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January 4, 2015 7:01 AM - Season 5, Episode 12 - Subscribe

Don follows a surprising lead while Sally goes out.
posted by tracicle (10 comments total)
The look Lane gives Don when Don says "I've started over a few times... This is the hardest part." just screamed "It's easy for you Don, you have know idea how hard it is for me."
posted by drezdn at 6:29 AM on January 5, 2015 [3 favorites]

This episode really ties into two important themes of the series...

1) The inability to be happy... Don's speech to the Dow brass is almost a summary of why many of the Mad Men characters can't be happy. They have it all, but can't enjoy it, they want more.

2) Lack of Communication leading to larger problems... If Lane could have overcome his own programming and expressed to Don or even the other partners his tax problems, they might have been willing to help. In fact, Lane already knew that Don is willing to help people out with money as Lane was the only partner that knew that Don paid Pete's share.
posted by drezdn at 7:14 AM on January 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

The black comedy involving Lane and the Jaguar was sublime. Lane asks his wife how she paid for the car. Her reply: "I wrote a check." And of course, the Jaguar's legendary electrical system problems coming at just the right moment, or wrong moment, for poor Lane.

The inability to be happy... Don's speech to the Dow brass is almost a summary of why many of the Mad Men characters can't be happy.

posted by cwest at 5:30 PM on January 5, 2015 [3 favorites]

I always had a hard time buying into the events that lead to Lane's suicide. How is it plausible that Lane thinks he can forge a cheque and the other partners won't notice? I also can't see how Lane wouldn't think he could go to Don.
posted by dry white toast at 8:21 PM on January 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

Cooper's initiative in looking into the books is what reveals Lane.

A pity he doesn't have something better to do.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:40 PM on January 5, 2015

Cooper's initiative in looking into the books is what reveals Lane.

And Cooper wouldn't have checked the books if Jaguar wouldn't have asked for a different payment structure. If not for that, the only people that would have checked the books were Lane and maybe Joan.
posted by drezdn at 5:07 AM on January 6, 2015

Yeah, I can absolutely buy that Lane was desperate enough to do it and went through with it because it seemed fool-proof. He would have got away with it, if not for that pesky Jaguar!
posted by crossoverman at 6:15 PM on January 6, 2015

Also, Lane thought that they'd be getting bonuses soon enough, so at the time he forges the check it wouldn't have mattered. No one was going to go back and compare the dates to see that Lane's bonus came two weeks earlier than the rest.

It's also completely plausible to me that Lane's pride would keep him from asking the other partners or Don for a loan.
posted by donajo at 8:51 AM on January 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Everything about Jaguar is such an albatross around their necks that it could almost be too much of a symbol for the themes of the series as a whole, but instead it just totally works. They kill their personal relationships, prostitute Joan, lose one of their top creatives to a competitor, lose a partner to suicide (which the unreliable Jaguar failed to deliver on) and open themselves up to disadvantageous pay structures, for the prestige of a super-niche car. The phones are ringing, but their ringing for Pete Campbell (who has never been a more watchable character than in this season, but is still a horrible human being.)

I love that Kenny is staying out of Dow, except to demand that he be put on it anyway. And that Pete can't get a whiff of it.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:58 PM on December 27, 2016

Ken Cosgrove has always struck me as one of the canniest characters on this show, along with Peggy. My partner and I cracked up when Ken immediately saw the writing on the wall with Dow, and already had his position ready to stake out.
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