|Doin' the Drape.|
Like everyone else, I've been reviewing past episodes so I'll remember the story lines where we left off more than a year ago. A great story is the second episode of season 4, "Christmas Comes But Once A Year."
|At the office Christmas party, Don Draper (dead center) drinking heavily|
|Upset and frustrated, Peggy tells Freddy his ideas are old-fashioned (and sexist).|
Young Sally Draper renews her friendship with the creepy neighbor, Glen Bishop.
|One of my favorite characters returns when Sally bumps into creepy Glen at a Christmas tree lot|
The troubled Glen eventually breaks into the Francis home and vandalizes it by emptying the refrigerator’s contents onto kitchen counter tops and making a mess throughout the house. Don Draper walks out on a pitch meeting held by Faye Miller, a psychologist with a consumer research company looking to sell her know-how to the Madison Avenue ad firm.
|Faye nails it by explaining consumer motivation: what I want vs. what's expected of me|
Later Faye confronts Don about his lack of respect for her psychological insights only to earn it back with her understanding of what motivates people. (We'll see Faye play a larger role later in the 4th series.)
|Conga line winds its way through the office party|
|You know it's a party because of the Lucky Strikes cigarette pack garland that lines the office walls|
|Joanie leads the dancing--LOVE that dress!|
|Campbell sitting on Roger's lap for photos.|
|Allison, Don's secretary, awkwardly opens her Christmas bonus, an impersonal card after a very intimate night|
|Everyone at the office party, including Don Draper, receives a free carton of Lucky Strikes. MERRY CHRISTMAS! (choke, cough, gasp!)|
Remember the vintage Christmas song that plays over the ending? It's Teresa Brewer's version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." The following Mad Men episode, "The Good News," continues the story line with Don Draper's plan to spend the holidays in Acapulco. SPOILER: Don doesn't go to Acapulco.
This video has the audio recording of Teresa Brewer's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."
I love the fashion, style and 1960s cultural references of Mad Men. But I guess what I love about the show is the bleak attitude and watching Don Draper's life slowly unravel. Are you a fan of Mad Men? What did you like about last season's Christmas episode?