Mad Men Season 6 Finale

Jun 24, 2013 by

Mad Men season 6 Finale

In the Season 6 Mad Men Finale, Pete Campbell receives word that his mom has fallen overboard at sea and presumed lost.

In the Season 6 Mad Men Finale, Pete Campbell receives word that his mom has fallen overboard at sea and presumed lost.

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.


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Pete Campbell Gets His Ass Whooped on #MadMen–Finally

Apr 15, 2012 by

After five years of seeing Mad Men‘s Pete Campbell slink around like a car wreck waiting to happen, Don Draper‘s MadMen pilot prediction of a Pete Campbell that no one will like is coming to be and tonight’s episode–Season 5’s “Signal 30”–was where it all came to be with Pete looking like he’d been in a car wreck after a mad-capped fist fight with Lane Pryce. It’s clear, with the dripping faucet, that Pete has become bored in the suburbs. A point driven home by Draper who tells Megan that “Saturday night in the suburbs? That’s when you really want to blow your brains out.”

Pete Campbell preparing to get his ass-whooped--AMC MadMen

Observations about Signal 30:

  • Peggy, who had Pete’s baby after Season One trists clearly wasn’t phased nor upset in the least about Pete getting the shit kicked out of him. (Have you noticed someone says “shit” in every MadMen episode? Do said Bullshit at the dinner table, and Megan talked about Pete had scared it out of her by talking about all the car wreck statistics.)
  • What will the story be to Trudy explaining it all? Quoting Joan from season one, “He’ll have his own excuse.”
  • For those who recently have been hoping on Twitter that there’ll be a Lane/Joan thing, I think it was made pretty clear that’s not going to happen.
  • Pete thinks the people he works with are his friends. Do you regard people you work with as your friend? What about clients?
  • After Lane kisses a comforting Joan, she tells him “a lot of people around here have wanted to …” (I thought she was going to say, “kiss me,”) but she went on to talk about Pete getting his clock cleaned
  • Pete’s now hitting on Jenny Gunther, a high school girl. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, comes to mind. Have you noticed Pete’s strays all have been with blondes? Regardless, he’s become Don Draper of old. Last week we saw Peggy has become Roger Sterling.
  • In episode 2 of this year, Roger threatened to take Pete out and whoop his ass. Pete backed down but was more than ready to take on Lane. Either way it would have come down to a much-needed ass-whooping.
  • Don told Megan driving home that he wanted to “make a baby.” Megan hasn’t said anything about wanting one of her own.
  • For a firm where new business isn’t happening, you’d think they’d be a little bit more excited about bringing in Jaguar.
  • Ken Cosgrove’s ending where he’s clearly going ahead with his writing is poetic.
  • It’s funny that Don can handle most women, but between Trudy and Megan, he’s powerless.
  • The girl from the driver’s course talks about how her parents don’t want her going off to college elsewhere because of crazy men and yet she’s standing in their home town talking to Pete who’s circling around her like a pedophile.
  • Didn’t you just hope that Lane would have stood up while eating steak with the man from Jaguar and put that hunk of beef over his crotch like he did last year when he and Don went out on a lark?!?
  • Have you noticed that even in a tight, someone got Lane to spring loose the funds to put name plates on all the office doors? There are three names on Peggy, Ginsberg and that other clown’s office.  (How is it that guy gets away with the things he says?)

At the beginning of the show I was wondering why the whole visit to the Campbell house. It was awkward. Don and Megan couldn’t even remember the name of Ken Cosgrove’s wife, Cynthia.

The ultimate irony of this episode is to show how confused Pete Campbell really is, especially in his regard for Don.  He was clearly excited about having risen enough in stature that Don Draper would come to his house.  They even remark about how Don has “the big stick” when it comes to conversations, etc.  But when it comes down to Don giving Pete real-world advice, Pete’s very put out about it.  Pete can clearly see he’s in the wrong spot, but also clearly doesn’t want Don to be the one to ‘splain it to him.

As the show ended, when Pete was boo hooing to Don Draper, almost in tears that he has “nothing,” it became clear, as Don said to Pete as he was getting out of the cab from the Jaguar dinner/whorehouse run, that Pete has a lot and that he’s throwing it away.

What started as a slow and “where is this going episode” arrived at home in short order.  It was really one of the best Mad Men in the five-year series.  It’ll also be interested to see if there’s an uptick of ass-whoopings in corporate America this week with people finally singling out the ends of their patience with the Pete Campbells of the world.

And now, as a bonus, the Signal 30 Driver’s Ed Video:


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