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Mad Men, "The Gypsy and the Hobo": This Week's 5 Maddest Moments

Mad Men, "The Gypsy and the Hobo": This Week's 5 Maddest Moments

You know how everyone's always talking about how Mad Men is a slowly simmering pot, leaving you waiting for things to bubble to the surface? One of the show's major plot points, Don Draper's identity, bubbles to the top, finally. And how ironic for it to happen on Halloween eve . . .

The show is an intense marvel this week, living up to its Best Drama Emmy, and I'm ready to chat about it, so to see the five maddest moments (spoilers ahead), just


  • "It's a lie so big": — Betty doesn't let her Don/Dick revelation from last week lie, and she seeks advice from her lawyer, who basically tells her to stay in her marriage unless she feels threatened. I worried that this was far as it would go, until she womans up and confronts Don when he comes home one night. He tells her everything, including that his mother was a prostitute and that his brother Adam committed suicide — and his role in it. Betty is confused, but more sympathetic than I expected.
  • The life and times of Roger Sterling: — Roger gets a blast from the past when an old flame, Annabelle Mathis, calls on the firm to help her horse farm/dog food company, Caldecott farms. Roger is cool at first, but his dinner with Annabelle reveals that she left him heartbroken as a young man — a rare insight into Sterling's silver fox facade. When she tells him he was The One, and he replies, "You weren't," I said "Ouch" as she says "Oh." Sigh. It seems to be a Roger's love life retrospective, as he even fields a call from Joan. I need more of this.
  • Roses: Joan asserts herself in an entirely physically aggressive way when she bashes a vase of roses over her husband's head. Why the violent response? He told Joan she never had to give up anything, never had to leave behind a dream. Hey, Joan's last nerve? Greg just found it. (And P.S., it's weird to hear Joan call herself by her married name, Joan Harris, but I love that Roger names Joan's husband "Dr. Cutup.")
  • Suzanne who? — While Don comes clean of his entire existence to Betty, Susie is waiting in the car. "Did you get caught?" she asks. "It's more complicated than that," he answers. And how. Apparently it's over for now, but we'll see.
  • Army wife — Greg drops the first real Vietnam bomb of the series, as we wait for the '60s to explode. He's taking a job in the army, and my gut tells me this will not end well for the Harrises.

Didn't the last line from the neighbor asking, "Who are you supposed to be?" to Don and Betty hit hard? What did you think of the Draper's tense conversation? Oh, and if you want to talk more about the show, join the Mad Men group in the community!

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tiffsniff tiffsniff 7 years
I agree with onlysourcherry - I thought the juxtaposition of Roger's line to Annabelle and then his flirtation with Joan implied that she was the one. And I personally thought that last line was a little heavy-handed, but that's just me. This is definitely one of the best eps they've ever done, and I can't wait to see how the last two of the season are going to boil over!
johnnywest johnnywest 7 years
I feel sorry for all those wounded GIs who have the misfortune of ending up on Captain Harris's operating table!!
nimue nimue 7 years
awesome episode!!!!!!! I loved joan, and betty!! When Betty confronted Don about his past, I was really expecting him to lie. But something in his eyes looked like he had given up and actually felt relieved to be telling someone the truth.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
this episode was insanely good! january jones was amazing! susie creeps me out, but i am so glad she didn't go into the house while she was waiting. they entire time i was waiting for a knock on the door from her!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I love the fancy new Betty, she was so strong in last night’s episode. I almost respected her! The Roger plotline was something else. Maybe I’m just biased, but what about the vacuous Jane Sterling could make her “the one?” I think that if that had been Joan saying those same things to him, he would have gone for it. I was wondering if it was the thought of Joan and not Jane that kept him from going through with Annabelle. I agree that when he first said he would go to the Army, I was excited that Dr. Cutup might not be coming home (is that wrong?). But Mad Men is so much more subtle than that… it seems too convenient of a way to get rid of him.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
OMG. Last night was Give Jon Hamm and January Jones emmys!! I was just so transfixed during their scenes and so glad that 1) Betts didn't just falter away, letting Don to run (yeah, she 'dared' him but he's so busted...) she actually was 'giving it to him' and pressured him to answer her (love it) and 2) Don didn't try to 'run'. He was just taking the 'beating' from Betts. I don't think that Suzanne character will go quietly into the night, she has that 'nutty' eyes and she definitely pressed further when Draper tried to keep things really in the 'down low' and she tried to initiate the 'relationship' way before Betty was pregnant (was about to give birth when she called 'talk'). I really doubt that's the last we've heard/seen of her. And will not be surprised if there's a boiled rabbit in the near future in the Draper's household LOL. And I wish Joan would have hit Gregg with an iron instead of a vase. He's such a douche and I feel so sorry for Joanne. I want to see more Joan, she rocks. 2 more episodes. Wow. Mad men is awesome, I'm so glad I start watching this season :D
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree, this was an amazing episode! I can't believe the season is nearing its end already.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
This was by FAR one of the best episodes ever. You are completely right, all of these stories just bubbling under and you're just waiting to see what happens next! I felt so terrible for Susie in this episode. While she's not exactly a nice person for what she's doing, I still could not imagine being ready to go on a trip with the person I was falling for and then they go into their house and don't ever come back out. That would be crushing! Joan, again, rocked my world :) I think it was the fact that she is trying to always be positive and sweet to Dr. Cutup and he's just so negative most of the time. I woulda smacked him too. But the vase was awesome! Great episode, great show!
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