5 Highlights From Last Night’s Gotham: ‘Under the Knife’

Selena has no remorse for the murder that happened on last week’s episode. Following that shameless murder, young Bruce can’t seem to fathom that the girl who remains his fantasy would do such a thing. “What happened tonight…You tell no one.” Selena orders young Bruce. Selena and Bruce have some tumultuous grounds to cover. He’s rather distressed, but to some extent seems to realize Selena is looking out for him. When she says something like: “If I had to do it again, I would, and it wouldn’t bother me one bit,” that becomes a bit disconcerting, no?

Detective Gordon becomes frantic as he slowly begins to realize the Ogre’s murdered victims are the loved ones of anyone who’s investigated the case. Detective Gordon suggests that Dr. Leslie Thompkins, his love, get out of town—but she strongly suggests that’s the wrong idea. I mean, after all, it does suggest she can’t take on this case. Come on Gordon! Respect her. (I’m starting to believe Gordon isn’t relationship material. He treats his women like they’re never safe. Not so comforting!) 

Barbara, Gordon’s ex, is getting involved with the Ogre. The Ogre comes for Barbara, and things begin to escalate when he calls Gordon himself, which results in a press conference where Gordon furiously stares headfirst into the news camera. The funny thing is that “the Ogre” actually attends the Wayne Gala with Barbara. (He even donated $10,000!) “Once you saw the ‘real me’ you would run off just like everyone else…” Barbara warns the Ogre. Only, this time, there seems to be some vapid air of whether or not these two may team up or not? He really does seem to like her and the two were spotted at the Wayne Gala canoodling. Hmmm? That last minute of this episode featured the “pleasure room” that we’ve heard about way too much this year after America’s strike of BDSM awareness. Thanks Mr. Grey! JK! It doesn’t scare Barbara. It makes her smile. Where will this take us? 

There are two stabbings in one episode! First we have our favorite forensics expert Edward Nygma lose his cool when he’s faced off with the cop who’s involved with hurting his love interest. He stabs the man underneath the subway bridge and switches from laughter to fear faster than a bolt of lightning. After Gertrude Cobblepot (Carol Kane) becomes further concerned with her son’s current business endeavors, after an unpleasant sit-down with Don Moroni, she later questions the truth behind the nightclub business. Of course, being a mommy’s boy, he makes her tea and sends her off to bed. That’s when an unexpected visitor with a standard bouquet of roses arrives. Immediately, this becomes a flashing Don Moroni sign that translates to “BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID” for our oily-haired tweaker. Oswald loses it. He breaks the vase, grabs that glass, and, yes, slits Moroni’s poor minion’s throat.

The investigation in this episode was more intricate than the other episodes. Detective Gordon and Detective Bullock really investigated the Ogre here. Judging from what we’ve seen on Gotham, investigations are rather dull, short-lived, or even unnecessary because the story arches jump all over the place. That’s sooooo Gotham! However, this episode gave audiences a pleasant rollercoaster of investigating the suspect’s father and even a plastic surgeon that happened to transform the suspect’s face into something entirely new. (Scratched faces on framed photos were clues in the episode. That was a nice touch.) Hopefully, Gotham’s second season will play this up a bit more. I mean, we do have two detectives leading the show.

The Creators: Jill Soloway

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As the creator of the hit series Transparent, Jill Soloway has turned a father of three grown children who comes out as transgender into a pop-culture heroine. The show has won Soloway not only a devoted audience — and a Golden Globe for best series after its first season — but also something maybe even more elusive: the approval of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. He sees Transparent as proof of his company’s own transition into a programing powerhouse, which is how Soloway found herself being praised by Bezos on live TV as “one of the world’s great storytellers.” Not surprisingly, Amazon has renewed Transparent for a second season.

Soloway is trying not to let success go to her headshots. She keeps hair and makeup artists at bay, even when doing morning shows, lest she end up looking, she says, “like a Realtor on a bus bench.”

