Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Mad Men: Bob Benson Revealed, Pete Revived, Sally Interviewed


“Mad Men” just ended. The big news is that Bob Benson was revealed, I won’t say how yet. Suffice to say that thanks to Duck, checking for Pete on Bob’s background, Pete is back. Bob will be Pete’s bucket boy now, which should be interesting. Meanwhile, Sally wants to go to boarding school and has an interview–with overnight stay–at Miss Porter’s. Her line, “My father has never done anything for me,” will live in infamy. Sally may turn out to be Don’s greatest enemy.

Elsewhere, the “Rosemary’s Baby” commercial doesn’t sound like such a great idea for St. Joseph’s aspirin for children. But it did draw more out of the Peggy-Ted relationship. The pause in the room when Don said Ted’s reasons for the commercial were personal– the longest pause in recent TV history. Who didn’t worry about what Don was going to say?

Was Don home watching reruns of “The Patty Duke Show” during the day? It was long off the air by 1968 as a first run show.

And then: Ken getting shot by the Chevy execs during the first segment was also a little mini soap opera, but cleverly done. Joan imitating the old Jewish lady for the commercial pitch was hilarious.

There are so many loose strands to tie up. It’s hard to believe next week is the last episode of the penultimate season. Can 14 episodes more after that really bring “Mad Men” to a satisfactory close?  And can we wait until next March? Painful.

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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