Thursday, May 16, 2013

==>>Mad Men Season 6 Episode 7 Full Episode<<==

==>>Mad Men Season 6 Episode 7 Full Episode<<==

Season 6, Episode 7: "Man with a Plan"

If a man's character can be judged by the way he treats women — and let's go ahead and assume that, to a large extent, it can — then it's pretty clear after this week's Mad Men which guys are good and which are kind of awful.

Let's start by talking about Don. It's not exactly breaking news that Don is a dick, even though he changed his identity so that no one would ever call him Dick again. (Irony!) Mad Men fans often ignore the fact that Don is a domineering, thoughtless weasel because: a) at times, like when he's being sweet to his daughter, he's endearing and empathetic; b) if we hated him constantly, we'd stop watching this show; and c) he's played by Jon Hamm, who is a total stud capable of improv-rapping the theme from Taxi and poking fun at the fact that his last name smacks of pork product. Who doesn't like Jon Hamm? No one on this earth. But Don Draper at this stage in season six: total, insufferable ASS.

As predicted in last week's recap, Don and Ted Chaogh are already jockeying for office domination less than five minutes into the merger of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and Cutler Gleason and Chaough. (New agency name, apparently: still TBD.) Don already seemed threatened by Ted, then got extra-threatened when Ted announced he has his own plane that he can pilot, at a moment's notice, to client meetings. Basically, in Don's stereotypically male mind, that moment was the equivalent of Ted declaring that his penis is way bigger than everyone else's, and that it also can fly across oceans.

Did Don respond to his sudden feelings of inadequacy and job insecurity by working even harder to prove himself and create positive energy with his new partners, the way a motivated, psychologically healthy person might? Pfffft, no. Instead he opted to become an evil mega-control freak, blaming Ted for conducting an extremely important margarine rap session in his absence, purposely getting Ted wasted, insulting Peggy when she rightly told him to move forward, and, most notably, demanding that his mistress act like the abused star of whatever dominant/submissive novel E.L. James is currently working on at some writer's retreat/sex dungeon.

He told Sylvia: "I want you to get undressed and get back into bed." And later: "You're going to wait there and you're not going to know when I'm coming back." And then: "Why would you think you're going anywhere? You work for me. You exist, in this room, for my pleasure. Don't ask any more questions. Take off your dress." Really, the guy was all charm. And yet for some reason, Sylvia totally played along with this garbage. As a woman who is opposed to sex slavery even when it does involve complimentary hot little red dresses from Saks, it was disappointing — and, honestly, a little unrealistic given what we know about her character — to watch her acquiesce to the Demands of Master Draper. Is every woman in this man's orbit always willing to strip down and clean his house or become a temporary shut-in? I tell you this much: Lindsay Weir would never have put up with that kind of shit, from Don Draper or Daniel Desario or any other dude whose initials involve two Ds. (Exhibit effin' A.)

As for Pete, a guy who steals chairs from women, throws blame at his clearly competent secretary, and utters such Mother's Day greeting card-ready gems as "My mother can go to hell. Ted Chaogh can fly her there"? Well, his response to both the merger and his mother's diminishing mental health were no surprise, though it's worth noting that he and Don are both finally equals in matters of self-doubt coupled with completely immature behavior. Congratulations, Pete. You're just as good as Don. Which is a nice way of saying: You're the worst.

But, hey, you know who's the best? Ted "I fly a prop plane" Chaogh. This guy gave a master class this week in what it means to be the most awesome boss ever. Those of you who manage staff: Let me save you the time you might have spent reading that book about leaning in or moving people's cheese and point you to the Ted Chaogh principles of excellent management.

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