Mad Men Recap: There’s an Extra Nipple for You

"We'll go back to Disneyland," Don tells Megan near the start of "A Tale of Two Cities." "From what I recall, something really amazing happened there."

You can't go back to Disneyland, though. The Mad Men characters are figuring that out along with everybody else in America circa 1968. Matthew Weiner's series has always concerned itself with how national history does or doesn't affect individual lives. It's struggled somewhat, I think, with the back half of the sixties, as leaders were being killed left and right, the Civil Rights movement, the war, and domestic unrest heated up, and the ruling class (representatives of which comprise a lot of Mad Men's core cast, even if the characters don't think of themselves that way) looked at the chaos around them and thought that the end of the world was nigh. In fact it was their world that was threatened, not with extinction, but with reduction, or change.



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