Mad Men Recap: Hare Krishna

When Don Draper pulled the brim of his hat down over his eyes and said a dashing farewell to Joan in "Christmas Waltz," I felt something I hadn’t yet felt during this otherwise excellent season of Mad Men: elation. Written by Victor Levin and Matthew Weiner and directed by Michael Uppendahl, it moved and felt more like an early episode, snappy and sexy. I don't say this to take anything away from the rest of season five to date — for their creative ambition, I'd put episodes one through six up against any run of any series in TV history — but to acknowledge what some other fans have been saying. Except for bits of comedy (mostly involving Roger), this season has had a pervasive sense of anxiety and unease. We haven't been given too much sexy banter between funny, attractive grown-ups, like the lovely sequence between the just-divorce-papered Joan and the domestically unhappy Don at the bar. When we do get a scene like that, we feel a sense of cathartic relief, as if we've been crawling across a desert and somebody appeared before us with a parasol and a glass of ice water. Read More...


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