Makeup is reserved for Jeffrey Tambor, who stars in Transparent as a 68-year-old transitioning from Mort to Maura. The series is loosely based on Soloway’s own parent, whom she calls Moppa — a combination of Momma and Papa. Transparent is a joy to watch, but Soloway makes clear that it isn’t just entertainment. “People have told me they’re more loving and kind and open because they’ve watched,” she says. “The show is making the world safer for my parent.”

In fact, Soloway says her goal is to tell stories about “people who have been otherized — women, gay people, trans people, people of color” — as a way of “toppling the patriarchy” (a phrase she uses earnestly but gently).

To make that happen, Soloway and her business partner, Rebecca Odes, have created their own network, wifey.tv, that they hope will be a place for the formerly ignored to tell their stories. (“It’s for the Jill Soloways of the future,” Odes says.) Soloway says she’s glad the Internet permitted her to circumvent studio executives — whom she calls “golf course males,” adding, “We got to do a side run around how you usually get stuff on the air.” But she is hardly abandoning corporate media. In addition to producing the second season of Transparent, she is executive producing a series for MTV about two feminist superheroes and is writing a memoir-slash-manifesto (she calls it a “femoir”) for Crown under the working title You Just Know.

Soloway, a Chicago native who lives in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake neighborhood, is equally focused on her family, which includes a husband and two children. After all, writing Transparent was about the Soloways — doing the program, she says, is a way of “processing my own Moppa’s experiences.” And that, to Soloway, is a gift. After 15 years trying to sell pilots, she says, sounding both surprised and grateful, “The true story of our family became the story that resonated.”

Happy 420! Watch the 10 Best Episodes of High Maintenance

Considering today is 420, there’s no better time for HBO to announce that they’ve picked up the genius pot delivery comedy about “getting high and staying sane in New York,” High Maintenance. Previously put out on Vimeo, the show will now get a brand new six-episode season courtesy of HBO—and we couldn’t be more excited. The original web series was created by husband-and-wife team of Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld who have slowly been expanding the show and cultivating a devoted audience. When spoke to Ben and Katia last year, we noted that:

High Maintenance has the reputation that it does because it offers a decidedly alternative (read: non-judgmental) vision of life in New York City, including many people of varying class, gender and race without ever being fussy about it. It manages to avoid the cynicism of so many recent shows and movies about the five boroughs, even as it takes incisive potshots at the many life-hackers and trend-whores getting in the way of their earthy, benevolent (but never less than forthright) pot dealer, played by co-creator Ben Sinclair. The new episodes include a return appearance from Evan the asexual magician (and James Franco lookalike); a look at survivalist culture and its discontents; and a truly original love story with at least one hysterically intimate scene that could never be shown on television (or even Netflix, for that matter).

So today, in honor of the show’s new season on HBO and the perfectly fitting celebratory day, check out the best episodes of the series below and watch all of them HERE.









Two lonely stoners find each other in this sweet and spicy Brooklyn romance. Birgit Huppuch and Chris McKinney star alongside co-creator Ben Sinclair, who plays matchmaker and weed dealer to the pair.

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Regan and Ezra get priced out of Williamsburg and head to a more affordable neighborhood where they learn you can’t have it all when it comes to NY real estate. Featuring Hannah Bos, Micah Sherman, Avery Monsen, and Ben Sinclair.

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Six long-time friends escape the city and head upstate for a weekend where they spend more time worrying about their careers than enjoying themselves. (Featuring: Chris Roberti & Azhar Khan (“Dinah”), Lynne Rosenberg (“Matilda”), Steven Boyer, John Early, Tonya Glanz, Ben Sinclair & Yael Stone).

