Mad Style: The Better Half

Posted on May 29, 2013

No time for intros, kids. Lots of ground to cover, so let’s get to it.

 

Once again, yellow seems to be a repeating color this week. Regardless of whether one feels there’s a deeper underlying message to it all, it’s pretty obviously (to us anyway) meant to highlight the constant conversations about butter vs. margarine. What’s interesting to us here is that Peggy’s outfit is so non-committal in color; it’s sort-of-but-not-quite yellow; more of a tan with yellow undertones. She can’t commit to Don or to Ted in this scene, even though they’re both asking her to; neither butter nor margarine. It’s that passivity that really bit Peggy in the ass this week.

 

It’s an interesting costume because it’s so bold and focus-pulling in the scene, but the color and the dialogue she’s speaking are so vague and undefined. After Peggy left SCDP for the greener pastures of CGC, she started favoring these bold, Courreges-like suits with color blocking or thick bands of trim. It was – and still is – meant to serve as a stark contrast to all the Catholic schoolgirl plaids she’d been defaulting to for years. It’s her “executive” look, which makes it notable in a scene where Don attempts to school her on how an executive is supposed to act.

It’s kind of sad to see the state of the Olson/Draper relationship; sadder than watching either of Don’s marriages decline and collapse. She’s still pissed at him for undermining her life and he seems to be punishing her for leaving him. There’s a lot not being said in their exchanges and instead of the loose, sometimes confrontational style they used to enjoy with each other, their scenes now feel tense and clipped. We’re surprised by how much that … hurts. Of all the relationships on Mad Men, this is the one you want to see survive in some form. Not coincidentally, it’s the one least likely to survive in a lot of ways.

 

At home, with the jacket off, she suddenly looks much more traditionally feminine (cinched waist, bare arms, more prominent bust), illustrating her attempts to be a supportive female partner to her man. She’s here in this hellhole of an apartment (from her perspective) because he floated ideas of children and domesticity in front of her eyes, briefly dazzling her away from the balcony view she really wanted. Peggy’s whole story this season has been about the men around her attempting to define her and the ways in which she’s been allowing it to happen.

Abe is wearing a horizontal striped shirt and light wash jeans. Why is this notable?

Because:

 

It’s not easy being a wife to Don Draper and it’s not easy trying to get Peggy Olson to be a wife. In both cases, you could argue that even trying is a fool’s errand. Abe and Megan are suffering similar fates this week; a feeling of abandonment by their partner, a sense that they’re going in different directions.

 

We loved this smart little polka-dot number Peggy wore the next day. After Abe’s talk of revolution (and before Peggy picked up a bayonet), this red, white and blue ensemble served as a witty callback to the idea.

We don’t know what it is about Moira, but we feel like an eye should be kept on her. Her costuming is getting more and more noticeable in scenes, very similar to the way Megan was introduced. Not that we suspect or predict any similarity to Megan; just that you can sort of tell when a background character is destined to step forward in this story. It was the same thing with Allison, Don’s old secretary, who labored in the background for the entire length of the series and then suddenly started dressing much more noticeably in the weeks prior to her hurling an ashtray at Don’s head. Ditto Scarlett, whose wardrobe went from pretty to eye-popping just as Joan unsheathed her claws.

 

Also, he’s wearing green and blue as he professes his love for her. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but for the benefit of newbies, suffice it to say that B&G has been an extremely dominant color motif this season and there’s some merit to the idea that it’s used to signal adultery or cheating of some sort. We noted last week that, in a general sense, it also denotes confrontation.

Anyway, it’s interesting how a costume works differently from scene to scene. In the hallway outside his office, Peggy looked professional and put-together. Inside his office, her polka dots are fighting his stripes and the emotional turmoil both of them are feeling is captured by shooting her against that groovy wallpaper. She is the very picture of confusion and turmoil here.

But then you put her in her own home:

 

And suddenly she looks almost ludicrously out of her element. This is not where she belongs. That hat does as much to highlight their differences as his mustache. He’s counterculture and she is the height of the establishment; dressed like a Johnson or Nixon daughter.

Abe is again wearing a stripe; one that somewhat ominously looks like a prisoner’s uniform. The trajectory of their relationship has been playing out all season in their clothes, but this scene is the one where it all came exploding to the forefront. She doesn’t belong here and he feels trapped here. Mass Culture vs. Counterculture. Stripes vs. polka dots.

Megan continues to pick up cues from Abe’s clothing, reflecting her own unhappiness in her marriage:

 

She and Abe aren’t similar in any real ways, so of course her prison stripes are cute and colorful and stylish. We admit this is perhaps a stretch, but her scarf reminds us of the various bandages and slings poor Abe had to sport before getting out of his relationship.

As with Peggy, Ted & Abe, a figure in blue and green comes into the picture to insert herself between them.

 

Our first impulse upon viewing these costumes was to note how much it calls back to this scene from earlier in the season:

 

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Which foreshadowed the later scene not only by dressing them in similar costumes and by dealing with the clear and growing rift between the two of them, but also because the earlier scene revolved around complaints about the crime and quality of life in their new neighborhood. And perhaps in the cheekiest touch of all, Peggy wore a bandanna outlaw-style to foreshadow her upcoming spurt of unexpected violence.

But once we noted the pink nightgown callback, something clicked overhead and we realized that “women in pink sleepwear” has been another of those extremely consistent motifs that Janie’s been deploying all season (here, here, here, here, here, and perhaps most notable of all, here). Her costuming tends to revolve around the idea of one character or moment echoing throughout the story.

But even more notable than all the callbacks being referenced is the one call-forward being referenced:

Once again, Megan’s outfit mimics Abe’s; this time, almost exactly. The bold red star stands in for the bold red gut wound Peggy administered to Abe. There was some initial discussion about whether this iconic-style T-shirt was really 1968-accurate. Not only is it accurate, but it was seen on Sharon Tate in a spread for Esquire magazine the year before (picture NSFW). Janie confirmed on twitter that this was a deliberate choice. That is INSANELY ominous. There’s a growing sense of impending violence with each episode and we’ve been treated to some stabbing imagery this season (Abe and Stan), so any deliberate references to Sharon Tate are bound to get the hairs standing on end.

For the young ‘uns: Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by the Manson family in 1969. She was stabbed sixteen times. Now go watch Megan’s scenes again and notice how loud the police sirens get in each one. Just to pat ourselves on the back a little (as well as illustrate that this has been long in the planning), we want to point out that when the Season 6 promo pics were released, we noted that “Megan’s going a more California-inspired, Sharon Tate kind of route, which fits her character.”

 

The next morning, Peggy shows up to the office looking worse than she’s looked in some time. It’s been notable this season how consistently put together she is now. Her hair is done at all times (professionally, we’re thinking) and she wears more makeup and things like hats more consistently than she used to in the old days, prior to becoming copy chief. So this look stands out in comparison.

Once again, Moira’s outfit and even her demeanor (she clearly doesn’t like Peggy) draw attention to her in a scene.

 

But even though Peggy is sporting the hair and face of someone stressed out, tired and hurt, she clearly wanted to put something pretty on and run into Ted’s office. This dress (more polka dots) is bright and feminine and form-fitting. Plus it’s green to Ted’s blue; an invitation told through costuming: “I’m game.”  Granted, we doubt that Peggy did any of this consciously and we doubt that she wanted to start up a relationship with Ted right there that morning. But come on; boss or no, the first thing she did after getting dumped was run to tell the man who just admitted he was in love with her.

But Ted saw no value in her at that moment. He essentially won the margarine argument with Don and won’t need to emotionally toy with Peggy anymore to get to him. Again, we don’t doubt that Ted has or had feelings for her, but he also has or had a longstanding rivalry with Don and a tendency to poach things away from him. Now that he and Don seem to be going from rivals to collaborators, Peggy’s standing is now suddenly very tenuous. Don mistreats her and Ted toys with her. Time to polish up that resume and get the fuck out of Dodge, girl. Like your Upper West side house, there’s no place for you here.

All right. All of that was depressing as hell. Let’s step into the light. Betty’s light.

 

 

She’s like butter.

We said when the promotional shots for Season 6 were released that this period could actually be pretty kind to Betty, fashion-wise, if she got back to fighting trim. There was this late ’60s/early ’70s period of uber-draggy, Stepford-Wife femininity in clothing for Betty’s class and station. Big hair, false eyelashes, opera gloves, capes and diamante trim as far as the eyes could see. After several years of her getting frumpier by the minute, its kind of glorious to see her embracing this look.

It’s perhaps problematic to make an argument about empowerment when Betty’s entire journey is bound up in whether or not she feels attractive, but this is the world she was born into and the role she was told to play. There’s been some talk about how unrealistic her drastic weight loss is, but we tend to think Betty has been dabbling in eating disorders of one form or another since her childhood. Given a reason to snap her out of her complacency and depression, we have no doubt all her most destructive (and thus most effective) weight loss techniques all came roaring back. She starved, pill’d and possibly even upchuck’d her way to this dress size, make no mistake.

 

And like anyone who achieves a significant weight loss, she can’t help but wear tighter, more revealing clothing than she’s been seen in for quite some time. But let’s unpack a couple things about this look.

For one, we think it’s notable that her blouse contains all the color motifs of the season: whore red, adultery blue-and-green, and butter yellow. As we said in our Monday review, this was a perfect emotional storm for Don and Betty. Things needed to be exactly as they were in order for them to fall into bed together. Betty needed to feel great about her life and about her looks, and Don needed to be fucked up, raw and vulnerable in order to reach out to her again and then allow her to tell him exactly who he is. So to us, her blouse represents all the shit Don’s been putting himself through all season. He couldn’t help but look at her and see her as some sort of oasis from or even solution to all his bullshit problems.

Also: we love that her hair is so big and disheveled. It was so common back in the day to see suburban moms with big, messy coifs the day after attending some event where they wore an elaborate hairstyle.

Also-also: January Jones is still wearing padding here. Her hips and bust are padded to make her look fuller and more like a late 30s mother of three who gained and then lost some weight. We wonder if she’ll remain padded through the rest of the series.

 

It should also be noted that January Jones got the glamour lighting treatment all episode, for the first time in several seasons. She was lit and shot to look her absolute best, just like she used to be lit and shot when her character was married to Don.

 

And so did Jon Hamm, actually. They both looked better here than either of them have looked on the show in years. The second we saw her, we got excited because we could see all the effort put into making her look like the old Betty and instantly concluded they were going to sleep together.

Considering how open and affectionate this scene was, we really can’t lay any darker meaning on her her pink sweater. Pink and red have been used to call back to his whorehouse days, but like the color motifs on her blouse, we tend to think this interlude was all about putting those demons to rest for Don. We suspect they won’t have as much power over him after this.

Besides, pink was very much a Betty Draper color back in the day.

 

The next morning, we’re back looking at the blue-and-yellow motif that popped up this season. We still maintain that the prevalence of all the yellow in the story is margarine-based, but there’s also something to the idea we hit upon in last week’s Mad Style that it denotes a lack of connection in the scene. In this case, Don’s realizing that he has no real connection or claim to Betty anymore. She’s happy in her life without him.

And finally, Joannie; who is, as always, off on her own adventure:

 

Margaret is a clear example of the wilder post-hippie styles trickling up to the most conservative people around. Roger and his grandson are costumed to look somewhat alike, so you can tell they’re related. Joan is in purple, which was a color she tended to consistently wear during scenes with Roger or with Greg, when she was dating him. She wore purple when we found out about her affair with Roger, when the affair ended, when she fired Jane Siegel (sending her into the arms of Roger), when Roger continued to disappoint her,  and when Greg raped her.  It has all kinds of history in a scene like this one, where she’s watching Roger play with a little boy.

And it feels a little ominous when she’s in a scene with Pete, who seems to be continuously making a play for her this season.

Ew.

But maybe we shouldn’t be so worried about Joan.

Because who can complain about THAT?

Once again, Bob Benson and Joan are playing out a blue-and-green scenario. It’s been a color combo that appears throughout the story, but it has most consistently been applied to scenes between Peggy and Ted and scenes between Joan and Bob. Joanie’s scarf ties back to Megan’s and also to Peggy’s red-white-and-blue outfit. Her shirt is very similar to the one Don wore to camp.

But the real story in the scene is Bob Benson, of course. And not just because of his tiny little shorts. Let’s note that there is yet to be any physical contact or affection at all between Joan and Bob. That’s downright odd for any romantic or sexual relationship depicted on Mad Men.

 

And notice how completely non-confrontational he is with Roger; quite happy and eager to recede into the background when another guy enters the scene. Think about how phony he is in the office; how eager he is to be seen a certain way. Remember when he was in the whorehouse with Pete, how he politely stood in the hallway and waited for him? Remember when the “woman trapped in yellow” motif from a couple weeks back got upended by putting him in yellow while he rescued Joan? We think the big secret of Bob Benson might just be that he’s gay. We’d swear he and Joan were heading out to Fire Island for the weekend.

We should say that we don’t think he’s gay just because he’s wearing those tiny shorts. Those were the style back then, God bless them. Even straight boys were unafraid of their upper thighs getting some air.

 

 

We laughed out loud at this outfit. He’s a walking Anthora coffee cup:

 

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Bob Benson: Always “Happy to Serve You.”

We honestly don’t know if Bob’s gay or not. It’s just that there are some odd signals being sent that could be read that way. There’s been a ton of speculation about this character and most of it has felt a little overblown to us. Corporate spy or Don’s illegitimate son seem highly unlikely. Closeted gay man, on the other hand, fits his behavior perfectly.

Granted, that doesn’t mean he’s not a slimy little climber. He told Ken his father was dead and told Pete in this scene his father was nursed back to health. Like we said in our review on Monday, both statements could be technically true, but the scripts are going out of their way to make him seem untrustworthy. We’re wondering if it’s all a red herring.

 

Regardless of its nature, though, he clearly has some sort of bond or relationship with Joan, who keeps getting put in green and blue ensembles whenever she deals with that bond in the office.  In a way, we really hope he’s gay because that means Joan isn’t dating another in a long line of untrustworthy guys. She just found someone to take her to the fun piano bars in the Village when she needs to get away from it all.

TRUST US ON THIS ONE: Joan would be treated like a fucking movie star at any gay bar in the Village she strolled into. An entire drag subculture would spring up directly under her feet; countless young men saving their pennies to buy red wigs and padded bras. It would be glorious.

Anyway: blue and green: confronting Roger and telling him how it’s gonna be. Roger in his blue and yellow tie: failing to connect.

 

BONUS:

Because my God, how could we not?

 

[Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/AMC - Stills: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

      My standouts were:

      Betty’s dress at the benefit=love

      Peggy’s :”I spent the night in emergency room/stabbed my bf/got no sleep” look at the end/she really looked completed depleted

      Bob’s beach look (loving the shorts)

      I didn’t consciously notice Moira costuming, but I have been noticing her more…this must be why

      Great recap as usual:)

      • veriance

        I noticed that Moira’s green/white patterned suit seemed like a nicer version of the green/white dress poor depleted Peggy wore the next day.

        • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

          You’re right, it does. It’s uncanny how the costuming on this show draws your eye to something without you being aware of why…

        • Tracy M

          Also, Peggy’s green/white polka dot dress hearkens back to the more school-girl styles she used to wear- really stark contrast (and much softer look) next to what she’s been seen in all season. It’s reflective of the vulnerable place she’s in, and how powerless she is in that scene.

        • sarahjane1912

          I thought that too! Wasn’t sure of the connection, but yes, I noticed that!

        • Katherine

          Not only did Peggy’s green-and-white dress mimic Moira’s, but suddenly Moira was wearing red print – just like Peggy from the day before. A personal connection between Ted and Moira? Or is Moira a stand-in for Ted’s job: suddenly, Ted is focusing on the job again, rather than on Peggy.

          • kentiesgirl

            Too many comments to read through but I thought Ted was/is playing Moira like he is(?) Peggy. When she was wearing the green dress in the earlier scene and -big- red flags when Peggy wore the same color in the last scene. He was at marriage counseling before the Peggy kiss, if I recall correctly.

            ETA-okay, everyone thinks so too. I couldn’t see the Monday recap; I think the site had too much traffic. Glad disqus is currently working though. :)

        • kentiesgirl

          Totally agree. I just wrote the same thing. I think Ted’s more the way Don sees him than the way Peggy does, unfortunately.

      • not_Bridget

        Bad thought about Moira’s sudden prominence: As much as it hurt Peggy to have Ted react to her news so coolly–he is a superior at work & he is married. But–what if he’s also boffing his secretary?

        No, he’s such a nice guy–he’d never do that!

        • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

          If he is…Ted has no game because…a player would have still pursued Peggy

          • Hola Yeah Yeah

            I don’t think that’s what’s happening because I doubt Ted is the type who can maintain an affair with no one noticing, but I could see the logic of that twist. It would be an interesting display of how even “good guys” play with their privileges. Ted can make his secretary go away with no one noticing if he needs to. If he tried to fire Peggy for threatening his marriage (or really for any reason) he would get questions as every single partner knows her, trusts her. Most of the partners trust her more than him!

          • CozyCat

            Remember how Ted was initially portrayed on the show as a shameless poseur? How everyone used to make fun of how he pronounced his name and the fact that he was the first man to wear a turtleneck with a sport coat?

            I think his little “love affair” with Peggy was the re appearance of Ted the Poseur. He’s been spinning this little fantasy about this great love he feels for her. He initiated every romantic encounter. Then the minute she’s actually available, there’s no sign of nervousness or fear. It just never happened

            Poseur!

        • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast janinedm

          He may not be boffing Moira, but she may have witnessed … shenanigans before.

          • lilyvonschtupp

            I still suspect she may be Don Draper’s next victim.

      • JosephLamour

        I have to admit I scrolled up like three or four times to look at Bob in his shorts again.

        ….

        I just did it again.

        • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

          They’re adorable, love the patterns:)

          • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

            Yes…the pattern. I’m only staring at the pattern…

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              LOL

        • lilyvonschtupp

          He needs a little sun taken to them thighs, though.

        • Kathryn Sanderson

          I like ‘em, but I think they could show off his butt better if they were a little tighter.

    • sarahjane1912

      “Once again, Megan’s outfit mimics Abe’s; this time, almost exactly. The bold red star stands in for the bold red gut wound Peggy administered to Abe.”

      How in the HELL do you do this? Seriously. That is one amazing connection and while I made a connection with the little white outfits, it didn’t occur to me *smacks head* to see the red star as gut wound. But it so is. I bow, deeply, in awe.

      Also … I know it’s been covered in the recap, but Betty’s lighting! She was lit like a film star throughout. She really did look her absolute best even with that teensy bit of padding around the hips/chest. Wonderful.

      Loved Pegs’ outfits throughout. Heart broke for her sans make-up/hair-do when Ted was such a prize hound.

      • Donna Luder

        Megan’s star wound is right over her heart. I guess she’s heartbroken and, I love this, Peggy is not. Peggy’s just confused and pissed… the men keep changing the rules of engagement on her! She’s doing her best and the floor continues to pitch and tilt. But Megan “poor girl”… even Blackhearted Betty feels bad for her.

        • sarahjane1912

          Well, to be completely picky, it’s right between her boobs, but it was mimicking Abe’s gut wound, wherever it was in that general area.

          • Donna Luder

            Absolutely. I just thought it was clever because while Megan’s heartbroken, Neither Abe nor Peggy is. He’s got the fire in his belly, so to speak.

            • fursa_saida

              ZING!

            • ideated_eyot

              So finally, the time spent on Abe and Peggy makes sense, as a way to underline a split between Don and Megan. Abe and Peggy are an overt, sped-up version of the same dynamic.

          • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

            That’s where the heart is. It only slightly leans to the left.

        • Chris

          Plus I saw that the red star was very popular at the time. It was a nod to Che Guevera. Which is ironic and hilarious- Megan in that ridiculously expensive apartment wearing a symbol of Guevera and communism.

          • not_Bridget

            The red star was a symbol of Communism in general. Russia, China, etc. Of course, Che Guevara was wearing a beret with a star in that iconic photo….

          • ballerinawithagun

            I thought immediately of a communism and counter culture association. Neither Megan and Abe belong with the conservative they are with, both have evolved. But then I know somebody who still swears Macy’s is communist because of their red star, pretty crazy???

            • ldancer

              I read that the Macy’s star comes from its founders’ tattoo, which I think was naval, and predates communism.

            • Paula Pertile

              or … Megan wants to be a star, and this star looks like what they put on dressing room doors, or the Sidewalk when stars get a “star”.

          • ikillplants

            Oh you guys. I am right in the boat with you. I thought of Macy’s (so sad–does anyone have that guess-the-corporate-logo app?) and Communism.

            The latter is provocative especially with TLo’s observation connecting Megan with Abe and his revolutionary costuming. In a crazy way, I was equating Peggy and her red, white, and spear with Marianne (the French allegorical figure of revolution) and Megan with a Marxist, proletariat motif.

            The Sharon Tate connection is pretty great. And now I’m panicking and wondering if Megan is gonna get stabbed by a crazed fan. She’s recognizable enough on the street and in her building. When was John Lennon killed?

            • quitasarah

              Lennon wasn’t killed until 1980. I know because when my dad tells the story of that night and how he found out he always points out that I was a year old.

            • Chris

              But it did happen at the Dakota which is not far from the Draper’s apartment and it was the building used for Rosemary’s Baby (which Sally was reading).

            • Glammie

              If Megan gets pregnant again, we all need to really start worrying–a lot. Sharon Tate was eight months pregnant when she was killed.

            • MartyBellerMask

              Good one. I was thinking she’d get a stalker (being murdered seems too on point for me), but maybe it’s another miscarriage.

            • crackineggs

              Looking back at the promo pics for season 6 after TLo made the ST reference, Meghan does look pregnant in some of them. (Although Peggy looks pregnant too).

            • Lisa_Co

              The Dakota in on the UWS (72nd Street & Central Park West). The Drapers live on the East Side.

            • Chris

              Aren’t they just across the park from each other? That was the point of Megan mentioning how dangerous the park is because Arlene had just walked through it coming from the West side.

            • Lisa_Co

              Based on where Peggy found her apt. (York Ave. in the upper 80’s & how she told Megan they might be “neighbors”) that’s a mighty long walk from the Dakota. Remember how Abe remarked how far the apt. was from the subway?

            • Chris

              Are you looking at the distance to Peggy’s apartment or the Dakota? I thought the Draper apartment and the Dakota were basically across the park from each other. Not next door but certainly walkable distance.

            • ldancer

              York might as well be in the East River. That’s a hike.

            • Chris

              She told Megan they might be neighbors when she thought she was getting the apartment that was far east. I’m gauging the Draper apartment’s distance to the Dakota.

            • ldancer

              I took that mention of the park as just a general statement about the way New York was going at that moment. The park was indeed not a place anyone should enter after dark, and that is still true. It blows my mind when people go in there at night. But, I grew up in the 80’s and still think of it as a serious danger zone at night. In fact, I won’t go into any park at night, anywhere in the world.

              In about 1990 a friend and I ventured gingerly into Strawberry Field, near the Dakota, and heard what we were pretty sure was a woman being raped in the bushes. We ran to the nearest pay phone and called the police. I still think about that night. We were teenagers and stupid and it only occurred to us later to ask ourselves, why didn’t we yell?! I feel terrible about that. It was an ambiguous situation, hard to tell what was happening. I wish I knew now.

            • Chris

              Megan chides Arlene for walking through the park to get to the Draper’s apartment coming from the west side. She mentions the shooting that just happened recently.

              It’s sad that parks in general aren’t safe, particularly after dark simply because it seems they cannot be adequately policed due to the size and many hiding places.

              Regarding your experience: you were young and terrorized, no one stops and thinks logically in those circumstances- your adrenaline is screaming “run!” Calling the police was the right thing to do.

            • ldancer

              Thanks. I think I needed to hear someone say that, actually. At the time and now, I’m still not sure what we really heard. But it was so disturbing. Our priority was to get the cops to her if she needed them, as fast as possible, and only later did we think about whether we could have helped more directly.

