Mad Men: The Gypsy and the Hobo   Rewatch 
October 5, 2014 2:23 PM - Season 3, Episode 11 - Subscribe

A former client returns to Sterling Cooper. Betty takes the kids on a trip. Joan and Greg plan for their future.
posted by Sweetie Darling (6 comments total)
 
It's so weird to think of Roger in Paris in the 1930s, a la Hemingway* or Casablanca. In fact, I can't imagine a young Roger at all. I'm pretty sure he was born in a gray three-piece suit.

Is this the one time in the series that when confronted with his past, Don doesn't try to run? Or at least think about running? I mean, it would've been so easy, he's got Suzanne out in the car waiting for him...

* I realize, as was pointed out in the episode, Hemingway's time in Paris was in the 1920s.
posted by donajo at 9:33 AM on October 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


There's definitely a moment where he thinks about it, as he walks from the office into the kitchen, shell-shocked. But as Weiner said in the commentary, this is a man who's had an atomic bomb go off in his life; he doesn't know what to do and probably doesn't remember there's someone waiting for him in the car.

This episode, and the next two, are arguably the best of the series. Anyone who says that January Jones can't act (and I've been one of them) should watch them. And Jon Hamm, my goodness ...
posted by Sweetie Darling at 1:35 PM on October 6, 2014


I have this theory that you can decode at least half the show's themes via scarf imagery.
posted by The Whelk at 5:04 PM on October 6, 2014


Interesting theory. Tom & Lorenzo didn't start doing Mad Style for individual episodes until S4, but they've definitely been able to see themes in Janie Bryant's wardrobe choices.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 5:19 PM on October 6, 2014


Scarves have this unusually high import for female characters on this show, a matrony scarf, a luxurious Herme, the headscarf of both gupsys ( read, actors) and married women.

It's an interesting through line, if only cause scarves are still associated with old fashionness.
posted by The Whelk at 5:21 PM on October 6, 2014


It's so weird to think of Roger in Paris in the 1930s, a la Hemingway* or Casablanca. In fact, I can't imagine a young Roger at all. I'm pretty sure he was born in a gray three-piece suit.

Exactly. I enjoyed getting this particular back-story on Roger.

Joan helping Greg prepare for his interview:
Joan: "What experience have you had with psychiatry?"
Greg: "That's kind of personal."
Can you imagine Greg as a psychiatrist? Depressing and hilarious at the same time. Of course I doubt he would have ever made it through the program.

Roger: "You want to be on some people's minds. Some people's you don't."
Amen, Roger.

Peggy: "I can't turn it off. It's actually happening."
The sound Peggy. The SOUND.
posted by cwest at 11:18 PM on October 7, 2014 [3 favorites]


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