NOTE: Spoilers below
So, you’d think if a person was desperate for the return of one of their favorite shows ever that person might have had the sense to check the time that show was premiering, right? Well, no. But my DVR had me covered, and I was able to skip the commercials which made viewing more enjoyable anyway. I have to start with the “Oooh look, shiny things!” part. ‘Breaking Bad’ is coming soon as well as ‘The Killing’ which the promos sprinkled helpfully through the ‘Mad Men’ premiere kept promising. As ‘Breaking Bad’ shares favorite drama ever status with ‘Mad Men,’ I’m obviously impatient for the final episodes to start airing.
As far as the ‘Mad Men’ premiere goes, my favorite exchange of the night occurred when Mona was comforting Roger after his mother’s funeral. He’s saying he feels nothing and he needs a drink. Mona says, “She lived a long time. She knew that you loved her. So maybe there’s nothing to drink about.” Of course Roger says that he feels he didn’t spend enough time with her, but Mona’s point is taken. No guilt. No regrets. About that relationship. But he has family that he needs to be more mindful about, and he could use his relationship with his mother as a reference point.
My least favorite exchange of the night goes to Betty and Henry discussing raping Sandy. WTH was up with that? Wouldn’t any girl be lucky to have a benefactor like Betty? The scene with just Sandy and Betty had me twitchy waiting for Betty to do something irrevocable. I have trouble feeling sympathetic for Betty’s character though I certainly did when she was hitched to ol’ cheatin’ Don, and I think that rapey talk with Henry might have been the last straw coupled with her continuing neglect of Sally while, as usual, showing more interest in other people’s children.
There was so much else to appreciate about the episode, but every scene with Peggy was a pure delight. I’m glad that she’s still in touch with Stan. I love how she has become such a force. She always had it in her so it’s true to that character. But it’s just so much fun to see her hit her stride and being appreciated for her value. It was long overdue. I’m starting to love you, Chaough!
I’m so surprised that Don is cheating again. /sarcasm