Mad Men: At the Codfish Ball   Rewatch 
December 17, 2014 12:46 PM - Season 5, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Megan has visitors. Abe takes Peggy to dinner.
posted by drezdn (14 comments total)
 
I'm trying to decide whether or not Megan's dad was actively trying to sabotage her relationship with Don by needling her about following her dreams.
posted by drezdn at 12:48 PM on December 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


This is also the title of a Shirley Temple song performed in Captain January.
posted by brujita at 2:58 PM on December 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


[Side note, just because I'm obsessing and planning out the rest of my year: are we still going to follow the original plan to take the last couple weeks of the year off from our rewatch? Thanks. Now, back to your regularly scheduled discussion.]
posted by ChrisTN at 7:07 PM on December 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


Sally knows just what to say. 'Tripped on one of Bobby's toys," hah.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:16 PM on December 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


This picture from Sepinwall's review Is another of those iconic shots.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:00 PM on December 17, 2014 [2 favorites]


I forgot we decided that, ChrisTN. (And thanks drezdn for posting today - the morning got away from me!)

I'm all for modifying the schedule to keep posting during the holidays. I'll be off work for a couple weeks and would love to get caught up!
posted by Sweetie Darling at 8:05 PM on December 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm all for modifying the schedule to keep posting during the holidays.

Yes, if it's o.k. with ChrisTN and everyone else, I would prefer to keep posting. If we stop it may be hard for some people to get started again (for example, me).
posted by cwest at 3:54 PM on December 18, 2014


I'm trying to decide whether or not Megan's dad was actively trying to sabotage her relationship with Don by needling her about following her dreams.

I tend to think it was yes and no. Yes, Emile doesn't like Don. Don stands for everything Emile is against. And then no, because Emile seemed to be genuinely concerned about his daughter not following her dream, not pursuing what truly makes her happy (which turns out to be acting). Emile might be able to tolerate Don if he felt that his daughter was living up to her potential. Emile has mixed feelings, so he's somewhere in the middle I suppose.
posted by cwest at 4:02 PM on December 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


This picture from Sepinwall's review Is another of those iconic shots.

Profound disillusionment at that table.
posted by cwest at 4:04 PM on December 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


There are so many great scenes in this episode.

Peggy seeking Joan's advice. Poor Peggy, she looked so hopeful and happy when she arrived at the dinner with Abe. She even bought a new dress. Is that the first time we have seen Peggy wear pink? And then again Peggy and Joan meeting in the little break area. Joan gave Peggy her full support and even said, "I think you're brave." Peggy didn't expect that from Joan and Peggy looked so surprised and pleased.
posted by cwest at 4:14 PM on December 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


The tagline for the pitch, "Heinz beans, some things never change," could easily be, "Mad Men, some things never change." As often as people keep repeating themselves, especially their mistakes, throughout the show.

Emile: "Don, there is nothing you can do. No matter what, one day your little girl will spread her legs and fly away." Megan: "'Wings,' Daddy." And Roger in the background laughing his ass off.

Roger: "He's at Dow Corning. They make beautiful dishes, glassware, napalm."

Sally: "Go get 'em, Tiger!"

Katherine Olson: "You know what your Aunt used to say? 'You're lonely, get a cat.' They live 13 years, then you get another one and another one after that. Then you're done." Later on in the show, we will see Peggy sitting on her couch with a cat.
posted by cwest at 4:29 PM on December 18, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yes, if it's o.k. with ChrisTN and everyone else, I would prefer to keep posting. If we stop it may be hard for some people to get started again (for example, me).

It's peachy with me. If I end up taking some time away, I'll catch up with y'all on the flip side.
posted by ChrisTN at 7:38 PM on December 18, 2014


I'm game either way.
posted by drezdn at 5:51 AM on December 19, 2014


The hat that Megan is wearing when she comes back from shopping is easily in my top 5 Megan outfits.

I love that Joan gives Peggy the permission/support that she needs to feel okay about moving in with Abe, especially when Peggy doesn't get it from her mother.
posted by donajo at 7:08 PM on January 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


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