Shortish post this week. I wasn’t blown away by this episode; some nice moments but also some really clunky ones.
The writing felt very “on the nose” in several spots, and directing-wise, there were two techniques that reminded me more of The Sopranos than Mad Men: the quick-cut shot of Sally Draper wiping the blood on her cheek and Betty’s dream sequences.
Let’s hope Matt Weiner doesn’t throw in another “convenient” car crash and continue to Sopranos it up.
Staff Writer Kater Gordon got her first solo Written By credit on this episode (from the looks of imdb, she was a writer’s assistant until last season’s finale, “Meditations in an Emergency,” which she co-wrote with Weiner, the big dog) but I can’t say I’m currently a fan of hers, with dialogue like this…
Dennis the prison guard’s line about not bringing his work home with him felt too contemporary and obvious. Then later, he says: “I’m gonna be a better man…Tell me you heard me.” Nice moment and a fine performance by character actor Matt Bushell — I just wish the dialogue got a polish.
Don: “Our worst fears are in anticipation.” Recycled line! Why doesn’t Don just wear a t-shirt with these words printed on it?
Betty: “My water never breaks.” Uhh…what now?
The elevator scene with Pete and Hollis, ugh! Pete’s line about everyone having the American Dream. Hollis’ response of “There’s more important things to worry about right now than TV” and “Every job has its ups and downs.” (They’re in an elevator, get it?!)
Ken: “What time is it? What time isn’t it?”
Roger: “I should drop-kick you off the roof!” (Even Roger can’t think of a better line than that?)
Betty’s mom: “You see what happens to people who speak up?”
Peggy: “You have everything. And so much of it.”
With that said, we got a couple gems…
Pete: “Two months at Grey, you’re already having a nosh?”
And from one of Betty’s dream sequences…
Gene: “You’re a housecat: you’re very important and you have little to do.”
Oh, Gene, you chiding old palooka!
On that note, some visuals for ya’s, brought to you by the toolbar button on Photoshop that creates thought bubbles that I discovered at 1 A.M. last night…
There’s a lot of stuff I liked this week, but unfortunately I need to get back to the (cough) day job, and snark always wins out over praise when you’re dealing with the Internets. So I hope you enjoyed this diversion, and maybe I’ll get back here soon to add some kudos.
Meantime, fire away with comments!