Season six began in hell -- well, actually, Don Draper was physically in Hawaii, lying on the beach next to his adoring, model-perfect, bikinied wife. That would be the average person's heaven. But with his trademark penchant for self-sabotage and creating chaos, Don brought along his own hell -- Dante's Inferno -- courtesy of his downstairs neighbor Sylvia.
It's hummable, shareable, and even snack-able, if you like cute, candy-colored animated blobs that look like Fruity Pebbles, but some how end up decapitated, electrocuted, or oozing rare fluids from their bean-shaped bodies. (All in the most charming ways, of course.)
The title of this season's second-to-last episode (yikes!) is "The Quality of Mercy," which comes from Portia's famous speech in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." Lest Shakespeare seem too highfalutin' a reference, the writers also liberally sprinkle in allusions to "South Park," Patty Duke, The Monkees, "Plop plop fizz fizz" and Roman Polanski.
The big daddy of all advertising award shows, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, kicks off on June 15. But this season, alongside all the usual cocktail-fueled networking, client-stealing, and wee-hours frolicking, a less fun reality has surfaced: how shockingly few women are on award show juries in general.
Titled "Favors," this was one of the season's most surprising, brilliant, but difficult-to-watch episodes, featuring extraordinary performances from the entire cast -- but actors Jon Hamm and Kiernan Shipka deserve extra kudos. bHow many times can poor Sally lose her innocence? And how many times can Don survive all hell (or his inner Dick) breaking loose?
Uh, oh. Whenever I hear the phrase "L.A. trip" combined with "Don," I reach for my revolver. Flashbacks! Sadness! Pools! Suits! Weirdness! Anna!