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5 Highlights From Last Night’s Mad Men: The Emptiness Is the Problem

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The characters on Mad Men often reveal the most about themselves when they’re alone—but even then, they can remain a mystery to us. A particularly emotional moment in last night’s episode came when Betty Francis (née Draper) stood in her kitchen, placed her hands on the counter and stared downward at something we couldn’t see. It happened twice: both after the return of a surprise visitor from her past, and again after halfheartedly disciplining her two boys. Was it the realization of how quickly the world turns outside of her domestic comforts, or simply the burden of her ceaseless duties as a mother and a housekeeper? If there was a lesson to be learned from last night’s Mad Men, it was simply a matter of always standing your ground: be upfront and never apologize, or you’ll end up on the losing end.



McCann invites company executives to a retreat in the Bahamas, and Don is expected to write “the Gettysburg address” on the state of the company, which is understandably a tall order; we never see him complete the task. (A classic exchange with Peggy: “Do you have my thesaurus?” “Probably.”) Meanwhile, Don meets with Ted and Peggy individually to discuss their ambitions for the office. Ted is simply interested in bigger accounts, while Peggy wants to “create something lasting,” and to establish a role as the first woman creative director at the agency. Don nags Peggy for further details on her life plans, as if to once again ask himself, is that all there is? “This is about my job, not the meaning of life,” Peggy says. “You think those things are unrelated?” he responds.


Mathis, the green employee, asks Don for advice about how to deal with a snubbed client. Don, essentially, tells him to never apologize and to play it cool. But Mathis takes it too literally and makes a terrible joke, throwing his career under the bus. He busts into Don’s office, proving he isn’t able to take responsibility for his own actions. “You have no character,” he says. “Neither do you—you’re just handsome.” Don swallows his pride and retorts: “Everybody has problems. Some people know how to deal with them, other people don’t. You’re fired.” Let’s see if this will have any bearing on Peggy’s trip to Paris with Mathis’ cousin, who we haven’t seen or heard from in two episodes.



Joan travels to LA with Lou Avery on business. She’s staying at the Beverly Wilshire, where Warren Beatty is making conquests. As Lou courts Hanna-Barbera for his cartoon ambitions, Joan has a coup de foudre with Richard Burgoff (Bruce Greenwood), a newly divorced real-estate developer. He buys Joan dinner and wonders aloud how she could possibly be single. After they sleep together, he demands that she cancel her flight to “get lobster in Malibu, sit on lounge chairs by the pool in Santa Barbara…” “I need to work,” Joan says.

When she returns to NYC, Richard follows her, and she reveals that she has a 4 year old son. Richard is furious and accuses her of using him as a crutch. “I know what this is, and so do you.” He’s just sent his kids off to college and doesn’t want to be responsible for anyone else. But then he visits her at the office with a bundle of flowers, telling her that he’s buying property in the city and she can visit him at will—with or without the kid. Perhaps Joan has found the perfect compromise with an older, more experienced man who can be there for her whenever she wants, without any expectations of domestic commitment.



Sally is getting ready for a cross-country bus trip with her swim team, but someone knocks at the door: Glen Bishop, their old neighbor and Betty’s former precocious young confidant. He’s now a trim young freshman at SUNY Purchase en route to Playland with a new flame. To Sally’s dismay, he reveals that he just enlisted and is heading to Vietnam. “You’re gonna die! For what?” Sally yells, and runs upstairs. Glen leaves, as proud as he’s ever been. That night, Sally calls his school to tearfully apologize, but can’t reach him.


The next day, after Sally leaves, Glen returns to the Francis residence to pay a visit to Betty. He sips a beer and gets close to her in the kitchen, confident as ever. “I know you’re mine,” he says, and tries to kiss her—but Betty hesitates. “This was going to be the one good thing that came out of all this,” he says. “I know you know the man I can be.” He then he reveals that he flunked out of college, and enlisted in part to hide the news from his stepdad. Betty sends him off, proud of him, but then has the previously mentioned moment alone in the kitchen. What has her life become after all these years?


