After hitting fans with bombshells a-plenty in “Six Months’ Leave,” it’s only to be expected from Mad Men that the follow-up would go in an entirely different direction.
Ironically, I watched “Six Months’ Leave” for the second time the night before I learned of David Foster Wallace’s death.
At the end of the episode, the biggest thematic question remains unanswered: Who is the golden violin, apparently perfect in all ways but unable to play music?
I feel awkward whenever I cop to it, but it’s true, and it probably always will be: I just don’t like Peggy Olson.
The flashback to Don visiting Peggy in the hospital makes it possible to argue that he, more than anyone, is responsible for Peggy’s tendency to aim high.
This week’s Don/Bobbie scene seems designed to balance out Don’s rough treatment of Bobbie last week and shift viewer sympathy back toward Don.
This has all been a fancy way of saying that Mad Men often feels like a collection of short stories about the characters rather than a conventional TV series.
For a lot of people, the big reveal about the fate of Peggy’s baby will be remembered as one of the episode’s highlights.
Considering his condition when we last saw Roger Sterling, it was pretty startling to see him carrying on as if nothing had happened to him.
Much of the last 20 minutes was unapologetic fan service, which in this case was by no means a bad thing.
For me, The Sopranos is a tough choice, because the three shows deal with America in different ways.
In principle, I’m not against a story involving Jason becoming a father, but in this context it leaves a lot to be desired.
When Tyra seeks advice from her mom about the issue, her mom’s blunt words are one she clearly should have taken as a warning.