Mad Men

Season 5 Episode 13

The Phantom

8
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 10, 2012 on AMC
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  • LIFE IS LIKE A ROTTEN TOOTH

    Mad Men's Season 5 Finale: Avenue of Broken Dreams

    In "The Phantom" Don Draper’s persistent toothache became the physical manifestation of the season's underlying pain over lost dreams and the question of identity.

  • Episode Summary

    Opportunity is in the air for everyone and Pete meets a stranger on the train.

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    • Didn't understand the dream sequence

      5.0
      Obviously Don Draper is dreaming at some points of this episode. He sees his dead brother in an office and when he is gassed for his tooth. Before that, he strangles a woman who disappears. The last scence is fantasy like with You Only Live Twice (once in your dreams and once in reality) playing in the background and Emily and Don don't acknowledge that they know each other so I was confused.moreless
    • Changes for next season.

      7.0
      The season finale of 'Mad Men' was good. I've seen Megan getting her break in a commercial,Peggy trying to take it easy on her new job,and Roger buck naked after gettting high again.What's good about it is when they played "You Only Live Twice" at the end. What we need next season is more lines,quotes,and humor to affect the late 60's. We need men and women with longer hair and less of that clean-cut stiffness. We need more black characters. And references to Black millitancy,hippies,and vietnam to be more realistic. The show is coming to that time where the boiling point will be 1968. The time where Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy where killed. Oh,we need more music from the late '60 as closing themes.moreless
    • One of my favorite episodes!

      10
      I can't exactly place why, but I for some reason really loved this episode. SO glad that stupid Pete finally got what was coming for him. Can't stand him! Also glad that Megan finally got her chance to shine. I really hope that Peggy won't be off the show though! She (and Joan of course) are two of my favorite characters! I also thought that the end was interesting, how it rotated through most of the main characters (Roger standing at the window hehe) and how Don seems to be reverting back to his old ways. I'll miss my weekly trips to the '60s, and I can't wait for season 6!moreless
    • The Phantom

      6.5
      After some great episodes along the way this year, the season finale disappoints. The over the top directing at the end was really annoying, with the five partners staring out the window, and Don walking off the darkened set, it just came off as really phony.



      It had its moments, but they have destroyed the Pete character beyond repair, and no more Ed also is disappointing. Maybe the next season will build on this somehow, but I disagreed with a lot of what was done here.moreless
    • Finale? I need another episode.

      6.0
      I love Mad Men, but the season finale was a let down. I love Drunk Don and Happy Don, but this limbo Don is no fun. I hope the next season starts with a big bang.
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