Mad Men - "Severance" S07E08 OAD 4/5/15

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  1. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN


    Sad, but true. They'll likely pile up for me as well, especially since warmer weather is hitting us....
  2. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    I'll be the outlier here. I liked it, and am looking forward to this final stretch. This first episode wasn't A+ (I'd give it an A-/B+), but Mad Men always starts out this way. It's Mathew Weiner laying out the tiles.

    I have faith that each episode will build on the previous, and lead to a great finale. Regardless, this show has been a fun series from the start. Like any show, some seasons (and eps) better than others, but viewed in its whole, far better than most TV these days.
  3. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I thought this episode had a lot of good stuff in it, and I am glad Mad Men is back and I'm looking forward to the final stretch of episodes.

    No mention of Lou, he's just gone with Don back in his office - yay!

    Loved the Kenny story, I was bummed that it seemed like they were bidding him farewell, then kind of happy he was at peace with it and would write, then loved he was able to give Pete and Roger their comeuppance! I've always enjoyed his character.

    The moustaches are funny. I didn't even recognize Ted.

    I thought the woman in the diner looked more like the Bohemian Don was dating in the first season. I didn't connect her to Rachel until when he went back after he found out Rachel had died.

    Poor Peggy was trying to do something spontaneous but now that the moment has passed she's back to being practical. I'm kind of glad, I thought that guy was really bland.
  4. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    That was my thought too. It kind of reminded me of the first time I saw the pilot and thought it was painfully boring, but then revisited again a few years later and watched a few episodes and it got better as the story developed. I think this is a setup episode for something. Maybe the beginning of the final breakdown of Don.
  5. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004


    I was wondering about Lou. I could not stand that guy. I was hoping to see something with him maybe crashing through a window and getting stabbed by large shards of glass as he fell to the ground, pushing the shards all the way through him.

    Oops, did I say that out loud? :D

    I enjoyed the episode. I didn't expect to see a lot in one returning epsode, so I got what I expected plus some. And no Lou. :)

    I've been wondering about Pete/Vincent's hairline. They have done a really good job with it, for Pete, over the years and I'm glad to hear that it's not Vincent's hairline. I'm not a guy, but I always thought it must be a drag to have your hair start disappearing in the front like that.
  6. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Maybe I'm just jealous but the idea that every woman in the world immediately throws her panties at Don the way this show depicts it makes me roll my eyes. I bet Hugh Hefner never had Don's batting average. The sex scene with the diner waitress was just awful in how she was dehumanized down to back alley whore level because she thought Don gave her a good tip. But Don got some, as always.
  7. Mikeyis4dcats

    Mikeyis4dcats Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    heh....we never realized Maggie Siff played Rachel until last night. We were like..whoa!
  8. cmontyburns

    cmontyburns Excellent. TCF Club

    Nov 14, 2001
    Houston, TX
    And the girl who was the model in the chinchilla coat at the beginning is Andie Macdowell's daughter!
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    I'm guessing that the waitress is someone he kew as a kid from the whore house. Or maybe he knew her Mom. Didn't one of them take his virginity at a really young age? Maybe she got knocked up by him and it's his own daughter! :eek:
  10. StrynBean

    StrynBean Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    Why is the last season so short?
  11. deli99

    deli99 Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2003
    AMC broke the final season into two parts. The first seven eps aired last year, and the second seven air this year.
  12. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    That was what I was thinking. He knew her from there. I would have never guessed that the waitress reminded him of Rachel.
  13. lpamelaa

    lpamelaa Member

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angles, CA
  14. Johnny Dancing

    Johnny Dancing Closet Rebel

    Sep 3, 2000
    Way to long between half seasons to have a confusing episode. I was lost mostly because I can't remember what happened a year ago and a year before last season's half season.
  15. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    That's why, for these shows that take a long break, I always go back and watch the last episode from the previous season (or half season in this case)
  16. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    True. I would have been 100% lost had I not decided to re-watch the entire series before 7b started. I couldn't believe how much I forgot from not only the entirety of the series, but even just from 7a.

    Now, I would love to not have to feel that I have to re-watch before a new season of a show. Most I just don't and forget much of it. This is why, as much as I have loved many HBO and SHO shows, it always sucks that there is a whole year between seasons - well, the majority of a year in most cases.

    Another thing I find with this show and other great shows I love, especially on premium channels, is that I have to use headphones or I miss half the dialogue. No matter how much I turn the volume up (I have tinnitus that tends to be very loud at times) I STILL can't hear all the dialogue. Frustrating, but thank goodness for wireless headphones! It makes all the difference.
  17. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I just turn on the subtitles
  18. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    Hey Steve! Yeah, well, I've tried that with shows and I find that I concentrate so much on watching the words that I miss the pictures.

    I know - sounds lame. I find that the older I get, the stoopider I get. :D For me, the wireless headphones are the perfect solution. :)
  19. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I hear ya, I'm older too :) I'm so into the whole 5.1 surround sound stuff that putting headphones on means I'm missing what's happening in 3 other speakers. I guess it's fine for a show like Mad Men, but for some movies and shows like Game of Thrones, I want the whole experience
  20. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    What was there to be confused about in this episode that would have been cleared up by watching the first half of S7 recently? This episode takes place about eight months after the end of 7a, so there aren't any stories from 7a that got resolution in this episode. As long as you know they all work at an ad agency that was recently purchased by McCann Erickson, then the rest of it is pretty much explained within the episode.

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