Apr 1, 2015

Mad Cap: "Field Trip"

Left to right: Jared Gilmore and January Jones
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 7, Episode 3
"Field Trip"


"I wish it was yesterday."
- Bobby Draper (Jared Gilmore)

Plot:

Upon returning to California, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finally opens up to Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) about his absence from work. They decide to break up, which causes Don to plead to Roger Sterling (John Slattery) to let him get his job back. His other coworkers don't quite agree and have a meeting over his return, admitting that he is a liability at this point. Meanwhile, Betty Francis (January Jones) chaperons Bobby Draper (Jared Gilmore) on a field trip. During the lunch break, Bobby disappoints her by giving away her sandwich without consulting her. Bobby complains to Henry Francis (Christopher Stanley) and begins to feel really bad about everything. The coworkers come to a decision to hire Don back, but with some trepidation. Meanwhile, there's consideration of firing Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) for a letter that he may have written that incriminates the company. Instead, they consider buying a computer to prove how advanced they are.


Rating: 5 out of 5

Jon Hamm
MVP:
Don Draper (Jon Hamm)

Everything is on the wire for Don in this episode. His marriage to Megan is starting to fade out into divorce. He is also on the verge of losing his job. Everyone may be happy to see him, but it's made very clear that he is more cancerous to the company than influential as he had been the previous six seasons. There's a lot of juxtaposition that goes through this episode that proves the pros and cons of working with Don. Meanwhile, his son Bobby is just as selfish and makes people feel bad without thinking about it. While Don wins in the end, there's still a strong sense that everybody hates him at this point.

Christina Hendricks
Best Scene

Up until this point, it felt like everyone at the office at least had positive feelings towards Don. He seemed to be the golden child for the past six seasons. Along with Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) stating her dismay for him, this is the chance to discover what everyone thinks of him. Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) hates him the most and Sterling is adamant that Don is a saint. In a conference between all of the bosses, they discuss the pros and cons of having him around. I'm not entirely sure what Sterling did to win everyone over, but he did his trick despite the financial and professional detriments that he will be. This makes the victory a little sad, especially as Don has been reduced to a slave to the company. It's going to get unnerving really quick here, especially if Megan divorces him for good instead of gives him the job that she alluded to.


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