Mad Men - "The Jet Set" - 10/12/08

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  1. BobB

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    I think that's a red herring. For one thing, why would they drug him? It was plausible that he had heat stroke, he's just spent a dizzying day in the sun, mostly wearing too many clothes for the climate. For another, he had just taken a sip - no orally ingested knockout drug works that fast.
     
  2. TiVo'Brien

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    Anyone notice the disapproving look Don got when he simply said "You people must be well off." As if to say, "oh, dear, how uncouth of you to bring up money." Excellent character contrast for Don - nobody who belongs in that crowd would say such a thing.
     
  3. flatcurve

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    whoever Don called, I think it's probably the reason he went to LA in the first place. I don't think he'll stay with the jet set crowd for very long...
     
  4. smickola

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    Given the timeline, it looks like we're heading towards the Cuban Missile Crisis as the backdrop for the season ender - as foreshadowed by the MIRV presentation in this episode. It's a great metaphor for the ultimate facedowns - between Don and Betty, Duck and SC, Roger and Mona. Don has shown that he would take the ultimate "nuclear option" - abandoning Betty and the kids, as he was ready to do with Rachel last season. Will Betty cave in and take Don back? On what terms?
     
  5. rrrobinsonjr

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    Good call.
     
  6. Dawghows

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    After he hung up the phone, he tore out the page from the back of the book he had written in. At one point, the camera angle briefly showed the note from over his shoulder. I paused the TiVo and it appeared that he had written a name. The last name was almost surely Whitman, but it was harder to make out the first name. It looked like Ray or Roy or possibly Kay. Then underneath the name was a smaller scribble that I couldn't make out at all. Maybe a time?
     
  7. TiVo'Brien

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    I saw Roy or Ray, too.

    I wonder if "taking a page from the book 'The Sound and the Fury'" has any significance? Anyone ever read it? Will Don do what the main character of the book did?
     
  8. Ladd Morse

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    I paused my HD recording at this point and all I saw was an address, no name.
     
  9. TiVo'Brien

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    Hmmm...... looks like Don might be taking a day trip in the next episode. If that person doesn't know about Don Draper, I wonder what Don will say about himself and what he's been up to.......
     
  10. cheesesteak

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    I'm just trying to figure out how Don is going to explain going to California on a business trip, doing no work and then extending his time away from the office.
     
  11. BobB

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    If you really want to know, there is mention of this in the preview for next week:

    Roger says something about Don's absence being due to marital difficulties - which, in large part, it is.
     
  12. w1ngman

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    Without quoting others above...I'll add my observations regarding Don's inspection of his mixed drink glass that evening at the pool...

    I thought the glass had a 'top-to-bottom' crack running through it. And as Don had just witnessed 'the ugly side' of these folks' devil-may-care lifestyle (divorce, who-owns-the-kids, freak-o-daddy-pimpin'-daughters,...you name it...), that Don saw the crack in the glass as a perception that 'all is not right in this world' of theirs and he should get the hell outta here.

    I also think we were to witness Don suffering a bit of post-war PSTS (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) during the MIRV presentation. And I suspect...not unlike his character's reaction to this disorder 10 years or so previously...Don may have 'snapped' into another character when the MIRV presentation affected him again. He's running. He feels the need to change his identity once again.

    At the same time...we all have to appreciate that Don's character is too central to this show for him to just step out of the way. So what do I know... ;)
     
  13. sallypnut

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    I took the look at the glass to be Don noticing the seam and that it was pressed glass.
     
  14. TiVo'Brien

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    My cross post from NJ.com:


    From Wikipedia regarding "The Sound and the Fury"

    The title of the novel is taken from Macbeth's soliloquy in act 5, scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth:

    "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

    I interpret that as a restatement of not only Don's life philosophy, but also that of the jet set. Life has no intrinsic meaning and to try and give it meaning is a fool's errand. So, rather than engage in a futile act, live a hedonistic, jet set life, indulging yourself in pleasure, because in the end, life is a pointless exercise filled only with silly human sounds and passions.
     
  15. USAFSSO

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    All good points. I noticed at the end after he hung up the phone he put his left arm across the back of the couch. In the credits at the beginning of the episodes he has his right arm on the couch. Right arm-Don, Left arm-Dick.

    Definitely heard the bombs sounds during the MIRV presentation, like he heard when he was looking at "Dons" Purple Heart in S1E1, opening scene.
     

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