Mad Men Open Thread: Season 5, Episode 10: “Christmas Waltz”

No clever caption, this pic is just here because C. Hendricks is gorge.

*It’s a Krishna Christmas! And it’s 1966, so that means that STAR TREK now exists!
*Lane’s having money problems, I don’t understand what they are and I don’t care to
*”The twist is that the Negron are white”
*Pete can’t drive stick (and yet he wishes Don would kiss him on the mouth)
*Uncle Roger wants to provide baby Kevin with more than just bicycles
*Epic fraternal goodness between Don and Joan (I actually typed “Doan” at first, sue me — or don’t, at least not with any model airplanes around)
*”Lakshmi” (or, as I like to think of her, “The Lovechild of Juliette Lewis and Cobie Smulders”) screws Harry, and then he returns the favour. But the question is, will Paul actually go west?

TUNE IN next week for the return of Trudy!

Mad Men Open Thread: Season 5, Episode 8 “Lady Lazarus”

So you *don't* like my eyes?

*Roger gives Pete skis; Pete rethinks his life insurance
*Don wants you kids to turn that music down!
*Rory Gilmore : prefers hobos!
*It is totally not fake whip cream you guise, it’s a non-dairy dessert topping that melts in your mouth. You can put it on ice cream and cake.  JUST TRY IT. I MEAN TASTE IT. I MADE TWO.
*Joan will take care of it
*Acting: it’s easier for girls! They give you a costume! And shoes too!
*[Would somebody buy Ginsberg lunch already?]
*The Second Wife Playbook [well, I can pretty much guarantee it would make for better reading than Sterling’s Gold].
*Life Before Bayside: Mr. Belding’s secret past as a Cool-Whip food scientist revealed!
All this and more on this week’s episode of Mad Men!  Say, have you seen those pictures of the Earth from space? Majestic, don’t you think?

Mad Men Open Thread: Season 5, Episode 7 “At the Codfish Ball”

Blue & green print is the colour of parental disapproval & disappointment

*Cave people ate baked beans & so did Calamity Jane!
*Canadians are socialists!
*But that doesn’t mean we don’t have baseball!
*”Sooner or later your little girl will spread her legs and fly away!”
*Sally Draper a go-go makes Don say a no-no!
*Peggy’s mom recommends getting some pussy instead of shacking up with your boyfriend
*Glen is attending what appears to be a pants-optional trigonometry school
*Manhattan is “DIRTY”

All that and more on this week’s episode of Mad Men.

Now go on, Sally tell us about what happened!

 

Episode #27: Failing Forward

Ken Jeong as Chang and Chevy Chase as Pierce in Community

Cynara saw Guy Maddin’s latest flick, Keyhole, and had to do some remedial Maddin 101 for her fellow theatre-goers. As of Saturday, Jenny had made plans to see The Cabin in the Woods, so some very spoiler-free speculation about that picture (which we have now both seen and which will be discussed at a later date) ensues. We talk in generalities about films we’ve seen lately and films we want to see soon, as well as the perils of aging and de-aging technology in film and SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome).

Flipping to the small screen, we talk about the ongoing and very public beef between Chevy Chase and Community showrunner Dan Harmon, which segues into lots of fan talk about recent Community episodes (feel free to vote in the comments as to who you think is Cynara’s “Blade”).

Then we do some Mad Men talk, so if you’re not up to date, don’t listen after the 40:00 mark.

Episode #15 – The More Things Change…

**THERE ARE MAD MEN SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST**

Our pal and Mad Men megafan Margarita joins us once again to hash out topics surrounding the fourth season of AMC’s Mad Men and its season finale, including:

-Was the finale a poor episode, or are fans just upset that it didn’t go the way they wanted?

-Lamenting Mad Men‘s continuing racefail

-The long-awaited onscreen emergence of “Poan” (pictured above)

-Is Joan’s a “bad” marriage?

-How about that abortion storyline?

-Fat suit flashback

-Our ~*^hopes and dreams^*~ for next year

Links:

“Chalky White: Boardwalk Empire’ puts ‘Mad Men’ to shame” [TheLoop21.com]

“No One’s Ever on Your Side: Betty Draper Francis Still Needs Your Love” [Tiger Beatdown]

“Do Multiple Abortions Actually Harm Your Ability to Conceive?” [Jezebel]

End music:

“Cato as a Pun” by Of Montreal

[podcast]http://www.fattiesonice.com/foicast/foi_ep15.mp3[/podcast]

Episode #9 – Moving Up in the World

Jenny, Cynara and Margarita star in Fatties on Ice Episode 9: All Mad Men All the Time.

It’s a very special day here at FOI because we have a guest contributor for the first time ever! Her name is Margarita and she is a huge Mad Men fan, so we invited her to chat with us on our special Mad Men episode on the occasion of the show returning for its fourth season with the the episode called “Public Relations.”

Margarita lives in San Francisco. You may know her from places such as the Fatshionista Livejournal community (where she is a founding moderator) or the premier Mad Men fansite Basket of Kisses, where she is a new contributor. She blogs about fatshion on Tumblr, as well.

Discussed:

-All the ways in which Peggy dominates in the episode
-All the ways in which Don is recumbent in this episode
-Disability gets a feature role, and we get to see the way our characters react in the context of the 1960s kyriarchy
-Call back to Jon Hamm’s second Saturday Night Live appearance and that hilarious “Hamm and Bublé” sketch, at which point Margarita informs us that Michael Bublé once appeared in yellowface in a movie. o_O
-Betty: everyone loves to hate her and some people just want her off the show. We consider that an unacceptable reaction
-Joan as Femme role model; our hopes for our Joanie, which include us wishing for her rapist husband to die a horrible death in Vietnam
-The race issue. Seriously, this show is all about white people, and we can’t rationalize that anymore
-Some tangents on the subect of True Blood (can that show pleeeease stop brutalizing Tara now? Like, right now?) and also Joss Whedon’s apparent reluctance to accept criticism from his fans

Links:

Dear Drapers: A letter to ‘Mad Men’s’ first family from the Black maid” [TheLoop21.com]

The Michael Bublé movie in question, Totally Blonde (2001) [IMdb.com]

You can make Mad Men avatars just like ours! [MadMenYourself.com]

End music:

“Something’s Gotta Give” from Ella Fitzgerald’s 1964 release The Johnny Mercer Songbook.

[podcast]http://www.fattiesonice.com/foicast/foi_ep9.mp3[/podcast]