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Mad Men - "Far Away Places" - 4/22/12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by TiVo'Brien, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. kaszeta

    kaszeta Fjohürs Lykkewe

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    At least from my own early childhood of the 70s.... There were a lot of really bad and dismal motor lodges, motels, etc in that era (think "Psycho"), and Holiday Inn and Howard Johnson were a shockingly good, affordable, and consistent product for the era. When we stayed at Hojos it wasn't terribly fancy, but it was neat, clean, and had decent amenities (pools, ice cream, and clam strips for the kids, and cocktail bars for the adults) for the price.
  2. avery

    avery New Member

    May 29, 2006
    New York
    Yes. Manhattan to Poughkeepsie and back, while still tripping, would have been a whole other story. I assumed the LSD came courtesty of Jane's doctor, who, as a psychiatrist would have had access to the hallucinogenic.

    Loved Roger's ad-man line critiquing *the product*.
  3. ElJay

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    Where is that place that the HoJo interiors were shot at? Is it just one of those dead places that Hollywood rents? The exterior felt CGIish to me, but then again I'm on analog cable still so I'm not the best one to judge.

    Doesn't everybody know the Moody Blues song "Legend of a Mind?" :D

    Yeah, that thread came to mind the moment she came on screen... As Roger says, she is beautiful.
  4. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    In the comments to Alan Sepinwall's recap, there is quite a bit of debate about whether this was shot at the same diner as the diner scenes from Pulp Fiction, but it was then concluded that that restaurant was demolished in the 90s and that this was shot at Rod's Grill in Arcadia, CA.
  5. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    Maybe your memory is flawed. :)
    From what I understand, Matthew Weiner pays meticulous attention to detail from the time period. He gets proper labels for things like an Aspirin bottle in the background, as well as the music. A couple of episodes ago he wanted a certain piece of music playing in the background, but pulled it because that particular song wasn't actually released until a couple of months after the scene he was shooting was to have occurred. So I would expect that his research team would have been as accurate as possible in constructing the HoJos set.

    Roger calling the professor "Dr. Leary" was like the graphic artist at SCDP calling Megan "Jethro" earlier in the episode.

    In the end credits, it showed the character names for the psychiatrist and her hubby as Catherine and Sandy Orcutt, respectively. Dr. Leary was a big name in the news, and although he was an outspoken advocate of "tuning in, turning on and dropping out", I'm sure other psychologists/psychiatrists followed his lead with their friends and patients.

    Megan is rebelling against Don's stereotypical treatment of women, just as Women's Lib will be starting to garner headlines.

    I also saw the similarities between Don and Megan's scene on the floor and Roger and Jane on the floor. Earlier, there was also the transition of Peggy's face lit with the warm glow of the lighter while getting a light of a cigarette to her talking about the warm glow of the campfire to the Heinz execs. :up:
  6. Cainebj

    Cainebj Active Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    who else want orange sherbet today?
  7. mwhip

    mwhip All better

    Jul 22, 2002
    Shooting that scene I wonder if she got ice cream headache?
  8. john4200

    john4200 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    I would think they would have used some specially prepared, thick pudding instead of real ice cream. Probably bland flavor, too.
  9. Regina

    Regina I've got Jewbs!

    Mar 29, 2003
    Ok, just throwing this out there-pure speculation-Megan almost got a little carsick, and said the taste of the sherbet was off - tasted like perfume to her-maybe she is pregnant? :eek:

    And what about Ginsburg's telling Peggy about being born in a concentration camp? And that his "father" is not his father, but a man who found him in a Swedish orphanage at 5 years old? What a story-if it is true. Why would he lie about something like that?

    It would be amazing-to be born in the camps, and be smuggled out to safety. And maybe his father is his father. I did expect the dad to correct Peggy when she called him "Ginsburg" - you know, say "His name is...(whatever), not Ginsburg..." I love that character, the dad-so sweet! :eek:
  10. robojerk

    robojerk Active Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Laguna Hills CA
    Hmm, good catch if true. :D
  11. avery

    avery New Member

    May 29, 2006
    New York
    If Megan hadn't made the comment [last week] "That's impossible", in response to Don's "let's make a baby", I'd say it could be true. Of course, we really don't know what she meant by the remark... secretly on the pill? infertile? trying to confuse us? :rolleyes:

    On Michael's background... Though it's my understanding that pregnant women and young children didn't survive, I'm sure more things went on post-war than we might even imagine, regarding displaced persons. Even if his father isn't his biological parent, he is still "his father". In college I had a boyfriend with an older brother and younger sister. His mother had been in a concentration camp and his father was part of the underground. One day he mentioned that his "sister" wasn't really his sister... she had been orphaned during the war and when it was over my BF's parents simply attached her to their family and brought her to the US as their daughter.
  12. TiVo'Brien

    TiVo'Brien Multi-year Veteran

    Feb 8, 2002
  13. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman TCF Club

    Dec 6, 2001
    The problem isn't her lack of confidence so much as her lack of penis.

    The Heinz guy was a sexist asshat.

    (and yes, of course that was standard for the time. The depressing part is how little it's changed.)

    and megan thought today was that day.

    when don was on his knees hugging her at the end that scene screamed pregnant.
  14. TiVo'Brien

    TiVo'Brien Multi-year Veteran

    Feb 8, 2002
    I thought that, too.
  15. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Active Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I'm going to go against the grain and say that this show has gotten off track. I hope that Cooper's pep talk with Draper means we will get more into the business side of advertising, instead of the many side stories that keep getting generated every week. This show is getting Soprano-itis. Too many side stories that won't get resolved within the season.
  16. Dawghows

    Dawghows Active Member

    May 17, 2001
    Amen to this.
  17. lpamelaa

    lpamelaa Member

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angles, CA
  18. speedcouch

    speedcouch Geekneck

    Oct 23, 2003
    North Carolina
    When someone at HoJo mentioned clams, I said that maybe Don would come up with infamous "clambake orgy" that I learned about in marketing in college. Anyone else remember that?:cool:
  19. kaszeta

    kaszeta Fjohürs Lykkewe

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    Nice. That piece also had a youtube link to Don doing his pitch to Belle Jolie, which is what Peggy was trying to do with Heinz:

    [YT="Belle Jolie"]5y4b-DEkIps[/YT]
  20. TiVo'Brien

    TiVo'Brien Multi-year Veteran

    Feb 8, 2002
    Awesome scene.

    Makes me wish they'd go back to more advertising and less soap opera. :(

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