Things are looking pretty bleak for my theory. However, I will continue to champion it! Also, I am very busy finishing up school things before graduation, so this will be brief. Last night, the theme of the episode was supposed to be gluttony (curse you Erin Levy). This was the weakest episode of the season thus far, in my opinion.
Gluttony, the over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items to the point of extravagance, wasn’t the most prominent thing in this episode. In fact, there wasn’t really a discernable over-arching theme to this episode, and that’s why it felt weak to me. Really, gluttony has been the theme of every single other episode other than this one! There’s no Betty over-eating, there’s no Don drinking until he’s sick, and there’s no Lane’s wife buying him a Jaguar.
More and more over time, Mad Men has succeeded by showing how its characters are dealing with the same issues in different ways. Maybe I’m missing, but it didn’t seem like there was any of that in last night’s episode. It almost felt like this episode just moved some story-lines along. Hopefully next week will be better! I’m still holding out hope that the theme will be greed.
- I liked Don’s ad for Heinz more than Peggy’s. But once again SCDP is losing because they’re trying to force the client to like something that they never said they wanted.
- Stan is the best thing about this season. The middle finger between Ted and Peggy was the most perfect thing.
- I loved that we had no clue CGC was competing for the ketchup business as well.
- MORE GINSBERG PLEASE. He was promoted to Main Cast but he’s been on screen for a total of like 57 seconds.
- Lastly, I find it interesting that every episode has ended with Don in bed with Sylvia (except last week, where he was in bed, then flashed back, then sat down in his doorway). Wonder if that mean’s anything. I’m working on my next conspiracy theory.