Mad Men – Marriage of Figaro Review

Pete returns from his honeymoon, excited about his new marriage, but conflicted about his past encounter with Peggy. After his business relationship with Rachel takes an unforeseen turn, Don attends a party which further illuminates his increasing dissatisfaction with his present life.

Don and Rachel

This episode opens with some new hints about Don’s mysterious past when a man on the train recognises Don as ‘Dick Whitman’. Rather than correcting the man, Don takes his business card and noncommittally agrees to catch up soon. The writers are doing a great job with dropping bread crumbs on this story, I’m looking forward to discovering what Don is hiding. One thing that he certainly isn’t doing a great job of hiding is his attraction to strong business woman Rachel Menken. These two have a real chemistry and I’m sure that we’re going to see a lot more of this impossible romance in future episodes.

Don Draper wannabe Pete returns in this episode, but the scenes in Continue reading

Mad Men – Ladies Room Review

Don continues to conceal his increasingly complicated personal life, even in the face of Roger’s (John Slattery) invitation to open up. Meanwhile, Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) pines for the absent Pete – still on his honeymoon – while fending off the advances of several of the men of Sterling Cooper.

Betty and Don


Like the previous episode, the opening of Ladies Room does a great job of filling us in on the character of Don Draper without overdoing it. While we can all accept the idea of Don not wanting his boss to know too much about his history, the fact that his wife knows just as little is very illuminating. It also goes a long way to explaining the nervous woman that his wife has become.

This episode is really focused around the women in Don’s life. While he tries to figure Continue reading

Mad Men – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Review

While Don struggles to control his problematic love life, he tries to keep the agency from losing a big tobacco account.

Don Draper


What a great introduction to a show. It set up everything you needed to know about the character of Don Draper and the world that he’s living in. The casual racism and sexism at play while he’s nervously scribbling away on a napkin really got me hooked in quickly, and willing to stay for the duration of the show. Not that the rest of the show was difficult to watch, but there was a lot to take in. We’re introduced to Continue reading