Don’s real estate agent, Melanie, comes into his apt in the morning and wakes him up. “The emptiness is a problem,” she says bluntly. “This place reeks of failure.” Don still hasn’t removed the wine stain from the floor from his tryst two episodes ago, nor has he rented any new furniture since Megan took off. “A lot of wonderful things happened here,” he says in his own defense.


But when he takes Sally out to a Chinese restaurant with her classmates, one of her friends flirts with him: “You have a penthouse? When I watch TV, the commercials are my favorite part…” Sally accuses Don and his ex-wife of “oozing everywhere”, as if sex appeal was always their primary phenomenological trait. “You are like your mom and me and you’re gonna find that out,” he says. “You are a very beautiful girl, but you’re more than that.” He sends her off on her cross-country trip just before he gets the news that his apartment as just been sold. He stands in the hallway, sizing up the path that defined the last half-decade of his life. If the main existential question here is “where can a man live after the Upper East Side?” (and it surely isn’t), we have three episodes left to find out.

The 5 Most Important Moments From Last Night’s Gotham

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Gotham has three episodes left until its first season is complete! Which characters will go? Will the Joker ever be part of this season? Will the romance continue blossoming between Selena and Mr. Master Bruce? We shall see…For now, let’s take a look back at five pivotal moments from last night’s episode.


“I’m the new assistant to the doctor, Fish….” Suddenly, a man known as “the Catcher” arrives unannounced and the entire operation the Doctor has concocted seems to ascend, well, instantly. She begins to recruit all the delirious inmates to revolt against the Doctor’s will and manages to break into his office, grabbing his private stash of keys. Next thing you know, she’s making her way off Asylum Island via a helicopter. Then, suddenly, she gets shot, but it’s not that climactic or suspenseful…It’s a wimpy letdown. Judging from what Jada Pinkett Smith has said in interviews about Fish Mooney not returning, this would be a gravely disappointing way to end her character. Let’s see what happens next…


His target? Women who go to “speakeasys” in South Village. Funnily enough, it feels like some mock of 50 Shades of Grey when we look at the killer named Jason, dressed up in his tie and suit trying to be all suave. That hair gel is just way too much. Of course, there are many a’ speakeasy the police didn’t even know existed, but thanks to Ed Nygma we have that sorted out. He finds all the establishments via liquor licenses listed.


Selena Kyle pushes a man outside the window! Master Bruce, as he always does, goes about the town in pursuit of finding Selena Kyle because they obviously still have business to attend in finding who killed the Waynes/question Reggie Payne. When Reggie starts talking down to both of them calling them “silly children” part of Bruce wants to push Reggie out the window but instead Selena does the deed. It’s a major “OMG!!” for Bruce as he witnesses death out the window. I’m just not entirely sure if it made Bruce weak at the knees or not…


FLASHBACK! This Jason Lennon guy has a Tribeca high-rise loft and the first victim we see is so impressed by his luxurious space. “There’s some wine in the kitchen. Open anything you like,” Jason replies to such compliments. It’s not until he takes her to the “playroom” that things get way twisted. He takes a Polaroid photo of the victim beforehand and places the photo alongside the previous photos before the chosen victim in an open locked case of torture devices. IN ANOTHER FLASHBACK! The second victim gets in trouble gets in trouble because she cooked his lamb the wrong way… Are you furrealll? Should’ve gone with the sautéed vegetables.


Our dearest Penguin has always had a knack for framing people and manipulating situations to get what he wants (as we have seen with this Moroni drama). This instance- Penguin wants serious payback so he cuts off some bar musician’s fingers to secure the place for welcoming Moroni into his trap. The finger literally drops on the floor without a drop of blood.

5 Highlights From Last Night’s Mad Men: Everything Must Go

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The ninth episode of Mad Men’s final season offered so many ideas of monogamous harmony gone horribly wrong. Nearly every major interaction was sexually charged, and mostly with pitiful results. The lone exception: the opening scene. Don Draper making a milkshake for his ex-wife Betty’s stepsons—a disarmingly cheerful moment that almost felt like a flashback until her husband Henry walked in. The scene worked as a twisted joke in advance of the marital discord that followed.


