Musings on the Mad Men Premiere

UPDATED… Now with quotes!

As many of you know, no doubt, Season 4 of Mad Men began last night.  Here in Texas, we had a premiere party with friends.  We started with the Season 3 finale at 8pm followed by the premiere at 9pm (one of my favorite things about living in the central time zone!).

Before I talk about the show, I’ll tell you about the party.  Of course, no Mad Men party would be complete without a selection of period cocktails (from the “Mad About Cocktails” menu which I think Chris got from the AMC website).  If Chris ever wants a lower stress job, he’d make a fantastic bartender.  The hit of the night was the Harpoon,* followed by one of my father’s favorites, the Old Fashioned (bourbon or rye, bitters, simple syrup, and cherries).  I did not go 60s and drink like a preggo fish but our friends sampled extensively from the list (there were 10 options).  I will, however, admit to a teeny tiny sip of the Harpoon, and look forward to enjoying one post-pregnancy ’cause it was yummy!

Now that everyone was liquored up, let’s talk about the show.  I think the thing the premiere confirmed for me more than anything else is my (growing) dislike of Betty’s character.  She’s so self-absorbed and holier-than-thou.  Don’t get me wrong, Don’s no saint, but she’s so manipulative and pathetic at the same time.  (Don’s a character you love, or at least want to love, kind of like Tony Soprano, but so much nicer to look at, and he never kills anyone.)

Anyway, the Draper kids don’t stand a chance.  I think Chris summed up  the Draper parenting style best when he said, “If there are ever plans for a Mad Men spin-off, Sally Draper in the disco era could prove very fertile ground.” New York magazine has a fantastic video compilation of Betty’s parenting wisdom.  And since she’s kicked Don out (mostly in favor of Carla, the nanny, and her new pseudo sugar-daddy hubby), she’s all they’ve got 90 percent of the time. If you don’t have the chance to watch, here are the highlights:

  • Go watch TV
  • Go bang your head against a wall!
  • What did I just say? You don’t listen!
  • What is wrong with you?
  • Freeze!
  • Go upstairs!

Where was CPS when you needed them? 😉  Betty’s lack of enthusiasm for mothering is staggering… I’m so glad not to live in an era where women feel compelled to have children because it’s “what society tells them to do,” which is why I assume that Betty married Don and popped out three kids.  (Of course, it’s all fictional so why I care is a whole ‘nother issue!)  In any case, watching Mad Men helps one begin to understand the people and parenting that got brought us the “me” generation.

As for the rest of the story, it was fun to see Don adapt to the needs of the new Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  We’re looking forward to seeing where 1965 takes us.

Here are the top three ten lines of the week – the writing is so good I couldn’t limit myself to three.

1. “A wooden leg…they’re so cheap they can’t even afford a whole reporter.” (Vintage Roger Sterling!)

2. “Do you want women who want bikinis to buy your two piece or do you want to make sure that women who want a two piece don’t suddenly buy a bikini?” (Don has such a way with words.)

3. “I love how they sit there like a couple of choir boys; you know one of them’s leaving New York with VD.” (Roger, again.)

4. “Creatively, Y&R’s not capable of living in this neighborhood.  You know why? Cause you don’t work there.” (Pete Campbell, perfecting the suck up.)

5. “You hit it off, come turkey day, maybe you can stuff her.” (Guess who? Roger.)

6. “Maybe you should’ve fondled peg leg Pete.” (Roger)

7. “I know what you see in her and you could’ve gotten it without marrying” (Betty’s new mother in law – ouch!)

8. “Our image remains pretty much where you left it…” (Peggy Olsen showing some spunk.)

9. “Comfortable and dead or risky and rich.” (Don, of course, although he was talking about a sales pitch, this pretty much sums up his philosophy on life, love, and everything else.)

10. “Last year our agency was being swallowed whole.  I realized I had two choices: I could die of boredom or holster up my guns…so I said fire us!” (Don’s season 3 finale summary.)

Best laugh of the week was watching sweet Sally gagging at the Thanksgiving table with her new “family.”  Priceless.

Our challenge now is to wait week by week to see what happens, as we are spoiled with watching previous seasons on Blu-Ray whenever we want, back-to-back-to-back!


* The Harpoon


  • 1½ oz vodka
  • ½ oz orange liquor
  • ¼ oz lime juice
  • Dash of cranberry juice (we used cran-raspberry)
  • Slice of lime

Instructions:  Add dash of cranberry juice, pour liquors and lime juice into mixing glass. Shake briskly and pour into martini glass. Add slice of lime to garnish.

7 thoughts on “Musings on the Mad Men Premiere

  1. Mom July 26, 2010 / 8:56 pm

    Can’t comment on Mad Men cuz I don’t go there, BUT your father’s Old Fashion was with scotch! His beverage of choice. Yich 😦

  2. Mom July 26, 2010 / 9:04 pm

    P.S. Dad’s OF was *always* muddled. All the ‘goodies’ were crushed with a gizmo that I can’t remember what they called it back then. How he loved that drink every now & then!! But he ALWAYS said “muddled” whether the bartender knew better or not. 🙂

  3. Common Loon July 26, 2010 / 9:10 pm

    Oh that Harpoon does look tasty! When we come, will Chris make me one????

  4. Eileen July 26, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    Thanks Sarah for coming in behind to edit and link me where I failed. 🙂

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