              The scene where Peggy is in the window with her home made bayonet made me think of all the times I heard screams from the street, too. But we lived on the 14th floor, a block from Riverside Park. Too high up to intervene or even know whether it was something that needed intervening. I remember times when it didn’t sound like revelry out there.

            • ldancer

              The West Side is a totally different animal from Park Avenue, in every way. It was then and it is now.

            • FloridaLlamaLover

              …and now I feel rather old! I was cruising around with a friend in his convertible VW bug (top up since it was December) , turned on FM, heard the local DJ talking to a gal who was crying and babbling about the awesomeness of John Lennon, and we both thought, “Sheesh, she’s been hitting the bottle tonight.” Finally the DJ filled us in on what was happening.

            • librarygrrl64

              Yes, 1980. I was in high school, and I remember kids breaking down and crying in the hallways.

            • Glammie

              The Sharon Tate connection gives me the creeps. Ugh. Here we’ve had two non-serious stabbing incidents, though no. 2 is more serious than no. 1, and now we have an allusion to an infamous stabbing of a starlet.

              And there was her discussion with Arlene about how unsafe Central Park was and the points where she meets fans . . .ugh.

              Anyway, great catch, TLo (and great analysis as always.)

            • theotherTLO

              Yeah, that Sharon Tate thing is creepy. Excellent catch – never would have connected that without reading this! Makes me scared for what is coming!

            • Meg0GayGuys6

              There is a theory that Megan is going to be murdered a la Sharon Tate. It makes sense when you see some of the parallels- both are actresses, the shirt, the philandering husband, the acting career, the pregnancy, etc. There were some clues that may be a tad far fetched like the home invasion in MM calling back to the fact that Sharon Tate was murdered in a home invasion, Sally was reading Rosemary’s Baby during that ep, which Sharon Tate’s husband directed the movie of, etc. I didn’t come up with this, but once I heard it, it kinda makes sense.

            • kentiesgirl

              With this show, if all signs point to Megan, it will probably be Bob. ;)

            • Meg0GayGuys6

              Good call

            • Glammie

              Not Bob, I’m just getting used to his shorty-shorts.

            • Glammie

              I’m going back and forth on this. It’s not like MM to really on-the-nose, but Lane did kill himself and making that kind of allusion to a famous murder victim in a season with two stabbings . . . well, where is all of this going?

            • Meg0GayGuys6

              The more I think about it (which I admit is WAY too much), since all of the clues point to Megan, and MM isn’t usually as explicit, as you mention, and there were so many parallels between Megan and Abe last episode, maybe he’ll be the one getting killed. He seems more likely given their respective careers (unless you consider the crazed fan scenario someone else mentioned).

            • Glammie

              Abe gets killed and Megan’s character gets killed? I do think she’s going to lose her job–maybe her soap character will be killed off . . .
              Oh hell, Weiner is messing with us.

            • mcpierogipazza

              Trying to imagine Peggy having one bare breast hanging out of her work blouse, in the style of Marianne. Doesn’t quite work.

      • Candigirl1968

        When those amazing stems at the gas station turned out to be Betty’s legs (nice catch on the padding for folks who thought that the weight loss was a flipped switch) I almost was expecting that Vertigo music that comes on when Jimmy Stewart has Judy is recreated to look like Madeline. It felt quite dramatic.

        Amazing post, as always. If TLo and Janie Bryant don’t do a Mad Style coffee table book when the show is over, I’m going to have to start an online petition.

        • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anne-mccandless/1a/238/38a Anne

          Although, if that is January Jones “padded” she is really skinny. I didn’t detect one ounce of padding, but I always trust TLo in these matters.

          • sarahjane1912

            I thought she was a little thicker across the chest. Then again … I could be wrong. ‘X-Men First Class’ was just on and she looked fairly well-endowed in that. I thought she looked a little bit hippy, but that was it. Still looked bloody gorgeous. :-)

            • Candigirl1968

              Yep. January Jones in real life is pretty tiny in the hips/butt department, and she definitely seemed to be sporting a little more junk in the trunk in those jean shorts.

            • Candigirl1968

              Yep. January Jones in real life is pretty tiny in the hips/butt department, and she definitely seemed to be sporting a little more junk in the trunk in those jean shorts.

            • MK03

              But wasn’t she pregnant during that shoot? That would explain her figure having a tad more oomph.

            • sarahjane1912

              I did not remember that. Good point. :-)

            • Susan Bigler

              No, she was pregnant when previous season filmed. Not this season.

            • MK03

              I meant during the X-Men First Class shoot.

          • mixedupfiles

            That butt is my mom’s butt — never seen the inside of a gym. That is not January Jones’ bottom.

          • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

            I could tell, based on her butt…she is not that curvy in real life…she looked great though

        • sarahjane1912

          Oh yes. Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. Tell me where to sign! :-)

          • golden_valley

            Me too!

        • ikillplants

          Re: Mad Style coffee table book–I’D BUY IT. And then some.

          • PowerfulBusiness

            Yes. Mad Style Coffee Book to commemorate the end of the show…PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • CPT_Doom

        I also noticed both Megan and Abe are dressed in the same colors, but far more casually, than Don and Peggy in their scenes (w/ Abe and the cop and when Megan makes dinner) also marking the generational divide between them. Megan, of course, is literally younger than Don and clearly more comfortable with societal changes (like when she casually refers to the producers “rapping” with her about something). Abe and Peggy are basically the same age, but she has thrown her lot in with the generation ahead of hers, rather than with the youth he’s chosen.

      • CPT_Doom

        I also noticed both Megan and Abe are dressed in the same colors, but far more casually, than Don and Peggy in their scenes (w/ Abe and the cop and when Megan makes dinner) also marking the generational divide between them. Megan, of course, is literally younger than Don and clearly more comfortable with societal changes (like when she casually refers to the producers “rapping” with her about something). Abe and Peggy are basically the same age, but she has thrown her lot in with the generation ahead of hers, rather than with the youth he’s chosen.

        • not_Bridget

          One factor affecting Megan’s & Abe’s “casual” attire–it was hot.

          Previously, we’d seen Abe as a journalist, neatly dressed in his slightly bohemian way. But he’s now living in the un-air conditioned flat, trying to write & probably trying to do a little remodeling work as his time & his skill level allow. The heat & the tension make him look like the proverbial dirty hippy. Peggy spends her days in the air conditioned office, so she’s still bandbox fresh when she comes back “home.” Of course, in her last office scene, she was looking a bit worse for wear….

          Even in her cooler flat, Megan is dressing for the weather. What would her former friends have to say about the wife of a wealthy ad man wearing the Commie star? You know, those friends who have been left behind because married ladies often don’t see as much of their single friends. Especially when her success has filled them with (1) contempt that she’s gone commercial and (2) envy that she’s getting paid for acting.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Amazingly astute analysis, especially about Abe’s jail stripes. He’s a loser and slacker and he pisses me off. His goring was almost comical and i truly despise his mustache.

    • bxbourgie

      THIS: ——>>> “TRUST US ON THIS ONE: Joan would be treated like a fucking movie star at any gay bar in the Village she strolled into. An entire drag subculture would spring up directly under her feet; countless young men saving their pennies to buy red wigs and padded bras. It would be glorious.” Brilliant. And an excellent recap as always Uncles! These always enhance my understanding of each episode.

      • tereliz

        That gave me a huge laugh on the fabulous imagery alone! Love it.

      • sarahjane1912

        Ha ha! So true. If I had a dollar for every time a gay friend played with/stared at/commented upon my boobs [I'm built like Joan] when I went to a club/party/bar … I’d be a rich woman.

        • Shug

          Lol. You and me both, sister. TLo just had to open that Pandora’s Box of mental imagery…Need Joan and Bob at a gay club now.

          • bxbourgie

            I just read an article that mentioned the Stonewall Riots that were in June of 1968 and that maybe Bob IS gay and will somehow be intertwined with that as Dawn was (kinda sorta) during the MLK shooting and subsequent riots.

            • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

              1969, or so says Wikipedia.

            • MartyBellerMask

              People have mentioned wanting to bring back Sal for Stonewall but TLo (aka the gospel) say it’s not likely… so it’s looking like it will happen after all, but with Bob? At this rate it will be next season. Way to keep us all intrigued!

            • FloridaLlamaLover

              Sigh. I miss Sal.

            • Lisa_Co

              June 28 of 1969 not ’68.

        • kentiesgirl

          Love this. A friend of mine from high school was like my personal bra adjuster, being as I am rather top heavy. Love him still, but we fought like dogs when we would go clothes shopping, as he believed I absolutely could not dress myself. :D
          eta: I miss living in the city. All these comments are so fab and I’m stuck in nowhere, corn county whilst bk’s and boob grabbing friends are all in interesting places. [tiny violin playing as I type]

        • librarygrrl64

          Word. The majority of the gay men that I know are obsessed with mammalia.

          • mcpierogipazza

            I once had a carload of gay male friend burst into applause when one commented that my ass was huge (which it is). I wasn’t expecting that.

            • librarygrrl64

              Awesome. :-)

      • CozyCat

        My first reaction when we opened on the scene with Joan and Bob was: “Joan’s got herself a gay!”

      • Nicole C

        Dear Mr. Weiner – If you read this post, please add a scene like this in the extras. It would make a lot of people’s day better as we played it continuously in the background of our morning routine. Thanks so much!

    • decormaven

      Ooh, it’s screencap Christmas Day here at TLo! Thanks so much for the closeup of that crazy red crochet pantsuit Megan sports in her soap opera scene! That was worth the price of admission.

      • kentiesgirl

        That was SO unflattering. She weighs maybe a buck ten and she looked pregnant. First time I felt bad for Megan. Ha, can you tell I don’t like Megan? That girl made me cringe so much the last couple episodes. Although even Betty(!) feeling bad for her made me slightly reconsider my position.

        • Kate

          I am totally going to be that Megan for halloween.

    • Beth Cooper-Zobott

      Could the use of yellow throughout the season also be a nod to looking at the era, transitioning from the “golden days” of the 1950s to the present through the golden/yellow hue of nostalgia?

    • Blair Sylvester

      Jessica Pare looks like she could be Anne Hathaways twin (the blonde Anne Hathaway) never really thought of those two as looking alike

      • Kate Andrews

        I totally agree! I thought so when I was watching the episode.

      • Kate Andrews

        I totally agree! I thought so when I was watching the episode.

    • hmariec19

      BOB BENSON’S TEENY LITTLE SHORTS.

      I swoon.

      • par3182

        When the hell are men’s upper thighs coming back into fashion? Everything else seems to roll around eventually; time for some leg meat, designers.

        • Janet B

          No kidding…please hurry up.

        • not_Bridget

          Just not Speedos. Surely there’s a middle ground between baggy shorts & banana hammocks…

        • Spicytomato1

          I think some designers are trying to make it happen. Look at the men’s swimwear at J Crew, for example. They’re showing trunks with 9, 7 and 5-inch inseams. The 5-inch ones even have retro prints. So maybe the pendulum is starting to swing back.

          • Edward Thomas-Herrera

            Thanks for the tip. I’ve been looking for some new swim trunks and I’m hoping to avoid board shorts!

            • Spicytomato1

              Go for it…join Bob Benson in bringing the shortie trunks back! :)

          • Shug

            Thank gawd for J. Crew.

          • melanie0866

            It definitely is. My 18-year-old son is quite the clothes horse, and he’s been buying shorter and shorter shorts.

            • librarygrrl64

              At the risk of sounding pervy, huzzah!

          • Munchkn

            It can’t happen a day too soon.

        • Chris

          If they need any more convincing tell them to watch Dr. No. Seeing a young Sean Connery in his should change their minds.

        • nonsensicallyrics

          But only the men with nice upper thighs, please

          • formerlyAnon

            Looking at which women wear short shorts and midriff-baring tops in public, good luck with that.

        • FloridaLlamaLover

          Chubbies shorts from San Francisco are already there. Company motto is “Skie’s out, thighs out!” My son and his buddies (17-18 years old) do not wear shorts or bathing suits longer than 5″.

    • Sobaika

      I will say this much – the color motif and use of patterns is so in-your-face that they jump out at the viewer even if you’re not looking for them.

      Betty’s yellow grecian gown was divine. She is most definitely like butta.

      • hmariec19

        Mmmmmmm butterrrrr…

        • Lattis

          I hear your comment in Homer Simpson’s voice. : )

          • mcpierogipazza

            I heard it in Mike Meyer’s from when he did the sketches on SNL imitating his Jewish mother in law

      • Kate Andrews

        I think it also looks like Ted’s wife’s dress during the advertising awards ceremony on the first episode.

      • Kate Andrews

        I think it also looks like Ted’s wife’s dress during the advertising awards ceremony on the first episode.

      • Terri Ellis

        In the yellow gown I think Betty is wearing the same earrings as her fab outfit when she and Don went to Rome. She sure enjoyed being ogled on that trip, so I think it’s a callback to the last time she felt hot.

        • CozyCat

          Yes. The recap on NYMag has a screencap showing that they are the same earrings.

      • Munchkn

        It was divine, but, man, was Betty nipping! Reminded me of Peggy’s nipple button dress the week before. Betty’s nipples could have seen some nursing action since she’s a mother, but even though Peggy is also a mother (in that she’s a birthmother), it does appear that her nipples are not likely to see any breastfeeding action as one of her chances of becoming a mom disappeared this week

        (Misspelled disappeared and it autocorrected to diapered.)

        • mcpierogipazza

          I think what looked like Betty’s nipples was just her bra shape.

    • Ruth Fischer

      Am I the only one who sees a link between Moira’s green dress and Peggy’s morning-after-getting-dumped dress? Same profile, same color, both prints…

      • Lisa

        The way that Moira talked to Joan that first day after the merger, when Joan was standing on the stairs, made me think that she and Ted had some kind of a thing going. I still sort of think that.

        • decormaven

          She is definitely very protective of him. Who knows, maybe he fed her a lil’ BS as well? Maybe that’s his MO- sidle up to the sweeter, less striking ladies, toss ‘em some attention, and have them slave away, pining for some more attention? And he can play the high road card, just like Ashley Wilkes. Weenie.

          • Ruth Fischer

            Peggy’s and Moira’s hairstyles are similar, too.

          • kentiesgirl

            Love, love the Ashley call out. Exactly.

        • Itsonreserve

          I 100% agree. The writing is turning against “nice guy Ted” as Peggy’s worth to him and her view of him does. I absolutely see her walking in on Ted and Moira late night in the office; he may have genuinely wanted to kiss her or loved her at some point, but he’s been another Don all along, just using her and screwing his secretary.

          • bxbourgie

            I will be totally devastated if this is the case. I am totally Peggy, swooning over Nice Guy But Don’t Call Me Nice Ted. I’m ignoring his asshole-ish behavior towards Peggy when she told him she and Abe had broken up because I want him to be tormented by his love for her because he’s married, but you guys are probably on to something. I has a sad.

          • bxbourgie

            I will be totally devastated if this is the case. I am totally Peggy, swooning over Nice Guy But Don’t Call Me Nice Ted. I’m ignoring his asshole-ish behavior towards Peggy when she told him she and Abe had broken up because I want him to be tormented by his love for her because he’s married, but you guys are probably on to something. I has a sad.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Well you can always hold out hope that Moira is into him and not the other way around…if he is sleezy…it’s weird that Abe-free Peggy wasn’t his green light.

            • bxbourgie

              Moira is definitely into him, I just wonder if that’s mutual or if she’s blinded by the same thing Peggy’s blinded by, that Nice Guy persona he displays. She was the only woman NOT surprised in the conference room when he gave her his seat. Joanie and “Surprise There’s An Airplane Here To See You!” were about to giggle like two school girls in the high school bathroom.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              I don’t know about Moira she seems awfully confident…remember her “can I help you?” to Don on the stairs

            • Denise Alden

              Yeah, I loved that! I think she’s very protective about Ted, but I’m still not sure why.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              it’s weird though if he is having an affair, that she would be so protective of speaking to a potential rival

            • forward_slash_PRS

              If she is protective it’s because she is his executive assistant; we are all protective of our execs. Very true to life even 45 years later.

            • FloridaLlamaLover

              My thoughts exactly. The EA is really the captain of the ship. Just have an EA out for the day and watch things go wonky. (I’m not an EA, but have observed this in action.)

            • Doris Allen

              It’s that whole Newland Archer suffering in silence thing. Girls go for that. Men who don’t make the overt move seem per se more desirable.

            • CozyCat

              Yep. And he knows that. Poseur!

            • Doris Allen

              The kind of guy that is all tease and longing looks, getting off on your sighs. Total ego trip.

            • Thistle

              Hmm, doesn’t seem weird to me. As mentioned above, he’s married and that matters to him. I guess that’s odd in the world of Mad Men.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Well yes, it is odd in the world of Mad Men. However generally people that value their marriage don’t kiss employees and tell them they love them. So that sort of negates, the whole marriage matters to him.

            • Thistle

              Well, it happened to me, so that’s coloring my view. I was Ted (a female one!). Falling in love at the wrong time with the wrong person while already married happens in the real world, unfortunately.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Well, we still don’t know if your are female Ted, because we still don’t know a lot about his character. We just know that he said he was in love. However, I do agree that experiences can color how you view things.

            • Thistle

              Yeah, I’m really interested to see how it turns out for Peggy. Ted seemed to value and appreciate her long before the merger and he started the tug-of-war with Don. It was great to see her treated so well! But an affair with the boss would probably be terrible for her career. No one would think she accomplished anything on her own. Sort of like how Megan wasn’t taken seriously.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Peggy makes you want to route for her. I think that’s a credit to both the writing and the acting. I agree if she pursues anything with Ted, i hope his marriage has ended and she is working somewhere else.

            • Aurumgirl

              Peggy, Ted, and Don are a triumvirate. When Don and Ted merge they bring Peggy in and ask her to write a press release “describing the place she wants to work”. It’s no accident she’s one of three (and the prized talent to each of the two men, who’ve both gone out of their ways to mentor her). Triumvirates are unstable and end badly, always. Two will always gang up on the one; and the “need” to gang up is built into the structure of the relationship. That’s why the first thing we see Peggy literally called in to do is to take sides with either Don or Ted.

              She has to get out. If she’d sided with either, the business would be dead; if she opts out and leaves the other two alone, they will unite to eliminate her.

            • P M

              Hello – married??!

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Is your point that he is married thus he is already sleezy?

            • P M

              I’m saying after Pete, Peggy isn’t going to be stupid enough to go for another married man.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              She did go for him, he rejected her.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Well you can always hold out hope that Moira is into him and not the other way around…if he is sleezy…it’s weird that Abe-free Peggy wasn’t his green light.

            • Itsonreserve

              If Ted were a brand new character that hired Peggy I wouldn’t be so sure, but he was always a tricky snake in the grass.

            • Thistle

              I’m with you on Team Ted. Not a popular opinion, but I think Peggy was wrong to go running to him the second Abe dumped her. Ted has feelings for her, but he’s MARRIED and that matters to him! Both the times he slipped and showed his feelings, it’s obvious he felt terrible immediately and didn’t want to give her any more encouragement.

              Peggy, my favorite character at this point, was pretty presumptuous to think that he would suddenly flip positions and go for her since she’s single now. He’s not. While none of the characters are all good or all bad, and Ted’s an ad man, bound to be somewhat phony, I think that he’s trying to do the right thing here. In any case, we’ll see how it goes, I guess!

            • Spicytomato1

              I absolutely cringed when Peggy went running to Ted. The only thing that had changed since the day before was that she was on the rebound, which in my opinion is the worst time to get involved with anyone, married or not.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Plus she was not exactly looking her best

            • bxbourgie

              She was a disheveled mess. If I was about to go into the boss I had a crush on who said he was in love with me just the day before to tell him I broke up with my boyfriend over the weekend I’d be walking in there looking like I just stepped out of the pages of some 1968 magazine. Peggy darling, have you learned NOTHING from Joan? I cringed!

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Yes she was. I mean, she looked on the rebound.

            • bxbourgie

              Totally! Which may be all the more reason Ted wasn’t so quick to take her up on her “advance” so to speak. I’m still not giving up on Nice Guy Ted, clearly.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Yeah I mean it wasn’t what he said, he just seemed so cavalier for a guy freaking out over a hand touch. But I hope he turns out to be decent:)

            • fursa_saida

              He didn’t seem at all cavalier to me. His whole demeanor screamed “I AM ACTING NORMAL EVERYTHING IS NORMAL I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN HOW LOVELY TO SEE YOU SO WORK YES LET’S WORK NOW LALALALALA” to me. It’s like when I hang out with a friend and then suddenly realize they have other intentions–my go-to defense strategy is just to be aggressively oblivious, which generally works (and is totally not cavalier in my case, as it usually masks screaming oh-god-why feelings). Obviously it’s not quite the same situation emotionally, but it read to me like that was what he was doing.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              I love your use of caps:) Well he did tell her that he didn’t want to feel that way.

            • Chris

              I felt so bad or her. I think that the idea was Abe just trounced her feelings and self esteem so badly she turned to Ted thinking he was a guy who had just professed his love or her so he would at least give her a little ego boost. The green dress was very cute and fit her like a glove. It’s a shame.

            • siriuslover

              I read that scene completely different. I didn’t see her going in for romance, but rather sympathy, even though she was well aware of the emotional issues. Seriously, if you’re on the rebound and you want someone to notice you, you don’t walk in looking like crap. She took the time to powder her nose after the Chevy pitch (where she learned about the merger). If she were hoping for a romantic kiss or even a big ol’ romantic hug, she would have washed her hair at least. I get what TLo say about her dress, but I think she thought have him as “strong” just like she told him previously. But he didn’t come off as strong, but rather callous, and good ol’ Pegs picked up on that.

            • Spicytomato1

              That’s what I thought at first but then didn’t she basically offer herself up to him? I agree that the signals she was giving off were weird/mixed and her disheveled appearance only added to the confusion of the scene. But I thought she was expecting Ted to just sweep her off her feet.

            • bxbourgie

              That’s what it seemed like to me, like she was waiting for him to be like “YES! Now we can be TOGETHER!” which makes no sense because if we’re believing this Please Don’t Call Me Nice Ted Chaough, he’s the kind of guy that would NOT do that because he’s married. And that’s what Peggy’s attracted to (also the turtlenecks, and his whole creative director thing). So maybe she did just go in there for sympathy. Which sort of makes sense because Don certainly wouldn’t offer her sympathy, so she wouldn’t go to him, but Ted would. And he did sort of, that whole “you’ll find someone else and he’ll be luck to have you” spiel, but then was all HEY HEY!! BACK TO WORK! Like WTF! I come in here for sympathy because you’re Nice Guy Ted and you treat me like Who Cares About That Shit Don.

              Don’t mind me, just thinking (and typing apparently) out loud.

            • Thistle

              Hmm, maybe you’re right, but I thought she might be projecting a “damsel in distress” vibe to get sympathy (and maybe more?) from Ted. He did come across as abrupt and nonsympathetic–but she went to the wrong person for comfort. He had to be tough or she’d have taken it the wrong way. Hmm…

            • Kate

              On the other hand, it’s reasonable for Peggy to think that while he may value his marriage, he may not be totally happy in it. Especially since he’s the one who kissed her, and he’s the one who brought it up again later/keeps being all freaked out about it. I’m also thinking of when he was away on that trip with his wife he eluded to the fact that he wasn’t answering work calls out of a need for quality time.

          • Chris

            I thought maybe Moira is loyal to Nan. I also thought she didn’t like Peggy stepping on her “territory.” I’ve seen a lot of secretaries have that relationship with their bosses. There is nothing necessarily going on between them but the secretaries see themselves as the “office wife.” I could see Moira ratting out an indiscretion to Nan if she ever caught Peggy and Ted in an awkward moment. Remember she is the one who shut the door for them when Peggy had her hand on Ted’s arm. Who knows how much Moira has seen and heard.