It was a consummate Mad Men image: Diana and Don sit together in his kids’ bedroom the morning, surrounded by Day-Glo colors and sunshine. She tells him about her dead daughter, and the husband she ran away from. We see Don clean-shaven, hair slicked back, and hers perfectly coiffed. They look like they’re both in their early 30s—as youthful as one could look in that light, and in their circumstances. “Don’t you have to go to work?” she asks. “I don’t feel like it,” he says.


How many half-whispered conversations and post-coital dissolves have we seen on this show, which are so often punctuated by demands that can never really be met? “I think if I were you, this would bother me,” Don says the next morning, anticipating Megan’s arrival: “but it shouldn’t. Because it’s almost over.” Don is quick to establish a sense of comfort in the face of impending chaos, but he’s running on fumes. By the end of the episode, he realizes that he can never truly put himself in anyone else’s shoes, let alone those of a single mother’s supporting herself in the wake of tragedy. “When I was with you, I forgot about her…I don’t ever want to do that.” She won’t run away, and won’t let Don run away either.


In an episode filled with both new and returning guest appearances, we got a glimpse of Linda Cardellini’s Silvia, Don’s neighbor and flame from Season 6. They run into each other with their significant others in the elevator on the way to his apartment. Little seems to have changed between her and her doctor husband, Arnold, except that their marriage is perhaps even more stilted and passionless. It’s probably the last we will ever see of them. Diana recognizes that there was history immediately, asking Don how many girls he’s had in the elevator. “That’s not what that was,” he replies—but she already understands what kind of man he is.


Megan flies to New York to get her furniture back from Don’s apartment. She brings her mother, Marie, and her sister, Marie-France all on Don’s dime. Marie is quick to call the entire marriage a sham, making Megan grieve the situation out of her own insecurities. Since Don’s $500 cover isn’t enough to pay for the move and the lunch with Harry Crane, Marie calls up her old flame Roger Sterling, who smooths out the rest of the bill. Roger takes advantage of Marie’s invitation to take advantage of her in the now-barren apartment. Megan walks in on them after the act, having quit lunch early and avoided Harry’s gross come-ons. She is quickly reminded why she wanted to get out of this town in the first place.


SC&P finds itself in a torrid state of affairs when “Pima” Ryan (Mimi Rogers), a celebrity photographer clearly modeled after Annie Leibovitz, enters the office on hire to shoot a Cinzano ad for Peggy. She visits the office to take a look at her negatives and comes to a head with Stan, whose nose for competition leads him to take rather intimate photos of his own girlfriend.


In the darkroom, Pima is impressed with Stan’s work, and seduces him—but she isn’t finished with her SC&P conquests yet. She enters Peggy’s office and tries to get her to let loose. “You’ve never been married? Me either. The adventures I would have missed.” Peggy resists her advances. She shares her experiences with Stan, whose confidence has also gotten a major boost. Will this encounter lead to an affair between the two of them, or was it merely thematic window dressing in relation to the rest of the trysts happening this episode?


“Why did I believe anything you said?” Megan says to Don, in what will likely be their last encounter in the series. “Why am I being punished for being young?” For a long time now, it’s been clear that Don and Megan have very different interests, and their lives on opposite coasts functioned as a trial separation. Megan did her best to be a doting housewife, a surrogate mother to his children, and an adventurous sexual partner.


But the novelty wore off for Don, and he found himself increasingly alienated from the countercultural lifestyle she began to enjoy in Los Angeles. Since the 1960s began, Don has always been less about “free love” than horizontal integration. As a result, the girl who Harry Crane described as “Ali MacGraw and Brigitte Bardot combined” is out of his life forever. He writes her a check for a million dollars, divesting himself of further responsibility. She hands him back their wedding ring. He returns home to find all the furniture gone: the wife who had everything left him with nothing.

