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Watching (Mad) Men: S6 E7 Recap

14 May 2013 | 1:36 pm | Watching (Mad) Men

The SCDP boy’s club - Harry belchin’, Pete recedin’, Don condescendin’- now just making Joan’s ovaries ache.

Spoiler Alert: This blog is published after Mad Men airs on Showcase in Australia, Monday at 5.15pm EST. Do not read on unless you have watched this week's episode which is also available for download Tuesday mornings on iTunes.

This Week On Mad Men: Don Draper: “a cold fish” at the office, a sadist behind closed doors. Mysterious Dick (“I can't tell if he's putting it on”) runs Lindsay Weir through 50 Shades of Draper and drinks Ted under the table, but, by close, it's the End Of The Affair and Ted holding Don's life in his pilot's hands; our anti-hero's lust for power/control thinly-disguised neediness. Harry Hamlin may be give-a-shit cavalier, but the SCDP/CGC merger is corporatised Lord Of The Flies: the staff - even Roger! - scraping for survival whilst Don and Ted wrestle for the conch. Circa May-'68 (France on fire, bras burning, RFK dying), Ted's non-chauvinism and Bob's everreadyness are pros, not cons; the SCDP boy's club - Harry belchin', Pete recedin', Don condescendin' - now just making Joan's ovaries ache.

How Big Is Thy Weiner?: Closing credits as 1968 symbolised: the jarring juxtaposition of RFK-assassination news reports over Friend & Lover's brainless grooviness.

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Screening every Monday night, 5.20pm and 8.30pm, on Showcase