Why This Season's 'Mad Men' Writers Are Pissing Me Off

Linda Sharps
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Let's start with the declaration that there are going to be spoilers ahead. In fact, I'm going to dedicate a whole paragraph to repeating this fact so your eyeballs have time to wander elsewhere if you haven't seen the most recent episodes of Mad Men, which is currently in its fourth season. Yes, four seasons to date, all about the conflicted world of Don Draper and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency, and—

Listen, are we clear on the spoilers thing?

You're sure?

Okay, so Season Four. I'm not too sure about Season Four, and I'm going to tell you why.

REASON THE FIRST: DON CRYING ALL OVER PEGGY LIKE SOME KIND OF GUY WHO HAS FEELINGS.

In episode 7, Peggy's trying to escape the office to her birthday dinner, but Don traps her there in order to work on the Samsonite account. He's his familiar abrasive self at first, but soon he's being all nice to her, asking her to stay and visit with him. What? Then he's taking her to a bar, getting sloppy drunk, and announcing that she should know she's "cute as hell." There's a perfectly horrifying moment where it seems like he's going to take her back and give her some of the old Don Draper Hot Beef Injection, but instead he just gets completely tanked and passes out in her lap. In the morning, he learns Anna has died and he sobs all over the place while Peggy rubs his back. Buhhhh? Later in the day, he briefly, and lovingly, holds her hand. WHO IS THIS MAN?

REASON THE SECOND: THE DIARY.

Speaking of Don's raw, tender feelings ... can we talk about the diary? Because I have a problem with the diary. I'm sorry, I know we're supposed to be absorbing the deepening reveal of his dark complexities and the reasons behind his behavior, but ... it's a DIARY. Written by Don Draper, cold-as-ice alpha male? God, Don, why don't you just start a blog?

REASON THE THIRD: MISS BLANKENSHIP'S DEATH.

There's only one word for what happened in Episode 9, "Beautiful Girls," and that word is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Are you even KIDDING ME HERE? Miss Blankenship was fantastic, a perfect little gem who had just enough screen time to be awesome without becoming a comedy crutch, and I loved her. Damn you to hell, Mad Men writers. Damn you to hell.

What do you guys think about the current season? Loving it wholeheartedly, or nitpicking parts of it like I am?


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