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Mad Men - "Signal 30" OAD 4/15/12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Bob Coxner, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    So this episode was all about the many different ways Pete was emasculated. Will this lead to something storywise, or was this just a way to pay the viewers back for all the time they've had to put up with the weaselly Campbell?
  2. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    There was also a smooth transition from a zoom into a close-up of Pete at the end of one scene (Roger & Pete after speaking to Lane about his "date" with the Jaguar guy) to him in the same position at the opening of the next scene (at the driving school just before "Handsome" enters).

    Don having to change into his (awful) plaid sport coat for the dinner party in the country ... then Megan shouting "Cynthia!" when Ken's wife was finally named ... LOL!

    The lobster bibs during the dinner with the Jaguar guy before treating him to some fun. Did they have crabs? Uhh, I mean for dinner, of course! ;)

    I was expecting a car accident when Don was getting frisky with Megan driving home after the party, since it would've tied in with the movie clip at the beginning and Pete's storyline about the driving school flirtation with the Scarlett Johannson doppelganger.

    Everything about the fight scene was hilarious ... the other guys' excitement, Draper drawing the drapes (that's what a "draper" does, right? ;)).

    I seem to recall when they introduced Lane in a previous season that he had referred to his fighting skills at some point.
  3. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    I still can't get over the fact that the actor playing Lane is also playing Jones, the big bad on Fringe.
  4. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    "Well, if there's something you can't find here, a friend of mine has an apartment -- maybe more what you're looking for -- and he's walking distance."

    Pete sure seemed pretty comfortable with the hooker. He's clearly done that before ...
  5. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    Yeah, listen again. I listened to it three times before writing my initial post. She never says "he."
  6. ElJay

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    What was Pete thinking anyway... She's in high school! The character is pretty nasty already and they keep piling it on. I'm not sure what the point is.
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    When we first saw Pete in traffic school fantasizing about the girl, I thought for sure he was just dreaming of the days when he was in HS and taking driver's ed. It wasn't until later in the episode that I realized he was really taking driver's ed in 1966 and fantasizing about a HS girl. Not only fantasizing, but also asking her out and trying to act on that fantasy. Very creepy.
  8. john4200

    john4200 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009

    "...and he's walking distance".

    No doubt about it. I heard it the first time I watched, and I just checked it again.
  9. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    I typed out her quote exactly as she said it. She definitely said "... and HE'S walking distance".

  10. nyny523

    nyny523 Oy

    Oct 31, 2003
    New Yawk
    OK - did anyone else get the title reference as it tied in with Pete's age? When the series started, he was 24 (that was 1960), and here we are in 1966, Pete is 30 and already experiencing a mid-life crisis. He moved to the suburbs with his wife and kid and hates himself and his life. An interesting contrast to Don, who experienced his own mid-life crisis, remarried, moved FROM the suburbs back into Manhattan and is truly happy for probably the first time in his life.

    This episode was all about the Men, which I thought was wonderful and fascinating. Plumbing, fisticuffs, a visit to a whorehouse - the whole nine yards. Pete was SO proud of himself that he fixed that leak, only to have Don quickly save the day and let him know he had done in wrong. Laine, who Pete thinks is some kind of pansy, beats the crap out of him. The young girl - someone whom Pete might have easily conquered years ago, has no interest in him and ends up with the hunky classmate. And Pete, who thinks he is better at his job than anyone else, losses the account. So he basically fails at everything, all in one episode. And Don sees so much of himself at the same age, and tries to help him, but to no avail.
  11. stellie93

    stellie93 Active Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    I don't think driver's ed was required in the 60's, and even if it was, a big ad exec would go to a private school, not the local high school. Unless he was thinking about meeting underage girls to start with. Trudy is a little annoying, but no way she deserves Pete.

    Kind of sad in the elevator when he says,"we're all supposed to be friends" Where'd you get that idea, Pete?

    I bet there was not one person watching this show who was rooting for Pete. Go Lane. :up:
  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I actually expected Don to say something to that effect. I think Don's look basically conveyed that message.
  13. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    I just rewatched it with subtitles and she most definitely says:

    A friend of mine has a place...
    He's walking distance...

    When I watched it the first time I was pretty sure the implication was a gay whore house.

    So funny - I didn't hear "You're my king."
    I thought she said You're making.... :)

    I wonder what SIGNAL 30 refers to...?
  14. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
  15. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman

    Dec 6, 2001
    She was definitely offering up the company of gentlemen.

    I loved Don's expression when it became clear they were going to fight.

    A grimy little pimp, indeed.
  16. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    Nor was I....with the lone exception being the fight.
  17. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    Correction -- that's tilt up; not pan. Panning is left and right. Tilting is up and down. TV 101...
  18. lpamelaa

    lpamelaa Member

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angles, CA
    Pete is like Don 10 years ago, except that he can't handle his disappointments/failings with grace. Don was stoic and a master of spin. Pete is the anti-Don.
  19. Fahtrim

    Fahtrim Member

    Apr 12, 2004
    I was literally laughing out loud when the Laine started rolling up his sleeves, and the look on Pete's face. Then the pan around the room and the other guys just wanting to see it.

    Then Don closing the drapes, lol, that was awesome.

    Clearly an invitation for a gay encounter from the madam to Don. Don was great, Pete was well acted as a loser :)

    Loved it.
  20. tiams

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    Don (Dick) was quick to correct Cynthia and give the correct last name for the mass murderer Charles Whitman (also his own last name).

    Something bad is going to happen with that rifle of Pete's.

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