Mad Men

Season 2 Episode 5

The New Girl

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 24, 2008 on AMC

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  • don gets into an accident, peggy bails him out, there is a new hot secretary and pete and his wife go to the doctor

    This show in general is not for everybody, and things do develop slowly. I think the show is basically a reflection of the mores and attitudes of the early sixties, and is not plot driven by any stretch. The most common complaint I see about Mad Men is nothing "happens". If you want plot twists and shocking stories, this isn't the show for you. The plot exists mainly to show how the characters react and how the times it is set in affect their reactions.

    This episode is a classic example. Don's DUI and crash mainly served to showcase the 60's casual attitude about DUI's and set up peggy having to bail him out of a jam. (although the cop's comment showed how the attitude towards DUI would change in the future) Pete's sperm test also shows the time as it was almost unthinkable that anything could be "wrong" with him, and when when the test came back showing he was alright, it was almost as an afterthought since that kind of thing was seen as the wife's problem back then, not the husbands. When he orderdd his wife to sit down and she meekly did, it also showed the times they were living in.

    The secretary also once again showed the blantant sexual harrassment of the times. The fact that almost all the men there hit on her without any fear of a reprisal was again a slice of life look at the early sixties.

    Therefore, I thought the episode was good as it was consistent with the theme of the show, which is to show how the early sixties were through the eyes of this ad agency.