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Mad Men Season 6 Episode 8, "The Crash," airs this Sunday night at 10/9c.
Was the pitch he had really an inspiration (albeit drug induced) ob ho wto win Sylvia back or was there the seed of a great Chevy ad campaign somewhere in there?
The prostitute mothering young Don
Don's surrogate mother beating him
The mother in the oatmeal add
Peggy mothering ..well all of creative
Megan , once willing to mother away now leaving the kids alone
The intruder/thief/ grandmother
Peggy mothering Ted before the funeral
Fee lovin Wendy's mother concerned about her weekend in the office
The 20's version of Dream A Little Dream , famously covered by Mama Cass
Words of Love - actually sung by Mama Cass..
Starting to think Dick/Don's choices aren't that crazy after getting a better look at his childhood. http://elisesramblings.blogspot.com/2013/05/mad-men-season-6-episode-8-crash.html
Can someone tell me how to keep the screen and the comments from scrolling as people are posting, so it will stay still so I can read??
Don Draper out of control
How did this woman know Bobby's name?
Another step in Don's journey, exploring the idea of home and going back home. We were inundated with images and motifs of home and comfort.
I felt it began prior to this episode with Sylvia saying to Don about it's over and time to really go home.
Home is about many things, comfort and sometimes starting over being some of that. I think that's the key. You couple Sylvia's line earlier about going home and now this episode Don's experiancing emphasis of the idea of home.
We saw many instances of motherly comfort, everything from Aimee the house girl spoonfeeding him like a mom and listening for his cold, Abigail listening to his cold with a cup (?), even another quick one of the hippy chick holding the stethescope to Don and even Peggy comforting Chaugh as Don watched. Then the ad stating "because you know what he really needs".
I think this this is very important: he knows that Sylvia knows what he really needs even if he doesn't know it himself, you see this through some of her lines. That's why he won't just let it go with her like we have seen with most of his daliances. Very key. He's needing her and her direction like a boy needs a mom.
We also saw the consequences of an ill home experiance, the endagerment that occurred through the absence of both Don and Megan and the fake motherly robber, Don's not so great upbringing in his surrogate home. Another Mad Men theme of consequences exemplified here tonight.
The contradiction is that of comforting home vs a soiled home. We saw Abigail beat him, we know his father did and he's made a carreer adulthood of soiling the home. That surrogate childhood home was a soiled environment. This is what he knows. It's like he wants and needs to go back to home and motherly comfort, yet...there is none of that to even go home to in the first place. The contradiction is part of his whole internal struggle.
We saw his own current home, as he has this internal struggle to try to begin to escape his own current self, as one of his typical emotional soiling in Sally telling him the robber, the thief, the bad person "had an answer for everything". Remind you of anyone, or what a secretary would say about said anyone? Also her saying she doesn't know anything about him means the cycle of himself and what he does to people is about to continue. Can he win his own struggle to stop his own self or will it always go on like a wheel turning? (reference to The Wheel intended. Remember that was about going home, also about the idea of turning around and around; and the many things that can mean)
He's recognizing his lack of home yet his need to return to home, to start over perhaps. Start his whole self over. Erase it and start over. "This never happened". Mad Men circles intersecting again.
Sylvia earlier telling him it's over... and not just this, and telling him to really go home is underlying this whole episode and very well may be the whole key to the entire season.
I kept waiting for things to get better, coherent plot lines or something, this season is just plain stupid, Poor writing
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