Mad Men Open Thread: Season 5, Episode 9: “Dark Shadows”

Are You There God? It's Me, Pete Campbell

*Don channels Satan
*Megan teaches Sally how to cry (not that she really needed lessons!)
*”thin people have good weeks and bad weeks too.”  [THIN ALLIES: SAY IT AIN’T SO!]
*Michael “Can’t Keep a Secret” Ginsberg
*The Hannibal Lec–I mean ,Weight Watchers diet involves “filling yourselves with your children, your home and your husbands.”
*Betty drops the A-Bomb
*Peggy is not an airplane: but she can write for one!
*Roger ruins yet another apartment
*Pete tries–and fails–to get with the Times
*Petty Betty and The Saddest Thanksgiving Plate in All the World

 

All that and more on this week’s episode of Mad Men. You just ignore Don, Ginsberg. I think about you ALL THE TIME!

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 #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]