            • Itsonreserve

              That’s also true. I speculated that they were sleeping together when she was the only partner’s secretary in the first post-merger meeting and when she (rightfully, she shouldn’t have even been there) gave her seat to Pete, Ted gave his seat to her. So I’m just confirming my own suspicions at this point.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Never thought of this…why was she the only secretary at that meeting?

            • bxbourgie

              I just figured it was because Ted was the new guy and since this was a catch-up meeting, he wanted her to be in there to take notes to get him up to speed. Although Cutler was there and his secretary wasn’t, so… yeah, there goes my theory.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Yeah it’s weird, there is definitely something with her…how she directly approached Joan when most people are intimidated by her and her direct “may I help you?” to Don…

            • Chris

              I think she may see herself as “head secretary” of CGC since she works for Ted. I saw it as her exerting her firm’s influence in the new structure and protecting both Ted and her interests. She is very, very protective of Ted but we don’t know yet why this is so. Ted basically told her to back off a bit in the encounter with Joan. It sounded almost parental the way he said her name.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Agree, she is protective of Ted and I don’t think it has anything to do with Nan. Ted says Peggy name in a parental way too.

            • CozyCat

              Yes. I had the same reaction. Moira anticipated a power battle between herself and Joan to establish who would be the top admin secretary.

              Luckily, Joan once again realized that she needs to drop the secretarial role. So she came out ahead by letting Moira “win” and be in charge of the office assignments.

            • Itsonreserve

              I don’t know! That’s why I found it so puzzling. The only other one was Ditzy Mcgee from the front desk, failing at Joan’s old meeting running job. I thought maybe if it wasn’t an adultery indicator it might be an indicator that the CGC partners still view Joan as a secretary, so they thought it acceptable, but they haven’t really pitted Joan and Moira against each other since then.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Okay I am totally stealing Ditzy Mcgee. Yeah I just thought it was a bold move considering the fact that it’s a new agency and she doesn’t know the pecking order yet…people a lot higher up are more rattled

            • Alice Teeple

              I was thinking similar thoughts. Ted was yelling “I SHOULD NEVER HAVE KISSED YOU!” right by the door, where Moira surely could hear him, and Peggy pulled him to the other end of the room because she didn’t want anyone to hear that. Particularly Moira. I’m sure that’s the reason why Moira gave Peggy the stink-eye later on. And she did pull the door shut when Peggy and Ted were alone in his office. Here’s the thing: Peggy worked at CGC for over a year and she’s friendly with her own secretary, so she would probably have a fair idea of CGC gossip and inner political structure. I’m sure Phyllis would have filled her in on any indiscretions. But Gleason saying on his deathbed that Ted is boring said a lot about his character. My prediction: Moira will also make an unsuccessful move on Ted. If he’s the anti-Don, neither woman would be successful at initiating an affair with him.

            • marishka1

              Speaking of which — where is Peggy’s secretary? Did she get the ax?

            • bxbourgie

              Peggy mentions Phyllis. Unfortunately we don’t get to see her. I’d love to get a scene with her and Dawn now that they’re working together. I’m baffled as to why this hasn’t happened yet.

            • editrixie

              I think there’s some kind of clause in the production whereby any actors of color are only allowed to be in a couple episodes per season, and by golly, look at how many actors of color we’ve had so far!

            • Kathryn Sanderson

              (Liked for the sarcasm only.)

            • formerlyAnon

              Empirical evidence supports your conjecture.

            • Alice Teeple

              No, she was mentioned in the merger episode. I’m curious as to where she is, though. As well as Dawn…

            • Aurumgirl

              We haven’t really seen much of Peggy at work in the episodes since the merger. She’s been kind of passive about everything there. Other stuff has been going on for her out of the office, though. I suspect that when she becomes a lot more active and present at the office, Phyllis might make a return. Dawn’s been missing, too.

          • nonsensicallyrics

            I imagine that where Don’s a serial bonker, Ted would be a serial “I love you” er – his cheating’s emotional rather than physical

            • Itsonreserve

              Oh, I could definitely see that. And just like when Don cheats it’s never his fault, anytime Ted doesn’t feel like he’s getting his way or giving a good pitch it’s Peggy’s fault because her love is so distracting or whatever.

          • Glammie

            In some ways, he’s even more of a user. Remember when he tells Don about using a good-looking girl to help sell a pitch? Don actually doesn’t use women as sex objects in that blatant a fashion. He’s always tended to be more subtle.

          • Alice Teeple

            It’s also possible that he just likes getting attention from women, but never really acts on it in earnest.

          • formerlyAnon

            The sooner something happens to sour Peggy completely on any thing, any thing AT ALL happening between her & Ted, the better. She needs to be able to focus on the office politics and figure out when, how (and if) to jump ship. Something wrenching and painful and final will be better than having her moon about for months, trying to “get over him.”

        • Itsonreserve

          I 100% agree. The writing is turning against “nice guy Ted” as Peggy’s worth to him and her view of him does. I absolutely see her walking in on Ted and Moira late night in the office; he may have genuinely wanted to kiss her or loved her at some point, but he’s been another Don all along, just using her and screwing his secretary.

      • Peridot

        Yes, this. I commented on the recap that Ted and Don are the two sides of the same coin. I’m getting the feeling Ted has professed his undying love to more than one person at the office.

        • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

          Yes and Don’s comment that Ted doesn’t know Peggy yet…

        • Chris

          This would make me sad.

        • BKagainwiththesweatpants

          ITA! And I think this is exactly why Moira’s giving Peggy the stink eye.

        • FayeMac

          I agree, this is not Ted first rodeo in dazzling one of his underlings. He is playing Peggy because it strokes his ego, and Don sees through it. Hopefully our Pegs will catch on.

          • bxbourgie

            Maybe he tried this mess with Moira! Maybe we’ll see a confrontation between those two a la Carlucci and Scott Thorson in Behind The Candelabra. “You now how many there have been before you?” Ugh! Ted! I’ll be so upset if he’s the straight Liberace of CGC.

      • Peridot

        Yes, this. I commented on the recap that Ted and Don are the two sides of the same coin. I’m getting the feeling Ted has professed his undying love to more than one person at the office.

    • bawoman

      I noticed how both Joan and Roger, and Don and Megan are both wearing black and white (the first couple at Joans house, the second at Dons)
      Perhaps both are relationships that can never be fixed?

      • quitasarah

        I thought Joan was in navy blue to go along with the nautical theme of her outfit…

        • bxbourgie

          It was blue. It’s Navy blue, a darker blue, but blue. Bob is in green.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          Joan was wearing navy blue as was Don, whose shirt was right out of my husband’s closet. He had the exact same one.

    • decormaven

      “But Ted saw no value in her at that moment. He essentially won the margarine argument with Don and won’t need to emotionally toy with Peggy anymore to get to him.”

      THIS. Exactly. I’m sorry, I don’t buy Ted as Mr. All Good Guy. When he said those lines, “What an old tune. The boss in love with his protege”, it rang my BS bell. I think he saw how Peggy was caught between he & Don in the butter/margarine argument. Yes, maybe Ted had a little something for Peggy- and stole that kiss- but I think in this situation, he saw that Peggy was Don’s “dolly” and he wanted to play with her, too. Once Ted won the account with his premise, he wasn’t interested in picking up the dolly again. God, I hope she gives them both the finger.

      • bawoman

        Neither do I. Ted is a huge manipulator, he knows exactly what to do and say to get Peggy on his side.

        I think he may have some feelings for Peggy, but, I dont know.I didnt buy that declaration of “love” in his office.It was so obvious and outlandish. Show, dont tell.

        • not_Bridget

          Really. I could forgive one drunken kiss. But a long speech about his feelings–“but we mustn’t dare!” was a bit too much.

          • Glammie

            Yep, and his response to Peggy’s break-up was pretty self-centered. Not a lot of compassion

      • Glammie

        Yep. I expect Peggy will get Don in line at some point because I think some part of him respects her enough.

        I think Moira, who’s Ted’s office wife, will control him.

    • LauraAgain

      The earrings Betty wore in the scene where she’s waiting for Henry to finish his phone call are the exact same earrings she was wearing in Rome, when she flirted with the Italian men at the hotel bar, then had that little “lets pretend we don’t know each other” flirtation with Don.

      • decormaven

        Yes, and just like in Rome, she was playing a little game with that man. “Look at me, can you believe I’ve had three children?” She left him confused, and lit Henry’s fuse, all at the same time. She is so in her element in this episode.

        • charlotte

          Then it kind of happened again at the gas station when Don and Betty weren’t giving themselves away to the attendant.

          • Cheryl

            Yes, the scene of Betty and Don meeting at the gas station was almost as hot as the scene in the cabin.

      • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

        great catch

    • vm9799

      I’m SO glad to see that BETTY IS BACK!

      Her yellow dress at the benefit – AMAZING! And was I the only one slightly amused as how turned on Henry got at the thought of that other guy wanting a night alone with Betty? My hubby & I laughed A LOT through this episode.

    • MilaXX

      Megan dressed as Colette reminded me of a look old Betty would have worn.

    • leighanne

      The blues and yellows are more striking in each episode. love how Pete and Harry’s ties are blue and gold combos but very different- they’ve never really connected and certainly don’t here.

      Peggy’s gold and white outfit at the beginning looks as though it’s split her in half. She can’t decide whose team to be on and looks to be out of place for the first time in a long time.

      The actress in the orange dress with Megan- a callback to Sylvia? Does Sylvia have the same gold flower/pearl pin?

      • quitasarah

        Yes! I thought the same thing about Peggy’s yellow(ish) and white dress in the conference room. Ted’s in yellow, Don’s in white. She’s tied to both but hasn’t declared herself with either team. But once Don comes into her office to dress her down, he’s far more gray than white, cutting the visual tie with her.

    • MsALVA

      So Betty wore the same round bobble earrings here that she did in Italy, earrings for when she feels like a sex-bomb. And there is Megan wearing almost identical bobble earrings playing the blond evil twin.

      • NoNeinNyet

        But a more garish, gold version of them. Betty is a sex bomb when she’s wearing those earrings, Megan is just a cheep imitation.

        • FayeMac

          like butter vs margarine

          • charlotte

            Great catch! I love this comments section as much as TLo’s analyses.

    • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anne-mccandless/1a/238/38a Anne

      The Sharon Tate stabbing thing is really creeping me out, you guys. It’s almost like when we all collectively realized Lane was going to off himself last season…

      Also – question – since when does inviting your girlfriend over for 2 bottles of wine signal you want to make out and scissor with them? Was that so uncommon in the 60’s? Because that is basically the definition of “Saturday night” with me and my BFF…

      • par3182

        I always get a bit nervous when Megan’s on that balcony.

        • Chris

          Yes, it’s been unnerving and a theme since the Zou bisou party aftermath.

        • Denise Alden

          I know, that balcony always makes me nervous. And all those freaking sirens didn’t help, either.

      • ER

        Ditto. It is genius to have put that red star t-shirt on Megan, but now I’m freaking out about impending violence against her :-/

      • MilaXX

        I wondered about that scene as well. In many ways I think it highlights an bit of naivete in Megan that at times I find unbelievable and other times I wonder is there to make her seem even more the child bride to Don. She seems to regard Arlene as a friend and their ongoing onset friendliness would indicate that they had put that offer from Arlene & her husband to have a foursome behind the. I could see Megan inviting her over because 1)she’s a friend, 2)She’s a soap opera vet who’s also had challenging roles to play before, so 3)She could give Megan help with her lines. However, I’ve seen on a few message boards that many seemed to think Megan was sending mixed signals. I just don’t see it.

        • golden_valley

          When Megan first arrived on the show she seemed to be more worldly…expecting to be hit on by Don in fact, practically initiating it. She came from an artsy crowd she claimed. Surely Arlene, swinging, and a little female on female wasn’t a surprise to her.

          • Chris

            I always found Megan to be a bit of a hypocrite. She initiated the first encounter with Don saying “don’t worry I won’t run out of here crying” basically making fun of Alison. Later on she criticized Don for sleeping around with the elevator woman when he said he was single- saying he had a “careless appetite” but she was the one who was sleeping with him off on vacation knowing he had a relationship with Faye. I think Megan has always presented herself as more worldly and sophisticated than she is. The more childlike she has become, the more acquiescent, the less Don likes her.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Yeah Megan seemed a little predatory at first. She seemed to want a lifestyle, not necessarily Don.

            • quitasarah

              “She seemed to want a lifestyle, not necessarily Don.”

              I disagree. She was attracted to the Don that likes the beginnings of things. The one that’s dashing and charming. She probably wanted to seem more worldly because Don was older, but he was attracted to her youthfulness and naivete. She was very idealistic (you have to be to jump into marriage with a man you barely know) and now that naivete and idealism is coming back to bite her in the behind, out there in the real world with the Don that doesn’t like the middle/ends of things.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              I actually don’t see Meghan as naive or idealistic especially last season. She seems pretty savvy and calls Don out a lot on his issues. She even tells him at the beginning of their relationship that she believes most of the things he blames on Betty to not be true. I think Don was more of the idealist at the beginning of that relationship. He is the one who wanted a do-over and clean slate. I am not saying that Meghan doesn’t love him but I think that fact that he was stable and established appealed to her at first.

            • quitasarah

              Good point. Maybe naive & idealistic was more of how Don viewed her to be in the beginning (great with his kids, young & fresh, etc) rather than how she really was/is. I remember getting that impression of her at first, which fell away when she started calling Don on his BS. Astute observation there, Class Versus Sass. :)

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              LOL, thanks. She does seem naive this season though.

            • Chris

              I thought Megan also was looking for a relationship and a new career (advertising at the time) because she felt she wasn’t going to make it in acting. Her friend notably told her that her teeth would keep her from being successful. Maybe she thought sleeping with Don at first was a way to get a leg up on an advertising career. She mentions her interest in advertising the same time she sleeps with him in his office. I think she thought she was getting the fairy tale life when he proposed but it isn’t working out for her.

            • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

              Yeah her dad mentions that she gave up on being an actress(this is before she decided to quit advertising and pursue it) and clearly being a secretary wasn’t her thing. And suddenly this charming man, proposes…so she went for it.

            • omg_dora

              Megan is smart and she has experience calling out self-centered bullshitters (both her parents), but she also has experience forgiving them and pretending that they are better than they are.

          • MilaXX

            I don’t think she was surprised too much at dinner, but I don’t think that was her intent when she invited Arlene over. I think she thought that issue was put to bed so to speak.

            • fursa_saida

              I agree. I also thought it was pretty intense how aggressive Arlene was being–Megan says no, then puts a friendly hand on her arm (which, yes, I wouldn’t have done in that situation, but I tend to be hypersensitive to friend vs amorous signals in general) in trying to smooth things over and Arlene just takes this as a sign to go for it again? And then yet again after that? Jesus christ, if a guy were acting that way we’d be lining up to slap him.

        • golden_valley

          When Megan first arrived on the show she seemed to be more worldly…expecting to be hit on by Don in fact, practically initiating it. She came from an artsy crowd she claimed. Surely Arlene, swinging, and a little female on female wasn’t a surprise to her.

        • CozyCat

          I didn’t find Megan naive in this scene. Arlene had offered advice on how to play the twin. Megan sought out more advice. Then when Arlene made a pass, Megan didn’t seem shocked or upset, just not interested. She even chuckled a bit after Arlene left.

          What struck me about the scene was how every line Arlene spoke could have come out of the mouth of one of the men of SCDP. It was interesting to watch just from that perspective.

          • MilaXX

            I’m confusing the two points. This season in general I find Megan to feel a little naive at times

            I guess I’m responding more to other comments here and elsewhere that think Megan should have seen Arlene’s moves coming.

            • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

              I disagree that Megan should have seen it coming just because Arlene and her husband propositioned them. In the ’60s, “swinging” was wife swapping, not a foursome. In a few years, there would be key parties. where men and women paired off. Arlene and her husband were not proposing an orgy and Megan is not naive because she doesn’t suspect a pairing with Arlene.

            • MilaXX

              I don’t agree either, but I’ve read several comments that said otherwise.

          • Kathryn Sanderson

            Didn’t Arlene or Megan mention how this sort of thing had happened before (Arlene putting the moves on Megan) and the Megan had already said no? Megan’s not naïve about Arlene’s interest in her, she’s just not into other chicks.

            Also, Arlene’s dress in the scene with Megan and Joan’s dress in the scene with Roger at the office were similar colors (blue and green print) but different styles. Just throwing that out there.

        • Lisa_Co

          Maybe I’m blind but I saw a lonely woman (Megan) looking for advice from a friend not a lover.

      • Vanessa

        Yes, Grandma Ida, the stabbing, sirens, the balcony…it all points to some kind of violence against Megan. On the other hand, we spent months thinking Pete was going to kill himself and that never happened….

        • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anne-mccandless/1a/238/38a Anne

          I had completely forgotten about those scenes from earlier this season – Sally’s friend whose mother died, the car ride with Mrs. Francis – yes, the foreshadowing seems pretty obvious now when you layer Megan’s T-shirt and the Sharon Tate connection. Yikes – good catch TLo. I initially thought the shirt was a bit of an anachronism, but TLo cleared that right up and put crime scene tape all over it….

        • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anne-mccandless/1a/238/38a Anne

          I had completely forgotten about those scenes from earlier this season – Sally’s friend whose mother died, the car ride with Mrs. Francis – yes, the foreshadowing seems pretty obvious now when you layer Megan’s T-shirt and the Sharon Tate connection. Yikes – good catch TLo. I initially thought the shirt was a bit of an anachronism, but TLo cleared that right up and put crime scene tape all over it….

        • sekushinonyanko

          Pete’s downward spiral hasn’t stopped either. I don’t think I’d say things are resolved with Pete by a longshot. Heck maybe all this shit is to say Pete’s going to kill Megan in a fit of jealousy about Don getting to have it all, fuck it up, and still keep it.

        • quitasarah

          I think we’re maybe taking the Sharon Tate & ties to Abe stabbing things a little too literally here. I liked the commenter who noticed her “wound” is on her chest, near her heart. Maybe it’s is/going to be a figurative wound, when her marriage to Don actually falls apart, and not a literal one. But then again, I thought Stan was done with Peggy after the Heinz thing so what do I know? ;)

        • Chris

          It also reminds me of ‘Far Away Places” where all Don finds are Megan’s sunglasses and he and the audience don’t know if the guys she took the ride from abducted or murdered her.

        • Glammie

          Pete’s a central character and has been since Season One. Weiner and co. would lose a lot of story potential if they killed him off before the end of the series.

          Megan, on the other hand, isn’t part of the ad biz and seems headed for the exit as far as her marriage to Don Draper is concerned. If she’s killed off, we don’t see divorce 2.0 and Weiner makes his point about the increasing violence in New York.

          Hadn’t thought of it until TLo told us about the Sharon Tate connection, but, wow, you can’t bring up that loaded an image and then drop all the implications.

          Even Betty feels sorry for Megan now–just not a good sign.

      • MK03

        Arlene is a predator. We know she and her husband wanted to swing with Don and Megan, but Don was the one who put his foot down about it. She knows enough about Megan to know that she’s normally soft-spoken and acquiescing, and this week, she knew Megan was in a vulnerable position. So she exploited that.

        • http://classversussass.com Class Versus Sass

          agreed

        • Chris

          I thought Arlene was pretty easy going about it. My thoughts were that Arlene and her husband had made it very clear what they were interested in at dinner before, yet when Megan and Don refused, there were no repercussions for Megan. If anything her career has grown. Then Megan called Arlene over, mentioning her husband was away for the night, to drink (two bottles of wine) and go over a very basic (according to Arlene) scene. I thought Arlene felt Megan was shyly giving her the go ahead and was maybe confused herself. Arlene backed off when told to and basically said there would be no hard feelings over it (which remains to be seen but she and the hubby took it fine the last time). I don’t see her as a predator but someone who has learned to respond to subtle signals. I don’t think it’s crazy she thought Megan may be interested but shy.

          • omg_dora

            I thought Arlene’s behavior displayed a lot of warning signs: pushing for a kiss several times, trying to make Megan feel guilty for refusing, brushing aside Megan’s very real fear of being harassed at work for refusing Arlene, and calling Megan a liar and a tease (instead of apologizing for misinterpreting Megan’s supposed signals, which is what she should have done if she had made an honest mistake).

            Most of all, it’s notable that she went for a kiss again after Megan’s subdued and sad “okay.” Even if Megan had meant “Okay, you can kiss me,” it would have been an acquiescent, “I don’t want you to be angry at me” okay (based on her expression and body language), not an “I actually want this” okay. Going ahead based on sad, reluctant consent given under duress is what predators do. People who aren’t predators want to have sex with you on the basis that you, too, want to have sex with them.

            • Chris

              I just thought when Arlene tried to kiss Megan she was drunk and befuddled. Even I thought Megan meant it was OK to kiss her at first.

            • CatherineRhodes

              I thought Arlene was pushy but not predatory. The “come over and drink two bottles of wine because my husband’s away” offer could be viewed as an invitation for girl talk or as a come-on, depending on one’s perspective.

            • Cheryl

              I’m pretty sure that Megan didn’t invite Arlene over to have some wine; she needed to work on her characterization of “the twins” since she really doesn’t understand the director’s notes. And I don’t think Megan was giving out any signals; I think Arlene decided to “go for it,” and got shot down. But is everyone OK with Arlene saying, “It’s OK to say no.” That sounded much too modern. Even “Just Say No” wasn’t coined until the ’80s.

            • Kathryn Sanderson

              “Just say no” was a big catch phrase in the 80s, but that doesn’t mean no one ever said that (or “It’s OK to say no”) before then.

            • Lisa_Co

              Megan already had open bottle on the coffee table.

            • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anne-mccandless/1a/238/38a Anne

              This was my exact interpretation as well.

            • fursa_saida

              THANK YOU. I also found it pretty jarring that the phrase she chose to say “no hard feelings” as she left was “status quo ante bellum.” She only translated it as “everything as it was,” but it actually says “everything as it was before the war.” I get that it’s a set phrase, but there are a million she could have chosen, including just “status quo.” That the image jumping to her mind is battle makes me pretty unhappy; it sounds like she’s one of those assholes who view consent as just a wall to break down.

            • mixedupfiles

              But from Arlene’s perspective, Megan could just have been being a tease — a thing that was maybe more common back in the day. Arlene probably had plenty of experience with women raised as good girls, who perhaps didn’t know how to say yes to what they might want. (Which is not to say that she wouldn’t push just as far as she could push.)

              Megan did touch her hand, past the point where if she didn’t want to engage, that kind of intimate touch was out of place. I don’t think Megan meant anything by the hand touch, but it’s a gesture ripe for misinterpretation.

            • OneBonBonIsPoison

              How interesting that both Megan and Peggy got “in trouble” for a misinterpreted hand touch this episode!

            • formerlyAnon

              In other words, Arlene was behaving much as a man would who was pursuing a female colleague. In my observation and experience. ETA: during the ’60s and ’70s, for sure. I do think men in the workplace improved a little in their basic assumptions during the ’80s & ’90s. Emphasis on LITTLE. Partially because women improved a little in their willingness and ability (see: sexual harassment legislation) to draw a line and be blunt about it.

            • Lisa_Co

              I think Arlene called Megan a tease because just after rebuffing her advances Megan touches Arlene’s arm. Megan is probably just a “touchy feely” type of person but when you’re saying no to physical intimacy any physical gesture after may seem confusing, like are you negating your previous answer of no.

          • Denise Alden

            Agreed.

      • MK03

        Arlene is a predator. We know she and her husband wanted to swing with Don and Megan, but Don was the one who put his foot down about it. She knows enough about Megan to know that she’s normally soft-spoken and acquiescing, and this week, she knew Megan was in a vulnerable position. So she exploited that.

      • Heather

        And remember – Sharon Tate was heavily pregnant when she was murdered.

      • Heather

        Re 2 bottles of wine: remember that if you’re crushed out on someone, you often interpret ANYTHING they may say or do as a reciprocation of interest. We’re all guilty of that right? (“He sexted me, therefore he must like me too!”)

      • Heather

        Re 2 bottles of wine: remember that if you’re crushed out on someone, you often interpret ANYTHING they may say or do as a reciprocation of interest. We’re all guilty of that right? (“He sexted me, therefore he must like me too!”)

