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Mad Men S2E4: Three Sundays



Well, what did we learn last night?

We learned that Peggy's sister carries around a ton of resentment. We learned that Don and Betty think sitting around and getting wasted on a Sunday constitutes family time. We learned that Duck is pretty lousy at his job and Don is always right. And we learned that Roger is a lonely and fairly pathetic man who desperately wants to hold on to his youth but is now reduced to paying call girls in order to do so. But as with all things Mad Men, there's so much more.

Going back to the theme of social change that we discussed in our last post, to the impending rise of feminism and the civil rights movement, as well as the burgeoning youth culture and the exponentially growing power of television, we can now add the changes in the Catholic church to the mix. These writers aren't missing a trick.

Social change comes about through many different avenues, but we tend to think only of the secular ones as the important ones. It's nice to see the writers of the show not falling into that trap. Vatican II is coming and you could smell it on the air in this episode. It is of course represented by the young and handsome Father Gill, who plays guitar and doesn't say Grace the way Peggy's mother (a hard line old school Catholic if ever there was one) would like. In his scenes with the Olson/Respola family, you can see the tension between old and new, even if most of the participants can't put their finger on it. Father Gill sees it, but Peggy's mother and sister Anita react to the young charismatic priest with befuddlement. Especially Anita, who clearly resents that the priest has taken an interest in Peggy, who she sees as the bad girl that everyone falls all over while she, the girl who did everything right, doesn't get the recognition she deserves.

To be honest, she has a point. After all, she's the one cleaning up Peggy's mess by raising her child for her. Granted, it's doubtful that this is what Peggy wants. We presume that Peggy would have eagerly given the unnamed child up for adoption, but the state (and apparently her family) took that decision out of her hands.

So, did Anita do a shitty thing by telling all to Father Gill? Sure, but it's more complicated than that. We have no doubt she walked into that confessional with the intent of setting him straight on her sister, but we think her emotions (and tears) were real and surprising even to her. Also of note is the way the scene in the confessional mirrors Betty's scene with her therapist last year where she told him she knew about Don's affairs. Good girls like Anita and Betty can't be direct in their communication, so they do end runs around people's expectations of them. It's both brilliant and a testament to how women were expected to behave at the time. Never address directly; always plant seeds to get what you want indirectly.

It's difficult to read what's going on with Peggy and the good Father, but we are hoping against hope that the writers aren't going down the illicit affair route. For one, it's exceedingly lame and way too soap opera for a show that does a good job of avoiding cliches. For another, it would pretty much put the final nail in the coffin for any lingering respect we have for Peggy. She falls for this priest and she will officially become the woman with the worst taste in men in the history of television. Peggy's too smart to do this, so we're keeping our fingers crossed. Besides, whatever attraction they might have had for each other at the start of the show seemed to be dead by the time he handed her that blue egg (oh, the symbolism!) at the end.

As for Don and Betty, we thought they only danced around it last season but the writers seem to be coming fairly close to portraying them both as out-and-out alcoholics this season. It wasn't just the gigantic Bloody Marys they were drinking on Sunday morning, an apparent all-day binge that resulted in them actually forgetting to feed their children dinner, it was the way later in the episode Betty simply moved her ever-present wine glass over to Don when she found out he had a bad day. Not a word was said, but the message was clear: booze makes it all better.

Of course, things aren't exactly getting better in the Draper marriage. Betty is increasingly shrill around the home and she's clearly taking her frustrations with Don out on her poor son, Bobby. On the one hand, we want to cheer her on for standing up for herself and not being the doormat she was last season, on the other hand (and it's pretty telling that every aspect of this show has that "on the one hand...on the other hand..." quality to it) she's so immature that she can't vocalize her needs without being a bit of a brat about it.

Don's caged-animal persona is ramping up this season too. We saw him basically sexually assault a woman last episode when he felt his back was up against the wall and this episode we saw the spectre of domestic violence rear its ugly head when he and Betty got into a jaw-dropping shoving match that was "about" the children but really, it was about how unhappy and trapped they both feel in their marriage. Strangely, this hint of violence led to an unheard-of act of communication on Don's part, resulting in him revealing more to his wife and son about his past than he ever had before. Still, it's a testament to how fucked up the Draper marriage is that a shoving match is the healthiest act of communication we've seen from them yet.

