We are still in the middle of ogling Don and watching Joan stumble her way through the episodes, how is it possible she makes red hair look so sexy, judging Pete and maybe sometimes wishing that Peggy would just disappear. Mad Men was in the beginning mainly about sex, some drugs and a lot of advertising. Has it really changed that much? There is still a lot of day time drinking, smoking and sexy times. So let’s have a look why we should continue watching. (It might surprise you)
– You expect that this show is charged with testosterone laden masculine writers, right? You can imagine them sitting around a huge table ordering around a female assistant/secretary. Just like it is on the show. Well think again: seven out of nine writers are ladies! Such a good thing to hear and it shows that they have a vivid imagination. Did they write this in the script just to poke fun at it:
” Pete Campbell: A man like you I’d follow into combat blindfolded, and I wouldn’t be the first. Am I right, buddy?Don Draper: Let’s take it a little slower. I don’t want to wake up pregnant.”
– A rather disturbing fact: during the episode named “Dark Shadows” there was a dense toxic fog. Megan tells Don, “The radio
said there’s a smog emergency. The air’s toxic. I don’t want that in here.” The shows creator was thinking more about symbolism and a bit less about the actual facts. But truth be told this fog actually did take place. It caused a lot of problems for the New Yorkers during that time. It was on November 24th , 1953 and the smog killed between 169 and 400 people that year.
– Do you remember Freddy Rumsen? The character who helps Peggy out a lot but is also a bit of a drag. Because he drinks too much and at one point relieves himself in his pants. After that there is no place for him at the office alongside Don. The remarkable fact is that Freddy, or Joel in real life, is Bill Murray’s brother. Just for fun go back to the episodes he’s in and see the resemblance.
– Every episode is filmed in New York, right? Not really. Only the pilot was filmed there everything else has been filmed in sunny LA. This is not unusual. It would have been quite remarkable if they had filmed in NY, because it would have made the serie that much more expensive and it already costs a great deal. (At the moment it costs $2.84 million per episode.)
– Do you remember the time that Pete and Peggy did something naughty and a baby was the result? Whatever happened to it? The show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, had the following to say “I mislead the audience all over the place, and that’s the fun of the show. I give out little bits of information at a time and then play on that,” he said. But was he clear about the fact that Peggy’s sister is not raising Peggy’s son. He said the child was given up for adoption.
– Pete Campell, the actor, in real life is some what of an odd duck. He said the following about his living situation: “I have been in a slow process of selling and giving away everything I own. Like, I don’t have a toilet at the moment. My house is just a wooden box. I mean I am planning to get a toilet at some point. But for now I have to go to the neighbours. I threw it all out.”
– Fun Draperism: In March, 1960 Don Draper says “It’s not like there’s a magic machine that makes identical copies of things.” The Xerox copier was introduced in 1959.
What is your favorite Draperism? Let’s wait and see what Mister Weiner and his writing girls have in store for us next week.
By Georgina Pijttersen