When your halves are split by an entire fucking year, that's two goddamned seasons. Agreed, faggoty.
Mad Men Season 7 begins April 13th. Final "season" kicks off with a 2 hour premiere. Those dresses look groovy, baby
AMC is doing that faggot thing of breaking up season 7 into two parts. 7 episodes this spring, the final 7 in april 2015 - yup, wait a goddamn year for the finale.
Yeah, that's retarded. They are doing 2 short seasons, not a "split" season. AMC needs to quit this bullshit and sell their shows to a real network if they don't want to pay for a full season.
Complete marketing speak faggotry.
I just wanna see Don discover cocaine.
Season Six on Netflix now.
bitch picked first guy, wonder if she regrets it ever day of her life
Just watched the premier episode, forgot this had even started up again (I blame GoT). But it was only a 1-hour episode for me, did i end up missing half of the ep? Thought this was supposed to be a 2hour episode to start things off.
It was just a single hour, apparently.
A very, very good hour...
If the porn isn't high res you can't get horny, but you can hate a guy at 1000 paces without a scope. That's human nature.
The whole episode I'm think "man, I really wanted to see him more broken than this" instead of his normal moody self.
And then we get to the scene at the end. Looks like it's finally sinking in that he's a total fuck up.
I loved the reveal with Freddy Rumsen. Wasn't expecting that at all.
It also sucks that Lou Avery is so clearly bad at his job but coasting along on Peggy. If it weren't for her, Lou wouldn't be succeeding and they'd be asking Don back.
If the porn isn't high res you can't get horny, but you can hate a guy at 1000 paces without a scope. That's human nature.
I'm not sure they would ask him back. He was the best ad man back when It was Sterling-Cooper but he's starting to fade. He has done some irreparable damage since they formed SCDP.
I'm not so sure about that. The main thing is that SCDP is now an established firm with a reputation, and they're more concerned with retaining clients than making bold work. Lou Avery is the embodiment of that change. He's more than happy with "good enough", and anyone with the seniority to question it is too distracted to care by either distance or whatever the fuck you call Roger's current situation.
edit: Oh, and why was Ken such a massive dick all episode? One-eyed Ken seems like a very different fellow from two-eyed Ken.
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If the porn isn't high res you can't get horny, but you can hate a guy at 1000 paces without a scope. That's human nature.
He does mention that he's overworked. Also, I'd probably have a personality change if some rich hillbillies shot me in the face with a shotgun after repeatedly telling the company that I didn't want to be anywhere near them too.
I really liked Joan laying down the shit on the Professor with her giant woman boobies and her tiny woman brain. And I liked the contrite little look that he had.
Really not a wasted scene in the entire thing.
Edit: I think the stress of managing the entire roster of accounts is eating Ken alive, and the knowledge that this job is as high up the ladder as he ever goes. Plus, yeah, having an eye put out because of some hillbillies can't have helped his temperament all that much.
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I really dig how the soundtrack changes with the times. It was killer in last night's episode. Season premier was great. I enjoy Happy Pete way more than Pissy Pete.
But there was just enough of pissy pete in him for it to still be believable as pete.
so what the fuck was going on in Roger's house
and what was the woman on the airplane talking about, her husband went into the hospital and they told them all they had 1 year? cancer? hiroshima? wtf
I forget what happened earlier, why is Don avoiding his wife and just flying back and forth on a pretend job? Yeah I vaguely remember SCP kinda fired him for yelling at clients but I guess he is ghost working through Freddy? wtf, why? nigga should be getting into threesomes with his hot wife
Roger has gone full bohemian, and he's struggling with the realization that he is old enough for it to be completely ridiculous.
I think the woman on the plane, it may have just been a colloquialism. The doctor told her that "they" have a year. Like, left in "their" marriage. It's a slightly softer way to tell her that this bitch over here gunna die.
And apparently Don didn't tell Megan he got fired. With pay or without. He's ashamed, and just putting on a show of it. But he also avoided the opportunity to philander, and I think Freddy might be a way that he starts to confront his near-alcoholism as well (the fact that the widows husband died from "being thirsty" is relevant). In order to get to California and have a real shot with his marriage working, Don's gonna have to confront his pride. Its so obvious that even Don himself knows it. His patio door is broken. His colorful penthouse looks like a ruin. He's got nothing to be proud of right now.
