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4th Jan '16 7:13:56 PM LeeM
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* At the end of Season 3 the senior staff of Sterling Cooper take all of the documentation and physical artifacts from their accounts out of the office, effectively ''stealing their own company''. You really have to wonder if such a thing would be legal, or even possible.
26th Dec '15 4:47:37 PM nombretomado
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** They are both a typical embodiment of [[AmericanDream The American Dream]], both coming from very poor families and, by themselves, climbing their way up the social ladder.

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** They are both a typical embodiment of [[AmericanDream The American Dream]], UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, both coming from very poor families and, by themselves, climbing their way up the social ladder.
13th Dec '15 12:28:11 PM dmcreif
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* The Patio ''Film/ByeByeBirdie'' commercial. When you see it, you can tell that something's clearly off when compared to what it was based on. While Roger Sterling immediately points out the fact that the singer isn't Ann-Margret, there's another reason it feels off: Sal Romano, the brainchild of it, is playing up more of the campy musical theatre quality of the original and didn't direct it with the intention of sex appeal because he's gay. It's so subtle that you don't notice it.
5th Dec '15 10:29:03 PM dmcreif
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* There is a scene somewhere in the series where we see Don Draper read "The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald. That's when the sheer amount of similarities between the book's protagonist Jay Gatsby and Don Draper dawned upon me, and I realized that Gatsby was probably an inspiration in the creation of the Don Draper character (SPOILERS ahead):

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* There is a scene somewhere in the series where we see Don Draper read "The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald.''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. That's when the sheer amount of similarities between the book's protagonist Jay Gatsby and Don Draper dawned upon me, and I realized that Gatsby was probably an inspiration in the creation of the Don Draper character (SPOILERS ahead):



* Bertram Cooper is at several occasions seen recommending Ayn Rand's book "Atlas Shrugged". Later in the series I realized that he is the embodiment of Ayn Rand's objectivist ethical philosophy - he is the ultimate ethical egoist / rationally selfish man. This means all his actions are, in one way or another, directed by a pragmatic attitude of what he thinks best for himself, not some predefined idealism of what is "right". How can we see this? When he first finds out the truth about [[spoiler: Don's identity and desertion]], he doesn't give a shit, because Don is a giant resource for the company, and by extension, himself. When he later needs Don to sign a contract, and is close to losing the giant resource that Don is (which would hurt himself and his wealth), he has absolutely no qualms blackmailing him with said knowledge, forcing him to sign the contract, and thus, securing his resource. Berty doesn't care if [[spoiler: desertion]] or blackmail is somehow "wrong" and "unethical". If it can help him and his situation, he's OK with it.

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* Bertram Cooper is at several occasions seen recommending Ayn Rand's book "Atlas Shrugged".''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. Later in the series I realized that he is the embodiment of Ayn Rand's objectivist ethical philosophy - he is the ultimate ethical egoist / rationally selfish man. This means all his actions are, in one way or another, directed by a pragmatic attitude of what he thinks best for himself, not some predefined idealism of what is "right". How can we see this? When he first finds out the truth about [[spoiler: Don's identity and desertion]], he doesn't give a shit, because Don is a giant resource for the company, and by extension, himself. When he later needs Don to sign a contract, and is close to losing the giant resource that Don is (which would hurt himself and his wealth), he has absolutely no qualms blackmailing him with said knowledge, forcing him to sign the contract, and thus, securing his resource. Berty doesn't care if [[spoiler: desertion]] or blackmail is somehow "wrong" and "unethical". If it can help him and his situation, he's OK with it.



* The entirety of [[spoiler:Lane's suicide]]. Rewatch the scene where Roger, Don, and Pete [[spoiler:break into his office to cut him down]], and weird little details emerge.
** [[spoiler:Lane staged the office so that his body would block the door. Joan would be the most likely person to try to key into his office to leave the books on his desk, and she was (mercifully) spared the visceral horror of his corpse suspended over, say, his desk. Technically he could have tied the rope anywhere in the room; the structural cross-beams in a building run throughout a room with acoustic tiles like that.]] It also happened to be the hardest thing for Don to have to deal with, physically and emotionally.
** In an interview, costume designer Janie Bryant said that the rope he [[spoiler:eventually used was the sash from his robe, the gray one he wore at home in "Signal 30". He obviously bought the supplies to rig the Jaguar, but had to improvise his noose. It's more visible just as Pete has the scissors, but it's clearly a shiny silken cord, and not a nylon rope from the hardware store. Lane, who even failed at having a nice, quiet death the way he wanted, had to come up with a plan B in the few hours before the Monday morning workday started. And hangings can often take a long time, with the victim suffering anywhere from 4 to 15 minutes before death finally sets in.]] Shudder.
** [[spoiler:The body doesn't look so good (obviously) in the closeup when Roger and Don go to catch him—it's mostly the weird way his hair is done; it looks very uncharacteristically and unattractively plastered to his scalp in the closeup. It makes sense that he would have sweat it out while choking to death, but I realized that Lane was so set on killing himself that weekend that he saw no reason to bathe or wash his hair for three days, and that's why it was so greasy and flat.]]