Don fell off the wagon with the disturbingly named Bobbi (same name as his son) last week and apparently he's not getting back on any time soon. We're not sure how to read that one at all. First off, she's a HORRIBLE human being. A personality that's a combination of broken glass AND nails on a chalkboard. Sure, she's attractive and sure, Don always goes for women that are nothing like his wife, but we honestly can't see the attraction. Literally. It doesn't seem like Don is even remotely interested in her and yet he keeps getting drawn into compromising positions with her. How DELICIOUS that the locked door didn't escape Joan's notice, though. That girl is smarter than everyone else around her.

In other Mad Men news, Sterling Cooper didn't get the American Airlines account, which we kinda knew all along. It remains to be seen what this means for the Don/Duck (Donald Duck?) struggle for dominance in the firm. Don was clearly in the right, but Roger seemed to shrug it all off. Then again, Roger doesn't seem particularly interested in anything but getting his rocks off and feeling young and desirable again. They seem to be paying more attention the Sterling family dynamic this season but to be honest, we can't say we find those scenes compelling because they're note for note exactly the same as the Draper family scenes. Distance from both children and spouses. Perhaps the writers are trying to show what Betty, Don and their children have ahead of them but frankly, we don't need that spelled out for us.

Some nice touches: the aforementioned blue egg, positively dripping with fertility and gender symbolism; the line of office girls waiting their turn to be fed and resenting Peggy for being allowed to eat before them; Betty reading F.Scott Fitzgerald after Arthur mentioned him to her in the stables last week; that call girl and her fabulous dress; the dead-on take on Catholics of the period - Peggy's family treated the visiting priest as if Christ himself had showed up for Sunday dinner; Sally Draper drinking herself to sleep in the Sterling Cooper offices and Joan just smirking about it; and Pete's utterly ridiculous tennis shorts.

One minor thing that didn't ring true to us at all: we could almost accept that someone like Paul Kinsey would openly parade around his black girlfriend in front of a select group of his co-workers a couple weeks ago. We thought it was odd, but we could accept it, even though he wasn't treated to any sort of backlash for it, save for Joan's razor sharp putdown of him in the middle of the office. What we find wholly unbelievable is that he would have a framed picture of her in his office in 1962. That just defies belief.

Still, if that's our only complaint of the episode, then that's one damn good hour of television. As with every episode of this show, we can't wait to see what happens next.

Oh, we do have one other complaint: Not enough Joan. But then again, we could sit and watch her smoke, walk and quip for an hour and consider it quality television.

For more on Mad Men, you could do no better than to check out our good friend Mo Ryan at the Chicago Tribune, who's obsessed with the show and gleefully told us last week that she got to tour the sets and "touch the plaid wallpaper" in the Draper kitchen. We're seething with jealousy. Also, TV critic Alan Sepinwall has done some masterful work writing about the show and we urge you to check out his blog here.


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63 comments:

I think Sally broke the record player the same way she left gum lying around to soil the beautiful Cooper argylles. Nicely parallels the Peggy/Anita story--one sibling pays the price for the other one living the high life (literally).


So booze doesn't make everything better?!!?


Modern Dowager

"How DELICIOUS that the locked door didn't escape Joan's notice, though. That girl is smarter than everyone else around her."

She IS smarter than everyone else around her--there's the tiniest moment in season 1's "Nixon v. Kennedy" episode. At an after-hours office party, a ridiculous play that Paul has written is discovered and some of the office members act it out. The character Sal plays kisses the character Joan plays. A look passes over her face--she knows men and she knows from Sal's kiss that something is up there. Joan has gaydar in 1960!


Aw man, I don't have cable anymore so I can't watch the show (I saw all of the first season and a couple episodes of the second, thank goodness) anymore.. but once again, this is a wonderfully well thought out and insightful analysis. Can't wait to watch season 2 on DVD!

I really hope they don't make Peggy have an affair with the priest. That would be *way* too cliche!

@ modern dowager:
Yes! I totally caught that Joan knew Sal was gay the minute he kissed her. I was like HA! Don't try to hide anything like that from THE woman. She will find out. Oh yes.


This was a GREAT episode.

I am so anxious for next week to see what Betty is troubled by in the previews for Episode 5.

I love Sally, Sally the Bartender ;), and I sure hope Bobby doesn't get spanked.

On the other hand, I HATE Bobbi, I want her out of the picture ASAP! I thought Don was changing...but alas, he needs some action on the side in order to get it on with his wife.

I didn't understand exactly what they were doing in the office w/Joan...walking past Peggy's desk? Are those candidates for Don's secretary or something?


