Mad Men

Season 1 Episode 2

Ladies Room

10
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 26, 2007 on AMC
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8.4
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  • Boys will be boys.

    10
    We see in this episode the new aerosol can of Right Guard. Let's sell it boys and they start carrousing like 12 year olds.

    We are seeing character development in this episode. Don's psyche is slowly being revealed (ever so slowly, he is rather reserved). We also see Don's wife and that she seems to have a nervous condition. What from?....off to the psychologist she goes...and who gets a report of it at the end. So much for patient doctor privilege.

    Joan the bombshell shows Peggy how to get the boys to buy them lunch. But all the flirtations that have to be cast aside. Peggy has conflict too. Is she a good girl or bad..or a little of both?

    I have a lot of hope for this show. Stay tuned..
  • Don is forced to write an ad for spray deodorants and Peggy deals with the men of the office

    8.2
    The second episode of Mad Men moves just as slow as the premiere episode, and it's a good thing I have an incredible amount of patience because this show seems to be all about building up the suspense, even if it takes up to ten episodes or so. The events in the episode can be split into three different sections: Don Draper and his creative team have to come up with an advertisement for a new spray deodorant. Meanwhile, Betty Draper, his wife who actually gets more than one scene here, begins seeing a psychiatrist. There's also Peggy Olsen, the new security, who has to deal with the men of the office who want to sleep with her.

    The episode is extremely methodical and slow, yet it helps us understand the characters even more. In just two episodes, we can begin understanding the characters as if we have known them for a long time. Even minor characters such as Paul Kinsey, the guy giving Peggy a tour, has a sort of personality that lacks in most other TV dramas.

    I'm particularly interested in Betty Draper's psychiatrist visit and how it connects to her life. It's pretty slimy of Don to be spying on her visits to the doctor, but I think it speaks to the role of men in the society as a whole. The show captures this period of time remarkably well, much better than I originally thought. Perhaps that's why it seems so boring to some people.. the 60's advertising agency wasn't the most exciting thing going on during the decade, but with a little bit of slow moving story comes a blooming of character and complications.

    I have high hopes that the season will continue to get better as time goes on.
  • What Women Want.

    7.0
    Emphasis still lies heavily on Draper, but this time round, it's Betty's turn to take the spotlight. After an admittedly ho-hum pilot, 'Ladies Room' establishes the politics of the office, lunch-time and continues to develop this sexualized, manipulative dance routine between both sexes, something I enjoyed much more here than the pilot.

    There's an emotional hook to this episode, a pivotal ingredient the pilot simply lacked, and that's mostly down to the character of Betty Draper, played magnificently by the very stunning January Jones. Her situation is frustratingly compelling; she's a strong woman who desperately wants out of her, funnily enough, Betty Crocker lifestyle; cooking is all Don thinks she's good at, and she knows this.

    Don, here, is portrayed in a rather despicable light. Of course his actions are considered norm of the time, well, most of them, anyways. At the beginning of the episode Betty is told she must find it easy to hold onto a man like Don, when in fact it's quite the opposite and, again, Betty knows this. Her tremulous hands are obviously a manifestation of her unhappiness at home and it is moments where Don highlights that she has a lovely home, diamonds and plenty of money keeping her safe that the true potential of this show shines through, it's telling of the time, and unfortunately such a mindset still exists today. But money cannot buy you love.

    Peggy is still the fresh meat on the block; there's a hint of jealousy to be found in Joan's reaction when Peggy stresses she can't take a step without someone checking her out. Joan is clearly the lioness of the office, and I can see Joan attempting to tarnish Peggy's image in future episodes. While a lot of this episode demeans women, there's equal screen time allowed to highlight the females of the series are certainly deadlier than the males.

    Overall, a marked improvement over the pilot. Don, as a character, still has a long way to go, although the writers are already breaking him down, but he's still far from likeable. He's channeling his own guilt into his job – he's clearly attempting to find out what his female counterparts desire and this is manifesting in his work. He cares for his wife, but he's more so her warden than a husband at this point in the game. I hope Joan and Betty make each other's acquaintance so Betty can take a few pages out of Joan's book.
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