      • bxbourgie

        Plus Megan is lonely. I don’t know what happened to her actor friends that she invited to Don’t party but she seems to only hang out with her agent, the swinger couple, Sylvia and Arnold and Don. I think she innocently invited Arlene over just to talk, but she should have known better. They propositioned her for sex only a few months ago, and Megan KNOWS she’s attractive. She can’t be that dumb.

        • not_Bridget

          Unlike her fellow struggling actor friends–Megan is not struggling. She’s married to a rich guy & has a paying acting job. Which probably fills her old pals with alternating contempt & envy…

          • Spicytomato1

            Very good point about Megan and her old friends. I’d also wondered what happened to them. With her twin leaps into marriage and a paid acting gig, they don’t have much in common anymore.

        • Girl_With_a_Pearl

          At the end of last season, one of Megan’s actress friends asks Megan for a favor – to get an audition for a commercial, the company being one of Don’s clients. Instead, Megan asks Don to get Megan the audition and then ultimately the part. This part launched Megan’s career. I’m not sure that that friend of Megan’s would feel that happy with Megan after that move. Megan’s other friends could have sided with this friend or just felt left behind with Megan whose acting career has taken off.

    • abracadaver

      Someone pointed out on reddit that the earrings Betty wore at the Opera are the same ones she wore in Italy with Don.

      • Joy

        Yes, and I loved Betty in Italy!! Her confused oozed in this episode like it did on that trip.

    • Virginia McMurdo

      Wow. Megan’s star T-shirt commentary gave me the willies and unearthed my own underlying uneasiness with this season. I love it and yet the violence is simmering….. thank you for helping me navigate through a wonderful show!

      • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anne-mccandless/1a/238/38a Anne

        I know – talk about a major light bulb moment on TLo’s part… I seem to be one of the few who doesn’t hate Megan, and while I think the writing is on the wall for her and Don, I’d hate to see her go like that. But thinking about it now, it would really be the perfect way for her to go in Don’s narrative – he wouldn’t have to deal with his own cheating guilt – he’d have to deal with a more complicated guilt and sadness of her death and not being good to her, etc…

        • Virginia McMurdo

          Ohhhh…I agree. Thought of one more thing that happened prior to the red star shirt but still is unsettling as more on the Sharon Tate connection – her miscarriage :S

    • Jackie4g

      Apropos of nothing, what’s up with the “w” on your printer? All the “w”s are faded out on my monitor.

    • ccinnc

      I made a dress in 8th grade Home Ec (1968-69) out of the floral fabric of Betty’s sleeveless blouse in the camp restaurant scene. Still have a picture of it.

      • Spicytomato1

        That was my favorite look of the episode! I knew it wasn’t really significant to the story but aesthetically it just jumped out at me. I’d wear it now in a heartbeat.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      You guys did a brilliant job today. Thanks!!

    • rage_on_the_page

      I was so proud of myself for noticing the connection between Abe’s bloody shirt and Megan’s star! Can’t believe it ran even deeper. Are they foreshadowing something terrible happening to Megan? At this point, her story doesn’t seem to be going anywhere else, and she’s kind of the perfect tragic character (read: too nice). Now that she’s so famous, perhaps a stalker murder? *shudder*

      • ldancer

        Maybe they’re just connecting Megan with the more strident youth culture taking form at that time. I could see her going radical chic.

        • sekushinonyanko

          She seems way too irritated with her dad’s Marxist bullshit to have a lot of patience for dealing with other radicals, and their talking emptily about their hope for revolution. Plus Megan often comes across pretty fluffy and naive.

          • ldancer

            Oh, good point. I’d forgotten about her dad.

          • not_Bridget

            I agree. Megan was raised in a household with a “Marxist”–who is firmly employed by the establishment.

          • ldancer

            Good point. I’d forgotten about her dad.

    • AlisonS

      Here were some thoughts that I had while watching this episode:
      The first scene up there, Peggy is essentially wearing Don & Ted’s shirt colors. Each color simultaneously looks like it’s taking over or being taken over by the other depending on how you look at it. The men in her life are represented in her outfit, and she’s no where to be seen.
      Megan’s shirt with her co-star has all the same colors as Betty’s at the camp but lighter shades. She’s fading away in Don’s eyes.
      That final scene of Peggy’s was painful and beautiful. She too seemed to recede into the background.
      Joan may be in B&G but the swirling pattern screamed all the conflict she has inside. She doesn’t like Greg being her son’s father but Roger isn’t the father her son needs either. I’m sure the former feelings for Roger are also being stirred up in this scene.

      Things you pointed out:
      Holy shit with the knife scene & the call back.
      Holy shit with the Sharon Tate references. I noticed right away the sounds of the sirens. I wondered if it was all of NY but they weren’t as loud in Peggy’s scenes –including when she was in the ambulance.

      • vm9799

        yes, my husband kept saying how strange it was that the sirens were SO loud all the way up in the penthouse area of that building. didn’t seem realistic to him at all, especially when they weren’t that loud in the ambulance scene.

        • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

          I live in a pretty wild neighborhood in Chicago, so I kept pausing Mad Men to make sure it wasn’t sirens outside of my apartment! I started thinking they just don’t want us to hear anything Megan has to say anymore.

          • bxbourgie

            I did the same thing. I live in NYC on the first floor so loud ass sirens are the norm. I actually thought the siren noises were coming from outside, so I turned the TV up louder so I could hear what they were saying and the siren noises got louder too! That’s when I realized it was in the scene. Then it happened again when they were on the balcony.

          • bxbourgie

            I did the same thing. I live in NYC on the first floor so loud ass sirens are the norm. I actually thought the siren noises were coming from outside, so I turned the TV up louder so I could hear what they were saying and the siren noises got louder too! That’s when I realized it was in the scene. Then it happened again when they were on the balcony.

          • sekushinonyanko

            I wonder if “finding creative ways for us to ignore Megan” will become a running gag.

            • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

              Ha!

            • joything

              A YouTube is sure to appear from somewhere. “Ignoring Megan.”

          • mcpierogipazza

            That would have been me in DC (less so in Brooklyn for some reason), where I couldn’t always tell if sirens were on TV or outside, and that once included gunshots during Law and Order that actually were outside.

        • Laylalola

          I kept going back and forth trying to remember whether the sirens seemed that loud the one summer I spent in NYC as an intern on a floor level close to that of the Drapers and just couldn’t decide if it seemed realistic or not, especially given that one scene was on the balcony and I didn’t know whether the balcony doors were still open in the second scene.

          (Edited to add: Actually, come to think of it, I don’t know what floor the Drapers lived on, I was thinking it was below the 20th floor for both them and Sylvia and her husband (something like 18th and 17th floors) but now that you mention the penthouse maybe I’m just thinking of apartment numbers rather than floors.

          • siriuslover

            They live on the 17th floor, the Rosens on the 16th.

        • fursa_saida

          I suppose I don’t know how tall the Drapers’ building is, but my parents live on the ninth floor in the middle of Boston and you’d be surprised how loud road noise can be up there. It floats upward pretty good.

          • elizabeth

            In a narrow city street with tall buildings on either side, the sound from the street just echoes on up. It can get pretty loud even on the 20th floor, as I recall.

        • mcpierogipazza

          I was noticing that for a change you could hear street noise in their apartment, as it’s a lovely TV version of Manhattan where you don’t, even relatively high up.

      • leighanne

        The moment that sticks with me the most from this episode was Peggy’s expression in the last scene, hurt and worn out and caught in the middle between Don and Ted. it’s like all the rejections and losses from the episode, incl Abe, suddenly become real to her.

        • bxbourgie

          I felt bad for her at that moment. She thought she was leaving SCDP to start new with CGC, it sort of looked for a second there that things were going well with her and Ted, professionally anyway, even if that kiss might have made things a little awkward, and BOOM, she’s right back with Don, and now has to figure out where she fits at the new agency.

          • Chris

            Maybe it’s her realization that all the male bosses are the same that will compel her to start something of her own? Maybe she will decide the only way is to be her own boss.

          • not_Bridget

            After the initial confrontation, Don indicated he wasn’t angry that she had not supported him. But that she was too wishy-washy to have an opinion.

            Long ago, he gave her a chance & even saved her job after her childbirth & hospitalization. But he was never “gentle” with her. He always expected the best & wanted her to speak out. It’s time for her to speak out. (And see a head hunter. But probably not Duck.)

          • fursa_saida

            Judging by the way it was shot, where she fits is going to center around the boardroom–either she’s going to get herself in there, or she’s going to be more explicitly stuck on the outside looking in.

        • bxbourgie

          I felt bad for her at that moment. She thought she was leaving SCDP to start new with CGC, it sort of looked for a second there that things were going well with her and Ted, professionally anyway, even if that kiss might have made things a little awkward, and BOOM, she’s right back with Don, and now has to figure out where she fits at the new agency.

      • Lisa_Co

        I have to say I hear so many sirens here in NYC at first I wasn’t sure if they were outside or on the show.

    • Frank_821

      Great assessment on Bob Benson’s wardrobe

      I agree people are reading too much and over analyzing Bob’s role in the series. He’s not comign across trustworthy but that could be because his style is to be a sycophant. But he seems capable of being an effective sycophant

      I see how he contrasts with both Pete and Ken

      Pete is a decent salesman with decent but not great people skills but he’s a great ideas man who’s been very forward thinking. The man has great instincts

      Ken is not as forward thinking but he knows how to read his clients and he’s a great salesman who’s effortless at it

      Bob seems have neither Ken’s salesmanship nor Pete’s instincts for potential accounts. Ergo he comes across as being a little obvious and suspicious. Ken’s perceptive enough to pick up on Bob manueverings. Pete right now is vulnerable enough to fall for them

      • sekushinonyanko

        I’m not sure if Pete’s falling for them, as much as just rolling with it, kind of like Joan is. It seems these characters both have bits of suspicion on their faces from time to time, but Bob’s so cute and nice and they’re both so thin on genuine colleagues in the office they’re like “fuck it, sure, Bob.”

        • decormaven

          Yes to this. Remember, Bob didn’t mind picking up toilet paper for Pete after work one night. He’s so helpful and friendly. Still watching his every move, though.

          • sekushinonyanko

            Their relationship seems to be quite symbiotic. Bob supplies minor conveniences and a friendly face for them, and when his job is on the line, they have his back, and likewise they’ll still have it if it comes to him vs someone else for a promotion. And that sets him on track to join the little coalition that Joan and Pete seem to have going with one another once he’s further along in his career.

    • Li’l Sally

      This first time commenter & vintage clothes collector wants to thank you for channelling Janie and Matt’s brains with your wonderful insights.

      Fabulous connections of the Abe/Megan white underwear, his stabbing and the ominous Sharon Tate star. (All it made me think of was Macy’s; proof their advertising works.)

      I’ve long predicted the season will end on a cliffhanger of Don on the lobby floor with Doc Rosen over him. (coming full, hellish circle back to the first scene of season, with Megan in orange screaming above him.) Now I’m wondering if instead Megan will be stabbed in Central Park; it’s been pointed out for two seasons that she fears the Park (Sally to Glen; Megan to Arlene).

      I noticed that Megan’s “prison stripes” outfit brought to life one of my favorite lines from Season 4, Atherton’s introduction of Faye as the woman who created The Carefree Gal in White Slacks. As Arlene noted, Megan is very much a tease and was dressed for a date that night. Every girl in the 50s and 60s was encouraged to show off her perfect figure with white pants or shorts, while being confident of not pulling a Sally at the Museum of Natural History by using the latest sanitary pad/tampon the advertising industry claimed as foolproof.

      • ldancer

        I don’t read Megan’s look in that scene as being a tease at all. I think her colleague would hit on her no matter what she was wearing. Megan’s outfit is all innocent Easter basket colors and girlishness. It’s such a manipulation for what’s her name to call her that. Not to mention, Megan seems pretty naive about the whole notion of getting it on with another lady. That’s probably so far from her consciousness. I sorta wish she would, she might have some much needed fun.

      • TobeyGal

        Good point on Megan being scared of the park..

      • TobeyGal

        Good point on Megan being scared of the park..

      • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anne-mccandless/1a/238/38a Anne

        Good god – the Park. Good call.

      • Alice Teeple

        If the Drapers live on Park Avenue on the UES, they are in close proximity to Central Park. And they had every right to be afraid of it. It’s still dangerous at night.

      • fursa_saida

        That’s “dressed for a date” to you? Megan wears that kind of thing every day of the week when Don comes home. Megan’s not a tease; Arlene is at the very least pretty aggressive, if not slipping into full-on creeper territory. Megan doesn’t feel she can be as off-putting as maybe she’d like to be because of the work situation.

    • Jill

      I love you guys. Thank you.

    • ldancer

      Did anyone notice that in the scene where Peggy is disheveled from her night of bayonets and breakups, she and Moira have switched palettes from the earlier scene you called out?

      I LOVE Margaret’s print. But she freaks me out; she never looks like an adult. She always looks like a 14-year-old playing dress-up. I’m sure that’s intentional but to what purpose?

      Love that soap opera scene. I could almost hear the ominous music. I felt like I was back at my grandmother’s apartment, sitting on her plastic-covered blue velvet couch, eating chocolate and watching One Life To Live with her.

      • decormaven

        Yes, the print on Margaret’s dress is almost Vera in its motif; glad for the screen cap. I think part of her jeune look is due to the actress’s petite stature. The hair style she’s wearing gives her a bit more height than we saw in her pre-wedding days.

        • Chris

          It looked like an Emilio Pucci to me. His stuff, particularly at that time, is gorgeous.

          • decormaven

            That as well. I’d give a nickel (honestly, more than that) to have a detailed listing of what vintage labels have been used in this show. Please, please, please have an Ultimate Fan giveaway and let some lucky BK go eyeball these beauties up close. I would SWOON!

        • ldancer

          So THAT’S the solution to my short stature! I need to go get a bouffant RIGHT NOW!

          • not_Bridget

            No, no. You don’t.

        • Munchkn

          Target has some Vera scarves for sale right now. I think I had one back in the day.

          • decormaven

            Thanks! I’ve seen some table linens starting to pop up at TJ Maxx. It’s interesting; a woman in ATL purchased the rights to Vera’s designs back in the 00s; she had a bit of a legal tussle with Vera Wang, who was getting ready to launch Very Vera at Kohls. It finally was settled, and now the Vera designs are showing up once again in the marketplace.

      • fursa_saida

        Loved Megan’s accent in that scene as well!

      • editrixie

        I covet Margaret’s dress. It would look terrible on me since I’m not good in jewel necks or sleeveless, but godDAMN I want that so bad.

      • librarygrrl64

        I also loved Peggy’s obvious bed head. It looked so natural.

    • PowerfulBusiness

      Usually, your style recaps make me sit back and quietly ruminate with a thoughtful look at the sky. All of the things you two pointed out this week truly did make me go, excuse my language, “Holy sh%*…holy sh*%!!” Is the second half of Season 6 going to end up being my favorite Mad Men season of all?

      • Spicytomato1

        I know. It made me realize just how unsophisticated my viewing of the show is. I feel like I’m learning but I’m nowhere near an A student yet.

    • Eric Stott

      Bob will let some piece of very old Sterling-Cooper gossip drop, Joan will ask where he heard that, he’ll answer “Sal told me”.

      • Itsonreserve

        Ooh. It might actually explain how he knows exactly who to align himself with.

        • Eric Stott

          Y’know, allow for the hair color & he does look a bit like Sal…a younger brother in spying? (I’m really taking a trip to Fantasyland here)

          • Itsonreserve

            Ha! If I could dream the rest of the story up, I’d have Bob and Joan go to that gay bar exactly as TLo described, to find Sal holding court at the piano, finally living his best life, as Oprah would later say.

      • Chris

        Well the secret will be out if he ever kisses Joan- that’s how she sussed Sal out. One kiss is all it takes for Ms. Holloway-Harris.

      • Chris

        Well the secret will be out if he ever kisses Joan- that’s how she sussed Sal out. One kiss is all it takes for Ms. Holloway-Harris.

    • fitzg

      The scene with Pete and Joan in the purple dress — seems like Pete was styled to look like Roger — a lot of gray, black and silver, and a vest with his jacket off, something I feel like we’ve seen on Roger a bunch of times over the past couple of seasons. Again, raising the question whether Pete is hitting on (or planning to hit on) Joan. For the record, I hope Joan has better sense.

      • not_Bridget

        I must say that Roger looked smart when he visited Joan. The grey & white definitely suit his color. Just the summer outing look for a gentleman of his age…

      • quitasarah

        I’m not convinced Pete’s making a play for Joan. When he has that on his mind he’s usually much creepier and persistent. I think he feels like he became closer to Joan through the IPO work they did together and he’s looking for an ally/friend. But, as I said in another comment, I thought Stan was done with Peggy after the Heinz debacle, so what do I know?

        • fursa_saida

          I agree, it doesn’t feel sexual to me. And I think Pete’s tendency to go for unsure, easily dominated girls means Joan wouldn’t necessarily strike him as a prospect–he’d never get that wish-fulfillment power trip out of her.

          • elizabeth

            Exactly. Can you imagine Pete trying to get Joanie to call him her “king”?! The mind boggles…

      • librarygrrl64

        They are doing some amazingly subtle things with Pete these days. His hair (head and sideburns), makeup, and costumes all make him look believably years older, on the verge of middle-aged. Great job there.

    • Lisa

      Don was right in terms of his instructions to Peggy about how an executive is supposed to act though. She should have given her opinion. Both men would have respected her more, if they thought that she was just saying what she thought rather than worrying about how they would respond. (Harry Crane, on the other hand, knows nothing about creative, and so he was right to keep his mouth shut.) I actually think that once Peggy gets over her crush on Ted, she and Don will become friendly again.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I hope you’re right about the relationship between Don and Peggy. I think Don was at his peak when he mentored Peggy and I think she fed off of his energy (before it became toxic). I still think Peggy is Don’s new “Anna” (a woman he can have a meaningful relationship with in a non-sexual way), he just needs to stop belittling her and get his head straight.

        • Lisa

          She set the terms for their relationship back at Alphabet Soup, when she told him that she was hoping that Ted would be a good influence on him. That was pretty belittling, in my opinion. I doubt she would put it that way now though, subsequent to some of her illusions about Ted being shattered. So maybe they will be in a position to be friendly to one another again. Not friends, but friendly.

          There was no reason for Ted and Don to bring Peggy in except to claim victory, but her wishy-washy response was not professional. Can you imagine Don giving that kind of response, if someone asked for his opinion? He either would have said, “I don’t have time for this, figure it out yourselves” or he would have stated a firm opinion. In his own way, he is still mentoring her. He’s just not doing it as kindly as we would like for him to be.

          • siriuslover

            Though I think Don needed to hear what Peggy said since he intentionally got Ted drunk and walked him back in the creative room to look like a fool.

            I would also say that when Don came into her office later she said she wouldn’t be party to their stupid tug of war and told him to figure it out himself.

            I agree that Peggy should be more assertive in this regard, but I don’t think it’s fair to place the blame squarely on her shoulders.

            • Glammie

              Sorry, Ted start that bit of dick swinging when he shut down the meeting when Don arrived late. Don and Ted were playing their own macho game. Peggy should just leave them to it and hold her own.

      • Frank_821

        While Don is right she should should not be afraid to speak her mind, it is also evident both Don and ted are using her as a pawn in their battle to define their dominance. In Don’s case he berated her and mistreated her in his attitude as he often did. More to the point she did give her honest reaction at first but neither was satisfied. They pushed her into a corner.

        It’s telling that Pete was telling Don that he backed his approach and he gave a good reason why. There was no reason to drag Peggy in except to further their tug of war

        • deborah wolff

          I’ve watched that first scene several times now, and it is very subtle, but when they ask her the question, she looks at Ted and he gives her his “lovey eyes”, it was very manipulative. She should have made a decision and answered the question. She put herself into this situation.

          • Lisa

            When Peggy first gets pulled into the meeting, she is given the choice between “Mouthwatering, savory, delicious taste” (Don) vs. “Mouthwatering, savory, delicious taste….and price” (Ted). She appears to at first think that the addition of price as an attribute would be *low* price, and so has no problem immediately siding with Ted.

            But when she finds out that Ted is acting like high price is a selling point, she gets totally thrown off. And I think for good reason, because the idea that someone would buy a particular brand of margarine as a “status” product is really weird to me. People pay extra for Chivas Regal to impress their friends and to feel like the kind of person who drinks that kind of product, and because they expect to be rewarded with a really special experience. But margarine is never going to be perceived as a status product, even if it is more expensive than the competitive margarines. And especially since at this period health claims had not been made for margarine yet (Ted acknowledges that in a previous episode when he said that no brand had claimed the “Professor” spot in his GIlligan’s Island scheme), there is no good reason that people would be buying margarine rather than butter other than because of the price. If you want to impress your friends or feel like you’re treating yourself or sophisticated, you’re going to buy butter.

            Don explains this pretty clearly, and Pete (who’s pretty smart when it comes to this kind of thing) agrees. I feel sure that Peggy sees that Ted’s argument is wrong too, but she doesn’t want to say so because she has a crush on Ted. Which, as Don says, is unprofessional.

            • Lattis

              Well said, Lisa! I’m with you.

              Also –

              instead of the loose, sometimes confrontational style they (Don and Peggy) used to enjoy with each other, their scenes now feel tense and clipped. We’re surprised by how much that … hurts.

              This!!! Man. I hate seeing it happen. But, maybe it won’t kill Peggy – but make her stronger. I am hoping for that.

            • Glammie

              Yeah, Don’s pretty attuned into what’s going on with Peggy. Once again, Don’s tossing out some good advice along with his rudeness to Peggy.

              Though, hell, maybe part of the reason Peggy learned so much under Don is that he doesn’t play with her feelings the way Ted has. Peggy’s actually really vulnerable that way. It’s possible that the kindest thing Don’s ever done to Peggy is to not use his charm on her.

              Part of Don knows he’s bad news.

            • JeynePoole

              You know it kind of fits Don to react in that way, seeing as he only likes the beginnings of things. She’s now a threat to him, she could be more powerful than him, rather than his pupil.

            • Glammie

              I don’t think the Don/Peggy dynamic works like that. They are well past the beginnings and Don has always wanted her back. (He hasn’t tried to get back his old girlfriends.) He told her when he formed the new agency that if she didn’t join them, he’sd spend the rest of his life trying to get her back. It’s actually one of the most romantic moments in the show. But it’s also just business. I don’t think Don is threatened by competition. He seems, if anything, to kind of enjoy it–the big exception was when he sabotaged Ginsberg–though that also kept Ginsberg effectively down. I expect he’ll eventually come out on top re: Ted Chaough whose creativity’s a little more superficial.

              Faye’s remark was both true and reductionist as such research is.

    • Lisa

      Don was right in terms of his instructions to Peggy about how an executive is supposed to act though. She should have given her opinion. Both men would have respected her more, if they thought that she was just saying what she thought rather than worrying about how they would respond. (Harry Crane, on the other hand, knows nothing about creative, and so he was right to keep his mouth shut.) I actually think that once Peggy gets over her crush on Ted, she and Don will become friendly again.

    • Janet B

      This season’s styling brings me back to my childhood, big time. I grew up riding in that station wagon, except in a blue green.

      • decormaven

        Is this the model where the third set of seats folded down so when they were pulled up, the kids rode facing the oncoming traffic?

        • Janet B

          Yes, so very exciting. And there were seat belts too, our previous station wagon didn’t have them.

          • decormaven

            So cool! Ford Country Squire.

        • Alice Teeple

          We had a car like that! It was exciting to get to ride in the “way back” seat. My parents didn’t allow it much, because they were afraid of getting rear-ended and hamburger for children.

        • fursa_saida

          Oh my god! My preschool best friend’s parents had a station wagon like that. We were always clamoring to ride in the backwards seats.

