At this point, its become an oxymoron to even say that a Mad Men episode was “good” because they always are. The grass is green, the sky is blue, and Mad Men never disappoints. Episode 3 was definitely no exception. The premiere will forever be known as “zou bisou bisou”. Episode 3, unfortunately will be known for Betty’s fat suit.
At first glance… a definite eye soar for me. It took me a few minutes to warm up to the idea of Betty not being the 60’s Barbie doll we all expect her to be. As cold as Betty’s heart may be, she makes up for it in her pink, and glossy appearance. As the episode progressed, so did my acceptance of Betty being fat and depressed. It only makes sense that the iron lady would eventually struggle with a quarter/mid-life crisis. Shes done nothing but walk the line for the past few years. Let us not forget the gun-toting, manic Betty that didn’t bathe, and disciplined her daughter by locking her in a storage closet. Leave it to the Mad Men producers to turn an accidental pregnancy from a cast member into one of the deepest story lines of the season. No hiding behind refrigerator doors for Mad Men!
I could blab about Betty all day, but I have to move on. We need to discuss Michael Ginsberg, the new addition to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. We don’t know a whole lot about him yet, but i have a feeling he’ll play a big roll in the season. He made me scream laugh, and want to punch him in the face with only about 20 minutes of camera time. I have a feeling he and Peggy will have an interesting development this year. He’s anxious, annoying, rude, obnoxious, inappropriate, and endearing all in the same moment. We don’t find out until later that his anxiety may be a result of his fathers judgement. He doesn’t seem to respect him, and feels the need to abruptly pray for him when he walks in the door. Maybe he and Pete will find that they both have daddy issues in common?
This is a good transition into talking about our little engine that always can, Peggy. It’s easy to forget sometimes that Peggy is, in fact, still very much a woman working in advertising in the 60’s. Things have become so safe for her behind the walls of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. She’s proven herself to the men their, so It makes sense that Peggy loves being at work. When she’s there, she doesn’t actually have to deal with what women on the outside are dealing with. It’s when an outsider (Michael Ginsberg) walks in that she is reminded of what the world actually thinks of women like her. I’m sure Michael’s underhanded remarks about her “not being able to hire anyone” took her right back to her days of trying on lipstick behind a double-sided mirror for Belle Jolie.
It becomes more and more apparent each episode that Don and Megan have no business being together. Their age gap seems to be wedging itself deeper and deeper into their marriage. Megan can’t help being 26, and she doesn’t seem to be apologetic about it. She’s mastered the art of handling Don’s uneven temper, without being aggravating. That was made clear when she convinced him to go to the pool with her, as his ex-wife, and mother of his children could be dying of cancer. It’s obvious that the honeymoon is over for these two, and the cracks are really starting to show.
As always, another amazing Mad Men episode. Thank you god for AMC being the network to develop this amazing show.