Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Mad Men: Secrets, The Beatles, the Playboy Club and No Peggy


Episode 10 of Mad Men’s Season 4 — “Hands and Knees” — had plenty of surprised. It should have been called”Do You Want to Know a Secret?” as plenty of secrets were hatched or uncovered, and the Beatles’ 1965 show at Shea Stadium was featured as a plot point.

Indeed, an instrumental version “Secret,” a Beatles song was used over the closing credits.

The most astonishing moment of many: Lane Pryce’s father striking him with his cane. Jared Harris is so good as Lane, and this was such a crushing moment after Lane introduced him to his black Playboy Club bunny girlfriend. Is Lane a broken man? Let’s hope not.

Meantime, in an episode with no Peggy, Roger and Joan must deal with their problems. Joan goes to an abortion clinic in New Jersey. She is plucky and self-reliant. Roger is sinking under the weight of two secrets–Joan’s pregnancy, and the loss of his biggest client.

And then there’s Don. The walls of his secret are closing in around him. I do think it’s a bad idea that Pete knows so much about it. Now Dr. Miller, too. Soon it won’t be a secret. Jon Hamm should thank Matt Weiner for building this season around Don Draper so completely.

And then of course there’s the Beatles. Nicely woven into the plot is the Shea Stadium concert. Between the Beatles and the visit to the Playboy Club it really did feel like 1965.

Another secret: what exactly is Harry doing in Los Angeles on those visits? That seems to be brewing onĀ  the back burner.

It was an episode full of plot, as we head into the (sadly) final three of Season 4.

PS Loved Trudy Campbell’s swell mini maternity teddy. Five years later it may have inspired Big Bird.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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