Mad Men

Season 4 Episode 6

Waldorf Stories

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 29, 2010 on AMC

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  • Fantastic episode! Easily in the top 10 episodes ever! We see flashbacks of a younger Don Draper and Roger Sterling when they first meet.

    Don along with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce gets nominated for an advertising award for creative direction. The office are all very pleased with the award nomination. Eventually, they win and Roger, Joany and Don are over the moon. For the episode, we see a different side of mr. draper when he celebrates and has a tad way to much to drink. He starts to sleep in to the late hours of the day, and we see how his constant heavy drinking affects the way he behaves. He forgets to pick up his kids and Betty also becomes upset.

    Throughout the episode, we see from Roger's mind how he first met Don in a fur coat shop many years ago. In a much earlier episode, Sterling did say i met don in a fur coat shop and until now we never heard from it again. The flashbacks made the episode both exciting and interesting.

    Overall an outstanding episode that should keep you entertained the entire way through.
  • A Night At The Clios: A Don Draper Story

    Don is nominated for a Clio and happens to win while Roger composes his memoirs on tape and we see how he discovered Don in the first place before Mad Men started. Seeing the parallels in this episode, particularly between Roger and Don, and how similar they are and drunkenly being unable to remember hiring someone was found in the moment when Roger gives him his reward back that he left at the bar. Really big mistake if Don hadn't hired the guy and had found out about Don using his slogan but Peggy and Rizzo in the hotel room showed her strength and willingness to put up with crap that men have her put up with. Overall fantastic episode but I find myself worried oh so much about Don's fragile sanity at this point and how easy it would be for it to slip away.
  • Don wins an award and has a lost weekend. Pete revels in his status, and Peggy asserts her sexuality.

    The whole episode dealt with power (a frequent theme). Peggy is again being felt slighted by Don, who ignores her contributions to the ad that wins a Cleo. At the start of the episode, she is an "equal" of sorts, being in a meeting to hire a new creative guy. He is a nebbish no-talent that got an interview because he is Jane's cousin. Both her and Don reject him and Don laughs about it to Roger, calling it a nice joke he pulled.

    The whole award storyline coincides with it being emmy award time. (all the actors got shut out even though the show won again) Don is high after winning a Cleo, and this again leads him to make unfortunate decisions. He picks up multiple women and forgets whom he is with, and pitches a client while drunk. He uses a tagline that the nebbish guy floated, which he forgets while drunk, leading him to be forced to hire him.

    This story is similar to a rare flashback where we see how Don got his foot in the door. It mirrors the nebbish guy as Don basically kissed Roger's butt and took advantage of him being drunk to get a job. The difference between them is that Don scheemed the job from Roger by taking advantage of Roger's drunkeness, where Jane's nephew got the job by chance. Roger wanted credit for "finding Don", but we see he did no such thing, he brushed Don off repeatedly and Don only got the job because Don told him he hired him, and Roger couldn't contradict it.

    Back in the day, Roger was the world beater and we learn he was "roaming" Joan's hillsides for a long time. The question is left open as to whether Don just did the same thing.

    Peggy and Pete both assert themselves over their adversaries too. Peggy collars the new art guy by going au natural and calling his hedonistic bluff in the funniest story of the episode, while Pete lords over Ken with his partner status. Great line by Ken saying "I can see nothing has changed". Although Pete is portrayed as more competent this season, he still is the same guy.

    Great scene that ties into the theme is both Don and Roger holding Joan's hands before the winner is anounced. A real passing the torch moment. Joan seems to be tired of Roger, which will crush the people hoping for a Roger/Joan love match. Roger is doing his memoirs (which are delibertly portrayed as boring) and the whole season is dealing with his being put out to pasture.

    Pete, Lane and Don are the firm and Lane basically tells Pete Roger is old news. Pete is accounts and he needs young hungry people like Ken to help with the load. It was the most stark scene yet that Cooper and Sterling are being put to pasture. Don is Sterling when he started and Pete and Peggy are the future, with the caveat that nebby guy may rise past Peggy in the male dominated world of the 60's.

    Finally, Don is again out of control, picking up girls he doesn't even know their names (thank god for nametags) and is forced to hire a guy he despised (like Roger with Don) because of his alcohol abuse. He hit on the researcher, who rejected him, but her touching and straightening his tie shows us she is interested, just not when he is drunk. Good money is still on her prediction for Don is true, he will be married, to her.
  • Uncharacteristic of Don, nevertheless a good hour of entertainment..

    There is one definite trend I am seeing in this season of Mad Men, which is the storylines are moving away from the usual artistic television to something more mainstream. The story telling was simply fantastic this time, and things move so fast that an hour seems more like 20 odd minutes.

    There was a lot of compare, contrast, and reminisce this time. Set against the background of Don going on something like a drug induced high after winning the Clio, the episode brought back some interesting flashbacks, much like the Dick Whitman flashbacks we had a couple of seasons back. We essential get to learn that Don had actually conned his way into Sterling Cooper. In fact, this was the last scene of the episode. And this was the scene that put the first interview scene into perspective. At some level, Don and the 24-year old guy had one thing in common - a reason to get into the building. Nice episode.
  • 8/29

    A good hour of television here that was almost a break from what this show was doing recently. The award show, the new employee, it was all refreshing to the dreary treading along that the people on Madison Avenue had been going through the past few weeks. I know that I'll be saying, "Life cereal, the cure for the common breakfast," for days before I can get it out of my head.

    This show will never be as good as the critics will lead you to believe, but I was fascinated by this hour of TV. It was really good, Matt Weiner delivered here.
  • Lost moments, lost pride

    Perhaps the most interesting thing to emerge out of this episode is the revelation that Don Draper was effectively hired by Sterling Cooper because Roger was drunk. It's not only easy to believe, given what we know of Roger's history, but it goes a long way towards explaining the uneasy relationship between the two men over the course of the series.

    Of course, the point was to draw certain important parallels. Roger's influence has been on the wane for quite some time, and as Lane noted in his conversation with Pete, many of the partners are seeing Roger as a liability. So it's telling that Don is effectively following in Roger's footsteps. Combined with his embarrassing performance at the meeting over the Life ads, and Don is all but squandering whatever goodwill might remain among his colleagues.

    It feels more and more like the transformation of society taking place in the background is preparation for similar tumultuous change within the agency. Lane appears ready to stage a bit of a coup, and he's lining up allies. The question is: will Don be a part of the new regime, or will he find himself on the outside looking in, a liability rather than the reason the agency exists? If he continues to sap away the goodwill of his former acolytes, then there's no telling where his self-destructive journey may end.

    Pete and Peggy are both displaying the kind of drive and purpose that breeds success, and they would ostensibly be on Lane's side. But like so many of the people in the agency, Don knows a lot about their personal failings and past history. If they try to push him out, would he salt the earth on his way out the door? Or would he use all that information to force them to keep him around? It could get very, very ugly.

    There's little doubt that Don Draper is still disintegrating. The question now is whether or not the agency will come crashing down with him, or provide the new paradigm for his redemption. At the rate things are progressing, we may not know for another season or two.
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