Monday, November 2, 2009

Review - Mad Men Season 3 Episode 12 The Grown-Ups

I have a fever right now, so my head is throbbing and I can't think clearly, so I'm not sure if I can even write a cogent opinion on the episode. I fell asleep like 5 times while watching the episode and for the first half of the episode, I barely have any clue what went on. It's been years since I've been actually sick and it's really unpleasant to watch TV and think at the same time.

JFK's assassination is a certainly a difficult topic to broach and Mad Men did it quite well. Being such an important event in American history, the death should have been focused on and I think it would be irresponsible if it wasn't.

As expected there were a number of reactions, most of them of distraught. Pete actually acts more mature than the other characters, realizing he doesn't have to go to the wedding, and Trudy supports him in this.

Roger continues with the wedding and thankfully doesn't say anything inappropriate. As Joan realizes, there is more to him than his often childish exterior. When I saw Roger pickup the phone, I knew there was only one person he could call -- Joan. Whether they are meant to be with each other, I doubt that would ever happen.

Betty seems to have had a change of heart from the end of the last episode to this one. She declares at the end of the 'The Grown-Ups' that she doesn't love Don anymore. I'm guessing the catalyst for this was the arrival of Henry Francis at the wedding and his proposal to her. What Betty does next will irrevocably alter the path of the show. Mad Men has flirted with the idea of splitting them up, but I think after three seasons, there has to be a final decision on this.

Score: 9.7/10


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