I think Don will get a not-tragic ending. Maybe not a completely happy one. And I don't think he's gonna turn into hippy-pete. But he won't turn into Roger.
of all Don's misdeeds, I truly hope for his happiness. goddamn.
Maybe I missed some subtlety in the conversation, but I took the plane woman's statement to mean that her husband literally died of alcoholism. That does happen. If you poison your liver and kidneys hard enough and long enough they will stop working and then you die.
Yeah, I took it that her husband died from chronic drunkd as well. But, as is absolutely right, they were using old timey euphemisms to explain it. So if you thought when she said, "he had this terrible thirst so we went to the hospital" that she meant he was literally thirsty... then it'd be like. Huh?
The whole plane scene seemed almost like foreshadowing. She casually mentions that she thought her husband was getting better but that the illness already took him. Don's hard lifestyle might have already gotten him (physically or emotionally) and he's gone pass the point of no return. The pessimist in me doesn't see him living at the end.
Eh, first episode assumptions though. We'll see how it goes.
A rather safe assumption is that we will see that woman again because I doubt you hire Neve Campbell for a single scene!
Be interesting. You actually might, considering the show is such a success and it is the final production. She might have just told her agent, "I wanna fuck Don Draper. You get me a meeting. A fuckin' meeting!"
But then again.... she'll probably come back.
It almost sounded like Ted's life is a mirror of how Don's would be in California. Went there to escape a bad relationship but it isn't really working. Doesn't embrace the California culture and would prefer to just be back in New York.
A subtle moment I liked is when Megan drove up and Don instinctively opened her door so that he could drive.
Don's ego has basically been destroyed. All his life he's been able to act like an asshole and people put up with it because he's fuckin' Don Draper and no one can live without him. Now it seems like not only are people unwilling to put up with his bullshit, but they really don't even care if he comes back or not. Even Megan seemed ambivalent at best about his visit. That's got to weigh heavy on a guy like Don.
Megan went out to LA and got to reinvent herself. Don doesn't really have a place in her life anymore.
The television he bought that she wigged out over because she didn't want her poor bohemian friends to look down on her says it all.
i really hope they don't involve the manson murder of sharon tate (and others?) into the megan storyline, that would be fucking cheesy as hell
did rogers daughter also join the scientologists or some other cult...
It's 1969. Everyone is on drugs or joining some kooky belief system.
I love how much of a cunt rogers daughter is, even when her soul has been saved and she's trying to reconnect with her daddy.
Of course I think Roger is right about that. She wants something from him enough to not ask for it directly. Maybe she's just afraid of being cut out of the will.
They sort of have to have a little bit devoted to the Mason murders. It would be cheesy as hell for megan to be there, or to be directly involved, but she is going to freak the fuck out when it happens. Rightfully.
They can't really ignore it and it would be worse cheese to just shrug it off.
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I'd say yeah, the murders have to come up. It was national news at the time.
It's funny that Peggy is starting to act and talk just like Don. Her line "You're all a bunch of hacks who are perfectly happy with shit.."--she's rocking the boat just like Don because she's starting to realize how complacent and lazy the office is without a driving force. It seems like the whole "meat grinder/ good enough" mentality is really starting to make her angry but fighting against it makes other people pissy towards you for "not being a team player"--just like Don. Again, some things Don just fucked up--others, like Jaguar, were dogs and Don knew it but the money was more important than integrity for the company--in that case, Don was the only one NOT being an asshole; and they turned on him for it.
In the end, the company, due to it's new size, has turned into exactly what Don didn't want. The whole reason he never left for one of the bigger public firms was because he didn't want some douche bags strangling creative in order to maintain stability in accounts. I'm not sure why he's stuck on going back; maybe it's what you said, just an ego thing (Like a spurned lover, or maybe he views that company as his baby). But really? He should take Freddy's advice and move on. In the end, as we can see with Freddy, Don's work is still hugely in demand and on point--there are probably tons of places that are not on offer who would gladly deal with his bullshit to have him on board.
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Jesus Christ I'm not smart enough to watch this show. Everything being discussed flew right over my head.
On that note, why was Peggy crying at the end?
He's sort of the inverse of Don. Both of them are seeing the world change around them, and while Don is steadfastly refusing to get with the times so to speak, Roger has never had any problems going with the flow. Yet, both of them are unhappy: Don because he is losing who he is, and Roger because he's realizing he doesn't know who he is at all.