Your Travel Guide to the Real Life Westeros

Always looking for the next new playground, I’ve arrived at the fabulous Dalmatian Coast. Attracting everyone from the glitterati and jet setters to the elite intelligentsia, the gorgeous natural light, sun-drenched beaches, and glistening sea are astounding. Basking in the sheer beauty of the Dalmatian Coast, one can be found yachting about the blue Adriatic and lolling in luxurious seaside hotels and villas. 


Adding to its cachet, this is also the ideal destination for Game of Thrones lovers. Picturesque Dubrovnik and nearby locales provide many of the evocative settings for the hit HBO series. Its producers and cinematographers found the famed seaside medieval city and dreamy landscapes of lush pine and palm trees pitch perfect for a mythical kingdom in the fantasy TV epic.

What’s more, iconic filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola jets in on his private plane for some R&R in Dubrovnik, you can find him holed up at the luxurious Villa Agave, seeking inspiration for his next film project.

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Part of the Adriatic Luxury Hotels group, this posh oasis offers the utmost creature comforts, including butler service and a terrace overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the island of Lokrum. On his first visit to Dubrovnik the director stayed at its sister property – the elegant Excelsior Hotel, just steps away, where he wrote the scenario for Rain Man, while romancing galpal Eleanor who later became his wife. No wonder he returns to this enchanting locale for creative rejuvenation. We hear Sofia is on her way. 

Who doesn’t love Consummate Concierge? Coppola’s favorite, Marija Zecevic, did not disappoint when I arrived. No sooner did I appear, than I was whisked away to my glamorous villa abode while the concierge arranged for me a host of activities.


Yachting about is the favorite pasttme here, and is really the only way to truly experience the Dalmatian coast in all its glory. Sail the shimmering Adriatic, exploring the Elephati Archipelago, hidden coves and secluded beaches. Join the yachties and stylish set at Villa Ruza on picturesque Kolocep Island for a lunch of Prosecco and truffle pasta. Then it’s back to your cruise through paradise.



Since the second season, Dubrovnik has stood in for King’s Landing, home to the Iron Throne, with iconic landmarks like Pile Gate and Rector’s Palace featured in the show. While you meander the gleaming limestone pathways of this ancient walled city, the show’s make up artist will point out the very spots where the kinky action that keeps you coming back was filmed – while she spills some juicy dish. I asked, “Who is the meanest actor off set?” She told me all the characters are cast true to their personalities (wink wink), except for heartthrob Jamie, who unlike his character, is sweet as sugar and even better looking in person…Is that even possible?



I had exclusive access to walk atop the medieval walls after 8pm when the crowds have left, taking in stunning views of the red-roofed city and the sea below. At Minceta Tower, the highest point, you’ll be in the footsteps of Daenerys Targaryan as she tried to enter the House of the Undying to rescue her dragons in Game of Thrones

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The stars of GOT and other celebs take up residence at the 5-Star Excelsior while on location in the city that George Bernard Shaw called Heaven on Earth. Luminaries such as Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth and John Paul Sartre frequented this legendary hotel. With stylish suites whose spacious balconies overlook the blue Adriatic, a lovely pool and pampering spa, it’s the perfect refuge to luxuriate in even if you’re not on a shoot. I happened upon Ann Heche lunching at the hotel’s waterfront restaurant while here to film the new mini-series Dig.

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Fashionistas will be agog at voguish Maria Store Luxury Boutique where collections of the world’s top designers are housed in a space dating back to the early 16th century. Stop by the immensely popular War Gallery where hauntingly beautiful works by Croatian celebrity photog Zoran Marinovic and others adorn the walls. Tucked away in the ramparts and rocks facing the sea, cliffside bar Café Buza offers spectacular sundowners. While buzzy nightspots 360 and Culture Club Revelin are all the rage, the most fabulous party may well be aboard a super-yacht. Ask the Consummate Concierge.

