The second half of the final season of the beloved and brilliant Mad Men premieres in one week. So, for those of you who might have forgotten where we left off, here is a quick recap to get you geared up and ready for the April 5th premiere:
Historical Period: The moon landing, July 1969
Mid-Season Finale Title: “Waterloo”
Important Plot Points:
- Jim Cutler sent Don a letter citing him for breaching the addendum to his contract by barging into the cigarette meeting two episodes prior. Jim’s line of reasoning: “You’re just a bully and a drunk”. Can’t really argue with that…
- Peggy visited Indianapolis with Pete, Don, and Harry and gave the Burger Chef pitch in Don’s place (the day after the moon landing). It was the most moving pitch of the show since “The Carousel”, and symbolic of Peggy’s professional and personal growth. Don’s face alone during Peggy’s pitch, gazing at his protégé emulating his knack for zeroing in on authentic and raw emotion, was tear jerking and Emmy worthy.
- It is interesting to note that “The Carousel” pitch was nostalgic and looking backward, while the Burger Chef pitch looked toward the future.
- Bert Cooper passed away while watching the moon landing on the couch in his living room.
- Roger proposed to Don his plan to have McCann buy out their company and make them a boutique agency-within-an-agency, promising all of the partners a large sum of money. Don succeeded in pitching the deal to a reluctant Ted and the other partners during a meeting, and it was decided: McCann owns Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Price.
- Don and Megan’s marriage was apparently broken up over the phone… though this is surely not the end of Megan Draper (in some capacity) on the show.
- Back in the Francis household, Betty is still living her post-divorce life with Henry and is nevertheless miserable and restless, but maybe a little less so than in previous seasons.
- Watching Sally’s development has been my favorite part of the show. The night of the moon landing, she made out with the nerdy boy staying at her house (Betty’s friend’s son) instead of his hunky football player brother. She is a smart girl and I can’t wait to see where her character ends up. Also, Betty was possibly attracted to the hunky football player (throwing it back to her inappropriate obsession with young boys like Glenn), which is symbolic of how different Sally is from Betty.
- The episode ended with Don hallucinating, or possibly just imagining, Bert Cooper singing and dancing to “I Believe In You” which Robert Morse sang in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
This is just a basic list of things to remember for next Sunday. To be truly prepared, give last season a re-watch. Maybe even the entire series.
Parting is such sweet sorrow…