The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

The best “Mad Men” episode. Ever.

Betty seethed. Don cried. Roger resisted.
And Joan’s hapless husband Greg decided to join the army so he could be a surgeon. Would he have to go overseas? “Maybe West Germany, or maybe Vietnam, if that’s still going on,” he said, almost as an afterthought. 

And then there was the final line: as the Drapers took their children trick-or-treating after Don’s life had unraveled and every complicated, self-deluding lie had been exposed. A neighbor recognized the children in costume as a hobo and a gypsy, then looked at Don, glowering under his fedora, and asked cheerfully, “And who are you?” Fade to black.  (Even the title of the episode, “The Gypsy and the Hobo,” seemed evocative of Don and Betty, didn’t it?)
Stay tuned. Television doesn’t get better than this. 
If you missed it, there’s a video recap at this link.
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posted October 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm

That eipsode WAS excellent!

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posted October 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Wow. The Gypsy and the Hobo and last week’s episode (The Color Blue) were the best 2 hours of tv ever.

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Mere Catholic

posted October 26, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I’m guessing Mad Men is an acquired test. I’ve seen two episodes so far, and I found it dreary and depressing. What am I missing?

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Mere Catholic

posted October 26, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Ummm, make that acquired taste!

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