• 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.