        • librarygrrl64

          We had a 1970s Chevy Caprice Classic wagon like that. And the entire back window could be rolled down electronically from the rear seat; GREAT safety feature, eh? We used to make signs that said, “Help, we’re being kidnapped!” and hold them up for the drivers behind us when the car was packed with us and our neighbors, heading to a Phillies game. Jesus, we were brats.

      • TobeyGal

        It’s amazing that at some point in time, wood paneling was considered a good look for a vehicle.

      • TobeyGal

        It’s amazing that at some point in time, wood paneling was considered a good look for a vehicle.

        • Munchkn

          It’s recalling the old Woodies from the 30s and 40s. I still like the way woodies looked and, TBH, I rather like the better wood panels on 60s station wagons if they’re in great shape -not faded or anything like that.

      • Heidi/FranticButFab

        We used to go car camping in one of those. My mom made little curtains for the windows!

    • beebee10

      You guys, this was incredible. One of your best mad styles of this season! I love your analysis of Peggy and I agree that her and Don’s arc is the most sad at the moment.

      And RED MACRAME PANT SUIT! Astounding!
      (Wow, she’s got something coming her way and it’s not going to be pretty, poor thing.)

      • TobeyGal

        Yes, and I hope it’s not a macrame plant hanger. My mom still has about 800 from the early 70’s.

      • deborah wolff

        That is crochet, not macrame.

        • beebee10

          Yes, crochet pant suit! Thoroughly amazing. thanks.

    • Chris

      I love the consistency in the costuming. Of course Betty would pick a shorts silhouette identical to the ones she wore in Ossining (her old sleeveless button up short sleeve was yellow I think). Of course Peggy would have polka dot dresses with bows on the neck. Only now her clothes are much more expensive, fitted and body conscious.

      • fursa_saida

        She looked damn good in that red, white, and blue number.

        • Chris

          Yes she did. It fit her to a t. It was tailored beautifully and though very crisp and business like it was also slightly sexy due to the way it hugged her curves. I think it’s one of the most flattering things she has ever worn. I don’t know if its supposed to be due to her crush on Ted but Peggy has been breaking out some figure hugging and flattering dresses lately like the two polka dot ones and the beige and white underdress to the mod/futuristic one. It’s a departure from the boxier suits she started wearing when she changed firms. Her black funeral dress in her Stan scene was a little slinky and super flattering. Abe never seemed to bring the sexy out in Peggy even when she was in her nighties and lingerie. Although its hard to be sexy when you are cohabiting with Mike Stivic aka Meathead .

    • Kit S.

      Sharon Tate was pregnant when she was murdered…

      • Watts

        That was EXACTLY my thought when I read that connection.

      • Watts

        That was EXACTLY my thought when I read that connection.

        • sarahjane1912

          Ha ha! So Reddit. The ‘Megan Draper as Sharon Tate’ connection is already a ‘thing’.

        • sarahjane1912

          Ha ha! So Reddit. The ‘Megan Draper as Sharon Tate’ connection is already a ‘thing’.

      • Chris

        To string this Manson thing out a bit more (maybe too far) Bob Benson looks an awful lot, right down to the side part hair, like Jay Sebring who was killed alongside Sharon Tate and Abigail Folger that night. Do not accept any invitations to a party at the Drapers!!

        • SonOfSaradoc

          You’re right – the resemblance between Bob Benson and Jay Sebring is uncanny. Any MM cast members who look like heiress Abigail Folger or actor Wojtek Frykowski? I would hope that MW would never be that literal, but it would be both awful and of-the-times to have a multiple murder.

          I am comforted, though, because Mad Men is not ‘that kind of show.’ Let’s hope.

          • Chris

            I do think something will happen but it won’t be so literal. When you look back at the violence or implied danger this season most of it is directed at females connected to Don-Betty and Sally in the car, Peggy frightened with the bayonet, Sally and Ida, Megan and her Sharon Tate outfit. It also makes me recall Don’s fear about Megan’s potential abduction last season in “Far Away Places,” Sally and Pauline with the knife talking about the Specter murders and Don “strangling” his past. Their is a lot of implied violence towards women. Most of them have been afraid in their own homes.

    • golden_valley

      You guys enhance my appreciation of MadMen a thousandfold. Thank you so much.

      Is that an authentic Mountain Dew bottle I see in front of Harry? Haven’t seen one of those in years!

      • decormaven

        Yep. Good eye!

    • golden_valley

      You guys enhance my appreciation of MadMen a thousandfold. Thank you so much.

      Is that an authentic Mountain Dew bottle I see in front of Harry? Haven’t seen one of those in years!

    • TobeyGal

      Betty’s hair was all rumple-frumple in the gas station scene, then she coiffed it for seeing Don in the camp dining room.

    • Watts

      Honest question – is that the first graphic T (graphic as in has a graphic printed on it, not graphic re: Tate) we’ve seen on a character in Mad Men?

      • Alice Teeple

        Bobby’s camp shirt, maybe?

      • Alice Teeple

        Bobby’s camp shirt, maybe?

        • Watts

          Ok, then, I’ll edit to say first on an adult character? If it is, that goes further to T&L’s thoughts about how often Megan is shown in childish/infantilizing clothing when she’s at home.

          That was my first thought, seeing her in a graphic t and just panties in that scene. I didn’t know about the Sharon Tate connection and hadn’t made the Abe connection, either.

        • Watts

          Ok, then, I’ll edit to say first on an adult character? If it is, that goes further to T&L’s thoughts about how often Megan is shown in childish/infantilizing clothing when she’s at home.

          That was my first thought, seeing her in a graphic t and just panties in that scene. I didn’t know about the Sharon Tate connection and hadn’t made the Abe connection, either.

          • Alice Teeple

            I think you might be right on that! I definitely noticed that Abe and she were hanging out in their underwear a lot, and thought it might suggest vulnerability, but once the red star shirt came about I knew there was a reason why it would stick out. I didn’t make the stripes connection though – that was a spot of TLo genius.

        • Carrie

          Or Bobby’s Speed Racer PJ’s from a couple episodes ago.

      • decormaven

        Think so. Don’t think any of the youngsters at the loft party in “The Rejected” were wearing graphic t-shirts. In this season’s “The Doorway,” the kids in abandoned building had on coats and sweaters.

        • Watts

          When I think about how much fashion has changed in the US in the last century that’s always a touchstone. I can remember when my dad or mom (born in the 1940s) would only have worn a graphic T outside of the house to either a sporting event they were participating in or to the gym. In other words, it was for sweating in.

          My mom still rarely, if ever, wears them but my dad will wear them out of the house more often. But never to, say, a restaurant or something like that.

          So, growing up, to me, t-shirts with things on them were for young people and kids.

          • Alice Teeple

            I totally understand that! It was the same attitude in my house (my parents would be Sally and Glen’s ages). They refused to get us clothes that would make us “walking billboards,” so I never really wore graphic t-shirts until high school, and most of them were ones I’d gotten from museums. I don’t remember my dad ever wearing a t-shirt with graphics until someone got him a Moe Howard shirt as a gag gift. He mostly wore it to garden. My mom never, ever wears graphic t-shirts, unless she’s working a fundraiser.

            • Watts

              We were allowed them as “souvenirs” as kids – so most of ours would be from places we’d visited or events we’d participated in. And then, later, in high school, they had no objection to me adding in t-shirts I’d bought at concerts.

              And I assure you, my 96-year-old grandmother, who would be, what? the same age as Bert Cooper?, has never worn one in her entire life.

            • Alice Teeple

              Yup! Same here! My parents would rather fork out money for an educational game or a “nice” souvenir than a shirt when we went places, so I didn’t get many t-shirts until I could buy my own.

              Your grandmother’s 96? That’s probably closer to Roger’s age! My grandmom never wore PANTS in her life – always dresses and housecoats – until the last month of her life when they made her wear them in the nursing home. A t-shirt would have been unthinkable. She was born in 1917.

            • Watts

              My grandmother embraced “slacks” long ago. BUT she does still have the “Get your hair did once a week” hairstyle. And she was born in 1916, making her mid-50s during the current season setting of Mad Men, so I guess you’re right she’s more Roger than Bert. Her generation was the WWII one or just a tad older.

            • greenwich_matron

              “walking billboards” – I remember my parents having the exact same attitude (I am about 10 years younger than Sally). Their attitude was that the t-shirt makers should pay me to wear their advertising. That attitude extended to designer jeans, and I was the last teenager in the world to get Calvin Klein jeans.

    • Chase

      TRUST US ON THIS ONE: Joan would be treated like a fucking movie star at
      any gay bar in the Village she strolled into. An entire drag subculture
      would spring up directly under her feet; countless young men saving
      their pennies to buy red wigs and padded bras. It would be glorious.

      Thank you so much for this paragraph. It made my morning.

      The Sharon Tate connection is also being discussed at UPROXX! You guys were quoted:

      http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2013/05/the-megan-draper-as-sharon-tate-theory-is-the-greatest-mad-men-theory-ever/

    • Chase

      TRUST US ON THIS ONE: Joan would be treated like a fucking movie star at
      any gay bar in the Village she strolled into. An entire drag subculture
      would spring up directly under her feet; countless young men saving
      their pennies to buy red wigs and padded bras. It would be glorious.

      Thank you so much for this paragraph. It made my morning.

      The Sharon Tate connection is also being discussed at UPROXX! You guys were quoted:

      http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2013/05/the-megan-draper-as-sharon-tate-theory-is-the-greatest-mad-men-theory-ever/

    • Alice Teeple

      More on the Sharon Tate connection: Sally reading “Rosemary’s Baby,” which was later directed by Roman Polanski. Also, Abe’s use of the word “pigs” in his conflict with the police. That was the word scrawled on the walls in Sharon’s blood. It’s some pretty macabre imagery.

    • Alice Teeple

      More on the Sharon Tate connection: Sally reading “Rosemary’s Baby,” which was later directed by Roman Polanski. Also, Abe’s use of the word “pigs” in his conflict with the police. That was the word scrawled on the walls in Sharon’s blood. It’s some pretty macabre imagery.

      • Chris

        Yes! Especially with the pigs comment by Abe. I wonder if it will be some backlash against Megan by a disgruntled friend for living the luxurious life in that apartment.

        • bxbourgie

          Wow you guys! Sharon Tate and Manson was before my time (I was born in 77), so I’m going to have to read up on this. Thanks for these little tidbits.

          • decormaven

            Aww, all this talk about Sharon Tate is going to make me fire up “Valley of the Dolls.” I did not remember that Esquire photo shoot with her in the red star t-shirt.

            • Alice Teeple

              I emailed Bill Helburn’s daughter last night and asked her about the photo, then looked up the shoot and found the other photo of Tate holding a quiver of arrows (which you can also see in the color version). There is another parallel here, not just to Sharon Tate, but to the Muhammad Ali “St. Sebastian” shoot, also an Esquire photo (by George Lois). Sharon’s shoot was about revolutionary violence and Marxism, etc (tying into Abe’s pro-revolutionary politics) and Ali’s shoot was about refusing to fight in Vietnam (tying into Stan’s anti-war politics).

            • siriuslover

              I tried to comment on your post on the other thread, but disqus wouldn’t let me. The St. Sebastian photo shoot ties into the comments about St. Sebastian last week. Now I’m going to read a little more on his martyrdom and see if I can square peg / round hole a Mad Men analysis.

          • Chris

            I read Helter Skelter years ago and it scared the bejabbers out of me. The crime scene pictures are whited out so you only see silhouettes and yet it is still terrifying. It’s one of those books that will have you sleeping with your windows locked at night. The savagery and seeming randomness (even though it wasn’t so random) are the stuff of nightmares. The fact that it was so anti-privilege makes that gorgeous Draper apartment that has already been breached seem ominous now.

            • librarygrrl64

              Yes, my parents had that book and I read it in junior high. Terrifying and nightmare-inducing. I still shudder just thinking about it.

          • Alice Teeple

            Ha ha! I was born in 79! I read a lot of bloodthirsty murder stories growing up, though. The whole connection to Megan listening to the Beatles and picking “Tomorrow Never Knows” is interesting, because stylistically, it’s closer to what the Beatles would be playing on the White Album. Charles Manson was obsessed with the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.”

          • janierainie

            I was a teenagers when the Manson killings happened. I remember just not believing people were capable of such horrible things. I recently watched a documentary about Roman Polanski that was very good, and its even more heartbreaking when you see how much they loved each other. “Roman Polanski Wanted and Desired”

            • editrixie

              That sounds like it was heavily fictionalized or given the hagiography treatment…the truth about the way he treated Sharon Tate was a lot rougher than that.

            • mcpierogipazza

              Roman Polanski is a pretty complicated guy, so I have to wonder about that depiction. Nice guys don’t rape teenagers.

            • janierainie

              I didn’t say it depicted him as nice. I was remarking on how it depicted his relationship with Sharon Tate. It was a very interesting documentary, and went into the rape thing in great detail. There’s no way he can get around what he did.

        • fursa_saida

          I mean, “pigs” is a super common term for cops and/or the bourgeoisie–really just anybody actively supporting or benefiting from the status quo–among a particular brand of revolutionary from way before any of this is happening. There’s a reason so many of the important characters in Animal Farm are pigs. I get the connection, but it’s a pretty unremarkable–even stereotypical–thing for someone like Abe to be saying.

          • quitasarah

            Agreed. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

          • Chris

            Maybe, but on MM very little is happenstance. Actors aren’t allowed to change even one word of the script. To anyone familiar with the Manson murders the word “pig” is very evocative. Megan’s T-shirt was just a t-shirt until one person made the Sharon Tate connection on twitter.

            • fursa_saida

              I agree with you in general about the writing of the show, and certainly I’m not coming with the same cultural background on the murders because I was born much later. I guess I just feel that in this case the word is SO basic vanilla for a character or person like Abe that it’s hard to read any meaning into it at all, like Don saying “whiskey” or something. But the fun part is that both things can be true at once! I don’t really object to adding Abe’s use of the word “pig” to the list of references/potential references; I just can’t buy the idea that it’s a major or direct one, because like I said, it’s just such a normal thing for him to say. I guess I just got the feeling that it was being jumped on like it was something that stuck out (since often references do; they don’t work if we don’t notice them), and to me it really didn’t, for Abe, at that time.

            • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

              Yeah, Pig is a very generic insult, but it says something that they threw all these references in this season, and most of them in the same episode (the stabbing, the t-shirt and the word ‘pig’). Besides, Abe was very emphatic in the word, so I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

            • Chris

              Yes, it’s one more rung on the ladder so to speak. Someone else here posted relating to the Manson theme that the night of the LaBianca murders a bayonet was used and at another residence they didn’t kill anyone but one of them defecated on the the stairs. One piece of information on its own isn’t conclusive but there are a lot of weird “coincidences” in the writing if it’s not deliberate.

      • CatherineRhodes

        Good catch. Very ominous, indeed.

      • fursa_saida

        I just went and read up on the weird coincidences/conspiracy theory around Sharon Tate and Rosemary’s Baby, not having known anything about it before, but even without knowing I was pretty freaked to see Sally reading it–not because I don’t think she could handle the story, but just in terms of what it might be symbolizing or foreshadowing. I do not feel better now. Cripes.

        • Glammie

          And she’s reading it in Megan’ bed, isn’t she? With the leopard print?

          • fursa_saida

            Yup D:

    • Democracy Diva

      Thank you for the Sharon Tate explanation – as one of your devoted young’uns, I didn’t recognize the tee shirt from her iconic photo, nor did I know her truly terrifying story. (Also, thank you for making my ignorance feel age-based rather than stupidity-based! Other, lesser bloggers would have made me feel pretty dumb for not knowing who she was.) They definitely bring a whole new level of horror to this already-violent episode (and season, for that matter). But even without knowing that the tee shirt had any meaning whatsoever, it was impossible to ignore the police sirens in Don & Megan’s scene. At one point, they literally had to shout over the siren sounds – that alone felt more ominous to me, that feeling of the city and the era’s violence encroaching into even their Park Avenue (I think) apartment, than anything else in the episode, errant bayonets included.

      But it was so exciting to have Betty back – not just her figure and the wardrobe that comes with it, but her ferocity and attitude and even wisdom. Also, in the “like butter” dress photo, she’s wearing the same showy earrings she wore in Rome, I think. But even the fabness of that look didn’t compare to bent-over Betty and her tight shorts. KILLING IT, GIRL.

      Bob Benson’s Tiny Little Shorts need their own spin-off, no? And I laughed out loud at your description of Joan hitting up a gay bar in the Village and getting completely fucking worshipped. SO true. Thanks for another wonderful Style recap!

      • OrigamiRose

        If I ever start a band, I may well call it Bob Benson’s Tiny Little Shorts.

        • fursa_saida

          Their opening act will be The Two Cups of Coffee.

          • formerlyAnon

            Or perhaps “Two Cups of Coffee” will be the first hit single.

      • Frank_821

        Yes the whole tragic tale fo Tate-La Bianca murders is more than terrifying. I remember how disturbed I was a child when the mini-series Helter Skelter came out. The Mansons didn’t just murder her and her unborn baby, they desecrated her. The whole concept and dangers of the cult of personality was so unfamliar to the public consciousness back then

        • Chris

          Yes it was something totally unheard of then- a seemingly motiveless crime. Vincent Bugliosi the prosecutor had a terrible time explaining the motive- a Beatles song that Manson thought was telling him to “start a revolution” against the “piggies” and “blame the Black man” for it. Even Rolling Stone, I believe, thought Manson and his crew were just poor persecuted hippies at first. Bugliosi had to convince people Manson was literally controlling every aspect of his follower’s lives. People didn’t know about the Terry Melcher/Manson connection to the house so it seemed like the carload of them just randomly picked that house and showed up. It really turned the world upside down when the news came out.

        • SonOfSaradoc

          Um – just read the Wikipedia article on the Manson family murders, and came up with more links to Mad men season 6. On the night after the Tate murders, Manson directed his ‘family’ to two more murder scenes – the LaBianca murders were committed with a bayonet, and another murder planned that night was abandoned but not before one of the clan defecated in the stairwell.
          These are too many parallels to ignore. Something particularly nasty is coming up.

          • Chris

            Now I’m worried for Peggy- hope she gets out of that “deathtrap” as she called it.

          • MisScarlett

            Wow, great additional info!

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          the prosecutor in the manson trials, vincent bugliosi, wrote a great book, also titled helter skelter. it’s a good read, and i highly recommend it for an overview of the whole psychedelic/violent culture in the late sixties.

    • ldancer

      Ooh, I also wanted to say how much I loved that shot of Don reflected in the glass sliding door of the balcony, staring at poor sad Megan in her Gut Wound Underoos. They’re already slipping out of eachother’s lives.

      • lumivalentine

        ‘gut wound underoos’ – I love you

    • JenJW

      Is it wrong that I enjoy TLo’s MM fashion posts more than MM itself? Excellent work as always, guys!

    • JenJW

      Is it wrong that I enjoy TLo’s MM fashion posts more than MM itself? Excellent work as always, guys!

    • ccinnc

      The service station attendant is so familiar-looking … who IS he? (Googling)

    • ccinnc

      The service station attendant is so familiar-looking … who IS he? (Googling)

    • OrigamiRose

      I got to the star/Sharon Tate discussion and *had* to skip down and comment because you’ve just blown my mind with this info. Seriously, what you do to broaden the understanding and appreciation of each episode cannot be understated. Thank you!

    • http://twitter.com/mirrormirrorxx Paola Thomas

      So for today in blue, yellow and green watch. (Blue = establishment, status quo, power, control, rule maintaining, conventional / green = independence, free thinking, rule-breaking, unconventional / yellow = essential self, innocence, honesty, naivety).

      From the top.

      Ted and Peggy are in yellow, Don, unusually is in grey and a much more subdued blue stripe than in recent weeks.Ted is arguing his case from the heart, Peggy is struggling with giving her honest opinion, Don for once is not seeking so much to control, but looking for Peggy’s essential self and her knack of getting into the hearts and minds of female consumers and is angry when instead she tries diplomacy.

      Megan in top to toe blue with Don is still trying to save the status quo and her marriage.

      In the confrontation between Peggy and Ted – for the first time he has put the blue jacket of control on over the green tie of devil may care rule-breaking. He’s trying to control himself AND Peggy. Interestingly Peggy wears elements of ‘whore red’ in these scenes. I think Abe is thinking of her as a corporate whore in their next confrontation.

      In the scenes between Megan and her swinging lady boss (name?). Lady boss is in green and obviously intent on breaking some rules here (with a little bit of controlling blue mixed in). Megan though wears the blue headscarf of power. She’s the one who doesn’t want to break the rules and has the final say in this scene. All the mixed colours she’s wearing underneath possibly hint to the mixed messages she’s been giving.

      The Sharon Tate teeshirt is CHILLING.

      In Peggy’s final scenes with Ted, SHE has finally put on the green dress of rule breaking (before he’s always been the one wearing green.). He however is now wearing another blue jacket of control (which is covering up the mustard yellow of his essential self). No hint of green about him at all. (And yes, Moira in green and now red is VERY interesting).

      Betty in her fabulous yellow gown has finally got back to her essential self and is comfortable in her skin, doing what Betty Draper does best.

      In the Father Abraham scenes, everyone is wearing some establishment blue, looking for just one moment like the traditional all-American family. Betty and even Don have hints of essential self yellow going on.

      Later on Don covers up his blue with neutral grey and Betty covers hers up with the pink of happy femininity. The following morning though Betty is firmly in blue and in control. Henry is the one wearing wearing naive, innocent yellow. Don’s blue is again covered.

      No idea what purple means for Joan.

      In the scenes with Bob Benson at the apartment – he’s the one with some sort of unconventional ideas and Joan is the one FIRMLY in control of the situation.

      Back at the office though, Bob is in control throughout the scenes with Pete and Joan is wearing the green of freedom and rule breaking (with a hint of controlling blue mixed in).

      Oh and does anyone else think that Megan in her whore red dress and short blonde wig looks like Raven from RPDR?

      • Alice Teeple

        I’m wondering if Moira is gunning for an affair with Ted herself, in a callback to Megan and Allison. She seems awfully suspicious of Peggy. It would be interesting and hilarious if both of them failed with him.

        • Orange Girl

          I wonder if Ted and Moira already had an affair. Got that feeling in the scene showing the first SCDPCGC partners meeting. And why is he yelling at his door, loud enough for Moira to hear, ” I should never have kissed you?”

    • Qitkat

      I had begun to wonder if I was becoming disinterested in the Mad Style posts. My mind could not connect well with the recent ones. But here I am fascinated, everything seems to be brought together, bearing fruit from all season long, and I’m back in the game with everyone.

      I don’t recall the Sharon Tate photo but I agree on the ominosity of the portent delineated with the red star tee shirt and the stabbings. So very clever of Janie Bryant.

      Betty looked glorious this episode, back from the brink, self-satisfied, happy, amused, connected in the way she wanted to be, on her terms, gently manipulating the men around her. I enjoyed all her scenes. Does she know Don better than anyone in his universe, or what?

      My poor Peggy. I was so tired of Abe, and his schlubbiness, and his (to me) faux revolutionary ideas. He talked the talk, but didn’t necessarily walk the walk, not any further than was comfortable for him, anyway. I have faith Peggy will dust herself off, and sadder, but wiser, continue to move forward in her career, and maybe, has learned a thing, or three, about her wants and needs, and how the men in her life treat her, doesn’t define her innate worth.

      More to say, back later.

      • MsKitty

        On point about Abe. When he was going on about Peggy being part of the Establishment (aka the enemy) I was like but you work for the New York Times, which isn’t exactly considered counterculture.

        • quitasarah

          I got the impression that he was free-lancing for the NYT. When he left the awards dinner he seemed really excited that it was for them, not like it was an everyday thing he did. At least that was my impression.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Right. He seemed excited by the idea that this story could lead to bigger things with the paper. He was very impressed by the assignment. Hypocrite.

            Reminds me of my anti-materialistic son who didn’t mind living in a very upscale neighborhood and being driven around in my Cadillac all the while scorning our lifestyle.