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Watch the Cast Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Beg for David Lynch’s Return to Showtime’s Series Revival

This past weekend David Lynch revealed to the world that he would be removing himself Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival after they refused to pay him the proper amount of money he felt that he and the show deserved. However, what is perhaps the most bizarre and unnecessary element of all, is that the show might still continue in his absence with another director at the helm. Personally, I hated the idea of Lynch bringing back to the show, but with his involvement at all this would be nothing short of a disaster. So what’s to be done?

Well, Mädchen Amick, who played lovable waitress Shelly Johnosn on Twin Peaks has rounded up her fellow cast members for a, frankly creepy, video of them all saying their variations on “Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like….” The video features Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn, and more. Take a look for yourself HERE.

5 Highlights From Last Night’s Mad Men: New Mustaches and Old Lovers, Is That All There Is?

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It felt like a dream. Though Mad Men picked up months from where its last half-season left off, it first dropped us into a moment of torrid professionalism, with Jon Hamm at his most powerfully flat. Our first glimpse of the deeply lucrative McCann-Erickson merger was watching Don Draper seemingly alone in a room with a model, directing her towards his wishes—the life of an advertising executive functioning as a myopic series of demands.


“Look at yourself—you like what you see.” But while Peggy Lee crooned “Is That All There Is?” on the soundtrack (a song heard three times in the episode), we cut away to find the other executives in the room right there with him. This matter of business is an open secret, and they’re all in the money. After a long series of auditions, Don goes home with one of the girls, and she notices a piece of jewelry on his floor: “That’s my ex-wife’s.” The cycle is complete, and Don is back to his old ways, which have always felt both old and new at the same time.


The season premiere featured at least one major callback to the beginning of the series: the reappearance of Rachel Katz (née Menken), Don’s mistress from the first season and the former head of a major department store with which he used to do business. In an uncanny moment, he first sees her in a dream as one of the models entering his office, as they speak to each other through the language of advertising—until he wakes up in bed with one of the models. The next day, his secretary informs him that Rachel has died. Don goes to the shiva meeting and learns that she passed away from leukemia.


In the meantime, Don keeps returning to a late-night diner to visit a waitress, Diana, who strongly reminds Don of his old friend—and who has now become his latest ghost. (This show always withholds character information purposefully, to such a degree that I was wondering whether Diana was an older character or not.) But after he feeds into his sexual compulsion, he hasn’t found any answers, falling ever deeper into the uncanny valley. “When someone dies, you want to make sense of it, but you can’t,” she tells him.



Let’s just talk about those mustaches for a second. It’s April in 1970, and we got to see both Roger Sterling and Ted Chaough sport brand-new tufts of hair above the upper lip. Is this a symbol of increased professionalism, or is the look not really working for them? Decide for yourself.


Peggy has been living without romance ever since her fling with Ted ended disastrously. Her new co-worker, John Mathis, tries to set her up with his brother-in-law, Stevie Wolcott, and the worst first date ever becomes the best first date ever.


He tells Peggy that his brother described her as “funny, and fearless”—and her confidence spikes a fever pitch, resulting in one of the most passionate encounters we’ve ever seen on this show. They don’t sleep together, but they make plans to go to Paris in two weeks. Let’s hope that things remain this torrid while they’re sober (and that he doesn’t have any ulterior motives).


As one of Don’s forever put-upon underlings at the office, one-eyed Ken Cosgrove considers quitting the office to pursue his aspirations as a novelist, and living off his wife’s family riches (which even she would prefer him to do). But then her father (Ray Wise) tells the family that he’s retiring from the very account Ken represents at the agency. Before he’s able to quit, McCann-Erickson fires him and replaces him with Pete.


Ken has a complicated history with McCann-Erickson, having quit another agency they used to own a few seasons back, and insulting them in the process, taking millions in accounts with him. In another sudden act of revenge, he announces at the end of the episode that he’s leaving to work for Dow with a new position as head of advertising. So much for that writing career, Ken!