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Mad Men 3.3: Roger goes blackface, Joan rocks the accordion, Peggy gets high and Sally Draper continues on the road to prison

Sally Draper: Future Criminal.

Is there any doubt now?

She drinks, smokes, lies, and now steals money from family members.

Okay, it was only 5 bucks, but still, her road to ruin is clear and has been well-documented.

And we’ve got a police cruiser showing up at the Draper household next week, as Sally deviously pets a stuffed animal on the porch.

With murder in her eyes.

Yes, it’s clear, and I’ll be the first to say it…

Little SallyDraper is going to kill Grandpa Gene.

Just look at this monster-in-the-wings…

Sally Draper: future criminal

Sally Draper: future criminal

The only question now is how?  Let us know your theory in the comments below.

But she’s not the only character this week who lapsed into Holy Shit Land.

We’ll get to Roger Sterling in blackface in a minute.

Apparently, Paul Kinsey’s college buddy (“Princeton, class of ’55”) is none other than Patrick Bateman of American Psycho fame…

Do you like Huey Lew-, I mean, grass?

Do you like Huey Lew-, I mean, grass?

But I guess I’m not the only guy to notice the resemblance, like the actor himself, Miles Fisher, who produced his own music video in which he plays Christian Bale and re-enacts scenes from American Psycho!

(btw, that video is not safe for work)

So did the producers give the actor the greenlight to just “do Patrick Bateman” in the episode?  I wonder.

Oddly, Miles Fisher (he gained fame doing the impression of Tom Cruise and his Scientology rant) is not listed in the imdb cast list for this episode; maybe because he is actually an axe murderer in real life.

No, that’s Sally Draper.  But I digress.

The POINT is…his character Jeffrey delivered some mary-jane to Paul and Smitty and they smoked it up (in big-headed Harry Crane’s office?) and then were joined by…Peggy.

Peggy getting high and then putting her new, matriarchal secretary in her place…just continued Peggy’s ascent to awesomeness.

But who wants to see Peggy and Smitty get together? How cute would they be as a couple?

They’re about the same size, and he’s already a beatnik and she’s obviously willing to go there…

EVIDENCE THAT PEGGY OLSEN IS ON
THE ROAD TO BEATNIK-DOM…

  1. casual sex
  2. weed
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. gay guy friend who does her hair
  5. drink of choice…COFFEE

Hello?!!!

Maybe Peggy will become the first female CEO to own an espresso joint in the village?  I sure hope so (fingers crossed).

Okay, time for an odd moment that stuck out for me since it felt like a break from the ‘reality’ of the Mad Men dramatic world: Joan’s song.

Vamp's got a squeezebox.

Cue playback!

The scene was a great idea and furthers the development of her marriage to The Rapist, but the sound of her obviously over-dubbed singing voice made it seem like one of those musical numbers that suddenly pop up in an old movie with Martin and Lewis, or the Three Stooges.  So it pulled me out for a second.

But, like everything else on this show…I will no doubt come to love it with my inevitable 4-5 more viewings.

And now, without further adieu…

Roger in blackface.

Definitely one of the biggest Holy Shit moments in Mad Men history.

And it really threw me as to why they would go there.  Had they run out of ways for their characters to be racist?

But I realized that what’s brilliant about this scene is that in case there was anyone out there who still liked Roger, or at least didn’t think he was (in Don’s words) “foolish”…they sure do now!  There’s just NO way to sympathize with him now.

Oh, mammy, please don't give me that inevitable third heart attack.

Yeah, he's really doing this.

This it top-notch buffoonery at its best, and we all know who’s the buffoon — a guy willing to dive into a wall, laughing all the way, convinced it’s a great idea.

Should we prep the E.R. now for Roger’s next, and possibly, last visit after one more run-in with a tray full of martinis?

So the Al Jolson impression sets up the confrontation between Don and Roger that they’ve been presaging since the beginning of this season, which in turn sets up a bittersweet ending to the episode — Don sees Roger and Jane having an intimate dance, and (in my interpretation) Don decides to let Roger have his “happiness” and to mind his own business.  Don has his woman, and she’s a great one that he should appreciate.

So Don and Betty kiss.  They, like us, know that this will not ward off all the demons coming down the road or make up for past mistakes but, for one moment, all is right with the world and the future looks bright.

Fade Out.

Oh, wait, THIS JUST IN! I just got off the phone with the Mad Men writer’s room and they’ve leaked the method that Sally will off Grandpa Gene…

Now THAT's a decline of the Roman Empire!

Image last seen in Sally Draper's diary.

Tune in next week and I promise you someone will die.

-Dan Draper, Jr.

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