          • Kathryn Sanderson

            Maybe Abe is trying to be revolutionary from within, at least where freelancing for NYT is concerned. If you’re a freelancer, you take what you can get. He probably writes for counterculture publications, too, or maybe he’ll help start one after soon. In his private life, he walks the walk, refusing to give the cop all the details about his assailant, living in the diverse but dangerous neighborhood, taking the subway. Having a girlfriend who works in advertising doesn’t fit, and Peggy’s values don’t fit with his values.

        • fursa_saida

          Abe is a classic manarchist and I love it. He’s awful in such a real and familiar way, and he has absolutely no idea.

    • carolynmo

      That first scene with Peggy’s outfit–not only does it reflect the colors of Don and Ted’s shirts, but the coat makes it seem as if Peggy is being split down the middle by these two men. Perfect foreshadowing for the final scene. I think Janie outdid herself in this episode.

      • Alice Teeple

        This was one of her masterpieces, that’s for sure. Also, I wanted Peggy’s little polka dot dress.

    • Virginia McMurdo

      And Don gazing at Megan through the glass door…his reflection looked like a ghost! It told me how far apart they were emotionally but also made me feel creeped out….sirens wailing, she is in distress, etc. Sigh. I feel badly for ol’ Megan. She is trying so hard and in her own emotional decline. Great episode.

      • fursa_saida

        It also continues the one character dressed/one undressed trend, in possibly the most extreme iteration yet–full suit vs. panties. And not even look-at-me panties that are meant to be seen, just plain old underwear and a t-shirt.

        • Glammie

          Yeah, what a come down from her black anger-sex lingerie.

    • sleepycat

      Like I said on Facebook, Bob pings on the gaydar so hard. Everything about his facial structure/expression and pose scream gay to me. Given they used a gay man to play Sal, I think they are using another gay man for the part. Honestly if I wasn’t a bear (for those uninitiated, think overweight, hairy gay guy) I would be all over him.

      • SoulMo

        Do they still make his model of Gay? Because I don’t think I’ve ever encountered someone like him in my life, so he doesn’t really set off my Gaydar. I guess in the “he has no overt sexual tension with anyone” way but that’s about it. He seems too “Object Of My Affection” fantasy neutered Gay for me to feel any connection either way.

        • sleepycat

          Yes, and I have dated this model. Honestly the lamestream media (I can’t believe i just used that term) paints gays as super sexual, cookie cutter, white, and “fabulous.” I find this model is so much more intellectually and relationshiply rewarding, even though the overt sexual tension guys are nice to look at. Also perhaps you are getting the neutered feeling because the media wants to celebrate gays, but keep them as non-threatening to the dominate heterosexual lifestyle as possible.

          • SoulMo

            I guess… maybe for me is that, out of the 3rd tier characters given screen time, there’s not much I can gleam of “otherness/queerness” from Bob other than his lack of tension with everyone. In comparison Dawn’s otherness is really apparent compared to everyone else.

            Bob….. is just…. there…. all smiley…. and yeah, I guess, even in Mad Men, I’m a bit used to queer representations to be a bit more present/discernible. He reads dull as mashed potatoes, intricately put together affable mashed potatoes, but still, mashed potatoes. Perhaps this reflects why I don’t know anyone like him. This type of gay doesn’t run in Queer Progressive POC spaces, ever.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              It’s 1968. “Otherness/queerness” was not really an option for most gay people. Survival was.

            • Chris

              Janie Bryant has mentioned in interviews she has been using different colors for Bob’s clothes. His palette is a bit off from the others. At first I thought she was trying to show he was new and didn’t fit in at SCDP yet. Now, based on your observations I think it is her way of showing his “otherness” in a subtle way.

            • librarygrrl64

              Or showing that he has no set identity but will adopt the color scheme of whomever he is with or wants to impress, like a chameleon.

            • mcpierogipazza

              “all smiley” — That’s what makes him an Other in this context. I’m kidding. Sort of. His demeanor goes against the agency grain.

            • Mike R

              What on earth? This show is set in the 1960s, not 2013.

        • fursa_saida

          Definitely they do. He reminds me a lot of a bisexual friend of mine, if you ignore my friend’s eyebrow piercing. (My friend’s personality is very different–affable yes-man he is NOT–but the general affect is somehow reminiscent, for me. Go figure.)

      • LaurieS

        Is James Wolk gay? I did not know that! I have been nursing a crush on his adorableness for awhile… oh well!

        • sleepycat

          To be fully honest I have no clue, but he is one hell of an actor if he isn’t

    • Judy_J

      Megan wearing a t-shirt similar to one worn by Sharon Tate is ominous indeed, especially given the fact that the Draper apartment was breached by an intruder last week. That makes me nervous.

      • Mike R

        In my opinion, it doesn’t mean anything literal. I don’t think Janie Bryant would be so quick to admit to the connection if we had to worry about that. More that the whole culture is becoming saturated in violence, and Weiner is trying to reflect that in multiple ways.

        • librarygrrl64

          Yes, violence and fear and upheaval.

    • Chaiaiai

      That sweater Betty is wearing is the exact color of a Tab soda can. Which makes me wonder what she’s drinking in that scene? You can bet Miss Betty Hofstadt Draper Francis was a Tab girl.

      • Alice Teeple

        Mmmm. Tab.

        • siriuslover

          I can still sing the jingle!

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I thought she was drinking Fresca. I was hoping it was Patio!

        • decormaven

          It was Fresca.

        • Spicytomato1

          I think we can assume Patio tanked. Right?

    • AC Simons

      Fantastic Mad Style as usual – and so much of it! I have to say that Megan’s soap character in the last few panels looks like Raven from RuPaul’s Drag Race. That is not a bad thing.

    • Mike R

      Brilliant analysis! When people say this show is faltering on the plot and character sides (an argument I don’t agree with, for the record), I can’t help but think: Even if so, I really don’t care! This program is so rich with multilayered period detail and other fabulousity (with a mysterious rhythm all its own), and that alone is basically enough for me.

    • Orange Girl

      When I first saw Peggy’s red polka dots, I thought, she’s wearing dozens of red stop signs!

    • omg_dora

      OH BETTY I MISSED YOU SO MUCH

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I’ve been feeling very uncomfortable every time there’s a scene featuring Megan in her apartment, and now I know why: she reminds me of Lane Pryce’s wife/widow on his final days, when she seemed to be about to burst into tears any moment and then she was wandering on her home like a ghost; Megan is being acting the same way, even to the point that Don was able to shut down her after Sylvia was done with him, which is way different from the Megan of season 5, the one that would always confront Don.

      Megan is about to leave Don’s life any minute, I just hope they don’t kill her.

      • fursa_saida

        If anything violent happens to Megan I will be SO UPSET. Girl is already emotionally victimized enough, I don’t think I could stand to see her go through that kind of trauma.

        • Guest

          I hope she dumps the bastard, move to California and make the huge splash as an actress, she really deserves it.

        • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

          I hope she leaves the bastard and run away to California to make the big splash.

    • Leslie

      I don’t think Pete is trying to make a play on her, I think he is just lonely, and coming to realize how much he relied on Trudy for certain things (esp. with the recent mom business), so he’s really just looking for the Office Mommy to unload all his problems onto. Although Joan’s line about him being the only person in the office to never break a promise to her kind of reads as foreboding as well. So I guess I am just optimistically hoping for the best (Don’t do it Pete!!).

      On the note of Moira, I think she might be getting the Joan waiting-in-the-wings treatment. Obviously, it’s still far too early to tell what is going to happen at SCDPCGCABC, but the merger doesn’t seem to be going quite a smoothly, and even with all the layoffs, there are still too many cooks in the kitchen. Like, how many partners can there really be? If Peggy leaves, it might not be to another advertising agency, it might be a subcell at SCDPCGCABC that breaks away to form a new firm (with Bob Benson getting the promotion he wants!). Or, at least, I’m hoping that’s what it will be.

      It has not been touched upon at all, but I am still patiently waiting for my Betty childhood flashbacks, Matt Weiner.

      eta: my frame of reference is different, so I didn’t think of Sharon Tate when I saw Megan’s outfit. Instead, the red star read very much as Communism to me. Maybe it is also be a reference to all the 1968 uprisings going on in Europe at the time e.g. the Prague Spring (the next year in 69, student Jan Palach will set himself on fire in protest), the ongoing Vietnam War (Eddie Adams’ photo, which wins the Pulitzer in 1969), etc. etc.

      • NoveltyRocker

        “the red star read very much as Communism to me. Maybe it is also be a reference to all the 1968 uprisings going on in Europe at the time e.g. the Prague Spring (the next year in 69, student Jan Palach will set himself on fire in protest), the ongoing Vietnam War (Eddie Adams’ photo, which wins the Pulitzer in 1969), etc. etc.”

        That would echo back to her Communist father and mirror the “establishment vs. counter-culture” dynamic in Peggy and Abe’s scenes. Have to say I prefer this subtext to the Sharon Tate tie-in for Megan but I can’t ignore those crazy loud sirens that blared over her lines…

        • fursa_saida

          I vote both! But I’m greedy like that.

          • decormaven

            “I feel strongly both ways,” says Harry. S6, The Better Half

      • quitasarah

        Totally agree with the Pete/Joan dynamic you’ve outlined here. He’s much creepier when he’s trying to get into someone’s pants. He wants a friend/ally and he’s (weirdly) grown close to Joan since their work on the IPO. And besides, she’s obvs crushing on Bob Benson!

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          and pete is becoming less and less attractive as his hair recedes and those sideburns-ugh. he’s looking like a seedy scuzball, at least partly because he doesn’t have trudy to oversee his look and pump up his ego like he used to.

      • fursa_saida

        I really hope you’re wrong about Moira, because I desperately want to see more of Dawn as Joan’s protegee. (I recognize one doesn’t necessarily preclude the other, but when it comes to screentime it is kind of a zero-sum game.)

        I thought it was brilliantly astute, and very in character, for Joan to have noticed that for all his unlikeability, Pete is the only one who’s never explicitly let her down. A lot of people fail to notice these functional points for or against someone in favor of an overall personal reaction, but Joan’s way too practical for that.

    • charlotte

      The Sharon Tate thing is giving me the chills…
      A more minor note: Janie says in the costuming video on the AMC website that she chose the pink cardigan for Betty because it is a romantic color.

      (And yay, I’m back! Has anyone else had trouble logging in to Disqus in the last couple days? If it showed up at all, that is…)

    • http://theargiehome.blogspot.com/ Gus Casals

      Once again, Bravo! You left me speechless with the Abe/Megan parallel. You are good, and Ms Byrant, she’s even better.

    • MartyBellerMask

      So. Much. Wow.
      Take a nap, fellas, you’ve earned it!!!

    • pattycap11

      this is so fun to read. ps now i’m on edge about megan! pps long live butter! i mean, betty.

      • Danielle

        Holy cow – Betty/Butter, Megan (version of Margaret)/Margarine. How did I not see that before?

    • pattycap11

      and bob is a coffee cup. guffaw!

      • Alice Teeple

        That was so brilliant, TLo!

      • http://twitter.com/mxmstrmnn max mustermann

        I cannot unsee it!

      • quitasarah

        LOVED this observation. Favorite of the whole post that’s chock full of beautiful wisdom nuggets.

    • EEKstl

      Professors T and Lo have spoken. Brilliant. Best part of my day so far!

    • http://www.facebook.com/evie.michael Evie Michael

      What struck me about Peggy’s first outfit was that the white panels were two halves of one whole…a pretty literal statement! She’s torn between Don and Ted.

    • Zaftiguana

      My husband would look so hot in those shorts, and I will just never be able to make that happen.

      In other news, I’m majorly worried for Megan. She’s looking more and more like the doomed sacrificial lamb to the joint themes of Don’s decline and New York City’s.

    • carnush

      I just loved that Bob Benson has the coffee cup even out of the office. Did he come over with two cups of coffee and give Joan one? So funny.

      • librarygrrl64

        I hope he bought Starbucks stock later in life. ;-)

    • judybrowni

      In the sixties, I had versions of both betty’s first sleeveless shirt, and Megan’s.

      Just sayin’ Janie Bryant is right on the nose.

      • charlotte

        And ModCloth still sells them today. Everytime I am on that website I categorize the clothes in regard to Mad Men characters.

        • decormaven

          That looks like either a Villager or a Ship to Shore sleeveless shirt.

          • librarygrrl64

            OMG, Villager! That’s a blast from the past. :-)

      • Qitkat

        I wore shirts like that all the time growing up in the fifties and sixties too. I guess it surprises me that they were even worthy of comment, lol, they were so standard. Are they not worn anymore? I don’t care for sleeveless as I’ve gotten older, so I don’t even look for them in stores.

    • siriuslover

      oh my gosh, and with the discussion of Sharon Tate and Manson, all the devil allusions from last week suddenly fell into place. You guys are brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I will be typing more, but I had to scroll down and make this comment. Now to finish the post.

      ETA: now that I’ve finished the post, I have to say that once you put into words the end of Peggy’s relationship with Don, it broke my heart a little. As poorly as he treated her, I always felt that somehow they would find a way to reconnect as friends–remember that scene of the two of them in the movie theater last season? But with this merger, Peggy’s lost her voice. Very sad.

      • PowerfulBusiness

        Yes, 100% agree. I never thought of it until T & Lo said it, that the dissolution of their friendship is sadder than the dissolution of Don’s marriages.

      • pattycap11

        i am hoping that’s not true. the thing is, i always look forward to don and peggy interacting. it’s absolutely awful the way he’s so nasty to her at times, but it’s striking, almost shocking, to me that he is so engaged. what is going on? it’s like nobody can get to him the way she can. there is a real meaning to their relationship. that’s why i do see hope for their work future. he still respects her a lot and wants her to respect him. he’s just nutty and hateful about it. but it’s still interesting. usually, for good or bad, he couldn’t care less what other people think. i think there is some thread between them that can’t be broken. i am thinking of the first season when he came to see her in the hospital. or “the suitcase” episode. they know each other better than anyone and you can’t just stop that. i’m not saying it’s sexual. i just mean it’s very deep. i don’t see them never interacting or not getting to a better place with each other, even if she leaves the firm. and i don’t see her being stuck for very long. peggy is a fighter and she learns fast. i feel she will find a way to maneuver her way forward whether she stays or goes.

        • siriuslover

          Totally agreed on all fronts. Let’s cross fingers together.

    • crash1212

      God, I remember my older brother wearing Bob-shorts…such a correct blast from the past. Another great, thought provoking post TLo – thanks again for all the effort you put into these. It also inspired me to follow @janiebryant! The Sharon Tate reference is TOO creepy!

    • Lisa

      Now that Pete and Peggy are both (for the moment) unattached, what do we think is the likelihood that they will get together? Is there any chance that this could be a good thing for them?

      • ikillplants

        Hmm, that’s tempting, but I think that storyline has been put to bed. Pete and Peggy haven’t gotten any memorable scenes together alone this season, and you just know that Ted and Peggy are barreling towards office sex.

        • Lisa

          I think that even if Ted were to decide to give in to temptation, Peggy is done with him on a romantic level. In her mind, he was an idealized version of what she wanted Don to be, and that made her interested in him. But now that he has shown himself to be no better than Don in a variety of respects, and in some ways even worse than Don, she’s not going to be interested any more.

          Pete though….she actually was in love with Pete, for a long time. They don’t have scenes together except in passing (including the one where she took his side by saying she liked Frank Gleeson), but it feels like the reason is because they are purposely avoiding one another because of their history. If this were real life, eventually there would be more between them, as sort of a catharsis. Not necessarily a romance, but something like Betty and Don had: some kind of interaction (not necessarily sexual) that felt positive and close.

          I sort of feel like Peggy actually is the person who would be best for Pete, out of all possibilities. But he would have to conclude that he didn’t want the things that he thought made Trudy a good choice (wealth, conventional beauty, charm, sophistication, vivacity) and that other characteristics were more important. This being Mad Men though, probably he always will be too superficial for that and therefore any relationship would be a disaster. Rarely on this show do people turn into better versions of themselves, except occasionally. The fact that Betty in this episode is one of those exceptions is why we all like her so much.

      • quitasarah

        No, nope, don’t even go there. Bad news for all.

      • Onirica

        I still ‘ship’ Pete and Peggy very much, even though I don’t think it’ll ever happen again, (and knowing that everyone hates Pete Campbell). I can’t help it.

    • CatherineRhodes

      Wow, I need a cigarette after reading that post! Excellent work, TLO.

      Peggy’s dress — even the color is non-committal, Bob Benson — a walking coffee cup “ready to serve,” Abe and Megan’s callbacks as the spouses of the executives, Joan’s purple theme. And most alarming: the Sharon Tate T-shirt on Megan.

      Couple thoughts:

      • If the story calls for Megan to get stabbed, the star shirt and Abe’s bayoneting are too heavy-handed to work as foreshadowing. Weiner goes more for subtlety so IMHO Megan is safe.

      • Ted’s cold shoulder to Peggy may be him toying with her, or more likely it’s him clamping down and compartmentalizing his feelings. He said last episode “this cannot happen” but now that one of the obstacles (Abe) has been removed, he’s terrified and responds by putting on his armor of false cheerfulness. I would lay odds on an affair before season’s end.

      • It would be interesting if the plot of the soap opera was a microcosm of what was happening with the larger plot, as it was this episode. Think “Cabaret.”

      TLO, with your influence in the fashion world, would you please make short shorts for men come back in style? The designer who brings them back will ring up zillions in sales because (in straight couples) women do the shopping!

      • quitasarah

        Agree with your “Megan getting stabbed” comment. I don’t think she’ll come to actual physical harm, it’s more about the death of her relationship with Don. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a separation/divorce by the end of the season…

        • Lisa

          There’s a reason why Weiner doesn’t want the actors to talk about the show, because all this discussion makes me keep thinking back to Jessica’s comments (released at the beginning of the season) that she hoped that Don and Megan would stay together permanently. That makes me think that they were still together at the end of the season, unless she made those comments before filming finished, I guess.

          I think there will be a real stabbing death, of a woman who is important to Don, but I doubt it will be Megan or Betty or Sally or Peggy. Sylvia, pregnant with Don’s baby, sounds more likely to me.

          • CatherineRhodes

            That’s a macabre thought: pregnant Sylvia getting stabbed.

          • Cheryl

            I don’t think Sylvia would get pregnant — first of all, her husband is a doctor, and they’re both intelligent and well-read, so I think she would be on reliable birth control anyway. And as others have said, this ain’t Sylvia’s first rodeo. She knows what to do.

            • not_Bridget

              Yes. Sylvia told Megan she’d had a miscarriage after the birth of her only child. No details–but I’m guessing she couldn’t get pregnant again. A good Catholic wife with a prosperous husband–she would probably have liked a few more kids. In fact, it appears the empty nest after her son left for college might have been the reason she took up with Don.

              I’m pretty sure Betty is “safe”, too. We know that Sally and Gene were unplanned; hijinks on a camping trip or on the floor of her girlhood bedroom, without benefit of condoms or diaphragm, led to babies. Betty has a spontaneous sex life with Henry, so I’m darn sure she’s on the Pill.

              I do think the Tate reference is just part of the atmosphere of dread….

          • librarygrrl64

            My first thought when Peggy woke up and heard yelling was that there was going to be some sort of Kitty Genovese situation going on in her neighborhood.

        • CatherineRhodes

          Sure, it could be metaphorical.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Peggy and her sleeveless frocks look very much like what my mother wore at that time (although my mom was 45, not whatever age Peggy is by now, and wearing fashionable attire for somebody working in an office in the middle of nowhere, not NYC).

      I am loving Joanna Going as the swanny soap star of that era. She (and her caftans) are right on the money. I can’t recall seeing anyone who looked like Megan with that horrid blonde cap of hair, though. Not ringing any Search for Tomorrow or Edge of Night bells for me. I would love to know what bi soap maven Going is supposed to be (if she’s based on anyone real. Mary Stuart? I don’t know the other soap mavens of that period.)

      Meghan most resembles Victoria Wyndham to me — she was most famous as Rachel on Another World (where Joanna Going was) but she played somebody on Guiding Light from 67-70, too. Don’t think she did any identical twins, though. I wonder when that soap trope first appeared.

      I am really frightened by Meghan wearing a Sharon Tate T-shirt, though. I hope it’s just meant to make her au courant and hip. Not, like, dead.

      • Cheryl

        I was curious about the sleeveless dress that Dawn wore last week, and now I see that several women in the office are going sleeveless. I know I wore sleeveless dresses at little office jobs I had on Long Island, but they don’t seem appropriate for Manhattan. I’d feel better if I knew that those dresses had jackets, like Peggy’s did. I guess I have to research “Career dressing in the late 1960s.”

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          When I went through my 1968 wardrobe in preparation for showing it to Janie Bryant, I was struck by the fact that almost everything was a sleeveless A-line shift. Things might have been more casual here in L.A., but I wore those sleeveless dresses as an executive secretary in a legal office and was never told they weren’t appropriate.

          • Cheryl

            You showed your wardrobe to Janie Bryant? Wow! Did she use your clothes as a starting point for the casts’ wardrobe?

            • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

              Hi Cheryl, Yes, I posted about this a couple of weeks ago. She bought a bunch of things to use next season. Since I signed a Confidentiality Agreement, I can’t say any more at this point, but will definitely point out my things as they come up next year.

            • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

              Damn. I missed that post and disqus is horrible for finding older stuff.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      “Even straight boys were unafraid of their upper thighs getting some air.” Pete wore them too, in a prior season when they had to come in on a holiday to work (thinking Memorial Day weekend – he also wore a tennis sweater). There’s definitely something being connected between Pete and Bob.
      I like Bob a lot more than Pete (and “Bob Benson and the Short Shorts” sounds like it should be a surfer band) so I hope he doesn’t turn out he’s a villain. I feel like he might be there to make Don worried.

      Also, I wonder if there’s any significance that his father’s nurse was military – I know no one really is feeling the g-man-incognito theory, but I feel like there’s a weird triad being formed with young Pete (who found out about Dick Whitman pretty early if you think about it), young/freshly stolen identity Don Draper, and young Bob Benson. It might just be general thematics (skeevy/slimy young men who scramble their way to the top) but I still feel like there’s SOMETHING there. (Let’s get really speculative – Dick Whitman or Original (dead) Don Draper’s long lost love child in search of his father? Nah, he seems too posh in upbringing but still. I want to know!)

      Megan’s blonde wig is part of a long series of images (including Papa Don’t Preach era Madonna) that make me want to dye my hair platinum blonde. I’ve already horrified my mother with just the idea. Maybe someday I’ll carry it out since I have short hair and it’ll grow out soon enough anyway.

    • jt

      Roger is wearing a yellow tie in the scene with Joan? The tie looks green to me. There’s a bit of yellow in the pattern on the suit, but the tie is doing the blue/green adultery/confrontation thing.

    • The Versatile Chef

      There were a couple looks that totally brought me back. That gray checked jacket Roger is wearing? That has “Johnny Carson Collection” written all over it and I’m sure one was hanging in my dad’s closet. My mom would have been all over Arlene’s looks. Her dress in the scene with “Collette”? Caftan-ize it and it would be my Mom circa 1971.

      This is so fun.

      • Mike R

        It’s also very Rowan and Martin just before they go into the “happening room.”

        • The Versatile Chef

          We are dating ourselves here, Mike R. Next, you’re going to “sock it to me”.

          • decormaven

            Here come de judge…

          • Mike R

            Ha ha. I only saw that show in reruns, but I’ve always been obsessed with the past. I’d bet anyone cash that “Laugh-In” gets a reference before this season or next season is done. The program had too much of an impact not to get a shout out.

            • decormaven

              Roger has already used “Here come de judge” – it’s when when he and Cutler are playing checkers in “The Crash.”

            • Mike R

              Really? I missed that. Good catch!

          • Susan Bigler

            You bet your bippy we’re dating ourselves here!

            • Kathryn Sanderson

              You bet your *sweet* bippy!

          • Girl_With_a_Pearl

            One ringy-dingy. Two ringy-dingies. Is this the party to whom I am speaking?

