Mad Men: A Little Kiss   Rewatch 
November 30, 2014 9:00 AM - Season 5, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Special 90 minute episode. Don gets a surprise. Pete and Roger butt heads. Joan clashes with a houseguest.

(this episode counts as both ep 1 & 2 of the season)
posted by tracicle (17 comments total)
Binge-watching, Megan going from secretary to wife to copy-writer is even more jarring.
posted by drezdn at 8:59 AM on December 1, 2014 [3 favorites]

"I'll be here for the rest of my life." Oh, Lane.
posted by drezdn at 9:10 AM on December 1, 2014 [5 favorites]

Peggy shows she's at least a level 15 baby-avoider.
posted by drezdn at 9:18 AM on December 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

Pete keeps the partners from not smoking. How long has he been a non-smoker?
posted by drezdn at 9:28 AM on December 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Ack... Pete kept the partners from smoking in his office.
posted by drezdn at 12:35 PM on December 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'm so behind but wanted to say I miss you all! Stupid new job.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 7:54 PM on December 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

One handwritten sign in the Y&R guys' window at the beginning of the episode, when the protesters are marching outside, reads: "You voted for Lindsay...see him." Who's the "Lindsay" in question? Is it a corruption of Lyndon Johnson?
posted by ChrisTN at 8:08 PM on December 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

drezdn, I admire your tenacity.

I remember it being a long wait for season 5 to begin. Season 4 ended in Oct. 2010 and season 5 began in Mar. 2012 with "A Little Kiss." Matt Weiner doesn't do fan service, but this one time I felt he indulged us to show his appreciation for MM fans being made to wait while he hammered out an agreement with AMC. He gave the MM fans a little kiss with this opener. I mean, the scenes of everyone at Don's surprise birthday party were fabulous. The band playing "The In Crowd." Megan's outfit. Everyone's clothes. And of course "Zou Bisou Bisou." Talk about an earworm; it was a week before that song left my brain.
posted by cwest at 9:19 PM on December 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

I forgot to mention Don's swanky new apartment. More fabulousness. What a relief after that dreary place he lived in during season 4.
posted by cwest at 9:36 PM on December 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

ChrisTN, I believe it's NYC mayor John Lindsay. At some point, Henry Francis becomes an adviser to Lindsay.
posted by cwest at 9:44 PM on December 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Thanks, cwest. I didn't know the reference.

And this was the season where everyone went crazy with the "Pete's gonna die" theories. Guess that didn't turn out like we thought.
posted by ChrisTN at 9:47 PM on December 1, 2014

Yes. I specifically remember this article from Salon.
posted by cwest at 12:29 AM on December 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

I love this shot from this episode.

I can't believe that Megan thought that birthday party was a good idea. Everyone who knows Don knew he wouldn't like it.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:07 PM on December 2, 2014 [3 favorites]

I love this shot from this episode.

Yeah. It's certainly better than the first shot we see of baby Kevin--his butt and scrot getting slathered with diaper rash cream.
posted by ChrisTN at 9:24 PM on December 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

I love, love, love the party scene. So many tiny, wonderful moment. Harry in a boa. The side-look that Jane gives Roger during his toast.

And I love that Peggy is still doing The Twist, 6 years after the first season. It's like how my mom, who would be about the same age as Sally, still does The Wave. It's the only dance she knows.
posted by donajo at 4:13 PM on December 7, 2014

Woo! Meredith is here!
posted by tracicle at 7:06 AM on December 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

I love Peggy's reaction when Megan says she's throwing Don a surprise party. "For Don"?
posted by luckynerd at 11:47 AM on December 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

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