• Reviling For Dollars: 'The Briefcase' And Reality Porn
    It's so weird and hyper-manipulated that it's hard to explain the concept of the new "unscripted" CBS summer replacement series "The Briefcase." But here goes:
  • Shut The Door, Turn Off The Light
    Endings are hard - especially when they involve shutting down that intense group-therapy session known as seven seasons of "Mad Men."
  • Once More Into The Brief, Don Draper
    At the risk of beating a dead finale, I do have a few recent revelations about "Mad Men" to chew over -- straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak.
  • Episode 714: East Of Esalen: From Ka-Ching To The I-Ching, And Back
    Just when you thought the show was not about advertising, they drag you back in. Well, at least Don didn't wake up with Bob Newhart. Or sleep with da fishes.
  • Episode 713: 'You Knew We'd Catch Up With You Eventually'
    Could Matthew Weiner have actually planned that "The Milk & Honey Route" -- the second-to-last "Mad Men" episode of this final half-season, with its shockeroo death sentence for Betty -- would appear on Mother's Day?
  • Episode 712 -- Ground Control To Major Don: Once More Into The Abyss
    "Lost Horizons" is the first killer ep in this last half season. Written by Matt Weiner and Semi Chellas, and directed by Phil Abraham (my favorite), it offers perhaps the best MM visual meme ever, of a newly badass Peggy.
  • Episode 711: Perverse Bloodlines, Raised Hairlines, & Reverse Story Lines
    This brilliantly constructed but majorly foreboding episode is called "Time & Life," after the prestigious building that was formerly home to Sterling Cooper. But as with any Weiner enterprise, the title has many meanings; in the existential sense, it shows that each part of T&L is fleeting.
  • Episode 710: Sacred Ground, Or Does Attention Make Don and Betty 'Ooze'?
    Any episode that offers quality time with Joan, Betty, Sally, and Peggy gets my two opposable thumbs up -- way up.
  • Episode 709: 'She's My Mother/She's My Sister/She's My Waitress'
    What? The waitress is back, and Fugue State Don is still chasing her? Listen, Weiner, we have precious little time left. And although we know you love this dream stuff (you wrote the never-ending Tony-in-a-coma episodes in "The Sopranos," too) we find these Johnny-come-lately cipher figures mighty irritating.
  • Episode 708: The Trinity: Blood, Death, and Coffee, Tea, or Me?
    Though we would like it to be, "Mad Men" is not really about advertising. Instead, it's about the death of the American Dream, using advertising as the come-hither window through which to watch the wreckage.
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