Thursday, March 19, 2015

Re-watching ‘Mad Men’: S3/Ep4, “The Arrangements”

This episode is all about the relationships between parents and children, which shouldn’t be surprising since that’s one of the main themes of the series. The major occurrence is the death of Betty’s father, Gene, but we also get a look at Peggy and her mom, and a client whose son is trying to blow through his inheritance on a pipe dream. There isn’t anything wrong with this installment, but there isn’t anything memorable about it, either. Beyond the plot point of Gene’s death, it’s skippable.

Best Scene: On a show full of great actors, Kiernan Shipka doesn’t get enough credit for her portrayal of Sally Draper. Her work in this episode is outstanding, particularly her final scene when she lashes out in anger and frustration and sadness about the death of her grandfather.

Best Line: Don: “Don’t stop until you see the whites of his pockets.”

Grade: C