AJColossal wrote:LOL, speaking of drunken rants (thanks for the set-up, Garth!) did anyone find Don's inebriated pitch to Life a bit bizarre? We've seen him drinking and working at an extraordinary level for the entire series, but for some reason, he was reduced to the level of a complete idiot in that scene.
I know that we're witnessing his "Drunken Downward Spiral" this season, and he probably came to the meeting with a sense of professional entitlement after the award, but I thought it was a strange bit of direction.
I did think it was a bit much. Hamm played it very well. But I guess I also figured that Don's nerves leading up to the awards ceremony probably made him drink more than he usually would, and after--with the excitement, I have no doubt they drank more on the car ride back to the office. I guess my only point is that Weiner didn't show us the extent to of Don's drinking.
But I also think that professional entitlement helped things along. Don looked the happiest we have ever seen him when he won that award (again played magnificently by Hamm). So interesting how just 6 episodes ago Don was too nervous to give a proper interview and now he is accepting awards in front of his colleagues.
conkom wrote:What is slowly emerging is the myth and aura that Dick created around his Don Draper persona is unravelling. It is obvious now that he manipulated and lied to get to where he is while taking credit for other people's ideas.
What did everyone think about that scene when he woke up with Doris the waitress in his bed calling him by his real name. Was it a dream about the past mixed with reality? What happened to the attractive jingle writer he picked up at the bar? Did he imagine her?
I don't know how obvious it is that Don lied and took credit for others' work to get where he is. He certainly showed some flaws this episode, with the magnificently intertwined scenes of him and Sterling, and his manipulation to get a job. (This season has really been knocking their endings out of the park by the way...seriously, the music...Don's smile as the elevator closes...pitch perfect) And then later on with him not acknowledging the use of the youngster's idea. But in all fairness he had been on a tidal wave of events and alcohol (not excusing anything mind you), AND he offered to pay for the idea. This is the way the business is done...if Don knew it was the kid's and went ahead with it anyway, then you might have more evidence to convince. But Don has shown that he has talent in this industry. I don't think he used other people to climb the ladder any more than anyone else in the show does.
As far as the "Dick" [Whitman], it is my guess that Don had beer goggles and the jingle writer was the same woman that we saw at the end. He, in a drunken stupor told her his real name. And there ya go. The only imagined part was how attractive he found her at the bar when wasted on martinis.
I love that he is breaking down slowly but surely. It is heart-breaking, but in all honesty this is exactly what is needed for the character to remain interesting and not become a ridiculous caricature. A good-looking, heavy-drinking, chain-smoking, ladies-man who always gets what he wants; I feel like that is how many viewers saw him and they watched it for wish fulfillment television (much the way some Sopranos viewers just wanted to see endless violence, and Entourage viewers watch so they can enjoy the rich, sexy lifestyle in the only way they can) Just showing viewers things that they want to see, does not make a good television show. So far this season is really blowing me away.