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“That Was Churchill”

Duana Posted by Duana at April 15, 2013 15:38:29 April 15, 2013 15:38:29

Mad Men Season 6 Episode 3 recap Let’s start with a nice easy situation – how do we feel about creepy upbeat Bob? I am myself somewhat upbeat, but I can’t stand people who are always trying to accentuate the positive when all you want to do is have a good drink and a pout. Bob thereby accomplishes the impossible at the end of the episode – he goes to buy toilet paper and simultaneously makes me empathize with Pete, something I had no hope of doing earlier. Full Story

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Despair! Everybody’s Doing It!

Duana Posted by Duana at April 8, 2013 20:10:17 April 8, 2013 20:10:17

Mad Men Season 6 Episode 1 recap Did you feel warmed and welcomed by your friends? Were you filled with the holiday spirit? Do you feel invigorated because 1968 is here and feeling fresh and new? Or are you only focused on the fact that Betty Francis said what she said and the world didn’t explode at 10:17? I feel like we should save that, because the episode wanted me to see that Don is Falling Apart, so let’s acknowledge that first. Full Story

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Yeah, I’m still freeballing...

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 21, 2013 14:54:51 March 21, 2013 14:54:51
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Is what I’m reading from this expression on Jon Hamm’s face. The suit material is thick enough to hide the outline. Here’s Hamm at the Season 6 premiere the day after it was reported that Mad Men producers politely requested he wear underwear ostensibly so as to contain his uncontainable junk. Full Story

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Freeball on your own time but not on ours

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 20, 2013 17:12:43 March 20, 2013 17:12:43

Is the message that AMC apparently delivered to Jon Hamm on the set of Mad Men because, as you know, he lets his sh-t swing unencumbered, even in costume, so that they have to keep photoshopping his dick down in the promotional shots. Tired of the extra work required to tone down his meat, network executives have asked that Hamm add underwear to his daily routine. Full Story

Holding back Jon Hamm

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 25, 2012 15:31:58 October 25, 2012 15:31:58

Jon Hamm was in Hawaii yesterday with Jessica Pare shooting for the upcoming season of Mad Men. As you can see, he’s in swim trunks. And not freeballing for a change. Why? Because he doesn’t get to pick his own clothes on the show. Because the costume designer is telling him to gird that sh-t in some underwear so he’s not showing the contours of his head through his pants when the episode airs. Full Story

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Best Emmys Torch-Pass: Mad Men’s Out; Homeland’s In

Duana Posted by Duana at September 24, 2012 13:02:12 September 24, 2012 13:02:12
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Two things can happen when a show sweeps an entire subsection of categories like Homeland just did: either fans who aren’t watching jump in and catch up on this new phenomenon so they can be a part of the club, or they sniff  that obviously it’s already “too popular” and agree to miss out. Full Story

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One Question Answered

Duana Posted by Duana at June 11, 2012 16:42:50 June 11, 2012 16:42:50
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Mad Men Season 5 finale episode 13 recap I really wondered why they had cast Alexis Bledel as the object of Pete's misplaced affection. She's the right age, of course, and has that slightly other-era look, but I'm so used to Mad Men actors being utterly new to me (Elisabeth Moss was totally unrecognizable as far as I'm concerned) that it seemed incongruous. Full Story

Lane was always “you”

Duana Posted by Duana at June 4, 2012 17:18:32 June 4, 2012 17:18:32

Mad Men Season 5 Episode 12 recap There's only so long I can procrastinate before bellying up to the truth - I don't want to write this Mad Men recap, because there's little joy to be found, and because the show said almost everything that could be said, in a relatively dialogue-light episode. Full Story

Some people never have to make those choices

Duana Posted by Duana at May 28, 2012 18:14:53 May 28, 2012 18:14:53
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Mad Men Season 5 Episode 11 recap I am slightly shy to say "I told you so" (which is about to be a meta-statment) but I have always maintained that Mad Men is about the women.  The men, apart from Don, are similar with similar problems and only vary in their reactions to the same situations they come across. Full Story

Welcome Back Kinsey

Duana Posted by Duana at May 21, 2012 17:13:53 May 21, 2012 17:13:53

Mad Men Season 5 Episode 10 recap  At our house the boy has an oft-repeated phrase employed during Mad Men.  He takes great delight at muttering “Shut Up Pete” after most bright, Peter-like declarations.  It's not like it's a revelatory statement, but it's surprising how often it comes in handy. Full Story

Two households, both alike in dignity

Duana Posted by Duana at May 14, 2012 16:33:50 May 14, 2012 16:33:50
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Mad Men Season 5 Episode 9 recapTwo households, both alike in dignity...That's what Bobby Draper was thankful for, and by the way, it's Thanksgiving, so time marches onward pretty fast, I guess.  And they're growing more and more similar - and more different. This episode had so much to do with divorce and new families, and I almost believe it felt. Full Story