Mad Men season 6 Finale
I saw last night that one writer at the New York Daily News was talking about how Peggy Olson spent Thanksgiving working late at the office. What he missed was the fact that she wasn’t in her office, she was now working out of Don Draper‘s Office.
- Peggy Olson, dressed practically as a present, is one that people like to unwrap, but no one wants to keep.
- “I’m leaving my wife for you.” How many times has that line been used and worked in the history of mankind? And how seldom it actually ever happens.
- Don Draper has been kicked out of the firm that he saved. Kinda know that feeling, but alas, there’s a silver lining here. The Chevrolet car they’re bringing to market bombs and it’s a firm stocked with Duck Phillips talent that will help sink that rock to the bottom of the ocean with Mrs. Campbell.
- Manolo allegedly married Mrs. Campbell, presumably for all her money. Then he helped her fall overboard, if you believe Pete Campbell’s suspicions. What a surprise he will have to find she has nothing.
- Bob set Pete Campbell up, in another form of transportation, mind you, to kill off Pete’s career at Sterling Cooper & Partners, by getting him to drive when we all knew that Pete, after trying to get it on with that high school girl, never really learned how to drive. So Campbells have died now in a plane, at sea and a career, in a car. (I almost expected A Day In The Life by The Beatles to start playing, but that’s not how the show works.)
- Pete’s line, “This is 1968” saying that things like murder on the high seas can’t still be happening. Have we always thought that way about the time in which we live and that only by looking back in time we realize how primitive things were at any particular time compared to the present, of which we will do all over again in a matter of a few years?
- Pete left SC&P, too, if you didn’t catch that. Bob thinks he’s won there, but like Manolo, is going to find this Chevy account is a downer. (At least for that model of car!!)
- Trudy seemed happy that Pete was finally “free.” Free of his mom, free of the agency he’d become miserable at. Free to go to California and start a new. And she was now free to move on without him, which she’d probably been hoping for.
- It will be interesting to see if they completely write Pete Campbell off into the sunset since next year is the final season and we know where he went–even with a reference to the Beverly Hillbillies.
- Megan will go to California and not look back. Never a good thing for a second wife to talk about your biological kids.
- Don said it perfectly when he told her “I don’t want to be here anymore.” It spoke volumes, kinda like how in Mad Men through the years they’ve foleyed over audio that almost sounds like a gunshot when a door slams.
- I’m not going to miss the oversized eyeballs of Ted.
- And what of Don Draper? Time it will tell, but I found it ironic that last week Betty was encouraging Sally to go ahead and smoke in front of her on the way back home while they were talking and then seemed mortified and upset that she’s also taken up drinking. Hello!?! Really?
- I didn’t think the conversation between Don and Betty was going to go well with Megan. She has long felt like she was living out on an island in the ocean. Now she sees there’s still some underground cables running through the ocean’s waters and the connection is quite clear at the Francis house.
My assumption was that Sally was going to spill the beans to Megan about what she’d seen her dad up to. But with Megan walking out anyways on her own, well, Don skates again.
And then while we’re back on Don, someone had said it’d been funny for the African American kid sitting out in front of the old whore house to have been eating a Hershey’s bar instead of that bright red popsicle. Yeah, but that would have been too hard to see and way too predictable.
- So it became clear, Don Draper is pretty much done at SC&P. So is Pete Campbell. I’ve not read Dante’s Inferno, but it’d seem like both of those characters have gone through a series of nine hells–13 if you count episodes–this season and they’ve been given a chance at a new life, one away from the messes that they have helped create, and in turn, have become bigger than they were able to cope with.
Mad Men has had a way of getting us to like/tolerate two characters who in real life, we should not. Both have committed countless atrocities in the lives of those around them. But don’t we all to one degree or another?
Season 7, the final, will certainly be an interesting 12 weeks of TV. I don’t see us all watching a helicopter take off and Don flying off into the sunset. In fact, I’ve had suspicions that he winds up literally being the person to fall out of the SC&P windows like the opening bumper has been teasing us with all this time. The other trick coming back is how with each season, we’ve pretty much never really picked up from exactly where we left off, so one has to assume we’re going to be in the heart of 1969, well after Christmas, and getting ready for a moon landing. Ah, the conspiracy theorists can run with this storyline–Don Draper meets a NASA executive in a bar and they say they need some help convincing the American public that we actually landed on the moon….
In all seriousness, many have described Season 6 as “boring.” It’s had it’s slow points, but we all have to remember, so does life. There are good days, bad days and those can be followed by either more good ones or bad ones. And that is what shall happen in Season 7.