• Episode 706: The Strategy, Or Design For Living
    "The Strategy" opens with Peggy standing in a Burger Chef parking lot. She's invading the window of a station wagon in an attempt to extract nuggets of research wisdom from an annoyed, harried mom and her hungry kids. It ends with Peggy seated inside the Burger Chef, talking, eating, laughing, and enjoying the ease and warmth of her office family.
  • Episode 705: Exegesis On A Nipple -- Or, Dreaming Of Meat
    Jeez, Weiner!! One minute, Betty said she was "checking the Sterno," NOT the sternum. But the next thing we know, we're down one nipple!
  • Episode 704: Moonstruck, Or Raging Against The Machine
    Called "Monolith," this was one heavy-handed, overwrought episode, written by Erin Levy. Heavy on M's (the moon, Mona, Mona Lisa, The Mets) big lunar symbolism, and the show's official theme, death, it offered as much of a meta-commentary on "Mad Men" itself as a new storyline.
  • Episode 703: Ugly Betty And The Dead Man's Office
    Last week, when Sally mentioned that she'd stay at her prep school "till 1975 if that would put Betty in the ground," I thought she was being cruel. After this week, I wanted to hand her a wire hanger with which to strangle her Mommie Dearest.
  • Episode 702: 'A Day's Work' -- Or, The War Of The Roses
    One day, Don Draper sleeps past noon, crawls out of bed, and discovers that he's a giant insect. Oh, wait. That's Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." This is Matt Weiner's "Mad Men." Same difference: both operate in a random, chaotic universe without any real sense of order or justice.
  • Episode 701: Howl -- Or, How Don Draper Has Become The Consummate Second Banana
    In one of the least expected openings in "Mad Men" history, "Time Zones" begins with Freddy Rumsen addressing us directly. Of all the gin joints in all the towns! Yes, that Freddie Rumsen, the former copywriter/ drunk who peed his pants before a client meeting and was put on "leave" from Sterling Cooper; the guy who gave Peggy her first break. "Are you ready?" Freddy asks. "This is the beginning of everything."
  • My Incubator, Myself
    They had me at "Hasidic wedding." That's one of the rapid-fire jokes made during the opener of HBO's new comedy series, "Silicon Valley."
  • True Grit: The Ford Vs. Cadillac Slam
    Pardonnez-moi, mes cheries. I come not to pile on GM at this painful moment of possible million-car recall -- but rather, to praise "Poolside." Created by Rogue as a "brand provocation" for the Cadillac ELS, it's an unforgettable spot, starring actor Neal McDonough as a brash, flame-haired man without pity.
  • Kardashian/Kanye Kover: Kill Me Now?
    The April, 2014 issue of "Vogue" hit newsstands yesterday, proving that the Kim/Kanye cover portrait, so instantly ridiculed on social media last week, was not some fake meme, but rather, for realz. Of course, reality -- along with such terms as "celebrity," "success" and "fashion" -- are slippery concepts, especially with this crowd.
  • Mila And Jim, In The Distillery
    "I'll take potent potables 'n strange celebrity brews for $200, Alex." Answer: "The Ukraine, 'That '70s Show,' and Jim Beam Whiskey." The Question: "Who is Mila Kunis?"
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