I think the main theme this episode was showing who is able to embrace the changes of the time (Pete, Megan, Roger's daughter, Joan) versus those that aren't (Don, Roger, Peggy, Ken).
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Who was the guy sleeping on Peggy's couch when she got home?
Her uncle or her uncle's friend. She had her assistant call him up to come fix the tenant's shit.
It's funny, the wife and I are rewatching Season 1; and we just saw the episode "Shoot"; which pretty much has Roger trying to convince Don not to go with McCann Erikson by explaining why bigger companies suck. And pretty much all of Rogers reasoning are present in the office now (Unable to choose work, bland advertising, ect). Lou is like a dick head Mr Rogers, and the other account guy is as stale as they come--they both feel like pretty much the epitome of mediocrity and bureaucracy in a company more concerned with treading water until a pay off rather than climbing.
Hopefully, with the way Pete and Roger are obviously perturbed, there will be a window for Don to come back--because I have to say, the office stuff is just not as good without Don+Roger. The play off between Roger and these other jack offs is just terrible/ I wonder though if Don is having lunches because he wants to force them all into a decision (Word is going to get back to them, eventually--I think.)
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Peggy was definitely not trying to fuck her brother in law.
Yeah, the way I see it is Don is having lunches to try and prompt some kind of reaction out of SC&P. He's under contract, he is a partner and couldn't work anywhere else even if he wanted to, the legal wrangling required would probably take forever and be prohibitive.
I don't know where it is heading but you have at least 3 partners who are unhappy with the way things are heading (I would throw Chaough in there as well), but on the flipside you have Joan, Cooper, and whatshisname who are pretty happy with the status quo.
I was really happy to see Don coming clean with his daughter, even if it took him a while to come around. I'm an optimist, I hope for a happy ending at the very least between those two.
Yeah, peggys life has just gone to shit very quickly. No one thing had her breaking down in tears, but all the little things adding up. That apartment is the one that she bought because of her hippy boyfriend, who she subsequently stabbed, and who subsequently got the fuck out.
She wasn't trying to fuck her sisters husband and got upset. Her sister has a husband who wants to go home to make sure she's ok... and peggy don't. That's bullshit man!
I love you long time, peggy! You're kind of a bitch, but that's ok. And you're not even all that pretty. But with a woman like peggy it just doesn't matter. Some women don't have to be pretty, or even nice, to be beautiful.
WOMANS LIB RAR RAR.
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What Don's absence really shows is just how much he MADE SCDP (and later SC&P) into the agency that it was. They had decent accounts people, sure, but Don was the product. Without him to provide the brilliance, there's basically nothing to sell. The real question is whether Don even has that in him anymore. His Freddy Rumsen pitches sure make it seem like he has that old spark left, but who really knows?
Even a dull episode of Mad Men is really fucking good.
And that episode was pretty dull. It was very nice to see Don talking to Sally and maybe changing for the better -- at LEAST (and probably most, tbh) when it comes to his daughter who is now just starting to get old enough that he can actually talk to her. It was also really nice to see that Pete really hasn't changed that much. He's still a douchebag, lol. But maybe he's found the right situation for himself.
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Pete and Ted break off, Don moves out to Cali and leaves his contract behind by becoming Dick Whitman again. They start a new agency and fight crime.
About Don's "fired but paid" leave, people'd have to understand that during those days, as any firm CEO, you'd sign up your most valuable assets on contract so that they won't go into another competitor company over night (most of the time pulling clients and accounts). While it retains people on payroll, it refrains them to "sell their knowledge" or "take the clients away". Don is SC&P's posterboy / BMOC, firing him because he's a asshole wouldn't turn into bad rep. Him going public about getting fired would have impaired SCÚP a lot, by losing accounts / staff. Management 101.
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Beta don? Say it isn't so...
I'm glad Roger shoved it in their faces; he said what I said last week--Don will eat that company alive if they let him go. Also, it's amazing watching the pettiness and hypocrisy--and it's annoying that it looks like Don won't let them crash and burn with it all because of his own self doubt. He's worth more to them than they are to him but he's not acting like that for some reason. He should have said they can take their demands and stick them up their ass.
Last edited by Lithose; 04-28-2014 at 05:54 AM.
What the fuck?
"Lou is adequate." Sums up their company.
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why is don sticking with this shitty company?
