• 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.
  • Is The Joke On Us? Trevor Noah And 'The Daily Show'
    Did Jon Stewart hire Trevor Noah to replace himself as host of "The Daily Show" because they both identify as male persons with two first names? That's as good a question as any to start plumbing this mystery inside an enigma wrapped in a riddle within the general "WTF?" that is the Noah hire.
  • The 'Mad Men' Set-Up: How Will We Deal?
    "Mad Men" resumes next Sunday, April 5, and the final seven episodes of the series are fittingly called "The End of an Era." As I mentioned last week in my maudlin musings, I'm obsessed with -- but also somehow anxious and fearful about -- the finish. It doesn't help that after viewing the season opener at a party at the Museum of Modern Art in New York last week, Andy Cohen of Bravo fame told "The New York Times" that the first episode back is "dark -- a real wrist-slasher."
  • 'Drunk Exec Barfs At Bergdorf's': Is That You, Don Draper?
    "Drunk Executive Barfs at Bergdorf's," read a recent headline on Page Six of the "New York Post." Why was this story so sticky, getting picked up online and in print all over the world? Four words: Just like "Mad Men"!
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