I have often found myself forgetting that Mad Men began with its leading man's Big Dirty Secret — and that not everyone knows the truth. That may be about to change, as we saw on this week's episode, "The Color Blue."
As usual, I've recapped the episode by its maddest moments, so to see them, just
- Fits: So Don finds himself in the middle of another affair, and this time, the object of his affection seems far more emotionally invested than his previous mistresses. Don seems like he could be as invested as her, driving Susie's brother to his new job, but I think it has more to do with "doing the right thing," whatever that means to Don. Susie, on the other hand, is looking more like a live wire to me — her showing up on the train is pretty stalkery, and I didn't believe her when she denies calling Don's house.
- The Box: My heart stopped when Betty found Don's desk key and the box that contains all relics of Don's existence as Dick Whitman, including a divorce certificate with Don's name on it. She may have been confused by the scrawled "Dick" on his photos, but the divorce paperwork is unquestionably damaging. Betty is frightened to bring it up and what she may learn, but her pained looks at Don at the Sterling Cooper party comprise some of January Jones's finest work on the show.
- Faded ink: I really felt for Paul when he failed to write down his amazing idea for Western Union. I felt even more for him when he watched Peggy summon up a winning pitch in front of Don using his misfortune as inspiration. The look on his face was that of realizing he's not talented the way Peggy is, and to me — I thought it meant Paul may be reconsidering his career.
- Mad Woman: Despite my pity for Paul, I couldn't have been more proud of Miss Peggy. Even though Paul initially tries to deride her success as being a woman on female-centric campaigns, Peggy's talent is clearly more than that (or simple spontaneity). Paul sees it, Don sees it — will Duck's competing agency Grey see it, too, if Sterling Cooper fails to recognize it on the whole?
- For sale by owner: Sterling Cooper is set to be sold again, the British owners reveal. At least one person is happy about the possibility — Pryce's London-lorn wife. The agency has been thrown into upheaval in is first sale, what will happen in its next?
Do you think Betty will begin questioning Don about his box of secrets? What do you make of the title, "The Color Blue?" I took it as a moral ambiguity reference, after it came up in Don and Susie's pillow talk. Let me know what you thought of this week's episode below, and to talk more Sterling Coop, join the Mad Men group in the community!
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