Monday, August 04, 2014

Re-watching ‘Mad Men’: S1/Ep4, “New Amsterdam”

This episode is a bit scattershot for the first half hour, but the final 15 minutes lock in to save it as the rivalry between Don and Pete intensifies, while the rivalry between Don and Roger begins. After attempting to fire Pete, Don gets an education from Bert Cooper in the politics of money, name recognition, and power in New York. In the meantime, we get our first look at life outside the office for Pete, who is caught between two sets of domineering parents, his sugary-but-demanding wife, and his own lack of confidence. Not a memorable episode, but one that makes some important advances in the overall arc of the season and the series.

Best Scene: Well, maybe not “best,” but certainly creepiest and most memorable—Glen opens the bathroom door while Betty is using the toilet, then later asks for a lock of her hair. It’s the beginning of a long, strange, twisted relationship between Glen and the Draper women.

Best Line: Roger: “My generation, we drink because it’s good. Because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar. Because we deserve it. We drink because it’s what men do.”

Grade: B-

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