I found last Sunday's episode of Mad Men, "The Golden Violin" just delightful. I know it's a slow moving show but honestly, it's from another time, when people were polite, even when they weren't. This show is all about finesse, so if you are looking for action, you are going to have to wait for Heroes, because Mad Men takes place in the most boring place people go all day, the office.
We received some interesting revelations this week: Don was a former car salesman (I knew this was going to be a good episode when the flashback occurred before the opening sequence). Salvatore and Kitty's marriage is not a happy one. Joan is not as powerful as she once was. Jimmy confirms for Betty that Don and Bobbi had an affair. Yes, Betty can turn a blind eye no more.
We all knew much of this was coming. While the storyline of a highly safeguarded gay man working at Sterling-Cooper is fascinating, something doesn't work here for me. It may be the actors, or the writer's choice to portray Kitty as a winy woman, but I remain unconvinced that a couple in that day and time would act and react the way Sal and Kitty did. I know I know! Kitty doesn't know yet, but it seemed to me there isn't a gay writer on the staff to add some reality to this situation. I will say watching Ken idealize Sal and Kitty as the perfect marriage is rather funny.
I am exceedingly excited and highly anticipating the showdown between Joan and Jane. Oh my, we found out a lot about Jane this week and with all her B&E shenanigans, lies, and manipulation I am almost certain Joan has met her match. The lies rolled off Jane's tongue as if they were truths, and she is certainly a girl who knows how to use her looks to get what she wants. I can say at this very moment I don't like her. She often makes backhanded comments that are degrading and thoroughly reminds me of an ex-coworker who would just as easily put a knife in your back as she would compliment you on a new haircut. Roger's predictability indicates he will fall for her brand of perfume, but I hope he has sense enough to break free of Jane's toxic and intoxicating scent.
Finally, I believe the producers should submit the final scenes of this episode to the Emmy committee. They are arguably the best scenes we've witnessed this season. First of all the writers got it correct. Betty has suspected all along but it took Jimmy confessing the truth to her for her to allow herself to see the truth. Jimmy's words were delivered without emotion in a rather it is what it is and defeated fashion. I can't decide if he relished telling Betty or not. He certainly didn't appear to enjoy the conversation with Betty, but he quite enjoyed putting Don in his place. The dialogue was precise and dagger-like as Jimmy sliced through Don. Like a snake, Jimmy's sneak attack was sickening to watch. I felt miserable for both men. And of course, Betty holding it together until the end serves to remind us all that just because you have it all doesn't mean you have it all. It's a shame the new Cadillac has lost its new car smell. Can we anticipate a silent revenge from Betty? Something tells me she will be riding at the club more in days to come.