Mar 11, 2015

Mad Cap: "Far Away Places"

Welcome to Mad Cap: a daily rundown of every episode of the acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. During this time, I will be compiling my thoughts and highlights as we travel through every moment and season of the Emmy-award winning drama that has come to define modern TV. The goal is to be a refresher on every moment for Don Draper and his band of advertisement executives leading up to the final season. Stay for all of the shocking moments and the brilliant acting performances, and make sure to chime in with your thoughts and criticisms on why the show means something to you.

Season 5, Episode 6
"Far Away Places"


"This is my business."
- Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse)

Plot:

Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) is having trouble with the Heinz account and ends up yelling at the client. Meanwhile, Roger Stertling (John Slattery) decides to skip work in order to take LSD with Jane Sterling (Peyton List). Both end up having a great time, though Jane is convinced that he said something about breaking up. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) decides to drive out with Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) to a restaurant to try out the foods. Megan grows frustrated that she has to be stuck doing work during their vacation. This leads Don to abandon her at the restaurant before reconsidering. He can't find her, as she has taken a bus back to town. Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) is upset that Don missed so much work because of his love life. Things don't look well for the Drapers, who seem to be entering an abusive phase. Sterling is happy because of LSD.


Rating: 4 out of 5

Jessica Pare
MVP:
Megan Draper (Jessica Pare)

We know that Don has been increasingly a personal wreck as the series has progressed. After marrying Megan at the end of last season, there was a sense that things may be going well. Either that, or it was too much too quickly. In this episode, true intentions are revealed as Megan claims that she is tried of being with Don. Much like Betty before, Don is obsessed with work and cannot go anywhere without considering the idea of making them a client. When they go on a road trip, this goes especially bad and results in them having a pretty nasty fight. Megan runs away and then has to escape the beast that is Don when he returns to their house. She is a powerhouse of opposition for Don, and I am hoping that things work out for her considering how strong of a will she seems to have.

Left to right: Pare and Jon Hamm
Best Scene

It is the catalyst for everything to come. After eating a whole bunch of food, Don reveals that he mostly went to the place in order to consider it as a potential client. The argument escalates in the parking lot and soon Don drives away. For awhile, it seemed like Megan was forever lost and he would be doomed. He called people and searched high and low. When they meet up back at the house, the biggest tragedy begins to unfold. Megan wants to be let free of his control, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Don puts on his vulnerable personality and ends up creating something heartbreaking. Is it a con? Most likely. All we know is that hopefully Megan isn't as fickle as Betty and that things pan out for her and she gets out early. I don't think that they really have liked each other much this season so far.


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