth for chocolate; “Chinese Wall,” wherein Megan goes above and beyond in her secretarial duties; and “Blowing Smoke,” in which Don actually finds a use for The New York Times.
This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe turn toward a very eventful run of Mad Men episodes: “The Suitcase,” one of the series’ all-time high points; “The Summer Man,” in which the new Don struts (and swims) his stuff; and “The Beautiful Girls,” wherein Sally falls flat on her face. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch…which, in a bit of a departure, is a review of the Jon Hamm-starring baseball movie Million Dollar Arm.
Let’s get liberated. AJ, Kenn, and Joe continue their discussion of Mad Men season 4 with a look at “The Rejected,” featuring a Peach Pussy Power Play; “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword,” wherein Roger makes a bunch of racist jokes (what else is new?); and “Waldorf Stories,” in which that curse from Buffy that made Jonathan all cool and famous is apparently still strong enough that he got to be on Mad Men. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!
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!