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* The entirety of [[spoiler:Lane's suicide]]. Rewatch the scene where Roger, Don, and Pete [[spoiler:break into his office to cut him down]], and weird little you'll notice lots of new details emerge.
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you probably didn't notice on a first viewing:
** First thing:
[[spoiler:Lane staged the office so that his body would block the door. Joan would be the most likely person to try to key into his office to leave the books on his desk, and she was (mercifully) spared the visceral horror of his corpse suspended over, say, his desk. Technically he could have tied the rope anywhere in the room; the structural cross-beams in a building run throughout a room with acoustic tiles like that.]] It also happened to be the hardest thing for Don to have to deal with, physically and emotionally.
** In an interview, series costume designer Janie Bryant said that the rope he Lane [[spoiler:eventually used was the sash from his robe, bathrobe, the gray one he wore at home in "Signal 30". He obviously bought the supplies to rig the Jaguar, but had to improvise his noose. It's more visible just as Pete has the scissors, but it's clearly a shiny silken cord, and not a nylon rope from the hardware store. It means that Lane, who even failed at having a nice, quiet death the way he wanted, had to come up with a plan B in the few hours before the Monday morning workday started. And hangings can often take a long time, with the victim suffering anywhere from 4 to 15 minutes before death finally sets in.]] Shudder.
** [[spoiler:The body doesn't look so good (obviously) in the closeup shots when Roger and Don go to catch him—it's mostly the weird way his hair is done; it looks very uncharacteristically and unattractively plastered to his scalp in the closeup. It makes sense that he would have sweat it out while choking to death, but I realized that Lane was so set on killing himself that weekend that he saw no reason to bathe or wash his hair for three days, and that's why it was so greasy and flat.]]
5th Dec '15 4:20:48 PM nombretomado
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* When Joan impatiently waits for Kevin's babysitter, he watches ''SesameStreet'', which seems like just a cute little moment of childhood. Then you think about the concept: The show mimics advertising to "sell" learning; ''MadMen'' itself is a show about advertising. Kevin doesn't know it yet, but he's seeing the impact of "Mommy's Job".

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* When Joan impatiently waits for Kevin's babysitter, he watches ''SesameStreet'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', which seems like just a cute little moment of childhood. Then you think about the concept: The show mimics advertising to "sell" learning; ''MadMen'' itself is a show about advertising. Kevin doesn't know it yet, but he's seeing the impact of "Mommy's Job".
11th Jun '15 8:09:11 PM toongrrl1990
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* Betty's nickname from Don is "Birdie" and in Season 1, in retaliation for threatening Sally's dog Polly, she shoots her neighbor's pigeons when they take flight while Bobby Helms's "You're My Special Angel" plays. Well after the events of ''The Milk and Honey Route'' where [[spoiler: she finds out she has a terminal case of lung cancer]] just when she started new college classes and gained a new outlook on her life, this incident can be looked at as a case of {{Foreshadowing}}; she was a metaphorical bird in a gilded cage, struck down just when she started flying out.
31st May '15 8:57:33 PM mikeschilling
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* As the show goes on, Don's go-to pitch of nostalgia for a simpler time becomes less and less compelling. [[spoiler: In the finale, Don finally finds a contemporary equivalent: universal peace and love, and the result is even more successful than The Carousel.]]
21st May '15 4:35:26 PM DavidDelony
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* The title sequence. While many fans thought that Don would commit suicide in the final episode, thanks to it showing him falling from a building made of ads, [[spoiler:it represents his finally finding inner peace. At the end of the sequence, Don is shown sitting contentedly with a drink in his hand. The series ends with him meditating with a bunch of hippies.]]



* The title sequence. While many fans thought that Don would commit suicide in the final episode, thanks to it showing him falling from a building made of ads, [[spoiler:it represents his finally finding inner peace. At the end of the sequence, Don is shown sitting contentedly with a drink in his hand. The series ends with him meditating with a bunch of hippies.]]

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* The title sequence. While many fans thought that Don would commit suicide in the final episode, thanks to it showing him falling from a building made of ads, [[spoiler:it represents his finally finding inner peace. At the end of the sequence, Don is shown sitting contentedly with a drink in his hand. The series ends with him meditating with a bunch of hippies.]]
21st May '15 4:33:05 PM DavidDelony
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* The title sequence. While many fans thought that Don would commit suicide in the final episode, thanks to it showing him falling from a building made of ads, [[spoiler:it represents his finally finding inner peace. At the end of the sequence, Don is shown sitting contentedly with a drink in his hand. The series ends with him meditating with a bunch of hippies.]]
18th May '15 8:20:09 AM SimBen
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* In the finale, [[spoiler: Roger marries Marie and moves to Montreal with her. This happens in November 1970, which would have been right in the middle of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Crisis October Crisis]], when martial law was enacted after the Quebec Minister of Labour was kidnapped by [=FLQ=] terrorists.]]
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