--Minty


Thank you for the in-depth review. I have just one thing to add:
I loved the tableau in the conference room when Duck opened the door before the pitch, and basically the whole office cast was perfectly arrayed behind Cooper. They were all so eager! Only to hear his horrible news about their contact at AA being fired that morning, so their pitch would be a waste of time.
As someone in the ad world, I could so empathize. I've been involved in similarly hopeless pitches, but not with such a dramatic pre-pitch let-down. Damn!
MCN


Oh, and might I add, Don looked just very handsome in his sweater and khakis. :)


--Minty


Alright, alright, you’ve convinced me. I managed to avoid it during its first season as it just didn’t sound interesting. An ad agency? Really? But now we’re living sans cable, and even with two PBS channels (honestly, how many times in one week can you run Suze Orman or Celtic Thunder and not turn off all your regular viewers?) broadcast TV is largely a craptacular wasteland. Which means either 1) read a book, or 2) stack the Netflix queue! (Currently Season 1 Disc 1 has a “short wait.”) I must warn you: I will hold you responsible if I start obsessing over Don Draper the way I did over Lucius Vorenus last summer after I discovered Rome.


Mmmmmm… Lucius.


Episodes are available on iTunes if you can't wait for NetFLix.


Pete is fast becoming my favorite character... those tennis togs were fantastic! Do you think he was actually headed out to play when he got called into the office???


Hey Tom and Lorenzo - thanks for taking on this show too...your good taste never fails to amaze me!

Although - I was a Catholic priest for almost 20 years - if the good Father was communicating anything at all about his knowledge of Peggy's illegitimate child by handing her the blue egg - then he's excommunicated latae sententiae. Even to suggest to another person information gained under the seal of confession is streng verboten - and even a 1962 Jebby would have had that drummed into him. That was the only other part (besides the framed photo) that didn't ring true for me.


Dave, I had the same thought about the egg scene. I had to explain the whole confession thing to my non-Catholic boyfriend, and I said that anything told to a priest in confession can never be revealed, even criminal acts. I don't think he is destined to be a priest much longer.


visually, one of my favorite scenes last night was when the ladies all joined the priest for the photo, obscuring the sleeping husband on the couch.

I wasn't sure where they were going with the priest and Peggy, and was also dreading a possible sexual thing. But I think he sees himself as a new kind of priest, one who can connect with a young person who is doubting and questioning the Church.

Laura


I thought the new priest was going to be trouble for Peggy when I noticed how much he looks like Pete Campbell.

And I've noticed Don Draper may have a blonde wife - but all his affairs are with dark haired women with strong features.

For me, the best scene this week was Don talking about his father to his son, and bypassing his made-up persona for some rare family honesty.

~redsquid


another laura

TLo wrote:

"She falls for this priest and she will officially become the woman with the worst taste in men in the history of television."

BWAH!!!! Thank you


I have to admit watching Mad Men is helping me understand the Catholic perspective. The majority of kids I grew up with were all Protestant; we knew the Catholics simply as the cool kids who didn't have to go to church the same time we did.


Thanks for blogging this show too.
I was already reading Alan's reviews.

The whole time I kept thinking: he hasn't fed Sally all day!

I love the egg scene, and Colin is excellent in it.


dave, while you are right about the sanctity of the confessional, I don't think Father Gil said anything truly revelatory to PEggy. Peggy's son was just robbed of finding an egg by an older boy who swooped in and grabbed it, which Fr. Gil saw. He gave Peggy the egg and said, "For the little one." That statement works on two levels, and Peggy is smart enough to grasp that there may be another level. But we, the viewer, know that Fr. Gil is aware of the truth about Peggy's child. Peggy, on the other hand, knows nothing about her sister's confession, and so is likely unaware of how she was outed to her new friend and the import of Fr. Gil's comment. Seems like that comment had more of an impact on us, the viewers, than maybe it had on Peggy.

Anyone care to speculate on why Don's son is named Bobby and that repellent woman he's currently screwed is also named Bobbi? Matt Weiner doesn't do anything by accident.


Little Sally is obviously the one who broke the record player and possibly pushed her brother into the grill during the pancake scene. One minute she wasn't there, Bobby gets burned, and suddenly Sally's in the background? Hello! The drink and the gum are sure signs that this little girl is trouble with a capital T.

Bobbi and Don. The telltale coat on the floor at Don's feet. Whoo boy!

