Mad Men Recap: First-Class Lounge

Watching “For Immediate Release” is like riding a rickety old wooden roller coaster that thrills you with its seemingly unsafe twists and turns and leaves you feeling sore for a couple of days. That’s a compliment, by the way.

It was payoff for four straight episodes that offered little besides characterization and atmosphere, much of it problematic or unsatisfying for fans (or maybe just me). Written by Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger, it was all dramatic action, much of it appealingly soapy. The firm was up, it was down, and then it was up again maybe. Rivals have become partners. Don is still an asshole, but because he delivered — thanks mainly to Roger’s Playboy mansion approach to corporate intel — he’s a heroic asshole, for now.



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