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Old 06-11-2012, 12:49 AM   #1
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Mad Men 6/10/12 "The Phantom" Season Finale SPOILERS

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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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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.
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...
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:37 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:10 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:40 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:53 AM   #6
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I'll have to rewatch the ending. I thought it was Megan and her friend at the bar with Don.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:01 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:24 AM   #8
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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
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:11 AM   #9
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I'll have to rewatch the ending. I thought it was Megan and her friend at the bar with Don.
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.

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Old 06-11-2012, 07:34 AM   #10
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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".
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:08 AM   #11
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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 didn't quit smoking. I think someone even called him a hypocrite at one point after writing the letter.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:21 AM   #12
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... and Pete got punched out twice


I said to Mrs. S., watch that he goes home and Trudy kicks his ass!
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:29 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:29 AM   #14
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:30 AM   #15
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Pete got punched a lot this season.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:43 AM   #16
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Some funny twitter reactions:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...ment#s=1077640
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Pete needs to take a boxing class.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:54 AM   #18
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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.
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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:14 AM   #19
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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.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:11 AM   #20
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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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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.
The screen test clapboard showed her using the name Calvet. I don't think Don decided that, Megan always saw herself being a famous actress as Megan Calvet.
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The screen test clapboard showed her using the name Calvet. I don't think Don decided that, Megan always saw herself being a famous actress as Megan Calvet.
Although she did say earlier in the episode that she'd use Calvet so it wouldn't be obvious to the client that Din gave the job to his wife.
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A couple of other thoughts.

The dogs shagging??? And the opposite reaction to Mrs. S. Roger's ass. Roger is great though.

Don watching Megan's reel reminded me of the Carousel episode. He realized how much he loves her, and this time instead of going home to an empty house, he gets her the shoe gig.
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The screen test clapboard showed her using the name Calvet. I don't think Don decided that, Megan always saw herself being a famous actress as Megan Calvet.
It's a metaphor that goes with him walking away as she becomes smaller and smaller.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #25
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Don watching Megan's reel reminded me of the Carousel episode. He realized how much he loves her, and this time instead of going home to an empty house, he gets her the shoe gig.
I got this feeling also. He was smiling, in a nice loving way. I hope that the last scene was not him going back to his old ways. I got the feeling that by the end of the episode he had gotten several issues resolved and was back on a good track.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #26
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This episode was not as good as that previous two, so it was a bit of a letdown, but it was still pretty solid.

I would not be surprised if Megan and Don have broken up at the beginning of the next season. Him walking away into the dark as she stayed in the spotlight was pretty clear that the honeymoon of their romance was over. They've actually had a pretty dark relationship. Unlike Betty where they kept of the facade of a happy couple, Don and Megan let the darkness shine through, from the fight after the birthday party dance, to being left at the HoJo to throwing a plate of spaghetti against the wall. Don put up with it as long as Megan stayed in the mold of what he wanted. Watching her screen test he realized she had some talent and he wasn't going to hold her back. But, it also meant he wasn't going to be the perfect husband anymore - hence the seedy bar and picking up the lovely ladies.

I'm so glad we saw Peggy again.

I didn't like all the dwelling on Pete. I love office Pete, can't stand home life Pete. Him getting punched out twice was great though.
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I got this feeling also. He was smiling, in a nice loving way. I hope that the last scene was not him going back to his old ways. I got the feeling that by the end of the episode he had gotten several issues resolved and was back on a good track.
How funny. I took away the exact opposite impression of the end!
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Pete got punched a lot this season.
Pete deserved getting punched out a lot! He's the absolute definition of a creep. Fun, in a perverse way, to watch, but still a creep.
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My reaction to this episode, for some reason, was that it had a hard time holding my interest. I found myself drifting. Perhaps that's just because the previous episode had so much going on in it, that it was just not possible for this ep to measure up, but it just didn't hold me. Still trying to figure that out.

Things did happen in this episode. There was one theme running through it that I saw, which was Don's progression to understanding that he was responsible to help those he loves and cares about to progress. Remember what Megan's mother said to him? I think this shows progress for Don, the eternal womanizer and cad who, up to this season, only appeared to care only about himself. How much progress and how serious? That remains to be seen. Weiner could take this a number of ways, that's the beauty of it.

He makes that comment to Peggy, who has left him, so to speak, about this very same topic and I viewed the scene when he views the film of Megan as one that said he genuinely loved her and cared about her.

The scene of him walking away in the darkness with her in the colorful garb about to perform in the commercial she so badly wanted, was haunting, but I don't know that necessarily foreshadows their marriage ending. Nor does him in the bar, either, at least not for sure.

What choices he makes will be very interesting to follow up on next season, and I just hate having to wait a year to follow up.

Overall a pretty dam good season, even though this episode just didn't hold up to the others. This episode was mostly just setup for season 6, and from that point of view, and the questions it opened up, it did a pretty good job, imho.

Is this still the best show on Television? Not sure about that, given the amazing season Justified had, and Game of Thrones had. Still great TV, if not the best this year.
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Pete should get punched in the face every episode. That makes snoozefests like this episode somewhat more enjoyable.

I'm getting tired of shows warning about nudity and then having it be naked old man butt.

What kind of company is it where one partner can unilaterally give someone $50,000.
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