The new priest giving Peggy the egg was, to me, his way of accepting Peggy's history without judging her. He sees her uncertainty and regret as surely as he sees Anita's resentment for what it is. Perhaps the priest has lived a bit before giving himself to "The Church". That's what I'm hoping. I think he sees Peggy not so much as a future dalliance as he sees a bit of a reflection of himself. (I was going to say a bit of himself in her but that sounded a little dirty) His acceptance of Peggy for who she is rather than what she's done is part of the "times they are a-changin'" theme that will eventually cause him to leave "The Church".

Sigh. I love this show. To the nth degree.


i'm not dorothy gale

Amazon should be thanking you two for the uptick in Mad Men DVD orders; I'm waiting for mine to be shipped.

You are so right about the "oncoming Vatican II" fervor; I adored the look on the women's faces (wearing HATS!) when he gave a casual blessings without the sign of the cross beginning and end.

TLo, will you be opening a 1960's lounge for us on Sunday evening? I know I can still rat up my hair into a twist and order a Seagram's and coke....and maybe find some candy cigarettes.


spiraljacobs, point well-taken. You're definitely right that Peggy has no idea about her sister's confession; it seemed clear on her face that she knows she's been outed, but by whom? Even if she suspects that the priest found out through her sister (are there other possibilities? maybe...), she doesn't know how. But Father, even if he is barely hinting at or referencing to Peggy in the remotest possible way something that he knows he knows only through someone's confession - has broken the seal. You are not allowed to make any reference, no matter how oblique, to anything anyone has told you under the seal. It has to be in an inactive corner of your mind - and it seemed clear to me that for him, it wasn't. If he knows it, that's one thing; if he doesn't, that's a different problem. Maybe this is, as another poster here has guessed, a sign that he is not destined to survive Vatican II as an SJ...


The scene between Don and his son, where Don finally opens up just a crack and then the boy says, "we have to get you a new daddy" brought tears to my eyes. That scene is why this show is so good!


I really loved Season 1's meek, girl-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown Betty, but Season 2 Betty is really annoying me. She's suddenly become The Ice Mom, and it's kinda driving me crazy.


The Bobbi character will not be going away any time soon as she is developing a real "fatal attraction" thing for Don and is now pushing hard. Dropping in unexpectedly for the "pitch" to Don was just the pretext. A quick lock of the door and a drop of her coat on the floor in front of Don to serve as knee pads! How can a frustrated Don ignore that! Or am I wrong?

Smfdoc


Something I find particularly interesting is that none of our main trio of women (Joan, Betty, and Peggy) are particularly maternal in the sense that children make them all mushy and misty. Joan looks at Sally as if to say "what thing has he dropped here?" Betty is clearly on her last nerve with her kids; while Peggy completely rejected her very unwanted child. This isn't a judgement on them, and I think it is a telling detail about how the ideal for women at the time was to become these all-loving mothers, but really, all motherhood all the time meant that they were not allowed to explore any potential for anything else. This totally subverts the rosy image of the "good old days" of the family values set.


I'm left wondering how many people do know the truth about Peggy's baby and what story the family is telling to cover it up. I mean, she got fat, disappeared for 3 months, and then all of a sudden... Anita has another baby? Family friends and fellow parishoners must have been able to figure it out. Father Gil could have legitimately heard about it from any number of sources, though I understand that even the slightest reference to it would be verboten... he is only human,and it was the obliquest of acknowledgements.

I also suspect that Don must know, because how else did Peggy go AWOL for 3 months but still come back to Sterling/Cooper and keep her promotion? Can't believe no one else as S/C did the math there, especially the rather dense Pete Campbell.


I'm over Betty. She's being vicious about those kids and I hate her for it. How weird that I have sympathy for Don, the totally unconscious, absent father and husband?

No Anne Dudek this last week was a major unhappiness for me. Maybe Anne will save Sally and Bobby. I am really worried for those kids.

And not enough Joan. Never enough Joan.


Spiral: Did I miss an episode where it explicitly mentioned that Peggy left for 3 months, or are you just assuming that everyone would have known if she hadn't?


I don't think Don knows, because he would probably have some intense feelings about someone who abandoned her child. Right now Peggy is Don't fav. I think the family sold SC the fat farm line and they bought it.


suspend, not sustain! Yuck.


I am working to sustain my disbelief about the total absence of accents on this show. I recognize that they could be a distraction and make the show seem provincial, but it seems very wrong that first Rachel and her sister/cousin (?) from Season 1 and now the Olson family in Season 2 lack the distinctive accents that would have tagged them in time and place, and made them seem even more distant from elitists like Campbell or non-New York strivers like Don, and even more awkward for Peggy in Season 2 and Don in Season 1.

