The fourth season of Mad Men premiered last month, revealing the aftermath of the creation of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and the dissolution of the Draper marriage.
To help make sense of it all, we have a panel of insiders from the worlds of television, advertising, and fashion—Richard Drew, Danielle Robinson, Leigh Davenport, and Catie Cambria—to provide their takes on all the sex, the clothes, and of course, the drama.
They weigh in on this week's show, in which Don takes a trip, tensions mount in the office, and Joan gets some much appreciated screentime.
Richard Drew (TV producer and creator of the blog Remote Patrolled): This week's Mad Men was one of those episodes which leave you asking, "What was that all about?"
Aside from Don himself, only Joan and Lane were given any substantial screen time. For Joan we caught a glimpse of the more tender side of her struggling marriage, while in Lane we witnessed a lonely middle-aged man using work to cover the cracks in his life (sound familiar?).
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It was a strange episode in that half of the show was based in California, with Don learning of his "friend" Anna's cancer diagnosis—and then heading back to New York to drink, smoke and sleep with hookers! I'm not too sure what the connection was between the two parts —was it to show the evolving loneliness of Don's life, or how he uses sex and alcohol to deal with every crisis? In true Mad Men fashion we're left to decide for ourselves.