'Mad Men': Nurse Phoebe's Disappearing Accent


The other night episode of Mad Men connected the dots between the globalization of the automobile industry and the sexual awakening of preteen girls. It was awesome. There was, however, one part of the episode that I couldn't handle. We saw the reappearance of Phoebe, the comely nurse neighbor played by Nora Zehetner. Since Phoebe's first appearance in the Christmas episode, Zehetner seems to have suddenly developed a bad case of 'Y'allitis,' a rare disorder which causes terrible Southern accents to emerge from actors mouths. Y'allitis isn't necessarily a bad thing - it's been known to cause total zeitgeist domination - but I found Phoebe's disappearing-reappearing accent beyond distracting.

PopWatchers, did any of you notice Phoebe's shifting vocal patterns? It's not the worst Southern accent ever - that honor still belongs to the cast of A Love Song for Bobby Long - but it's jarring to see a stray wrong note on a show so committed to its attention to detail. Or maybe I'm missing some deeper symbolism here?


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