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April 7, 2015 by unclespike218

Mad Men is almost too much for me. I own most every season put out by Weiner & Co, but I haven’t seen them all. Yes, it’s one of the best shows in history. Yes, it’s filled with brilliant, witty, understated dialogue. Yes, the fashion is so on-point it’s ridiculous. And yes, its characters are iconic – the matinee idol-as-antihero Don Draper, the personification of resting bitchface Betty Draper, the chauvinistic boozehound Roger Sterling, the bombshell inspiration for drag queens everywhere Joan Holloway, the sleaziest guy on Madison Avenue (and GOD is that saying something) Pete Campbell, and the brilliant career woman Peggy Olson.

I’d like to think I’m not that sensitive. But sit me down to see two episodes of Mad Men, and that’s all I can stand for a few weeks. The darkness…it just invades me. So I have to optimize my watching…center in only on the best of the best before I go fetal. To cut to the chase: The New Girl, wherein Peggy, drugged, woozy, and recently delivered of a child, received the lesson of a lifetime and the basis of her working relationship with Don when he whispered the immortal line, “This never happened. It will shock you how much this never happened.” Then Shut The Door, Have A Seat, wherein Sterling Cooper gets bought out, and the core of the agency slyly leaves and reforms SCDP over a weekend, in thrilling, dramatic, and sometimes humorous fashion. (“Peggy, can you get me some coffee?” “No.”)

If you haven’t seen these two episodes, see them now. Even if you don’t know much – or anything – about Mad Men. So worthwhile.

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