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Talk about Mad Men Episode 12, "The Quality of Mercy"
In this weeks penultimate episode, Corey welcomes back friend of the show and fellow podcast producer & star, @eclectik to discuss the second to last episode of the season. They chat about Peggy & Ted's 'giggles,' Sally's boarding school shenanigans, Don acting like a baby, and they have the long awaited discussion (closure?) about Who Bob Benson really is. There is trivia, multiple lines of the week, even a little "Breaking Bad" talk. (AMC Synergy!) Dont be a slime bag monster, download the show today!
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I listened to Peggy's embarrassing attack upon Don several times. Each time I came away more disturbed by it. Not only is it full of completely inappropriate and misplaced rage it is a flight into borderline fantasy, a twisted, bitter rant against everything Peggy perceives as evil.
This is what Don deserves after saving her a**, Ted's a** and the agency's a**?
Question is, is it just bad writing, (no shock there) or a completely new direction for the Olsen character -- a slow descent into MADness?
Yes, MADness. . .
the latest episode of Mad Cast is now online. S6 E12 "The Quality of Mercy" can be found at http://www.buzzsprout.com/5253/98477-mad-cast-s6-e12-the-quality-of-mercy
Stan has a Moshe Dayan poster and this week Ken has an eyepatch? Hmmm. What could this mean? Maybe the idea of seeing only one side of things? Or an eye-for-an-eye? Or sacrificing part of one's sight in certain battles--and was it worth it?
It's everywhere this Mad season! Here are some famous quotes on the subject:
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye. (Jesus Christ)
As witnesses not of our intentions, but of our conduct, we can be true or false, and the hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. (Hannah Arendt)
Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a-begging. (Martin Luther)
Got a favorite hypocrite?
Did you all see this "memo" put out by AMC on SC&P new Logo (and merger)? It's hilarious. Especially what Don has to say about it:
Great show! Always want more! Best show all around! Don't want one last season! Want many more!!!!
So we had the conflict of loyality within one body vs. division within that one body
Once you merge, you can fight or you can be loyal. Don is trying to be loyal to Ted. He tells Harry to kill the account. Yet Harry, forced into a merge, is looking out for his own self, not some greater interest. He wants the big account where supposedly it would have been better for the greater whole for him to sacrifice and kill it. However Harry's self interest has an affect by in his mind actually being for the better of the whole. Two differing ideas of what's better for the whole: Don's idea for sacrificing the account for loyalty to Ted vs Harry bringing in the best account which is best for his own self yet best for the greater whole as well.
Don then shows another form of loyalty to the hilt by bringing out his smarmiest to save the St Joeseph account; he chose the greater whole over Ted where in the beginning he chose Ted over the greater whole. It's the dilemma of loyalty and what that really means.
Glenn is loyal to Sally, Ted is loyal to Peggy throughout.
Then we're back to fighting within of Pete vs Bob and everything with that. A forced merge can bring harmony or it can bring fighting. We also had the kids, in the begining as one together being cool and breaking the rules, then of course fighting within themselves.
And did you notice Sally was very Mad Men in hooking up the clients, or in this case the bosses, with smokes and booze and boys. Remember she knows how to make drinks, as she puts forward as a marketable skill in her interview with the 2 girls. Mad Woman Sally.
Loved Pete breakingout the rifle. Every once in a while the rifle still around from season 1 tends to make an appearance when Pete is having a moment. I always loved when Pete was at issue and you see the rifle in the background. Now he's about to go have a moment and the rifle is very front and center. One of my favorite visuals in the series.
Speaking of rifles real quick: The shooting in the face on the hunting trip was disappointing because it's so amateurish, as immaturity from alleged adults always is disappointing. How long did that hack scene sit in a desk drawer of the writer's room? Political Hollywood people just need to grow up already. Did you really think no one would notice it bears an exact resemblance to an event a few years ago? I just need to know why it's dire and necessary to act like that? Very immature of the writers and Mathew Weiner.
Loved Don looking at Peggy as the "radiant young mother", referencing back to his hospital visit to her and what they share together. And was it Rosemary's Baby they were watching in the theater?
You have to bring up the question, is Don a little jealous of Peggy looking up to Ted and no longer him? My initial feeling is no, but it's a great question to explore. He's certainly ego-centric enough.
Also loved Pete's mom in the 40s fur coat. It's often said that sometimes people dress as from the best decade of their lives. And Pete's outdated remark.
Bob Benson turned into quite the interesting layered character. He's very Lee Garner jr. He wanted to punish Pete for rebuffing his advances. He's a desperate bully in this regard, as it seems is one of the many prerequisites of being a Mad Man. Also he's quite the Mad Man in a liar in the world of advertising. No matter if it's as drastic as Don, and now he, is, or if it's just the rest of the business folk with the paid girls of the evening and all the lies that abound in that, Bob Benson is quite the fake yet real Mad Man. He's earned his way into the club.
Peggy's character has been interesting, as always. Is her character a thematic anology for the times? A nation of identity crisis that breaks into two sides? Peggy starts as one thing in the very beginning, goes to another in the 3 partys episode where she smokes grass and hangs with that crowd in the office, she also sleeps with Duck however, then yet again seasaws back into the beatnick thing with Abe, now only to go back and be into old school Ted. Is Peggy her own nation looking for an idenity and inside engaging in a warring of 2 sides within her for the whole near-decade we've known her? Is her character all about one big anaology?