''Mad Men'' recap: ''She was an astronaut.'' Season 4, Episode 9


She was born in 1898 in a barn. She died on the 37th floor of a skyscraper. She was an astronaut.


Thus was Bert Cooper's loving eulogy to Miss Blankenship, who died with her mouth open, cataract glasses trained on the ceiling. It was a lovely image, this notion of a woman shooting to the moon, even if the rest of episode dealt with the way Mad Women can chase their tails tending to the men in their lives.


Maybe it's because of the little we heard on Roger's tape of Miss B.'s wilder days, or maybe it's because of the cozy scene of her and Mr. Cooper doing their crossword puzzles together. They looked like an old married couple at the kitchen table, half-cross and wonderfully intimate as he leaned on her for the answers.


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