aug 19

Sex is Violets

Lindsay and I were chatting yesterday about the conversation Draper had with his kid in last week's Mad Men. While talking about his dad, Draper said, "And his candy, it tasted like violence. In a beautiful silver and purple package." Whoa! Or at least that's what I thought he said. It actually was probably violets not violence, a reference to C. Howards violet gum and mints. Lindsay posted the video, so judge for yourself. Sure, it sounds more like violets, but I still feel it was intentionally oblique. (More esoterica: It reminds me of Malkmus eliding career and korea in "Cut Your Hair.")


You know, I thought the last episode was a little off key and that part in particular. I mean, the daughter playing around in the office was classic cliche sitcom zaniness and something the show has up until now avoided. But Man Men writers can get away with a lot because they've got Hamm who is the least dislikable person on TV ever. "His candy tasted like violets..." Anyone else would look like about as good as they would borrowing Phelps' hypercolor hoodie delivering that line.

posted by joanne mcneil at 3:53 PM on August 19, 2008

A career
in Korea
being insincere...

posted by Eric at 4:40 PM on August 19, 2008

not a good episode. why spend SO MUCH time on peggy's cartoonish sister? and i agree about the zaniness with the girl in the office. next thing they'll get a pregnant lady stuck in the elevator.

the whole episode made me feel like when the people i follow on twitter won't stop talking about their kids. like: what else is on?

posted by adm at 7:42 PM on August 19, 2008

I agree about this episode, but am also sorta hoping that it's all set-up material that will pay off later.

One thing I've noticed: they try a little too hard to make each episode about a single idea. They package the episodes individually a little too tightly...

posted by Rex at 7:46 PM on August 19, 2008

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