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The Orange Couch Does Mad Men: S6E10, “A Tale of Two Cities”

New Orange Couch: A little late because we are knee-deep in boxes from our recent move from one part of Brooklyn to another, but still just as good! Marc and I discuss the strong themes of rebirth, redemption, and revolt in this episode, all of which tie back to the…

Mad Men Tuesdays: Consider That Fan Completely Covered Edition

SFCararmia noted on the “Mad Men” blog Basket of Kisses that Don’s hat is a prominent symbol of his backsliding, his inability to get with the times.* Don and Roger both prominently and repeatedly wore hats in this episode, and there was a lot hat-oriented business going on. This is…

Mad Men Monday: Another day late

Spoilers! Sorry that “Mad Men” blogging is late yet again. We were traveling to El Paso, where it’s still 1996 in many ways (especially according to the music in the bowling alley), and internet access was spotty, if available at all. I didn’t even get to see the show until…

Mad Men Monday: Peggy!

Let’s start off with talking about a concern of mine: Don’s alcoholism. Not in that I’m concerned that Don, a fictional character, is an alcoholic. I’m not worried about his health or anything. What I worry about is this as a plot device. I’m allergic to giving a character a…

Mad Men blogging: Housecat edition

Sorry to bump it to Tuesday again. But alas, we were too busy to watch it Sunday night, so had to watch it last night. That may perhaps be the most melancholic script ever built around a birth, which is one of the touches I really appreciate with “Mad Men”.…

Mad Men blogging: a day late, but still here

Spoilers, as usual. One of the bravest things that “Mad Men” does is small and often subtle, but we saw it in a big way in this episode. The Drapers are shitty parents. Don doesn’t do even close to his share, and Betty was kept an emotional child in so…

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