If it hadn't been for Megan telling him to go and Roger icing him by leaving him in the office all day, I doubt it would have gone like that. I thought it was very funny how shocked Don was that everyone was wandering in late and basically nothing was being done. SCDP is treading water and everyone knows it, but they're also profiting wildly from their mediocrity.
What surprised me most was Joan. She has always been on Don's side, and it was very surprising to see her so against him returning.
i think you forgot the part of season 6 where don went rogue, lost jaguar, and told joan she's better than them. even though she slept with the fat old guy to get the account
it woulda been cool to see don, roger, pirate guy, fat TV guy, the ghost of lane, and pete start a new firm and kick SC&P's ass, but I guess instead we'll see don claw his way back to authority in his firm, realize its all meaningless, and then move out west and re-invent himself again as a hollywood guy with megan, probably after she gets a close call with the manson family
I didn't forget Jaguar at all, but Don was the only one who *didn't* want Joan to prostitute herself.
Don made the correct call with Jaguar; it's absolutely unfathomable to me how she is still angry about it. The car was a dog, the account was a dog and not only did Don fix the mess he made, by landing an even bigger account to replace it but he was also the only one who acted like a decent human being of the lot of them.
Honestly, only Roger's reaction. and the Dweeb who wants a computer, felt normal and rational given their characters. Everyone else felt like the show's narrative needed a certain set of circumstances so that's what the characters said.
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I disagree, mainly because I've been in that kind of office environment before. Everyone is defending their turf. Don's absence left a gaping hole in SC&P and everyone staked out new territory. The agency has moved on without him, and bringing him back in upsets the apple cart. Don is still an industry titan, and his presence is going to squeeze people in ways they don't necessarily want. SC&P is making money hand over fist, but they're also a big, soft ad agency that isn't doing anything groundbreaking anymore. Everyone has gotten comfortable with mediocrity.
The only thing that makes Joan's behavior somewhat understandable to me (beyond residual Jaguar anger) is that she has managed the whole Littlefinger/chaos-is-a-ladder thing quite well and risen even higher since Don left. In many ways, she has more to lose than anyone by seeing Don return. Even Lou.
Oh that part makes sense, if anyone is going to be marginalized it's Joan. It's kind of her entire character. Joan gets fucked for other people's profit. Even literally one time! Joan's no dummy, she's got something to protect and business is business. Don's a threat to her not out of personal enmity (I still think if they could avoid killing each other, Don + Joan = conquer the world power couple... but Don is just not equipped to handle Joan, and Don knows it) but just because Don is what he is.
Don fucks women who are still children, and Joan was practically born 25. Every single woman Don has been with is child-like in some way. He wouldn't know what to do with Joan (except maybe ask her to slap him in the face).
Real fucking downer of an episode, but it had some really great lines.
"Now you're facing some very stiff competition but you might just be the most dishonest man I've ever worked with" -- lol
"Yes, well, that blouse says she likes everyone" -- LOL
Betty is just such a hillarious cunt. I bet her kids wish they had a real daddy. The belt is kinder than that emotional warfare bullshit that betty wages on her own children.
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Joan though; nothing about her new powers in the office has to do with management. It's all stature from accounts. The only real connection I can see is that the Dweeb guy is the one who is trail blazing for her, so she's backing him up. But that feels like a stretch considering Joan has always shown some pretty extreme loyalty and Don has been her bread and butter for a decade now, I just don't see her tossing him under the bus to back some douche who gave her one helping hand. But I could be wrong (I mean, I understand what you're saying; I'm just not sure, given the character, I agree with it.)
The one who I really didn't get was Peggy. That seemed completely ridiculous given the situation with Lou and her essentially being shit on since Don left.
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Yeah, Peggy going over there and shitting all on his face struck me sort of as... huh?
Otherwise... well, feels bad man. But it is not very hard to believe that given these sets of circumstances Don bends the knee. It's a line out of his fight with Megan that I think is the most telling in the entire episode. "I've been good! There are no other women and I haven't even been drinking that much!"
I'm not sure if Don has decided to do pennance or what. But he's not an idiot, he knows that everyone in that room is hostile. He knows that the stipulations they've put on him are just a trap for them to get rid of him and not have to pay him. He made a choice. I take it at face value when roger tells him, "That's very nice of them. They're trying very hard to make it at least sound like it isn't a demotion." I think part of it is Don sincerely trying to Man Up™
The whole Megan scene was harder for me to swallow than the office politics of it all. That part DID seem a little bit forced. Of course, Megan is basically an self centered idiot with a pretty face and a gap tooth, so I guess it's not that hard to swallow.
