I think I watch too much TV -- or else Weiner is rather predictable, which I think he might be -- because ten minutes into last night's episode, I knew the closing song would be the Beatles' Do you Want to Know a Secret?
1) I think the best line was when Don told Dr. Faye, after she asserted that she knew what she was doing because she was a doctor, "You're not a real doctor." I'm not much of a Dr. Faye fan, particularly after last week's episode when she whined because Don expected her to talk to his upset child. (For heaven's sake, Dr. Faye, you're constantly boasting about what an insightful psychologist you are. You were the logical person upon whom to call.) So I was pleased to see that it looks like she may be on her way out.
2) I wish to goodness Pete had told Trudy everything, because she is a great power wife and always seems to know what to do. (Also, she has the best clothes.) But sadly, he fell on his sword for Don. Bummer.
3) For my money, the best exchange/scene of the evening, was the one in the (real) doctor's office, with Roger and Joan. And I really liked the doctor and for once I did not like Roger.
Doctor: What kind of a man are you? You've used this woman and you're ruined her. A man of your age...that you could behave with such selfishness, such irresponsibility.
Roger: We came for your discretion, not your judgment.
Doctor: I know why you came here.
Beautiful -- I know why you came here. Now, I thought the doctor was great and that pretty much everything he said was spot on. But I suspect that the writers of the show want us to think the doctor was awful. One of my ongoing complaints about Mad Men is that its politics are so ham-handed. I suspect what we were supposed to think during that scene was how wrong the doctor was and how it was none of his business and not a moral issue, blah blah blah. What bologna. It's a moral issue -- which doesn't mean I think Joan should not have been able to have an abortion, only that suggesting abortion isn't a moral issue and that there is no call for a doctor to be judgmental about it is remarkably silly.
And the scene where Joan was waiting in the abortion doctor's office brought that home. I liked that the writers left some doubt as to whether she actually went through with it. I hope she didn't. We'll surely find out. (I recall a previous episode where Betty's doctor told her abortions were an option for "young girls." I believe there is a lot of truth to that.)
4) Poor Lane. Say no more.
5) It's a sad episode that doesn't feature everyone's favourite Norwegian Goldwater supporter.
6) Was Roger's phone call to "Louise" regarding "Larry" a wink to that other great show about advertising?
7) I hope Roger isn't going to kill himself. I thought there were some hints in that direction last night.
8) It was nice to see Betty do something other than be a shrew. And I was touched to see her sewing her kids' clothes. My mom used to do that! (Of course I never appreciated how lovely my homemade clothes were.)
9) As usual, I had fun Twittering about the show.