Last night's episode of Mad Men saw half the SCDP-CGC staff get injections of speed and go mad. We saw flashbacks of Don's whorehouse youth as he desperately tries to win back Sylvia. An intruder cons Sally and Bobby to break into the Draper's apartment. Ultimately no one worked on the Chevy account.
It was a real whirlwind episode that left me utterly confused, with more questions than answers. Click through to see all the outfits and let us know what you though of Mad Men's crazy trip in the comments.
Don Last week we saw Sylvia break up with Don and break his heart in the process. This week he's still reeling from the loss.
First, we see Don loitering outside the back door to the Rosen's apartment smoking a cigarette. He looks dapper in his trench, suit, and fedora tipped forward--the way he used to dress when he dropped in on mistresses during his marriage with Betty. Those were his most successful dalliances, but dressing for success isn't working for Don this time.
When he arrives in the office, Don hears about the trouble with the Chevy account, finds out about Frank Gleason's death, and then goes on a vitamin-B-plus-speed induced bender, so, you know, it wasn't his best day. The timeline is a bit murky, but it seems he wears his grey suit and blue striped tie over the entire weekend, right until he arrives back home to find the cops investigating a break in at his apartment with his entire extended family seated angrily in his living room.
The next morning, Don pulls it together in a navy suit with a very modern, thin-striped blue on blue tie. He bumps into Sylvia in the elevator in this outfit--talk about awkward--and then semi-resigns himself from creative on the Chevy account saying he'd prefer to supervise the team. Don's not doing well guys.
Sylvia Since the tryst with Don is over, Sylvia's wardrobe has taken a more domestic turn. In her first scene, she's wearing a pink robe and blue headscarf while offering her husband leftover veal and pasta for dinner. Later in the episode we find out that she bears a striking resemblance to mother/girlfriend figure Don idolizes: mole, headscarf, subservient, but knows what's best.
When she calls Don to tell him to stop showing up in her back hallway, she's wearing a blue tank and brown skirt, the most unfashionable of her outfits. Finally, when she runs into Don in the elevator she's in a yellow suit with a star pin and matching star earrings. Her yellow outfit paired next to Don's blue one is very similar to the last shot of last week's episode, where Megan is crying in a yellow slip and Don is seated on the bed in a white shirt and blue, striped tie. During my internet trolling this morning, I noticed a commenter on another site had written a post about how the last word of every book of the Divine Comedy is "star." Seeing as The Inferno is Sylvia's gift to Don, her star accessories could be the final punctuation on their affair.
Megan Megan only appears in this episode for a hot second, and during her appearances she's wearing a printed minidress, nude fishnets, and low, black heels. Her dress is so short, I think it was actually meant to be a shirt. And with the fishnets her whole outfit just screams, "Look at me! I'm sexy!"
Megan doesn't have to try so hard, but when she's vying for a part in a play, I guess she's willing to put anything on the line. Let's see how Don feels about this.
Betty In a matter of weeks Betty has transformed from brunette and chubby, to blonde and svelte. Her BFF at Weight Watchers must be so bummed. That woman is probs eating a whole container of Haagen-Dazs right now. Anyway, even though babe Betty is back, her outfits are more motherly than ever.
She first wears a white skirt with a red and white striped top that she pairs with a pearl necklace and red purse. All very candy cane matchy-matchy. In Don's apartment she's wearing a pale blue coat and floral skirt, looking absolutely furious with Don and Megan. She makes a great comment to Megan about the "casting couch" and then sticks it to Don by implying he's cheating. Firmly cemented in her new role as politician's wife, Betty is back to her snappy ways and ready to throw punches.
Sally This season had been a lot about Sally's coming of age, and in this episode we see her wardrobe oscillate from little girl to young adult.
She's first seen preparing her brothers for the weekend at Don's, wearing a pink tank with a clearly padded bra underneath and an orange micro-mini skirt. Whoa. Betty is not pleased with this outfit at all, and makes a comment about Sally looking like she's a hooker.
Later in the Draper's apartment she's in a white peasant blouse that looks a bit younger, and when the break-in occurs she's in pink pajamas that are very childish. When Don calls Sally to apologize, she wears a yellow nightie, that though still girly, is a bit more grown up.
Amy Thanks to the flashbacks this episode, we got to meet Amy, the hooker that posed as Dick's mother figure when he has a chest cold as a teen. She wears a series of rosy slips and bright silk robes, and in the scene where she takes Dick's "cherry," to use her term, she's wearing a pink romper and multiple necklaces. She pencils on her beauty mark right before this scene, which has clearly stuck with Don.
Jim Jim Cutler has three suit changes this episode, from a grey one, to a black one for Frank's funeral, back to grey for Monday in the office. He demonstrates a Roger-style level of keeping it cool amid the haywire atmosphere, although it's pretty creepy that he's standing outside the door watching Stan and Wendy have sex, right?
Peggy Peggy only has two outfits this episode, a sunny white and orange stripe dress and the black outfit she wears to Frank's funeral. She's the voice of reason this episode, and her serious, black wardrobe reflects that.
Stan Stan's wardrobe is great because it's so dated to the 1960s and yet would fit in wonderfully today. His cargo shirt and slacks combo is a definite upgrade from his too-small polo shirt last season. After getting his injection, Stan goes wild. First, he becomes the victim of a William Tell-style Exacto knife session gone awry, then he puts the moves on Peggy, and finally, he has sex with Frank Gleason's daughter on the day of her dad's funeral. It's pretty much the worst case scenario, but Stan doesn't seem to take it to heart. He's like the anti-Don: making all the same mistakes but feeling none of the remorse.
Ken This episode opens with calm, reserved Ken being tortured by the Chevy execs. Ken wears a moss green suit in the office with a neutral colored striped tie and performs the world's most wonderful tap routine while on speed. I included a close-up of his loafers, because those are not the easiest shoes to tap in, so extra props to him for that. It's interesting that Ken says he learned the dance from his mother, and then corrects himself to say his first girlfriend when a few scenes later we learn Don's mother figure and girlfriend turn out to be the same person. Foreshadowing!
Ted Ted wears the most ridiculous colors. He loves yellow, and starts the episode in a yellow shirt and mustard tie. After his weekend away from the madness, he's back in the office Monday in a Kermit-green blazer and matching tie. It's clear Ted wants to appear kind and non-threatening, but his sweet wardrobe is too young and powerless for his position.
Dawn Dawn is finally back, although briefly, in a pink gingham dress. I'm kind of confused as to whether she is missing work a lot or just coming in late and leaving early. I hope that is resolved soon, because I really like Dawn from her three minutes of dialogue in an earlier episode, and think she is much more interesting than, say, Bob Benson who I am truly ambivalent about.
Roger There is really not enough Roger this season. At all. What ever happened to the Roger/Joan plotline? Although Joan was missing from this episode completely. For Roger's only scene he's wearing his suit vest and a paisley tie, looking like the silver fox he is. More Roger. More Joan. I demand it.
Bobby It's kind of ironic that Bobby's pajamas have a racing car on them, right?