Re: Mad Men-Season 3 Chat Thread
Peggy and her new roommate are going to fight like cats and dogs.
Is it me or has the quality of writing on this show really dropped for season 3? It seems a whole lot more fragmented and disjointed, and the stories are wandering aimlessly. Why did S-C merge? They were closing deals with booze every five minutes last season. It feels like the Brits were brought in just to give Don something to brood about and Roger something to drink over. I gotta admit, Peggy doing Ann-Margret in the mirror was LOL-worthy.
Joan looks smokin', though. Nice to see that she can still wiggle.
The most disturbing thing about this season so far is the way they are handling Sal. That scene between Sal and Kitty (?) in episode 4 was hard to watch. I know he is gay, but that was like a caricature of a gay person. I find it hard to believe any closeted homosexual in the 1960's would act that way, even at home in front of his wife.
I got to thinking, the other day, what would get this show back on track, and I concluded the following:
1. Don needs a really torrid affair with a really substantial woman. A brunette, because he always steps out with brunettes. Somebody older than Joy but younger than Bobbi, well-read, sophisticated, but with an artsy side. Not unlike Midge, but without the Greenwich Village posse. Possibly one of the Brits--a hot new design consultant or something. Get Eva Green to guest star. This should not be a one night stand or casual fling. Don falls in love with her.
2. Betty should be totally vulnerable, forgiving of Don's previous transgressions, and have a sense of renewal about their marriage until discovering Don's affair, whereupon she has a complete nervous breakdown, develops an alcohol/drug addiction, and re-enters intense psychotherapy. Out of a sense of guilt more than anything, Don stays with her until she becomes such a wastrel that he leaves her.
3. Roger gets Jane preggers and she has twins.
4. Bert Cooper has a stroke and has to leave the agency.
5. Pete outperforms Ken and becomes the sole Head of Accounts. Trudy finds out he is the father of Peggy's child and leaves Pete.
6. Harry gets a bigger role at the firm as television begins to squeeze out more traditional forms of print advertising.
7. Joan wears tighter and skimpier outfits.
8. Peggy and her new roomie constantly bicker over which is better--Sweden or Norway.
9. Pete proclaims his love for Peggy but she has a crush on somebody else.
There--I think that covers it.