Mad Men Recap: A Shameful, Shameful Day

This isn’t a traditional recap of Mad Men’s MLK assassination episode “The Flood,” although it does touch on key plot points. It’s a transcript of a talk I had last night with my friend Aaron Aradillas, a San Antonio–based critic and filmmaker who crashed on my couch in Brooklyn this weekend. I mostly didn’t like the episode. Aaron loved it — to my surprise, considering how little patience he has for earnest liberal dramas about history. We argued about the episode after it aired, then watched it a second time and argued some more. At a certain point I switched my phone over to memo mode and hit the record button. A transcript of our conversation follows.



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