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Peggy still has no idea that Ted volunteered to go to California. She doesn't realize that Don gave up his spot out there, probably ruining his marriage in order to save Ted's. She's obviously still carrying a torch for Ted, and is focusing all that rage at Don.
I predict we'll see that change very quickly as she's forced to take sides between Don and Lou (who obviously has no respect at all for her).
Yeah, thinking back on the meeting and Don's reaction, I have to believe that Don has a plan in mind, that he went in there understanding what was going to happen in a roundabout way. idk, we'll see in a few episodes how this shakes out.
Joan's reaction was surprising. She has always had a kind of closeness with Don, so the idea that she would be so against him was surprising. And based on what? That he hurt the business? Peggy was kind of expected, she is pissed because don left her sitting here in the monument to mediocrity that SC&P has become. And working for fucking Lou. Lou is a douchebag.
Over/under on how many episodes Lou has left? I'm thinking about 3.
Not only that, but Megan was actually making a name for herself in New York and is now literally having to beg to get work in Hollywood. While much of that is undoubtedly her fault, it's not hard for her to go back to the fact that she quit her successful job for Don, and now she finds out that Don couldn't make the same choice for her and would rather lie about it. He made it pretty clear where she stands - he'd rather sit in New York hoping for a job he no longer had than be in California with the wife he does.
Megan was starting to make a name for herself because of Don and his connections.
Moving to California meant Don would have no practical influence and therefore Megan is left to herself.
Megan knows her position in such marriage. She brings nothing to the table anymore. She was a partner to Don in the agency. She brought something to the table and felt incredibly happy. Now, that dynamic has changed. Don still longs for those times but lets Megan do what she wants anyways. Megan wants a equal partnership to each other, but knows Don is bigger than her at the moment. That is why she feels, I think, insecure about herself and thus questioning Don's affairs. Don did not have any affair thus far, or so far we know nothing of it, so I am gonna guess Don was telling the truth.
That is remarkable I think. Why ISN'T Don having an affair?
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The thing to remember with Peggy is she felt that Don got too much credit for her work. Remember she wasn't exactly thrilled when the two firms merged to lure in GM. You'd think she'd consider Don preferable to Lou, who doesn't even think highly enough of her work to want credit for it, but she's too far along to becoming a shrew to look at it that as such.
And if Peggy is frustrated with Lou's lack of ambition for quality creative, there's no way in hell Don is gonna be able to choke those same frustrations back for very long.
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Don agreeing to SC&P's stipulations was personal growth, not some scheme. He learned something about honesty with his daughter and then with Megan. He's putting his ego aside to become better. He may know that eventually Lou will be gone and he'll be back in charge, but he's accepting the hole he dug.
Both sides also didn't really have much of a choice. They can't fire him unless they buy out his contract and free him from his noncompete. He can't quit because it won't let him work elsewhere. They have a win win. They put the chains on him and he either breaks contract by drinking or something and gives up all his shares, or he plays by their rules and they get the benefit of Don but none of the drawbacks. His only hope is if he actually HAS changed and manages to keep the agreement.
I was also surprised at Peggy and bigred's reaction to Don. Seemed forced.
I really don't see Don being comfortable working for a guy like Lou, regardless of his personal growth. I do not believe that Don would have agreed had Don not had some kind of idea that the situation with Lou would be temporary. And the pitch stuff, too. Some of Don's best stuff was off the cuff, although I imagine he understands he has to earn that privilege back. The drinking stuff is a no brainer.
I took it as Don being humbled and realizing he needs earn everyone's respect back. Peggy is still hurt over Ted and the fact that she feels like Don ruined her personal life so it's not at all surprising that she wasn't happy to see him. The partners know that Lou sucks and is probably the reason that the firm has lost respect, but they also know that there won't be any Don style shenanigans with him so it's hard to go away from him.
On a side note, I've been re-watching Firefly and Christina Hendricks still looks very good but holy fuck was she hot on Firefly.
The one thing I didn't understand was the threat of "reabsorption of shares" if he breaks their stipulations. Does that basically mean they can toss him out without paying him? Those are some pretty strict rules he's under, and I could easily see friction with Lou leading to a breach.
