Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mad Men spoiler alert

So yes, I'm paternally happy* to learn that, unless the Mad Men writers have made a very uncharacteristic error, Don lied to Megan when he said his extra marital interactions with Andrea dated to 1960, and that the games they played were sins against his first wife, not his second.

*What the hell does 'paternally happy' mean? Google returns it as a common phrase (notably Google Books returns it, too) and my brain tells me it means something on the order of "very happy" but "paternally" relates to fatherhood. So it would seem the phrase once meant something like "busting with fatherly pride and joy" like that bulldog on Tom and Jerry? (hahahaha That's my boy) Is that what it still means? And can I be that kind of happy about a Mad Men clue?**

To recap: Andrea visited our hero twice in Sunday night's episode. Though the jury is out on the first visit, the second was definitely a mad, fever induced hallucination. (Unless sweet ray of sunshine Megan hid the body and convinced Don that he dreamt the murder. This is a crazy theory.)

During the dream visit, Andrea reminded Don of a tryst on the Lincoln Center loading dock while his wife waited inside. Only, (strike one) Lincoln Center didn't open until 1962*, (strike two) the New York City Opera only started performances there in 1964, and (strike three) the Metropolitan Opera did not begin performances at Lincoln Center until 1966, the year the episode takes place.

*We can thank Slate for the history. Also, does Andrea specifically say that they played patty-cake during an opera performance? I can't recall, and can't find it online. Not that it matters, as the complex didn't exist in 1960, which is when Don says he and Andrea hooked up.

So, is the whole Lincoln Center thing part of Don's dream? Does it have some kind of weird symbolism, and no connection to reality? Or is the Donster feeling guilty about something nasty from his recent past?

** I'm happy about this development for all sorts of reasons, but let's leave at this: Mad Men just got really interesting again.

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