Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mad Men Season 5 Epi 12 Commissions and Fees

Tonight's episode, Commissions and Fees, was all about things coming home to roost. Most importantly for Lane. I was so hoping when he couldn't get the Jaguar to start that he would think better of his plan. But then to have him shown so gruesomely strangled. Sad Sad Sad.

I had a hard time swallowing Don telling Lane that he could no longer trust him, after telling one lie. Don the king of lies couldn't give him a second chance. He could have let it slide the way Cooper let Don's lying about his entire identity slide. 

This whole thing reminded me so much of Don's interaction with his brother. He also begged Don to help him and Don said no and threw money at the problem. Don gets the exact same result both times, someone hanging themselves. He is devastated by both incidence.

Oddly he also ends up driving someone at the end of both episodes. After his brother's death he drives "The Teachers" epileptic brother to a new job as a janitor. But ends up letting him out just outside of Ossining, since he really doesn't want to go to the job and thinks his life is just an inevitable disaster. This time however when he finds himself having more or less the same conversation with Sally's friend Glen, Don tries to give him something to make things better. Letting Glen drive, take control of his life at some level. Even if things go badly sometimes, sometimes you get exactly what you want at the most unlikely time.

Loved Don's conversation with Roger about going for bigger fish. He has finally woken up. Further when Roger meets with Ken and Ken works it to his advantage that they are going after Dow Chemical. Ken sticks the knife in Pete and turns it. He is ambitious after all. Though he wants no part of the dirty work of being a partner.

Now on to Sally, the new women. I love her relationship with Glen. They are confidants. I see them growing old best friends. I can't wait till she tells him why she had to run out on him at the museum. I guess the show probably won't run till she's an adult, so we may not see that one. She's going to have to come up with a good lie to cover this one until then.

Betty did rise to the occasion when Sally came home. I think she loves being needed. She knows now that no matter how shrill Sally is being, when things get really bad she will come running to her. Sally could have gone to Megan with her questions, but she took a cab and came home to momma. You know Betty loved telling Megan Sally just needed her mother.

This and That

Don's "Or do you want me to leave, so you can do whatever you want."

Don "What is happiness? It's a moment before you need more happiness." This is why Don is never happy.

Roger's enlightenment "wore off"

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