Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Re-watching ‘Mad Men’: S2/Ep8, “A Night to Remember”

A workmanlike and generally forgettable episode that basically just moves the ball down the field a ways toward Betty and Don’s eventual separation. Otherwise, I didn’t particularly care for the Peggy/priest storyline originally and it still doesn’t do anything for me. Joan’s work with Harry reading TV scripts is a nice bit of long-range foreshadowing, though, on how she will eventually take a bigger role in the company.

Best Scenes: The series between Betty and Don where she is confronting him about his affair with Bobbie Barrett is the only real reason to go back to this episode. Don is in full-on denial mode; despite his bravado, Betty sees right through him, reducing him to pathetic lines like, “Jimmy Barrett is a big mouth.”

Best Line: Betty to Don: “I would never do this to you. How could you do this to me?”

Grade: C-