Also, the article in the New York Times magazine said that Bobbi was cast as a Jewish character. Make of that what you will--Don's girls aren't all just brunettes.


Paul: It was explicitly stated in the S2 premiere that she was gone for 3 months and came back skinny. The office guys were discussing it and Pete Campbell said, "Fat farm! I thought we had proof?"


Was at the NY Int'l Gift Fair at Javits this past weekend. We ran into Bryan Batt (Sal Romano) and congratulated him on the success of Mad Men.

I assume that like us, he was shopping for his store. He and his partner Tom own a gift & accessories store in New Orleans called Hazelnut.


That's right. Thanks for jogging my memory, SJ.


OK if I can wear those clothes, I want to be a 1962 call girl.


i didn't think it was possible, but i love your mad men synopsis better then your Projectrungay.

everything you said was dead on, although i don't think i hold as much contempt for Peggy.


Thanks to your spoilerific recap, I had to watch something on the order of 7 hours of "Mad Men" on my "sick day" yesterday so nothing would be given away.

Not that I'm complaining or anything.

It totally didn't occur to me that Sally was the one causing all the trouble for Bobby, but now it seems obvious. There's so much going on in each episode, I'm glad I have invested in the dvds so I can watch repeatedly to catch each detail.

Also, I presume, at some point, you boys will go back and do a snark filled commentary for Season 1, and the first three episodes of season 2?


potty mouth princess

Egads, Peggy is my birth mother. The only difference being that the social pressures finally forced my mother to give me up for adoption when I was 6 months old.

And I think she was Protestant, though the dick who gave me half my DNA was Catholic (not to mention married, and her boss). The "fat farm" thing from what I understand was a pretty transparent cover by the early 60's; thankfully an excuse that wouldn't be necessary much longer.

Can't wait for those women to bust loose, although count me (and my drag queen brother) in the crowd who wants the outfit the call girl wore. Dayum, that was all kinds of awesome.


potty mouth princess

Another post to add, has anyone else seen AMC's lineup of movies today? As I looked for another replay of Mad Men, I found instead Tarantino, an exposed hoohah, boiled bunnies and Nathan Lane walking like John Wayne.

I have no idea what to make of that lineup of films, though I'll probably watch the Birdcage yet again. I need to perfect my Agador Spartacus.


Oh, Bill, yet another reason to go to New Orleans! (Like I ever need one.)


What else did we learn from this episode?

The bad girls get the best clothes.


I would suggest Don's use of sex with Bobbi is a way of fighting fire with fire. He is showing his strength and control by resisting her sophomoric attempt at trapping him in the office. He uses the threat/promise of sex as a carrot/stick proposition. This is consistent with the way he handles his praise and limited emotional interactions with all people on the show.

The episode's money quote is when Don comes out of his office and announces that there is no American history and that it's all about what happens in the future. This is the exact strategy that he used in Korea and is how Dick became Don. The payoff to the scene comes in a foreshadowing event in the boardroom when Don announces they now have to deliver a stillborn baby. At the end, Don's magic is getting Duck to put the turd in his own pocket by suggesting he hang on to the pitch binder. You gotta give it to Don; the guy oozes style.


Thank you, thank you for this blog! I've been wanting to get into this show and this is making it easier to pick up and a LOT more interesting for a new viewer. BTW, they are re-airing all of the season 2 episodes on 8/31 starting at 5ish EST, so check your tv schedule.

Darn bill, I was at Javits too this weekend and didn't see anyone famous! Oh yea, forgot, we did see the Barefoot Contessa. She looked bored to be there.


Anon 9:19 said, "I would suggest Don's use of sex with Bobbi is a way of fighting fire with fire. He is showing his strength and control by resisting her sophomoric attempt at trapping him in the office."

But didn't Bobbi do just that, trap Don in the office, using her expensive coat as kneepads? I could see why he gave in to her when he was trying to control Jimmy, but presumably that crisis is past... so why does he continue to have a sexual relationship with her? After the last incident, you'd think he would want to distance himself, considering his obvious disgust with himself and her. Is is sheer opportunism? Is he getting off on how nasty it/she is? Is it due to his deterioriating relationship with Betty, or part of the cause?


It seems to me that Pete has done the math (especially now that he and his wife are having fertility problems) and he is reinforcing the fat farm rumor either as a form of denial or to dampen any other speculation.


Hey, fellas & ladies, why are we assuming that Sally had anything to do with the record player or the pancake griddle incident?

