'Mad Men' Discussion: Hung Up On The Pursuit Of Happiness

First off, apologies for the tardiness of this post. As you may have noticed, we’ve had some technical difficulties around these parts for a large part of the day today, and those technical issues led to an early draft of this post disappearing into thin air. I came thisclose to going Lane Pryce on you guys in that moment.  At the very least, I may need to borrow someone’s blood pressure meds to make it through the day.

With that said, let’s get to it — albeit an abbreviated discussion post due to the aforementioned technical issues — shall we? Here are a few notes I made during last night’s Mad Men about characters, scenes, etc. I found interesting for one reason or another.

– Well somebody finally went and offed themselves, just as a lot of us thought was going to happen (should’ve been you, Pete). As soon as Lane left Don’s office and went back to his own to stare out the window, I think we all saw it coming. The question, I suppose, was how. Going all John Kennedy Toole and killing himself by running a hose from the exhaust of a Jaguar would have been quite poetic, but the damn thing was apparently a lemon. So when Lane was shown going to the office I thought it had to be death by window-jumping or perhaps an accidental death by elevator shaft. But then — surprise, surprise — we got a hanging instead. Go figure.

– I suppose there was a smidgeon of irony inherent in Pete being the first one to see Lane’s lifeless corpse hanging in his office, no?

– Jaguar may have had the funniest response to Lane’s suicide of all the ones I saw on Twitter.

“What’s happiness? It’s a moment before you need more happiness.” -Don

– Speaking of Lane hanging himself, this marks the second time Don Draper’s actions have directly led to a man hanging himself. The first, as you may recall, was his long lost brother. That’s gotta be below average.

– “She’s a 25 years old coat check girl from Long Island…or Rhode Island. She’d never had room service before. It’s too easy.” — Roger Sterling

– Megan Draper is going to kill Sally, isn’t she? She seems to be devolving more and more into a batsh*t crazy actress by the second. “I HAVE AN AUDITION, DON!!!”

– One of my favorite newish bands — The Lumineers — had a song in a Bing commercial that aired twice during Mad Men last night. They performed that very song at my house a few weekends ago, so that was kind of cool.

– I’m absolutely convinced that Creepy Glen’s pedostache is at least partly responsible for Sally getting her period. The rush of hormones was probably just too much for the poor girl to handle.

– Speaking of Sally, I love how she just sits on the sofa drinking soda, eating chips and watching TV when she goes over to the Draper apartment. Next season she’ll be in a fat suit just like her horrible mother.

– “Did you eat…or just drink?” – Megan Draper

– I couldn’t help but want to hug Joan when she was shown crying over Lane’s death. I wanted to give her a big hug — a big, tight hug.

“…for the sex. It’s always disappointing. For me anyway.” — Roger

– Is it possible that the John Malkovich Siri commercials are more annoying the the Zooey Deschanel Siri commercials?

– Speaking of commercials, here’s Elizabeth Moss in an Excedrin commercial for those of you going through Peggy withdrawals.

– Alan Sepinwall pointed out that Sally wore the boots Don forced her to take off earlier in the season for her meeting with Creepy Glen, a detail I had failed to notice when watching the show.

– Sepinwall also spoke to Jared Harris, the actor who played Lane, today. He said that Matt Weiner broke out some really fine brandy when he called him into the office to let him know that the character was being killed off.

– Thanks for the Pete Campbell ass-whipping memories, Lane.

Your thoughts/feelings/observations are of course welcome in the comments.

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