          • AViewer44

            You know Megan’s birthday party for don at the start of season 5? There’s a scene where they’re all standing around in couples, making jokes, while her friends play jazz–then on to the next couple. (Roger: Why don’t you sing like that? Jane: Why don’t you look like him?). Straight out of the cocktail party openers on Laugh-In!

          • joything

            Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry innnnnnteresting … but shtoopid.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Great Mad Style post, you guys always point out things I didn’t notice, such as the Abe/Megan costume similiarities

    • imspinningaround

      Does no one else see the Lucky Strike logo in the red polka dot motif on Peggy’s “sad declaration of Ted’s love” blouse?

      Just me? OK.

    • chatenoeuf

      Betty’s “hot mom on her way to summer camp” look totally reminded me of Doris Day, circa “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies”. I love that station wagon! Let’s just hope she doesn’t end up with that other sexy mom Carol Brady’s mullet shag by the end of the show.

      • AViewer44

        Ha ha ha!

    • sweatpantalternative

      Oh thank god! I kept scrolling down increasingly anxious that there would be no eye candy shots of Meagan’s jumpsuit! And of course there’s nothing to say about it really, except that it’s flipping rad. Anyways, this entire Mad Style post was particularly spot on, bravo guys.

    • shelley514

      Another splendid installment of Mad Style. Well done!

    • Tara

      So, that star on Megan’s shirt is meant to directly connect her to Sharon Tate, who wore that exact shirt during a photoshoot before she was murdered by the Manson crew. And Sally was reading Rosemary’s Baby, which was directed by Roman Polanski. This could be massive foreshadowing – or none at all. But it’s all very intriguing.

      This “someone getting murdered” thing was on my mind, so I looked up the titles of the remaining episodes left in season 6. One episode is called “The Quality of Mercy,” which is a Shakespeare quote from the Merchant of Venice. It’s from a passage where Portia asks Shylock to consider a merciful sentencing. Shylock is kind of a famous Jewish character – Dr. Rosen is famously Jewish.

      “What’s it like to hold a man’s life in your hands?” I have a feeling we will find out the answer to that question!

      • leighanne

        Interesting… and another upcoming episode is titled A Tale of Two Cities. a story set in wartime ending with a death,hmmm. I look forward to another John Slattery-directed episode!

      • fursa_saida

        Oh, no. If they literally make Dr. Rosen a Shylock figure I will be really, really unhappy. Shylock isn’t just “kind of a famous Jewish character,” he’s an iconic one whose name is literally used as a term for a particular kind of anti-Semitic stereotype.

        • Tara

          That was my first thought about Shylock as well. Not exactly positive.

      • Mike R

        I don’t think it was meant to directly connect to Sharon Tate, or at least not her tragic fate. I think Janie Bryant was browsing back issues of Esquire and liked the look of the star T-shirt. (Occam’s razor and all that…)

        • Cheryl

          I don’t want anything terrible to happen to Megan, but if she learns about Sylvia and decides to leave Don to seek her fame and fortune in California, I wouldn’t shed too many tears.

        • Chris

          Janie Bryant listed Sharon Tate as one of her 1960’s style icons in a magazine interview. I’m sure she knows all about her and choosing that outfit was very deliberate and specific.

          • mixedupfiles

            Right, but Bryant focusing on a style icon doesn’t necessarily mean that Tate’s fate has anything to do with the storyline. Bryant isn’t writing scripts.

            • CommentsByKatie

              When asked about the Sharon Tate T-shirt connection, Janie Bryant tweeted that it was ‘No coincidence.’

            • Chris

              No but she is interpreting and expressing what is in the script (and what MW discusses with her) through the clothing. It’s the same with the set designers/set dressers. The actor who plays Ted Chaough has said in interviews that even though nothing was mentioned in the scripts about him being a pilot until a couple of episodes ago, Ted’s office was decorated with propellers and aeronautical details years ago when Ted first appeared. Bryant knew long before almost anyone else that Betty would marry Henry and dressed her in a white lace “wedding type dress” when they met. It was foreshadowing. It’s pretty much what all these Mad Style discussions are about.

            • Jaialaibean

              Maybe that’s why Ted has always seemed like a fully formed character, even from the beginning, when we didn’t know much about him at all. His office, his clothes and his demeanor were all of a piece with the person we would come to know better. Brilliant.

          • librarygrrl64

            Agreed. Especially because it ended up being such an iconic shirt.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          It’s not really “Occam’s razor” to come to that conclusion; it’s demonstrating a lack of understanding as to what a good costume designer does. It’s way, way more than just flipping through magazines and picking out pretty outfits.

      • CatherineRhodes

        Wow, that is really terrific analysis. We’re not done with Dr. Rosen or Sylvia for sure.

    • Carrie

      Did anyone else notice that the David Weidman “Harbor” print on Peggy’s bedroom wall? It was done in 1974 so I’m calling out the set designers on that anachronism.

      But really, this blog is getting to me. I can’t watch an episode anymore without thinking things like: “Oh, Ted’s rebuffing Peggy although he still probably has feelings for her. He’s wearing adultery blue and disconnect yellow.”

    • marti levy

      Not only did Peggy’s yellow and white dress mimic margarine, it also mimicked her stressful position between Don and Ted. Don was in a white shirt and Ted’s was yellow. Her jacket was split down the middle depicting both colors. ( you two have been good teachers!)

    • prettybigkitty

      Brazzliant (dazzlling + brilliant). PhD level analysis and details. Brava!!!

    • Kala

      Further evidence that Bob Benson is gay: the male nurse he mentioned is his partner. That is why he lied to Pete about how he knew him (by saying he nursed his father), and also why Joan seemed to know that Bob knew of a nurse and could help Pete.

      • 3hares

        There was no evidence Joan knew about this guy. I think she just knew Bob would want to help because…she’s met Bob.

        • Kala

          Interesting point. But to run with my theory:

          Joan made a point to tell Bob about Pete needing a nurse. Joan is NOT one to share secrets or spread gossip – she told him because Bob is now her friend and she wanted to help him and his partner.

          Taking it even further – this might help explain how Bob knew EXACTLY what to say to the nurse to get Joan seen immediately a few episodes back. He knew because his boyfriend is a nurse, who undoubtedly tells him stories from the ER.

          Also, maybe the coffee cup signifies his secret (or maybe his friendship?). Joan was seen with the cup in this episode, whereas several episodes ago Don refused his offer of a cup of coffee.

          • quitasarah

            I like your theory and I want it to be true, but the preview for next week’s episode was more revealing that usual and it was pretty obvious to me that Joan is crushing on Bob pretty hard. So even if he is gay, I don’t think Joan knows.

            • Lisa

              Would someone like Joan expect that someone like Bob might be gay, back in 1968?

            • decormaven

              Sure. Her own roommate came on to her in S1 “The Lost Weekend.”

            • Kala

              She has been shown dipping her toes into the counter-culture this season. Remember her night on the town with her Mary Kay (or Avon?) friend?

            • snarkykitten

              if she did have an inkling, she’d probably just sweep it under the rug. Remember her lesbian roommate? or would her reaction be different, since Bob’s a guy?

            • Kala

              Ohhh…I don’t even remember the previews of the next episode. Can you describe the scene?

            • quitasarah

              http://www.amctv.com/mad-men/videos/next-on-mad-men-episode-610

              Maybe I’m reading too much into the glimpses of Peggy & Joan in Peggy’s office… But Joan’s face says “smitten” to me and it can only be about Bob. He’s the only man that’s actually been kind to her in recent memory.

            • formerlyAnon

              But this is Mad Men. While I have no reason to think that this is the case, they sometimes do bring someone in from the wings, sometimes a character who’s been in the background that we haven’t seen for a while, sometimes someone new, and give them a few meaty scenes that open up a whole new (sub)plot line. (In other words, I’ll grasp at straws to keep from thinking that Joan is smitten with Bob OR Pete.)

            • LaurieS

              Ok, Joan walks into Peggy’s office and says “I need a drink” and then a few seconds later Peggy asks “Who is he?” and Joan smiles. LOL yeah, not a lot to go on. If Bob Bunson breaks Joan’s heart so help me God I will stop watching this show and only read the mad style reviews to see pretty clothes. I am getting sick of the Joan Holloway Harris misery porn!!!

            • Kala

              I actually hope it’s Bob and not Pete…..

            • LaurieS

              ZOMG if it is Pete I will cry and THEN I will stop watching this show forever. Although seriously, would anyone admit to falling for Pete out loud? That seems like a no no.

            • quitasarah

              Oooh! Just thought of something. What if now that Abe’s out of the picture, Joan is trying to set up Peggy with Bob?!? Joan’s already said Bob’s too young for her and she’s a partner so it wouldn’t be “proper” but he’s *almost* Peggy’s equal (in standing, not in actuality), so that could work. I can’t imagine Joan liking Abe, so in her mind Bob could be the anti-Abe.

          • SoulMo

            Stop. You’re making me like Bob Benson.

      • Qitkat

        What have I missed? How do we know Bob has a partner? He hasn’t even hinted any such thing that I recall.

        • Kala

          TOTAL speculation on my part.

          • Qitkat

            Ok, thanks. Sometimes I miss things, and I don’t watch twice.

      • NoGovernmentName

        I thought the SAME thing, so you are not alone.

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      Short shorts on men and padded bras on moms will always look in style to me. Megan and Arlene on the set … it’s so very the Killing of Sister George!

    • pattycap11

      bob benson’s shorts! adorable.

    • Cheryl

      I loved seeing both Don and Henry wearing sport jackets when having morning-after breakfast in the lodge. I doubt many dads dress that way for such informal occasions. I noticed other men dressed more simply, but I assume they were locals. Don and Henry, being from the Big City, tend to dress a little spiffier than average.

      • Chris

        My Dad (who was not an office worker and was not a particularly fancy dresser) always had light sports jackets for the summer back in the 60’s and into the 70’s. Most men were not overly casual when going “out” and had a dress code in the way women did. Even if the restaurant was casual and not the place you would wear a suit and tie, a nice light fitted jacket over a more casual (but still collared) top was considered fine. The scenes by Bobby’s camp remind me very much of Cape Cod back in the day from the hotel to the restaurant to the clothes. That decor and style lasted well into the 1970’s.

        • decormaven

          My mind boggles with what the set decoration budget must have been for this episode. The outdoor venue for that gas station- correct period Coke machine, Esso sign, ice machine, heck- even the Ford Country Squire. And the interior and exterior of the motor lodge- it reminds me of Jacob Lake Inn, which is on the way to North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Any CA BK’s who can ID this location?

    • quitasarah

      Wonderful as usual! The highlight of my Wednesday. And now I simply MUST pull myself away from the insightful comments and get some actual work done today. Thanks TLo!

    • saraha

      I love the subtle styling differences on Betty when she’s with Don versus when she’s with Henry. When Don spots her her make-up is soft, her outfit tasteful and fun, and her hair sexy and mussed. Then the next day all the same elements get tweaked: her sleeveless top is more structured and expensive, her lip a bolder red, her hair so under control it’s got a headband tying it down, and those Rome-esque pearl earrings have become a prim string of pearls. Such a clear message to Don that she’s no longer an ad man’s wife – she’s moved up to being a blonde Jackie Kennedy.

    • editrixie

      Thank you so much for that info about the star t-shirt. I immediately thought it seemed anachronistic, but knowing that it wasn’t sets my mind at ease. I mean, it probably took years back then for something that forward to trickle down to the hinterlands where I’d see it.

    • Yolanda13

      I love these style recaps. You guys are so spot on. Love, love, LOVE! I was reading NY Mag’s Vulture and look at what is on topic: Megan Draper is actually Sharon Tate.

      http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/mad-mens-megan-draper-is-actually-sharon-tate.html?mid=facebook_vulture

    • melanie0866

      YAY to Betty being back and dressed in wonderful clothes!

      Did you notice that Moira and Peggy switched places? Moira in the pale green print; Peggy in the bold red polka dot; then the next day Peggy is in the pale green print, and Moira in the bold orange print. Hmmmmm.

      Megan’s dark red lipstick did not go at ALL with her jeans and striped top. Who dresses that casually and then puts on all that fakey, old-fashioned lipstick? Someone who can’t decide if she’s a cool hip young actress or a Stepford wife, that’s who.

      I really hope that Bob is Joan’s gay best friend. Every girl needs one.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Oh, don’t say that about Don and Peggy. It does hurt to think that their relationship won’t survive. I keep hoping for a ‘redemption in the form of Peggy’ for this year.

      • kentiesgirl

        This has been bothering me a lot this season, Peggy was the supposedly the only character who really knew him; the ‘new Anna’. I hope she hasn’t been metaphorically replaced by Betty now, regardless if she should get a new job. I always held out hope that Don actually cared about her in some way even if he is a narcissist and/or a sociopath. Don’s door shutting on her in the last scene broke my heart a bit.

        • sekushinonyanko

          Who knows how his relationship with Anna would have fared had he continued seeing her every day? It’s easy to idealize and get along with a person you see on rare occasions. It’s the same reason a friend you love having over for visits can make such an awesome houseguest and turn out to be such a terrible roommate when they’re there for real.

          • kentiesgirl

            Good point, didn’t think about that.

    • Kay

      This made me laugh out loud when I noticed: Abe’s shirt in the cop scene matches the “ethnic” paintings on the wall. Really shows whose side he wants to be on in all this.

    • Damien W

      True story: I hang out in the Village piano bars of today. Week before last, lots of TV stars were in town doing the network upfront presentations. Late one night, who should walk into my fave piano bar but Rich Sommer (Harry), along with Eric Stonestreet & Ty Burrell from Modern Family, and (mmmm) Darren Criss & Kevin McHale from Glee. (Granted, Darren has been in several times before, he probably led the expedition). They were all friendly and outgoing, and seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly, especially Eric & Kevin. I remember sharing a joke with Rich about the amount of drinking going on that night vs. the amount usually going on in a Mad Men episode — also he laughed when I asked if Harry was going to push Don out a window sometime soon.

      • Mary Nease

        MmmmmMMMMMmmmMMMMmmmm Darren Criss. I adore him.
        (That’s it. I have nothing else to contribute in this comment.)

        • librarygrrl64

          Aw, I would have been all “mmmmmm, Rich Sommer.” He’s a cutie. But, then again, I am An Old, so…….

          • Mary Nease

            And I’m a Young, and one who happens to love Team Starkid. It’s funny, I’ve been a fan of Darren’s ever since A Very Potter Musical hit the internets, waaaaay before he became mainstream famous, so I harbor an odd collection of proud mama feels for him mixed with the strong desire to jump his bones. In any case, Darren’s mixture of legitimate talent, geekiness, hottie mchotness, and the fact that he seems to be a genuinely good person has made him pretty much my #1 celebrity crush.

            • librarygrrl64

              To each our own celebrity crushes, Mary. :-)

    • kim bunchalastnames

      … i don’t remember light-wash jeans in the ’60s. like, at all. i remember them in the ’70s, because i, reverse hippie snob that i was, refused to wear them since they were not “authentically” faded.

      • Glammie

        I was wondering about that. I also remember them being later, but JB does her research, so .. . .

    • $6919886

      Megan failed at playing her blond twin, just as she’s failing to imitate Betty in her marriage with Don. Betty is butter, and Megan is margarine. Also, Betty was wearing her Italy earrings in her first scene.

    • jr
      • Eskimoe

        Wow, the Internet. My own post beat me to to the MadStyle comments!

      • sekushinonyanko

        There is a LOT of Sharon Tate going on for poor Megan. Maybe this puts paid to the fact that many have mentioned Don’s origin story sounds increasingly like the origin story for a serial killer.

    • Nicola Anna Molly Page

      Funnily, I noted one thing that you guys didn’t mention (probably not worth mentioning) but the gas station scene I realised Don’s tie matched the attendants uniform, white, grey and red. Two men lusting over. A woman who is quite clearly out of their league. If they were complete strangers, today’s (well, you know what I mean) Betty would never go for this Don.

    • Andrew Rodriquez

      Joan Holloway: The Mother of Drag

      • PowerfulBusiness

        Lol, amazing.

    • Andrew Rodriquez

      “Big hair, false eyelashes, opera gloves, capes and diamante trim as far as the eyes could see.” All I could think of while reading that was that Betty will eventually appear dressed exactly like Lady Bunny.

    • KTBSN

      Do we know who designed the Megan/Tate t-shirt ?

      • Denise Plank

        It looks like a Macy’s bag.

    • throwaneyeonthis

      I loved Betty’s look in the shorts and sleeveless top and then later in the cardigan. It made me feel warm and fuzzy and then I realized that was my own Mom’s look circa 1965. And she rocked it just as good as Betty.

    • http://twowrongsandawrite.com/ auntadadoom

      Not sure if this is a thing, but Peggy’s jacket in the margarine-debate scene at the beginning has a very prominent split right down the middle — just as she herself is being split in half in that scene. That’s definitely what I was thinking about when I saw that outfit. Noticeably, the split jacket is gone when she gets home.

    • Ashes Laree

      my thoughts;

      – Damn, welcome back bombshell betty! The late 60’s does look great on you and damn those shorts! I am gald to see betty happy in her life, even if it is tied to her figure, its just good to see her back in real true form.

      – Joan, you need a gay bff, please let bob be gay! Oh an yes I agree with those short shorts, they are epic and I love her nautical inspired oufit.

      – Peggy, I love you but ted is not for you. He was a real dick in that last scene and i hate him for it. boo.

      Thanks for the great recap T& L

    • LaurieS

      As TLo is my witness, I WILL find that red polka dot fabric from Peggy’s dress (what do y’all think that is? silk? hopefully silk), and I WILL make myself a copy of it by hunting through my mother’s thousands of old Burda magazines for a pattern, and I WILL develop the sewing skills to do it well! I made a vintagey-looking kimono tunic once upon a time so IT CAN HAPPEN!

      • librarygrrl64

        Go for it! That print is adorable.

    • KayEmWhy

      Woo, long post. Thank-you TLo.

    • alex

      Probably far-fetched, but the moment I saw Megan in the soap opera scene, dressed in blonde wig and porting that filagree pendant/necklace on a red dress, my mind went straight to Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and the necklace in the portrait of Carlotta Valdez. In addition, Novak plays dual roles (Madeleine/Judy) with Madeleine blonde and Judy brunette. Again, far-fetched, but the image hit me right away.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      Gawd Joanie made my day with her cute little nautical number.

      And the hair? Maybe its anachronistic, but it is gorgeous!

      • sekushinonyanko

        I think it’s possible that would be more or less what her “work” hair would look like if she brushed the set out and it fell a bit.

    • rightmeow

      I love that Betty’s Italy earrings made another appearance!

      • librarygrrl64

        Yes, good catch!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dglassman1 Doug Glassman

      I was waiting to see your reaction to the soap opera costume.

      Peggy’s first outfit… I think this column is screwing with my brain, because all I could think of when I saw it was “giant walking vagina”. It was distracting.

      • NoGovernmentName

        And standing in front of Ted’s vagina wallpaper… a bit heavy handed this episode.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dglassman1 Doug Glassman

          Now all I can think of is “Do the snozzberries taste like snozzberries?”

          • NoGovernmentName

            OMG you are terrible. And awesome.

    • pam artese

      I thought Megan’s little dialogue in the soap opera was ironic because her co star looks like Sylvia and she is accusing collette of having an affair with her husband.

      • SonOfSaradoc

        (not anymore)

      • egurl

        You could take that even farther. Megan is dressed like Betty in that scene (the blonde wig) where she’s accused of fooling around with another woman’s husband. Later in the episode Betty does in fact fool around with Megan’s husband. And to draw similarities here, both women conspicuously spill drinks during the episode.

    • Sheila 1

      Didn’t Matt Wiener say “Don and Megan are the same person: Don”? I think that Don has to die so his artistic version (Megan) can live. And I think Megan will be a star and Don will go off the balcony. And I wonder where Bob will be when that happens. Don will be wearing a suit and Megan will be wearing something happy.

      • 3hares

        I think that comment of MW’s was just a way of saying that Don always wants Megan to do what he wants and agree with him.

    • Kathryn Sanderson

      OMG that red crocheted dress Megan is wearing in the bonus pix!!!! Love it, love it, love it! There were tons of awesome crocheted things in the 60s. (And some really awful ones, I must admit). I wonder if it’s vintage or if Janie had someone make it from a vintage pattern. As a crocheter, I just get so excited when I see stuff like this. Oh, duh, just read a post further down, and realized it’s a pants suit. Still awesome and even more typical of late-60s crocheted fashion. I gotta say this: you could use the same motifs (the individual squares the garment is made from) for a tablecloth to serve Sunday dinner on.

      Re: Bob being gay, well, it would fit. He tries to please everyone, à la “the best little boy in the world.” It’s true there’s no sexual tension between Bob and Joan, he’s just being very nice to her. Funny, my husband said the exact same thing about Bob and Joan probably going to Fire Island. (He reads T&L’s recaps, but not “Mad Style,” and he said that yesterday, before this was posted.) Either way, those shorts are cute (ahem!), and I like the bright-green shirt.

      One last thing: Roger’s jacket in that scene, with the big, bold plaid, reminded me of the kind of jackets Johnny Carson would sometimes wear. Both Johnny and Roger can (could in Johnny’s case) pull off those big, bold plaids, what with their slim builds and silver hair…and total confidence. Not that Roger’s like Johnny Carson, but his clothes in that scene sure are.

      • alex

        I also think the “black and white” fabric of this plaid is a parallel to the Marilyn/Jackie ad (Madonna/whore) in that Roger in this moment of crisis is “both.”

    • NoGovernmentName

      Does anyone else think that the wallpaper in Ted’s office looks like vaginas? It is so distracting every time I see it.

      I wonder if Bob’s male nurse friend is actually his boyfriend? Manolo Colon. He’s very well-bred.

      • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

        YES. And I wondered the same thing about Manolo. And noticed that he didn’t confirm that the dude was from Spain, only “He’s very well-bred.” :D

        • NoGovernmentName

          And it would explain why he is lying about how he knows Manolo, if indeed he was telling the truth when he told Ken his father was dead.

      • CatherineRhodes

        Good catch.

    • SuzyQuzey

      Margaret’s dress looked like a Pucci, which would befit her wealth and standing.

    • Lisa

      Joan says that Pete was the only person (presumably she means the only partner) in the office who hadn’t broken a promise to her. I’m having a hard time thinking of any broken promises, so I’m wondering what she is talking about?

      • Frank_821

        Well Roger obviously is at the top of the list. At let us not forgot how Lane manipulated her to cover up his embezzlement-granted she was not aware of it at that time

        I think the point is that Pete is sleazy at times and a little manipulative and a little immature but he’s usually been pretty upfront most of the time when it comes to work. What you see is what you get with Pete. When Joan has dealt with Pete, she knew where she stood with him.

      • kentiesgirl

        What did Don do? I thought she liked him-she went to him when the Jaguar sleazeball was at the office. The purple dress and the necklace that mimicked her old pen while she was with Pete + that line has me worried for her. #stayawaypete haha

      • decormaven

        Joan may be mad that Don was a fulcrum for the merger of SCDPCGCalphabetsoup, and thus upset the plans for taking the original agency public. The money she would have realized from the sale would have truly given her financial freedom.

    • EricaVee

      Nothing about the trout(?) print on Bob’s shorts? Since we’ve been given free range to analyze our hearts out, I couldn’t help but think that Bob always seems to be “fishing” for info or ways to get in with people.

      I totally didn’t even notice the coffee cups at Joan’s apartment when I watched the ep. I freaking love Bob Benson.

      • kentiesgirl

        I think the Cult of Bob Benson exploded when he was revealed With Joan! in Those Shorts! I’m having a blast with this character. Interesting take on the “fishing”….he’s so intriguing. At this point it would be the big reveal imo if he was just a nice guy, which is my main guess as of now. I’m sure that will change at some point though.

    • Steve Epstein

      Isn’t Margaret wearing a Pucci print?

