But here are a few comments on last night's Christmas episode:
First, this show's Christmas episodes turn TV on its head, as these are usually pretty dark.
- Don takes advantage of his secretary after failing to close the deal with the nurse or the social scientist.
- The firm's biggest account and db, Lee of Lucky Strikes, makes a mockery of Santa by coercing Roger to play the part. But then again, he was responsible for getting rid of Sal, one of our favorite characters on the show.
- Glenn, the son of a neighboring divorcee, breaks in and trashes the house. What a great Christmas gift!?
Third, what is up with Peggy? A virgin? Um, no. But I can understand a bit of her ambivalence as her boyfriend is really not very interesting/dynamic/attractive. No, she does not need a Don, but a guy with some personality other than neediness might be nice.
Finally, while on the road back from Lake George, I listened to a podcast by Sepinwall and Feinberg where they wonder about Betty Draper and her relevance for the show. Mrs. Spew
I am not entirely sure (having seen more of Betty's bad parenting from day one), but I do think that if the show is as much or more about the 1960's than it is about advertising, then it makes sense that Betsy, along with Peggy and Joan, are struggling with the changes in the roles women play. The show has been much more obvious about Peggy and Joan facing the challenges of the role of women in the 1960's, but Betty is the only mother that gets heaps of attention. Something to think about.
Oh, and one last note: what is up with Roger's second/trophy wife, Jane, making nasty remarks to Don about his divorce? Sure, Don helped cause the breakup with his philandering, but Jane deliberately set out to destroy Roger's marriage (since Don would not comply). Hypocrisy? Just a bit.
The show is still every engaging, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. Your thoughts?