We saw Bobby lie right in front of us about the record player once. Couldn't it be that both the Draper kids are little shits?


The Egg, picking blue is the kicker for this Catholic girl. That would be more of a Virgin Mary blue, that a Tiffany blue, it you can take a hit with a 2x4. That tells me that he is making sure she knows that he knows.

I want to believe that the priest broke the privacy of the confessional to tell Peggy not just that he knows. Rather, that he cares and is still her friend. That would be the biggest change in the priesthood from pre-Vatican II to after, and with the older and younger priests. They were trying to reach people to help them be better instead of focusing on sin and punishment. I wonder where the writers will take this plot line.

1962,still two more years before I am even born.


Sorry about the typos.

That would be take a HINT.


I could love this show even with the sound off. Did you catch that beautiful shot of the office on Sunday, Don in the middle of the shot? It was kind of shot from low and we had the rectangles of light above, the desks below...it was just a gorgeous bit of filming. Every still I see looks like an artfully arranged photo.


Hi TLo,

Thanks for turning me on to this series, I love dramas like this and I managed to catch a video that recaps the first season on AMC's website. I'll be watching from now on!


I can understand Anita's frustration and anger at dealing with Peggy's personal mess in the form of the latter's son and at the praise heaped upon Peggy. But the way she acted out her frustation in the confession really turned me off and made it difficult for me to sympathize.


Spiral Jacobs said But didn't Bobbi do just that, trap Don in the office, using her expensive coat as kneepads? in reply to

Anon 8.19 said...I would suggest Don's use of sex with Bobbi is a way of fighting fire with fire. He is showing his strength and control by resisting her sophomoric attempt at trapping him in the office. He uses the threat/promise of sex as a carrot/stick proposition.

I think Anon had it right, she tried to use sex to gain control, to up the aggression Don used at the client dinner last week. But Mr. Draper did not give into her, he told her he had work to do.

That scene show cased Don's ability to surpress his desires in order to keep control, a central theme in the show.

What will be the external crisis point in this season, Cuban Missile or JFK?


Another hint... when you're teaching your little daughter how to make your favorite drinks it may be time to lay off on the alcohol. I noticed that a couple episodes back.

MY parents didn't start having me make their long islands until I was twelve.


Oh, and Peggy's method of dealing with her family, especially her unwanted son, very much reflects the men she works with, I think. It seems as if everyone expects more from her in the way of emotions and responsibility because she is a woman, she's the mother.

If any of the men from the office had an illegitimate child, none of us would expect him to care about the kid. We would just want him to shell out the money for child support.

It seems to me that particular view hasn't changed much over the years. It's "worse" for a mother to ignore her child than it is for a father, it feels, from society's view.


I'm over the moon to discover that my favorite bloggers are commenting about another of my can't-miss shows!

Thank you, you gorgeous creatures, for including Mad Men in your already perfect blogs.


Laura - I steadfastly refused to learn how to mix a martini my entire teenage years. If you give in and learn, then you are the one who has to get up off the patio and go inside to make them.


3 days of internet bootleg copies (no cable tv in this house) and im all caught up from beginning to end. love it!

im still aching for one of the women to just completely pop and anhilate the men for being such loser pigs. i suspect when it comes it will be a major doozy and i am living for that moment. i just cant decide which of the women i want it from most - peggy, betty or joan. i suspect betty, unless her shrink finds a way to get her hooked on valium first.

also - the call girl's dress is to die for! i need it in my closet immediately!


I think there's a chance that they get that airline account. When they're leafing through their presentation pages, I thought I spied one of them with a line at the bottom which was actually used by the airline, in real life. Plus, they were able to make their presentation but haven't been officially rejected. They could still be awarded the contract.


I'm so glad you guys are blogging about this now!
Loved Colin Hanks popping up in this episode.


Spot on, boys. I love this show and am so glad you guys are blogging about it.


I rewatched the episode just to check up the Sally thing, and as far as I can see there's no proof she's the troublemaker. (Unless commenters saw something with the record player I didn't?) In the pancake scene, she's sitting at the table in the background as Bobby stares at the batter, and when the camera shows her again she's just getting out of her chair in reaction to Bobby yelling.


Also, if you look in the background, the color of the egg Father Gill gives Peggy is the EXACT same color as Anita's dress, as Anita watches Father walk away with a gaping mouth. It's great to know that's not a coincidence at all.


That is fantastic. I learned so much from your post and am looking over the rest of your blog now. I will let others know about your blog. Alex





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