Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka
Writer: Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener
Director: Phil Abraham     
Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights
Original Telecast: May 6, 2012

“Lady Lazarus” is a good episode for all of the MAD MEN Megan (Jessica Pare) haters out there.  Clearly we weren’t meant to be kept in suspense as to what her father last episode was referencing when he asked her not to give up on her dream. Megan wants to be an actress. So in this episode she walks away from a lucrative career in advertising to make her way on the Great White Way. That should be plenty of fuel right there for all of the Megan naysayers!

My thought is that now Megan and Don (John Hamm) aren’t going to be spending every waking moment together, this opens the door for Don to start stepping out on his baby … again. Clearly he’s a man that out of sight out of mind applies to. I figure with him not seeing Megan all of the time and controlling her like a marionette, he’s going to find other things to occupy his time, and by other things I mean dirty-legged hookers with want to take a ride on the Draper Express.

Evidently this is something that fans (and by fans I’m pretty sure just straight white older men) are clamoring for. They want Don to return to how he was. Misogynistic, pompous, arrogant, and with the morals of prison inmate who has been clubbed in the head a bit too much during shower time. It says something about the fan base of the show that idolizes the old Don Draper as more of a hero to them, than the new Don.

I’m sure in some parts of the country there are still good ole’ boy cities (or hell, let’s call them what they are…towns) where men still get away with treating women like second class citizens who are there to serve them. AWESOME role model guys. Really something you want to aspire to be. Of course, now if you slut around with lots of loose women you just might come home with something really interesting that makes you pee green. Not the 1960’s anymore kids. This section of the fan base makes me sad.

So anywho, back to MAD MEN. Also this week we are treated to Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) bagging another man’s wife. Again. Pete hooks up with Beth Dawes (Alexis Bledel) after finding her without her keys in the parking lot of the train station. If you had any shred of GILMORE GIRLS innocence left for Alexis it’s gone now that she’s been had on the living floor by Conner from ANGEL. Gag. Pete is such a sleaze. But I did notice in his discussion with Beth’s husband on the train there was a mention of a suicide clause in his life insurance. PLEASE LET HIM DIE. Then there is the scene of Don and open malfunctioning elevator. I can’t help but think all of these things mean something.

Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) gets kind of shafted in this episode when she is caught between Don and Megan, but she’s tough, she’s a harbor chick. She’ll bounce back. I have no doubts she will one day be running the ad firm.


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  1. I don’t know how other “straight older white men” feel about it, but I for one DO NOT want to see Don go back to his old self-destructive ways. Can’t there be at least one character on this show who (gasp) actually learns from his/her mistakes? Some of us old straight white guys (amazing how you were able to insult about four different groups in one sentence) who have been around awhile have found out that if you want your head to stop hurting, stop banging it against a brick wall. We have seen the philandering Don for several seasons. Now it looks like Peter has taken over the job of series slimeball from the old master and that’s fine with me. And also I found it interesting that you jumped to the conclusion that with Don not spending as much time with Megan he will start cheating on her. I’m more concerned that Megan will be the one who cheats. She is a very passionate person who is pusuing her passion (acting)and working all day and probably many nights with other very passionate people. How long do you think it will be before some handsome young fellow actor or big Broadway producer with an active casting couch is going to sweep her off her feet? And don’t think for a minute that Don hasn’t thought about the possibility of that happening as well.

  2. You took the words right out of my mouth Bill!

    • I’m a white straight guy and I say, “For God’s sakes it’s a soap opera! Bring on the booze, the broads, the sleaze and the slime! If I want to watch people behaving respectfully I’ll tune into Sunday morning church broadcasts!”

      • So if a guy isn’t cheating on his wife six months into his marriage, it’s a Sunday morning church broadcast? Good grief! I guess your’re disappointed that 12-year old Sally Draper isn’t banging that boy yet she talks to on the phone.

        I certainly don’t find there being a significant sleaze factor on MM. I’ll admit Watching the different ways people can totally screw up their lives can be fun to watch, as long as it isn’t over done. But stupid me, I thought MM was supposed to be a cut or two above a soap opera. I certainly think that Matt Weiner strives for his show to be more than that. I don’t want Don to be perfect. That wouldn’t be realistic and yes, I’m one of those fans who think some realism on MM is a good thing. It helps you to identify with the characters more and raises the emotional levelwhen you watch the show. So if MW decides to have Don and Megan’s marriage go through a rough patch but survive and they actually grow closer, I think that would be a refreshing change of pace from seeing Don self-destruct for the 1000th time.

  3. “Gag. Pete is such a sleaze. But I did notice in his discussion with Beth’s husband on the train there was a mention of a suicide clause in his life insurance. PLEASE LET HIM DIE.”

    THIS section of the fan base makes me sad.

    I love Pete and his complex story. To dismiss him as just some sleaze really misses out on a great character study.


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