'Mad Men' Season 6 episode 10 recap 'Tale of Two Cities': Ranking Joan, Roger, Don, Peggy and more on the happiness index

"Mad Men" at its best transcends the tedium of office life. "A Tale of Two Cities," at least in a first viewing, was not "Mad Men" at its best.Whether or not something major comes of Jim Cutler and Ted Chaough's secretive scheming, far too much of this week's episode was dominated by office politics and ad men at work. Only one of the storylines -- Joan seizing the opportunity to land her own account -- emerged as fully realized and compelling to watch. We got more examples of how the times-are-a-changin' (oh those nasty DNC riots! Pete smokes up in the office!), without really digging into any of the characters enough to make the events resonate as more than historical pastiche (something "Mad Men" rarely ever deserves to be accused of).I'm not one to harp on this show for not moving fast enough or delivering episodes with minimal "action," but "A Tale of Two Cities"...



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