Mad Men: The Doorway   Rewatch 
January 11, 2015 7:39 AM - Season 6, Episode 1 - Subscribe

In the Season 6 two-hour premiere, Don spearheads a new campaign, Roger gets some unsettling news, and Betty takes in a houseguest.

(This episode counts as both Ep. 1 and 2 for the season .)
posted by Sweetie Darling (13 comments total)
 
Among the first words out of Bob Benson's mouth are that he got some Cotton Bowl tickets via some "low level corruption."
posted by drezdn at 8:22 AM on January 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


So much was going on with Ken asking Pete and Don about their mothers. It foreshadows Pete's mom's death, and reminded Don that his mom hated him (well, at least that and the speech about how much Roger's mom loved him).
posted by drezdn at 5:04 AM on January 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


This time around, I was struck by how much fun Megan was having on vacation, while Don was just also there. It's more obvious to me how they are on totally different wavelengths, even before we find out that Don is sleeping with the neighbor lady.
posted by donajo at 1:58 PM on January 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


Was anyone else as surprised as I was that refrigerated trucks were a new technology in 1968?
posted by donajo at 2:40 PM on January 14, 2015


Was anyone else as surprised as I was that refrigerated trucks were a new technology in 1968?

I was, mainly because (IIRC) cooled rail cars were a plot point in the part of "East of Eden" that takes place around WWI. In retrospect though, I guess they were probably using ice. Apparently trains had mechanical refrigeration by the late 40s early 50s.
posted by drezdn at 3:01 PM on January 14, 2015


And the Thermo-King for trucks was invented in 1939. It might be a hint that Brooks isn't being savvy investor.
posted by drezdn at 3:09 PM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


This two hour opener begins the season long "death" of Don Draper, but the death references are over the top. There are actual deaths, someone near death, death symbolism, and direct mentions of death all over the place. We get the point Mad Men. The atmosphere is so heavy with dying and dissolution that I always expect Lane Pryce to come back and hang himself again at the office.
posted by cwest at 4:20 AM on January 15, 2015 [2 favorites]


So much was going on with Ken asking Pete and Don about their mothers. It foreshadows Pete's mom's death, and reminded Don that his mom hated him (well, at least that and the speech about how much Roger's mom loved him).

How many times was the word "mother" spoke? Has to be approaching thirty or more.

PFC Dinkins asked Don if he was an astronaut. That's the second time he has been asked that question. The first time being in the episode "The Jet Set."

Betty: "She's just in the other room. Why don't you go in there and rape her? I'll hold her arms down." What the hell Betty, I'm completely weirded out.

I still laugh when I see Don on Waikiki Beach reading Dante's "Inferno." It doesn't matter that Sylvia lent him a copy or suggested that he read it, it's not exactly beach reading, is it? It's also funny in that it definitely let's you know what the rest of the season is going to be like.
posted by cwest at 4:44 AM on January 15, 2015 [2 favorites]


If Don does die by the end of the series, I don't think he kills himself. When he pitches the ad to the Hawaii hotel, he doesn't even see it as suggesting suicide (while Stan does, and loves it!). He always thinks first about running away and starting over.
posted by drezdn at 8:36 AM on January 15, 2015


I would truly be surprised if Don dies by the end of the series. By the end of this season Don has died to himself , he can no longer continue as the man he is, and then Weiner resurrects him in the first half of season seven. I guess a better word is shocked. I would be shocked if Don actually dies.
posted by cwest at 3:43 PM on January 15, 2015 [3 favorites]


Interestingly, I just watched Fantasia, and the narrator makes a point that The Nutcracker was a second-rate, lesser known piece, not commonly performed.

PFC Dinkins asked Don if he was an astronaut. That's the second time he has been asked that question. The first time being in the episode "The Jet Set."

Will he die at his desk, like the other 'astronaut' in the series?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:12 PM on January 15, 2015 [2 favorites]


It is only on this rewatch that I realize that Stan+hair is the same guy as Stan-hair last season....the first time around, I did not make the connection. I also got confused about Abe...in my memory, Peggy has had more boyfriends than in reality, but I now see, it is just the same guy looking drastically different..
posted by Tandem Affinity at 7:18 PM on January 31, 2015 [1 favorite]


Peggy on the phone with Ted's pastor cracked me up. "This is Peggy Olson, and I'm calling about the Super Bowl. ... I don't know, I think it's going to be Oakland or Houston against Green Bay. ... And also with you."

Nice return of the Kodak Carousel (hearkening back to the season 1 closer) when Megan is showing the Hawaii slides.

It just warms my heart that Peggy and Stan still have late night chats when they're both still burning the midnight oil. No wonder so many of us are shipping them.
posted by ChrisTN at 7:33 AM on March 19, 2015 [3 favorites]


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