MAD MEN: 'Tomorrowland' Closes the Season and Next Year Can't Come Too Soon - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

MAD MEN: ‘Tomorrowland’ Closes the Season and Next Year Can’t Come Too Soon

October 18, 2010 by  

No. No, no, no. Please don’t go.

If you’ve been watching MAD MEN this year and saw last night’s season finale, I know you were experiencing this same sentiment as the final moments of the episode played out.

Like your most fun friend going to live abroad for the year. Like the best date you’ve ever been on coming to an end. Feeling MAD MEN slip away for another ten or eleven months — especially now, just as our leading man, Don Draper, has done something so totally major and unexpected… and yet, so simple and predictable at the same time — it hits you right in the pit of your stomach.

To watch MAD MEN is to watch the work of some brilliant psychoanalysts, who understand the complexities and simplicities of human behavior so intricately, they’ve been able to not only create but develop and grow these three-dimensional, intensely interesting beings we’ve come to know as “Don” and “Betty” and “Peggy” and “Pete” and “Joan” and “Roger” and the list goes on.

And if you don’t watch MAD MEN, I’m sorry, because you are missing out on the greatest dramatic television series in the history of time.

For those who have had the pleasure, let’s review what we learned from last night…

Don Draper doesn’t want to change or move forward. Not really. What he actually wants is a do-over on his former life, with a woman who isn’t angry and damaged and cruel.

Yeah, Betty, I’m talking to you, you sad, pathetic excuse for a wife and mother who can’t see two centimeters in front of your own cigarette smoke to consider the feelings and the well being of another, including your own damn daughter. Such high hopes we had for you at the end of last season as you finally looked to take your life by storm and pursue happiness. Sadly, one year later, we learn the truth — that your true colors are not warm and bright and perhaps you played a bigger part in the demise of your marriage to Don than we originally guessed. Oh, Betty, we liked you better when you were just sad. Sad and bitter and selfish ain’t looking good on you.

But I digress. Back to Don. And his clear decision to take a baby step toward progress. The suggestion of total upheaval — which the strong, smart, principled and accomplished (yet still not super likable) Faye ever so gently encouraged — was violently shot down when Don proceeded to fall in love with his young, idealistic and open-hearted secretary who trusts him to make the right calls because she “knows” he’s “a good man.” Faye thinks Don is a good man too, but she doesn’t look at him with wide-eyed adoration. She’ll call him on his shit. In Megan, he’s got a girl who’s not quite there yet. She’s smart too, but still looking for guidance. She’s calm and she’s cool and she just thinks that he’s the greatest… and oh my God, she’s so damn good with his kids! No conniption over a spilled milkshake on her nice, white dress? No time wasted before praising his impulsive New York Times publicity stunt? No hurt feelings over a one-night stand?!!

Well, of course he chose Megan. We can’t help but like her too.

And Joan and Peggy (two women who are smart, strong, accomplished and likable) are left to sit back and marvel at the cliche of it all. Even a man like Don whom they both clearly respect — just like Roger or Harry or Henry Francis offering to marry a beautiful damsel stuck in a seriously distressed marriage — is just a man at the end of the day.

What is the lesson here?

That men need to be needed? And coddled? And worshipped?

Or maybe this lesson only pertains to the outwardly strong, inwardly weak ones trying to wade through life, saddled with the weight of their flaws?

To be honest, I don’t know that I can answer that as my understanding of common human behavior just isn’t on the same level as the geniuses who write MAD MEN.

Guess I’ll have to wait until next summer to learn more.

Or maybe we can all discuss now.

What do you make of Don’s decision to marry Megan?

Will Don be a better husband this time around?

Will the smart and awesome Sally thrive with the benefit of a loving maternal figure in her young life?

Will Henry, who now knows that his damsel in a once distressed marriage is kind of witch, leave his lady in the dust?

Weigh in…

Follow GMMR and KorbiGirl on Twitter, and Facebook too, for all your up-to-the-minute TV news and commentary.

Peep all of GMMR’s exclusive videos by subscribing to our new YouTube Channel – GiveMeMyRemote TV

Filed under #1 featured, Mad Men


8 Responses to “MAD MEN: ‘Tomorrowland’ Closes the Season and Next Year Can’t Come Too Soon”

  1. Amy on October 18th, 2010 4:42 pm

    Loved this episode and thought it was a great ending to a season that was full of surprises. CALIFORNIA is always his refuge and where he seems most at peace. Only fitting that his epiphany with Megan took place there. While I have great hopes for happiness for Don and Megan, it wouldn’t be Mad Men if Don wasn’t conflicted…so it is just a matter of time. But I love not knowing where he is going…and i’ll watch wherever he goes!

    Peggy and Joan…AMAZING.

    Roger’s “Who’s Megan” and “This is how you do it” — Always the best lines

    And of course Pete knows that you don’t congratulate the bride.

    Greatest dramatic series of the year at least!!! Can’t believe how many are missing out!

  2. Kath on October 18th, 2010 7:16 pm

    Thanks for this Korbi!

    I too miss our beloved Mad Men already.

    The more people change, the more they stay the same…or at least become like other people…Peggy is becoming Don, Don is becoming Roger, and Betty is a petulent teenager who thinks that her daughter is trying to become her…sorry Betty, are beloved Sally (played by the uber-talented Kiernan Shipka!) is way too smart to be anything like her mother!!

    There’s so much more to explore in season 5…including a certain little baby who might just pop out of Joan sporting silver fox hair, an inappropriate but hilarious wit and a scotch neat in its little tiny hands! 😉

  3. KRISTEN on October 18th, 2010 9:50 pm

    Best finale ever. Great observations about the episode, thank you for this. The characters are so real that I feel like I’m learning something about people. CANNOT wait a whole year for more.

  4. melanie on October 19th, 2010 2:13 am

    I never liked Faye!! Good riddance!

  5. KEV on October 19th, 2010 4:04 am

    It all happened so fast, but when it happened, it seemed like OF COURSE this is how it all is SUPPOSED to transpire, like we should’ve seen it coming all along. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t shell shocked though. Wow! What a finale!! I do wonder how long Don can stay happy and faithful. Can an old dog ever really change its spots?

  6. StefanchikM on October 19th, 2010 2:30 pm

    Don will TRY to be a better husband this time. We’ll see if he succeeds.

    A lot depends on whether Megan is really what she appears to be.

    It is interesting that this proposal resulted from a trip to California. The Land of Dreams.

  7. Kate_Kelly on October 20th, 2010 1:08 pm

    I have not even considered the possibility of Megan not being what she appears to be. I think that would be a twist. This show is all about the characters and exploring who they really are, so who knows. All I know is I can’t wait to find out. No no please don’t go is EXACTLY what I was thinking.

  8. KG on October 20th, 2010 1:41 pm

    No shortage of great lines this episode but nothing tops Peggy and Joan’s alone time. Felt like I was in the room with them, jaws drpped, all of us rolling our eyes at the same time. There’s never been a show this good on television before.