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!
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!
Continuing their discussion of Mad Men season 2, AJ, Kenn, and Joe take a look at “The Gold Violin,” wherein the Drapers litter; “A Night to Remember,” in which Father Gill makes his singer/songwriter debut; and “Six Month Leave,” wherein Freddy Rumsen pisses himself. No Hamm Watch this month…but just you wait until next week!
After a short break, AJ, Kenn, and Joe have returned to talk more Mad Men. To help them discuss the first three episodes of season 2, the gang is joined by noted Billy Joel enthusiast/Radio Bastard co-host Jason Tabrys. Kenn and Joe aren’t thrilled by these opening episodes, so AJ and Jason attempt to set them straight; much horse-related humor, discussion of Don’s unglamorous aging, and alpha hipsters follows. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!