DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
SHE doesn’t care what the truth is, as long as I do what she says. How’s that for insight from Sally Draper aged, I don’t know, 12? She’s talking about her mother. If anyone should be seeing a psychiatrist, it’s her. I loved that scene last week, Sally sitting there on the couch playing cards with the shrink, the two of them discussing Betty Draper like a pair of professionals.
Dr Edna’s got one of those voices that if I listen to it for more than about 20 seconds I go to sleep. She’s all, your mother has so many stresses Sally, that’s why she gets mad at you, not because you did anything wrong, do you have any aces . . . and Sally’s I know, do you have any jacks . . .
Then Betty arrives with her clenched jaw and the chainsmoking and says how Henry reminds her of Don. Hardly. Anyway, thanks to Don’s high-risk Why I’m Quitting Tobacco ad in The New York Times, the agency is in line for some work for the American Cancer Society. An antismoking campaign. Roger finds it hysterical. He hopes he didn’t blow it, he says, because it took him five minutes to stop laughing when they rang.
It’ll be a public service announcement but it’s getting their name out there. They really, really need this job.
There are three big shocks in this episode. It’s the season final, so you’d expect something. People— idiots, not you — sometimes say to me that this show is too slow for them. That nothing happens. Which is clearly not true, but that aside, how do they cope with the boring day-to-day tediousness of life? There are flashes of enjoyment, but how long do they last? Realistically?
Jon Hamm’s eyes, I don’t know what kind of life he’s had but it’s beyond acting what goes on there. There’s a scene in Anna’s house, the real Mrs Draper, who died, when he sees the Dick + Anna ’ 64 he painted on her living room wall, you’ve never seen anything sadder than the look on his face.
This is a television show. And it’s one of those flashes of enjoyment I was talking about. Mad Men Movie Extra, Foxtel/Austar 8.30pm
Prize eyes: Jon Hamm