    • amanda lynn

      “Also: we love that her hair is so big and disheveled. It was so common back in the day to see suburban moms with big, messy coifs the day after attending some event where they wore an elaborate hairstyle.”

      –so did I the day after dances in high school!!

    • formerlyAnon

      OMG. OMG. Great episode for clothes and blasts from the past. I don’t know when I’ll get through the comments, so these ramblings are no doubt nothing new.

      All of the color coordinated scarf/headbands! I remember trying desperately to get them to stay in my hair without the visible use of bobby pins.

      THE single most “homey” feeling thing for me this whole episode was seeing all the adults smoking in the dining room while people were eating. Yes, younglings, this behavior was once considered entirely normal. (People, like my mother, who didn’t allow ashtrays on the table until coffee was served were thought to be taking a slightly classy/elitist approach.)

      Also: the cigarette as a social prop. I’ve never smoked and I miss that.

      I soooo strongly associate the Anthora coffee cups with times when late work/all nighters were forced upon me, yet no coffee maker, or even instant, was available – thus forcing the expensive (for me) alternative of buying diner/coffee shop coffee. I have to admit, I find the mere sight of those cups stresses me out just a bit.

      Someone gave me a cream version of Megan’s soap costume crocheted dress when I was in my 20s and think I wore it once. Difficult to wear. (dang, that white blond looks awful on her, no?)

      ETA: Dead right about Betty’s weight loss, methods & motivation. Only hippies and health nuts worried about whole foods for nutrition or had any truck with cleansing. Real women took speed (diet pills), lived on grapefruit, celery, melba toast, black coffee and cigarettes. Maybe a half cup of cottage cheese. 500-600 calories a day was felt to be a perfectly reasonable “crash” diet to embark upon for a week or two or even longer to knock off 5-10 pounds. “Black beauties” were a popular pill to “borrow” from moms or friends – they didn’t even require a prescription till sometime in the mid-60s, and were readily available at least till around 1971 or ’72, as I recall.

      • kentiesgirl

        I looooooove the scarfs. I still wear them on holiday and can’t for the life of me get them to stay in my hair even with bobby pins. Also think it’s hilarious that younger people can not believe the prevalence of smoking-I just took a flight that still had the armrest ashtray. That was the worst-my Mother had asthma and the stewardesses would reseat her, but there is no way to escape smoke on a plane. Ick. And I did smoke and found that unbearable. (and this was more recent than people seem to believe-I remember ashtrays in hospitals in the eighties-and airplanes until the 90s)

        I have been longing for a poker card paper coffee cup after all these Anthora cups on display-reminds me of going to work with my parents and the auto-coffee vender.

        Also agree Megan was not working that look at all-think it was to show how less she was compared to Betty in Don’s mind. Maybe-still haven’t read all comments, I would bet several people beat me to it. I’m always late to the discussion; it moves too quickly when it’s first posted :)

      • CatherineRhodes

        You’ve nailed it on the crash diet. My mother also went on the cabbage soup diet, which was ubiquitous among her friends.

        • formerlyAnon

          Yes. And there was a book out called “The Drinking Man’s Diet” which was very popular – basically low carb, with all your daily carbs reserved for alcohol.

          • kentiesgirl

            I <3 the info gleaned from these posts. I have consistently wondered how all those heavy drinkers stayed thin.

          • CatherineRhodes

            I guess they didn’t understand the concept of “empty calories.”

            • formerlyAnon

              I think some people did, but it was nothing like today. What really was not understood the way it is today, not even by doctors/nutritionists/scientists was how calorie restriction, exercise, and natural hormonal fluctations/aging affect the metabolism.

    • Loren S

      I didn’t even notice until I saw these screenshots, but even in Joan’s apartment, Bob Benson is STILL carrying around one of those silly little coffee cups!

      • Jaialaibean

        Not one. Two. Joan has the other one. I’m starting to wonder if Bob’s characteristic meme is actually a pretty good tip for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”: Always carry two coffee cups. And, by the way, if Bob manages to do just that (as he is clearly poised to), it will be an amazing callback to Robert Morse.

        • librarygrrl64

          OMG, yes! I totally get a How To Succeed vibe from Bob! Also, I am now missing Musical Mondays again. :-(

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Thank you for your thoughtful analysis. Seriously.

      It was nice seeing both Don and Betty looking their best. I have no problem believing that Betty would lose weight. She has confidence in her looks–when she isn’t depressed and hormonal–and she’d be motivated to take care of herself, especially if she’s going to be a First Lady. I remember how beautiful she was traveling with Don to Europe (to Italy?).

      My confusion was this: I think that the last time we saw Betty, either last week or the week before, she still looked thick in the face and she lacked energy.

      I hope that Betty’s presence becomes significant on the show again.

      • urbantravels

        We saw her very briefly in the living room at Don’s place after the “Grandma Ida” incident, when she was bawling out Don/Megan for leaving the kids alone. Hard to tell but she already looked back to normal, or almost, by then.

        • kentiesgirl

          I thought she looked beautiful in that scene-and the epitome of the protector/mother-perhaps foreshadowing this week’s hook-up after Don’s drug revelations?

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          You’re right. I forgot about that. She had a small scene as an opportunity to show us she had transformed if we were paying attention, and I guess I wasn’t. This last show was a shock, a breakout, for me anyway.

        • Chris

          We also saw her in the kitchen with Sally wearing her first really stylish outfit in years with the pink and red stripes and snazzy red purse. She was smaller but still padded around the hips and middle a bit. When we saw her in the blue coat she seemed even more glamorous even though she was in “maternal blue.”

    • Eskimoe

      I’m a little surprised that there wasn’t more discussion of the light and dark pairings in this episode, in keeping with the “better half” theme. I was so distracted by keeping track of all the blonde-brunette splits, that I hadn’t really keyed in to the whole Polanski/ creepy NY theme except to notice Megan’s t-shirt, think “communism” and wonder if it was anachronistic. In this episode we have Betty and Don reverting to blonde Betty, while Megan is failing to play a blonde version of herself; blonde Ted vs. Dark haired Don and Abe; Betty choosing Henry over Don; BUT Joan choosing Bob over Roger (and I’ve been saying it right along, but Bob is creepy!) This is in addition to Butter vs. Margarine, and Chivas vs. Bud. Also, in addition to Abe being “hoisted on his own petard,” the Abe + Peggy scene made me think of Kent State, with Peggy standing in for the bayonet-wielding national guard. While that’s still a few years in the future, it was an iconic representation of the battle between the youth and the establishment, and Peggy’s clearly fallen on the wrong side.

      • kentiesgirl

        I am surprised that Peggy is being portrayed as so ‘old guard’ when a woman in her position at the time was very forward moving. The second wave of feminism is just starting, I think? She may have been scared away from Abe’s type of “revolution” but she’s part of one herself, whether she likes it or not. Just at the beginning of the season she was garnering more respect than Joan, a partner.

        • urbantravels

          That’s the thing about the 60s-70s – multiple revolutions with different agendas.

          If Wikipedia is to be believed, Second Wave feminism dates back to 1963, but it certainly seems like it was really heating up by 1968, with a lot more public politicization going on.

          (According to the article California passed no-fault divorce in 1969 and it was the FIRST US state to do that. Which is kind of mind-blowing. New York didn’t have true no-fault divorce until *2010*.)

          • formerlyAnon

            “That’s the thing about the 60s-70s – multiple revolutions with different agendas.”
            Very good way of putting it. Societal changes only look internally consistent and monolithic (is that the right word? unified?) when looked back at from a great distance and condensed into a single paragraph in a textbook.

          • kentiesgirl

            Sorry for the long reply, you really got me thinking :)

            63 seems early-my mom had to fight to get accepted into graduate mathematics department in 68 or 9 because the dept head said “women can’t do math” and refused her application. Although she won and went on to get her doctorate she was harassed badly-and was paid less then men throughout her career. As is still going on, I believe. With what you told me about NY, probably.

            The state of human rights and equality always shocks me…My mom would never watch MM even though I begged her because she “lived through it, why would I want to again”. That’s one of the reasons I am fascinated by Peggy. Didn’t both Don and Ted tell her she doesn’t realize how good she has it? Her life is FAR from perfect (not even close) but it’s like she’s a bit insulated since her first job gave her success quickly and at a very young age. Of course she is treated worse than a man would be, and paid less, but she really got the fast track, with a very talented mentor who seems(seemed?) to care about her. I dunno with Don, it’s difficult to read his motivations, at least in the early seasons, and I haven’t watched them recently.

            I guess I view Peggy as breaking glass ceilings without realizing it. But Mr. Revolutionary Abe was never sensitive to women’s rights. I’m glad she’s rid of him, regardless if she’s ‘the man’. Just my opinion, of course. Peggy can be very clueless at times. Maybe the show is illustrating her refusal to accept she IS a revolutionary in her own way.

            • Alice Teeple

              Definitely spot-on about Peggy and Abe. The way I see it is, Peggy works in a corporate environment, but she enjoys her job and, even though her position is in flux right now, she takes pride in her work. If Abe were really as sensitive to others as he likes to paint himself, he’d respect that part of her, even if her actual job is distasteful to him. I had to laugh at him going on about them being “pioneers,” only in the sense that he was attempting to gentrify a shitty neighborhood, not in the fact that she hoisted herself out of a secretarial pool.

              And yeah, I can definitely say that even now in academia, there are some departments that still have very few women. They still haven’t really worked through second wave feminism yet, in many cases. At my university, there is a very active Women In Engineering support group, as well as a Commission For Women, both set up years ago. And both are still very necessary.

    • eb1966

      Has Ted covered up Roger’s white psychedelic spot pattern on the wall with that more conventional looking wallpaper? I believe he did take Roger’s office – right?

      • kentiesgirl

        I am pretty sure he did. I miss that space.

        • eb1966

          Maybe the walls are designed to match the hair of the occupant! I wouldn’t put it past them.

      • Alice Teeple

        Yeah, have we seen Roger’s new office? Did it migrate along with Roger? I loved the spots.

        • Chris

          We saw it when he fired Burt Peterson- it’s upstairs and may be directly above his old office. There was a pretty silver grey and white patterned wall in his new office that was either put up for him or was left when the previous occupant moved out. I am wondering whose office it was- did Harry get upgraded and downgraded again? I know Peggy is in his old “big old pole/post” office but did he get a nice one upstairs briefly before getting booted out again?

          • Alice Teeple

            Harry was bitching about getting a crappier office when the CGC crew came into the building. He was disgruntled about always being pushed out of his space, but I thought for a while he had a nicer space in between, and he was angry again. I can’t quite figure out the Harry Migration story.

    • breathlss79

      Bob Benson is wearing “Pete Campbell blue” when he goes in tell Pete Campbell he knows a secret about him, which Pete did to Don in season one. Pete had malicious intentions then, and it’s unclear whether Bob has good intentions or bad ones. Maybe he is Pete’s better half.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      LOVED Colette’s outfit!

      20 years ago, Prince would have worn that with a midrift.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      “Abe and Megan are suffering similar fates this week; a feeling of abandonment by their partner, a sense that they’re going in different directions.”

      Would you also comment on the fact that Megan’s shirt matched Don’s tie at dinner? They matched.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Why don’t you comment on the fact that they matched?

        • not_Bridget

          Really, you can’t do all the work! Your good students already know this….

          • Mattabie

            I noticed that too! I totally missed the Abe-Megan connection which is very thrilling (especially the t-shirt later on). But I was really interested in the way Don’s and Megan’s outfits were talking to each other in this scene. This was the first time they’ve both felt casually like equals to me since, well probably since she left the agency. They’re both in pants (neither in sleepwear) and the both coordinate effortlessly. In fact, this reminded me a lot of when she worked at SCDP. She seems relaxed and confident; tells him the problem she’s having with Serena (oops, I mean Colette), and he actually seems interested, probably because duel identities are right in his wheelhouse. This is the most comfortable I’ve seen them around each other this season and I think both of them missed it. Megan later says that she’s trying to re-create their past, but she doesn’t know how, but I think in this scene she accidentally did. Only it’s not the part of the past she wants or one that excites him. But it was nice to feel like they were at least friends for at least a couple of minutes.

            • kentiesgirl

              Wow, good call. Didn’t notice that all. If they’re equals, though, would Don stay with her? (in his Don-ish way of staying, I mean) He started cheating when he was threatened by a shoe commercial, if I recall correctly.

            • Mattabie

              I think he’s only interested in her being equal on his terms. She can be his brilliant sidekick in advertising, but that’s it.

            • kentiesgirl

              Totally agree-I was typing the same thing before I saw your reply.

            • Mattabie

              I like your idea of her being on her way to equality and his refusal to acknowledge it. I think you’re right, that is what their costumes seem to be saying.

            • quitasarah

              I disagree with your reading of the Don/Megan scene. While their colors called back to each other and she wasn’t in pajamas or underwear for once, she was still dressed very casually next to his suit. Not on the same level. And while she’s complaining to/confiding in Don, I found his “it’s been done before” very dismissive. He obviously doesn’t care about her problems — which is classic Don. It’s not like the old days and they’re not equals.

            • kentiesgirl

              He doesn’t care, but perhaps she is on her way in her field to being his equal, shown in the costuming, but he refuses to acknowledge that? I said below I think if he does they’re over-Don doesn’t want a successful woman, he wants control and submission in his wives, excitement and success in his disposable mistresses. In the old days she was always and completely in his power-he was so happy being her boss in everything, while also enjoying her ‘newness’. Perhaps the equal thing subconsciously ties into why he never made a play on Joan or, later, Peggy?

            • Mattabie

              Well, I can’t argue with that. I don’t want to overstate their harmony here. It was very very casual harmony. Nothing earth shattering. I guess closer to “equal” is more truthful than actually “equal”, though maybe the biggest thing that I was noticing was that Megan didn’t seem so damned tense around him. She wasn’t desperately trying to get his attention or please him in this scene, nor was she angry at him and that was a relief. And while he wasn’t too into her problem, he didn’t brush her off either. There was nothing exciting here but they at least seemed rather like old friends; as Megan’s mom said, like people who’d been married much longer.

        • lilyvonschtupp

          I didn’t such a feeling of separation and abandonment that you guys wrote. If anything, I thought it was Megan trying to capture a way to relate and bond with Don. Her agreeing to ditch dinner and let him watch dinner was a 180 to her hurling spaghetti to the wall in last season. Does it have to do with the fact that she’s finally working and doesn’t feel a diminishing worthlessness as she did last season? I don’t know.

    • Love T n L

      why not mention that Megan’s colleague and Joan are wearing very similar green dresses?

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Why don’t you go ahead and have fun with that?

        • kentiesgirl

          Okay, that just made me choke/laugh on my coffee. Never change!

      • not_Bridget

        The class is followed by a seminar. Participation will get you extra credit!

    • Chris

      I just love all the screencaps that are posted here on Mad Style every week and appreciate the time that goes into making them. They allow me to see little details that I would definitely miss no matter how closely I watch.

      Example: In the picture of Bob Benson leaning against the chair you can see his canvas beach hat folded up next to him. This is EXACTLY the same hat my Dad wore out on our boat all through the 1970’s. Great attention to detail as always.

      • kentiesgirl

        The screencaps have spoiled other recappers for me. I’m always amazed at the level of effort. I wish they covered Breaking Bad just cause it’s my other favorite show, even if it doesn’t fit this site’s tone and the guys are already super-busy. (it’s almost over anyway, sob) Seriously, the analysis has me scoffing at any other 60’s era show for lack of accuracy. I watched Ring of Fire on Lifetime the other night (I’m not proud of myself, lol) and was *furious* at the lack of period appropriate clothing and furniture, which I would never have payed attention to pre-madstyle posts.

        • Chris

          I find the areas with the worst anachronisms on other shows are the hair and the fit of clothes. Everything on MM is just so meticulous, even down to the underwear it spoils you for any other period drama. I love poring over the screencaps TLO posts and taking in every detail, even the set design. I spend every show going “Oh we had that” or “I remember that!” if TLo would do Game of Thrones as well it would be a dream come true- its the one other show on now where there is such rich and well planned costumes and sets.

      • formerlyAnon

        My exact thought on the hat. I remember finding my dad’s going through things after my mom died.

    • Cynthia Gallaher

      Did anyone notice that Joan is dressed like a male sailor? The typically colorful, figure-enhancing fashion picks by Joan are completely in reverse with the Navy issue top and pants she sports to go to the beach. Exact counterpoint to Bob Benson’s bright green polo and light, print short shorts. Who is what on this date?

      • kentiesgirl

        That was not very ‘home Joan’, was it? It really stuck out to me as well, but I thought it was a military/war call out.

      • Mary Nease

        Well, Joan clearly wears the pants in that “relationship”, while Bob is the closeted queen in the tiny little shorts. She’s the breadwinner and he’s the dependent.

        • Mattabie

          I miss shorts that length. They were that way through the 80’s and it was totally normal. Kinda funny that they’re now considered tiny. But I think they’re honestly more comfortable and the glimpse of thigh doesn’t hurt either. Bob rocked those!

          • Mary Nease

            Lucky you. Shorts that short make me wince because all they mean to me is oodles of chafing. Ugh. I’ll have my shorts long, thank you very much.

            • Mattabie

              Now that you mention it, Mary, vague memories of having to apply lotion to my upper thighs in the summer of ’86 are now surfacing.

    • Tau Zaman

      Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who was SERIOUSLY troubled by the sloppy editing in Peggy & Abe’s argument. In one shot his shirt’s buttoned, two seconds later, unbuttoned, two seconds later, buttoned again. At the end of the fight, Peggy starts buttoning his shirt. AGH.

      • Mattabie

        My god, how did I miss that?? I was staring right at it too, thinking, “wow, Abe looks way better without a shirt than I would’ve thought!” Oh..maybe that’s why I missed it.

    • kentiesgirl

      Respectful question: I’m still getting used to the new format, and a bunch of comments disappeared, not just mine, is that a disqus thing? I don’t think there were links in any of them. I was wondering if they were deleted for a reason so I don’t break any rules. Anyone else have that happen? I love these discussions and this site, I just don’t get if it’s me or my computer or what. I haven’t had this happen before, I don’t think.

      Preemptive thanks if I get any answers. Sorry for being off-topic.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Sorry, but there’s a whole lot of stuff being posted right now that really doesn’t have to do with the topic, which is the costuming and art direction of Mad Men and how it relates to the story.

        • kentiesgirl

          Sorry guys, my fault for missing the recap. Thanks for replying!

        • Lisa

          Just so we’re clear, are you saying that the Wednesday blog is only about costuming and art direction, rather than about comments about “Mad Men” in general?

          Maybe it’s just because I don’t have cable TV and have to watch the episodes on Monday morning on Amazon, but by the time I have anything constructive to say about the show itself (if I ever do), the Monday discussion is usually well over. Even if I were watching on Sunday nights, things still might not come to me right away.

          Also, what if people are responding specifically to something that you bring up in your Wednesday blog? Not everything having to do with Bob possibly being gay was related to his style, for instance.

          I’ll try to follow whatever rules you set down, but am feeling sort of confused at the moment.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            You must be doing okay, because we haven’t deleted any of your posts.

            You can hit up the Monday post for general discussion and use this pose to talk about the costuming and art direction and any other points brought up in the post. It’s just that the conversation here got bogged down with speculation and conspiracy theories that have nothing to do with this post.

    • K. Clark

      Omg I just had a thought. What if Bob Benson is in fact gay, he and Joan start hanging out in the Village from time to time, but one of those times is the night of the Stonewall Riots?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14301272 Kate Gorton

        I hope so!!!

    • desertwind

      Just noticed the little pink bakery box on Joan’s table. A gift from Bob Benson? After all, the Aphora cups are really just an accessory for him, aren’t they? Gotta bring a gift along with the coffee.

      • decormaven

        I noticed that as well. Thought it might be from William Greenberg, where Megan got the brownies for the hostess gift to Pete and Trudy’s soiree in “Signal 30,” but that was in a red tin.

    • FloridaLlamaLover

      Not sure if this has been addressed (and too damned tired to read through 656 comments): Bob’s shorts would look right at home in the Chubbies shorts collection, where the motto is “Skies out, thighs out.” My son will not buy shorts/swim trunks any longer than 5″.

    • Angelfood

      I predict Abe will stab Megan. She will be at the wrong place at the wrong time

      • OrigamiRose

        See, I’m thinking it will be Arlene’s husband, played by Ted McGinley, noted killer – granted *of* shows, not yet in one. Seems odd to have cast him only for that one scene where he and his wife have dinner with Megan and Don. He’s due for a return appearance.

        (Fun fact: If you type “Ted McGinley show” in the Google search bar? “Killer” is the top auto-fill in!)

    • kentiesgirl

      Saw this & came back to say they aren’t crediting you. It’s on the top headlines and linked to jezebel, who then links to you. Dunno how much it matters, but so you know:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2333443/Is-Megan-Draper-heading-trouble-Mad-Mens-Jessica-Pare-wears-red-star-T-shirt-Sharon-Tate-wore-racy-Esquire-shoot-brutally-murdered.html

    • TobeyGal

      Bob Benson wears his watch on his right hand, isn’t that a little unusual?

      • Mattabie

        Not if you’re left-handed. Nice detail catch!

        • Domenica

          I’m left-handed and I wear my watch on my left wrist. Is that weird?

          • Mattabie

            I’m left-handed too. The whole thing is weird. I can’t use scissors with my left hand for some reason. You do what feels right for YOU, Domenica! Getting back to topic, I wonder if that’s a tiny little clue/facet of Bob’s “otherness” (i.e. the gay theory). Or maybe the actor’s just left handed. I think I might be digging too deep now.

    • Mattabie

      Bob’s shorts go with the Anthora cups too, and with mosaic fish no less to compliment the Greek theme!

    • Sara Padilla

      “Remember when the “woman trapped in yellow” motif from a couple weeks back”: Is it too obvious that this made me think of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’?

    • JeynePoole

      That pink sweater Betty is wearing when she’s talking to Don at camp is the same one Sally wears in the first episode/part 2.

    • librarygrrl64

      Bob Benson’s little shorts and polo ensemble was AWESOMELY hot. I wish guys would go back to shorter, more tailored and streamlined swimsuits like that. Most guys have the legs to carry them off. The current extremes are far less attractive on the vast majority of guys, IMO. Long, baggy board shorts look sloppy and/or like the guy is standing in a ditch. Speedos just look obscene unless you are in a competitive swimming situation.

    • Shev

      Am I the only one reading Bob’s Anthora suit as a ‘the new Pete Campbell’ look in that scene?

    • Camille Chapman

      SO creepy about the Sharon Tate shirt.. she’s even holding a bow for god’s sake!!

      So glad Peggy is over the crazy boyfriend! Love that he was a radical, but he treated Peggy like shit!

      Welcome back Betty~!

    • MonaTonyAngela

      A thought: In the opening conference scene, Peggy is wearing yellow to match Ted. She clearly thinks she’s on Team Ted, and not the Blue Team (Don). But, after he scolds and then denies and then patronizes her through the course of the episode, it’s clear she’s on neither team (Don also scolds her). She’s stuck in the middle of two egos, and what color do you get when you mix yellow and blue? Green. At the end, she’s in a green dress, standing between their offices, and just as Ted tells her to round up the team, another secretary wearing a similar green outfit walks by to drive home the point they still see her as a peon. Cut to her staring into the empty conference room (has she ever had a seat at that table?) and the entire point is made. She has no allies there. Bonus points to the secretary walking down the stairs in the last shot, wearing yellow but carrying a blue folder.

    • yllas

      I can’t believe it’s been a year since this episode, but….I thought Betty looked scrumptious in her sleeveless blouse, shorts, big hair and all. How I wish I could find a little sleeveless cotton blouse with little flowers JUST LIKE THAT. I haunt the thrift stores, always searching. (I hate t-shirts. I hate having to strap my big ungainly boobs into a tight bra because I have to go out in public without giving the world a sad show. I love cotton blouses in the summer!)

    • Jenna

      Since when is Betty in her “late 30s”? She said sometime early in season 1 that she was “26”, so this would put her at about 34. That’s mid-30s at best, not even 35.