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Review and Recap of Mad Men Episode "Wee Small Hours"

Mad Men, "Wee Small Hours": This Week's 5 Maddest Moments

This week's Mad Men is an exercise in emotional exhaustion: romantic and business partnerships disintegrate, sexual demons threaten people's lives; yes, it was a typically overwrought episode.

As usual, I want to chat about this week's maddest moments, so to see them (spoilers ahead), just


  • That's all, Sal: Sal's fired?! We've all been waiting for the other shoe to drop for closeted Salvatore, but I didn't think it would somehow lead to his firing. When Sal rejects Lee Garner Jr. in the editing room, you know there's fallout coming based on Sal's frustrated reaction of throwing the film canisters. I still can't believe that Sal could be fired for good, but Roger's yelling and Don's hostile (and homophobic?) "you people" that he spits at Sal feel very final.
  • Please Mr. Postman: Betty fosters her crush on Henry through letters, and I gotta say, the voice-over of Betty reading her letter to Henry comes way too close to the cheesiness of a Dear Diary device (something I dislike on another show). The "safe" practice veers into risky business when Henry shows up at the house and Carla is rightfully suspicious. Betty makes it all worse when she acts overly transparent to Don for Carla's benefit and then plans a fundraiser at her home so Henry can visit. Her petulance at Henry's no-show and then rage at his office over it show how immature Betty is, once again.
  • To the moon, Alice: Coconuts Conrad Hilton is genuinely disappointed to see that Don hasn't prepared any ad copy for the planned Hilton on the moon. Don's rarely this flummoxed by someone else, but I guess a demand for a moon hotel does it.
  • The war at home: I was pleased to see Carla coming into her own as a character, even if it's little by little. It's probably fear of judgment, but Betty suddenly treats Carla as consequential when she throws together an excuse for Henry's visit. However, Betty loses those points when she's sympathetic to Carla's feelings about the Birmingham church bombing but then remarks that it may not be time for civil rights. The "girl, please" look Carla sneaks at Betty's sheltered statement is priceless.
  • Late night lesson: Ugh, the teacher and Don sleep together. Come on, dude. Another Don affair storyline is not only exasperating, it's boring. In the first two seasons, it was all dapper Don who was so suave he just couldn't keep the ladies away, but watching him sniff around Sally's former teacher during a work slump is just pathetic.

What did you think of this week's episode? Do you think Sal will stay fired, and Betty will stay away from Henry?

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amybdk amybdk 7 years
.... he had zero reaction to the bell hop situation, but he clearly disapproval and disgust... I think that Draper is kind of disgusted with everyone working below him at the moment. No one's been immune to his temper -- Remember how he chewed out Peggy recently? I think he's also feeling a huge amount of pressure from Hilton and that's making him fly off the handle.
Dittmar-Davies Dittmar-Davies 7 years
I so wanted the teacher to have a "guest" already with her when Don came a knockin'. It looked like Sal was in a cruisey area of the park, hope he doesn't get busted by an undercover cop! To be honest, I woulda fooled with the Lucky Strike guy. :)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
yeah, I disagree with you both.... he had zero reaction to the bell hop situation, but he clearly disapproval and disgust. sad.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I took as elitist like, "you people in the office under me who don't know how to deal with clients." I've gotta agree with briandiesel.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I literally didn't move from the couch the whole episode! It was SUCH a great episode and full of goodness! I don't think Sal's going to stay fired, for some reason. I didnt take Don's comment of "you people" to be homophobic. I took as elitist like, "you people in the office under me who don't know how to deal with clients." I thought since the Hilton meeting with Peggy and he kept yelling at them about being lazy basically and not thinking for themselves. But I could be terribly wrong now that you mention it.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Conrad Hilton is a way to get Don to Dallas for the JFK assassination, which is the day before Roger's daughter's wedding
buckley9383 buckley9383 7 years
I'm very curious to see where this Conrad Hilton story line is going...
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
correction: Carla's look said "bitch, please". I sat with my jaw open for most of this episode. and "pathetic" is the absolute right word for Don sleeping with the teacher, and I hope its a fleeting thing til he can grab his bootstraps and yank himself back up. Sal clearly hasn't told his wife that he got fired (similar to Joan not telling anyone at SC that she still had to work) so I wonder how that will pan out.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
I was taken aback with don's "you people" comment as well. When Don saw Sal with the bellboy, he didn't judge, but he did tell Sal to keep it on the down low. Don also sleeps with clients to keep them happy (Rachel & Bobbi), so he probably thinks Sal should do the same.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Betty was only kind to Carla because she was afraid Carla would rat her out for having Henry over. My mouth was gaping open from the second Roger fired Sal until Don said "you people." I think everyone was with Sal in hoping that Don would save the day and understand. What a rat Lee is.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
I thought the voice over was a nod to melodramas of Douglas Sirk. Each episode is a different genre, there was an episode a few back, that was told in flashbacks, which was straight up Billy Wilder. But the voice over, the camera angles and the cuts were all very B Movie from the fifties. I hate it when Don strays, but each time serves a different purpose. He's bringing his house down. Last week, Pete's neighbor said to him not to mess with girls in the building, or in the block, they're too close. Don is messing with a girl who is from his town. Not from work (Midge, Rachel, Bobbi) or from travels (take your pick)
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