Yeah, that's what it means. They told him that if he fucks up even once then
See, that has to be a trap and surely Don realizes it. The season could just as easily end with Don being thrown out of SC&P for good if so.
that's a shitty stipulation. wtf don.
We got three episodes into the season before the reemergence of Betty and her constant "what about me and my problems" routine. Am I the only one that had not been missing her at all?
Heroes of the Storm Hotsdogs
Yeah, those stipulations are sort of in that TV-drama grey area between a Gentlemens Agreement and a legal contract. All in all though, it's kinda dicey. And I think a few things. Don just really wants to work, he wants to work enough that he's willing to take that deal. Don is Don, and he think he can earn back his place at the table (which he probably could). If they give him 6 months he can re-establish himself on the quality of his work and the quality of his "I promise to not be a womanizing alcoholic powermonger" personality.
I dunno. Don has sort of accepted that going forward he has to be a team player. He expects that Roger will sort of have his back enough to at least give him the chance to prove that he can be. The Dweeb may or may not torpedo the fuck out of Don. Joan may or may not torpedo the fuck out of Don. Old man Cooper really only cares about the money and has been very consistent in that througout all the seasons. Pete won't torpedo Don and neither will Ted. So really he has to make good with Joan and The Dweeb. In the immortal words of the late Jon Luvitz, master thespian, "That's... DRAMA!"
No, wait. "Thats... ACTING!"
I kinda wonder if we'll get a big betty arc. They don't really need to do it. They did a very good job this past episode of showing exactly what Betty is very firmly on the road to becoming. Fuckin Pete's mom. I mean, she needs more scenes in order to give that a satisfying conclusion, but she doesn't need some big betty arc to do it.
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betty so jealous of her friends.
This whole signing away of his rights feels like a narrative piece of BS to get him to a low point for the mid season finale, and I'm going to be really annoyed with the show if that's case. I agree Don capitulating some of of his powers to be a "team player", and put his ego aside, would have been personal growth; but there are limits to where that's believable. The sheer amount of capitulations required of him and the severity of consequences he accepted just pushed it from the realm of believable character growth, to really ham fisted plot element. (I guess we'll see; but if Don winds up with nothing but his boot straps, and his friends, during the mid season finale I'll be rolling my eyes.)
On another note though; rewatching these episodes with the wife this time, I'm really noticing all of Cutler's maneuverings. He's really attempting to be king of that company and Don coming back will uneven the sides a great deal. The computer Dweeb is essentially a dumber version of Cooper. He is willing to accept blind mediocrity if he gets to be in charge and that seems to be his goal. He knows he'll never be any exceptional, so he wants to drag everyone down just enough so he sits a little higher (But all while staying just good enough to turn a profit.)
Last edited by Lithose; 04-29-2014 at 06:26 PM.
Yeah, I'd agree with that.
But on the other hand you have to give them some room for creative liberty. The deal would be more like "you get significantly less" than "you get nothing". But to explain exactly how much less he'd get they'd have to devote at least one crazy boring scene of don sitting with a lawyer going over financials -- so it's sort of easier for them to say, "You get nothing!" It also helps the story to flow better even though it's a bit hard to swallow.
Hopefully they aren't pushing him down just to build him back up again. That's cheap, and beneath the writers of this show. Even though they sort of have done exactly that for the past 2 seasons. Being the final season they can't even sort of do that.
He's still got Freddy. Maybe Don has hatched a plan to burn SCPD to the fucking ground and take over the agency that he was interviewing with. That would be lols.
He's been sitting on his ass for a year. He wants to either get back in, or get the freedom to move on to another firm. He could sit in a stalemate for the next 2 years or whatever is left on his contract in hopes of a big payday if the company chooses to buy him out, or he could get on with his life and he made the decision. I think it's a perfectly reasonable decision and a guy like Don isn't going to rot away in his apartment drawing a salary indefinitely just to make sure he cashes in on his past.
It makes you think though, doesn't it? He could have said no without giving up any bargaining power and forced a buyout that, according to Roger, was roughly equal to four years operating profit. That's a lot of money for a high powered NYC ad agency, and Don is already very well situated. He could have taken the payout and gone to California with his wife (remember when California was his escape?), and literally done anything he wanted.
When you stop and think about it, this really was Don capitulating more than any sort of character growth.
would it be growth if Don just ditches everything behind him and start over again?
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