Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rewatching Mad Men

It may be cheap sport, playing spot the symbols of sex and power in an episode of "Mad Men," but rewatching the first episode, it's too obvious to pass up. It's about at the 24-minute mark, right after the distasterous meeting with Rachel Menken.

Campbell: I'm not going to pretend I don't want your job, but you were right, I'm not great with people, and you are, I mean, not counting that meeting we were just in, so I'm kinda counting on you to help me out.... There's plenty of room at the top.

Draper: Look, I'm sorry I was so hard on you before. It's just this damn tobacco thing.

Campbell: You'll think of something. [Emboldened.] A man like you I'd follow into combat blindfolded, and I wouldn't be the first. Am I right buddy? [Presents hand to shake.]

Draper: Let's take it a little slower, I don't want to wake up pregnant. [Walks away.]

Campbell: [Under his breath.] F*** you.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and sometimes the outstretched hand of your weasel of an underling is just a phallic symbol appearing on your TV screen.

Oh, and would it be too much to note that the previous scene features Peggy Olsen being humiliated by the gynecologist when she goes to him to get oral contraceptives? I think not.

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