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Mad Men 6/10/12 "The Phantom" Season Finale SPOILERS

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Peter000, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Jun 11, 2012 #1 of 139
    Peter000

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    Pretty good, but a bit of a let down from last week, IMO.

    So Don has come full circle. Starting to smoke and womanize again. Guess old habits die hard.

    Love the shot of the five partners silhouetted against the windows of their future expansion.
     
  2. Jun 11, 2012 #2 of 139
    robojerk

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    I don't think he ever stopped smoking, and they never showed him going with the girl, he just paused when asked if he was alone. Don feels lonely.

    I'm not saying he didn't womanize, but it's not concrete that he did stray...
     
  3. Jun 11, 2012 #3 of 139
    Peter000

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    If I'm not mistaken, Don quit smoking when he wrote that open letter to Lucky Strike or whatever it was that got him in trouble with other clients. He was actually exercising and getting all fit. This episode was the first I was conscious of him lighting up again.

    And it certainly seemed to indicate that he was going to sleep with the stranger. Seemed pretty obvious they were going for a parallel of his old life with Betty. I'd be shocked if next season they didn't have him sleeping around.

    And they're back to the successful two-floor agency as well.

    I thought for a second that I was watching a series finale rather than a season. It's almost a Don Draper reset.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2012 #4 of 139
    vman41

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    The movie playing at the theater where Don ran into Peggy was Casino Royale, then the closing scene used the theme from You Only Live Twice as the background music.

    Megan's story was interesting. She dertemines the acting class was a scam, does some soul searching, and decides some pragmatism is called for.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2012 #5 of 139
    jsmeeker

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    And the insurance thing. Handled quickly and easy. No muss, no fuss. Well, OK.. Lane's wife wasn't so happy with Don's visit. But at least that is over and done. :)
     
  6. Jun 11, 2012 #6 of 139
    Mr. Soze

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    I'll have to rewatch the ending. I thought it was Megan and her friend at the bar with Don. :eek:
     
  7. Jun 11, 2012 #7 of 139
    dianebrat

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    I can't see how you could take away from their very deliberate cut that Don was womanizing again, they only showed him being approached smiling back, for all we know the next line was "no thank you I'm married" but we have to wait until next season.
     
  8. Jun 11, 2012 #8 of 139
    Shakhari

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    I've think Don's been smoking throughout the season ... perhaps I'm remembering wrong.

    In any case, no Betty ... and Pete got punched out twice :)
     
  9. Jun 11, 2012 #9 of 139
    markymark_ctown

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    Not Megan at the bar, but the blonde who approached Don definitely looked like her acting friend from earlier. Payback for stealing her commercial opportunity?

    eta: ok...not megan's friend at the bar based on reviews.
     
  10. Jun 11, 2012 #10 of 139
    grant33

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    That was kind of an anti-climactic season finale. I believe this is the first season of the show where Don didn't sleep around. If that's the case, then it's kind of interesting that they ended the season with the will he/won't he "cliffhanger".
     
  11. Jun 11, 2012 #11 of 139
    DougF

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    He didn't quit smoking. I think someone even called him a hypocrite at one point after writing the letter.
     
  12. Jun 11, 2012 #12 of 139
    Mr. Soze

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    :up: :up: :up:

    I said to Mrs. S., watch that he goes home and Trudy kicks his ass! :D
     
  13. Jun 11, 2012 #13 of 139
    KenDC

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    Don didn't quit smoking. It was not Megan nor her friend in the bar. I do think the last scene was asking up the question of where Don is with Megan.

    I thought it was a boring episode and it would have been better off closing with last week's.
     
  14. Jun 11, 2012 #14 of 139
    mwhip

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    Well I guess that answers that about the insurance. The firm has life insurance on the partners but apparently Lane's shares are not inheritable since Don was just giving her the $50k to reimburse for the initial investment.

    I think Don is really trying to figure out how to make Meghan happy. The girls at the end hitting on him was a call back I think to him and Joan in the bar and Joan saying that all the girls in the bar were staring at her like she was the lucky one. Don will always have the opportunity I don't think he is ready to partake yet.

    OK and is it just me or is it odd to see Rory Gilmore in a grown up role? She still has the same face even though she is over 30 it is just kinda weird.
     
  15. Jun 11, 2012 #15 of 139
    mwhip

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    Pete got punched a lot this season. :D
     
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    kaszeta

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    Pete needs to take a boxing class.
     
  18. Jun 11, 2012 #18 of 139
    john4200

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    And I got a James Bond vibe from Don as he was walking off Megan's set and into the bar. I almost expected him to order a vodka martini, shaken, not stirred.
     
  19. Jun 11, 2012 #19 of 139
    zalusky

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    Lots of metaphors. My take is:

    Don is in a lot of pain mostly when he sees Megan. It metaphors through his tooth. The only solution is rip it from his body.

    Don's channels his brother who commit suicide because Don rejected his needs.
    Don feels remorse because he could have helped Lane and did not and Lane commits suicide like his brother.

    Now his wife who I believe he does love is feeling strangled by the traditional domestic life he has given her.

    He feels to save her he must rip her from himself and we have the final haunting scene of him giving her the acting gig under her maiden name and WALKING away.

    So how will it play out next year. Given their leaps in time. She may well be gone as the show opens. I think resorting him to him cheating and boozing would be a cheap let down and inconsistent with his growth in character.
     
  20. Jun 11, 2012 #20 of 139
    TAsunder

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    I would never, ever, ever put ice on a painful tooth that needed an extraction. That sounds like the worst possible thing to do.

    I really liked the last moment. I didn't really care for the montage that immediately preceded it, though I did get a chuckle at Roger on acid. The episode overall was quite enjoyable. I enjoyed the presence of cigarettes in this episode as a unifying theme. Peggy's coming up with Virginia Slim and becoming like Don. Don of all people deliberately smokes a cigarette just hours after his dentist tells him not to.
     

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