It may sound shallow and perhaps even callow but I didn’t realize how much I missed the characters onMad Menuntil viewing the premiere. It’s 1966 so the clothes are getting wilder: the jacket Pete wore to Don’s surprise party nearly made my eyes bug out and get a load of myMad Men crush Trudy’s dress. What’s not to love about Allison Brie? Even her name is yummy…
Anyhoo, I have a frantic week so all I got for you are a few random and discursive comments. Hmm, now that I think of it, that’s all I ever got:
- Even though they had a fight over the surprise party, marital semi-bliss seems to be the order of the day in Draperland. I thought Megan was going to be a glorified babysitter but she’s morphed into a brunette, Quebecois version of Faye Miller. Well played, Mr. Weiner.
- We learned that even Joan Harris isn’t perfect. She looked bedraggled and bewildered. I loved the scene between her and Lane. He played her like Eric Clapton plays a Stratocaster. I was, however, a bit baffled by the weirdo wallet sub-plot involving Lane: seems like a dead end or a cul de sac at the very least.
- The pissing contest between Pete and Roger was also a highlight. Roger has lost it and keeps trying to find it via the Campbell calendar. Hmm, maybe he wants to find out where Pete bought theHaywood Hale Broun/Lindsey Nelson jacket. (Famous sportscasters of the Sixties who were known for their loud sports coats. Pete’s was a real pip. Yowza.)
- Harry Crane continues to be supremely socially maladroit. He has, however, stopped using greasy kid stuff in favor of letting his non-freak flag fly or some such shit. Dollars to donuts, he wears a Nehru jacket before the series goes off the air.
- I missed seeing Betty the Wicked Witch of Rye but her clone sure has grown. Sally’s voice has dropped at least an octave and is sounding Bacall-esquely husky.
- Finally, Zoo Bee Zoo Bee Zoo turns out to be a *real* tune popularized by Sophia Loren: