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Mad Men Still Surprises in its Old Age

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Mad Men’s Robert Morse

I’m pretty sure spoiler alerts are not necessary at this point — considering the Mad Men mid-season finale was a week ago — but it’s obligatory (thanks DVR; no my love, that wasn’t sarcastic, I really am thankful): if you have not watched the May 25, 2014 episode of AMC’s Mad Men, we’ll see you later.

Mad Men Mid-Season Finale: Why Wait So Long?

There are few shows that leave me reeling after each episode like Mad Men. I felt the same way about Breaking Bad (check out this exciting news tidbit concerning everyone’s favorite drug kingpin) and Southland. So it’s difficult for me to simply type out a quick summary like other entertainment bloggers and receive the desired quick looks. However, when the last few episodes of a season are as good as these, you can understand how and why someone can craft a quicker summation — I just didn’t have it in me; I was spent.

With that said, I will focus on one aspect and one aspect only for my piece today. However, when the second half of the final season of Mad Men begins next spring, I will provide summaries, observations and your thoughts and opinions. It’s fun to have a common interest with others, so I hope you’ll be back and join our little MM community.

 

Mad Men Uses a Song and Dance Number to Leave Us Guessing

By the way, I realize the distinguished gentleman above is pretty old by some folks standards on this site. But he’s still pretty cool. (Is “cool” still a word that indicates “cool” or am I dating myself, too?) I guess if you don’t watch the show, you probably aren’t reading this anyway; that worked itself out rather nicely.

As the end credits drew ever so near, the rest of the agency was stunned by the peaceful passing of the show’s patriarch, Bert Cooper (Robert Morse). The characters rallied, and in light of his death, a major shake-up occurred within the firm — setting up the final seven episodes of Mad Men. Forever. And then the most amazing, trippy and confounding sequence in the show’s history unfolded before our very eyes.

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) descended the stair case in the ad agency’s Manhattan offices and was greeted by a familiar face: the now deceased Bert Cooper! WHHAAATTTTT!!!!! Not only does good ‘ol Bert show up, but so did several back-up dancers who followed his lead through “The Best Things in Life are Free,” a song by the Ink Spots. Now if any of you see this as “your jam,” then you’re about 90 years old. (Thanks for reading, Me Maw! )

As Don watched in utter amazement, Bert sang and danced — Robert Morse is not a stranger to the showstopping number, because he is a Tony Award winning actor — until he disappeared and life in the office continued as normal around the teary-eyed Draper. As normal as it can be after a dead guy just appeared to you in a vision. What was Mad Men doing here? My guess as it was happening was that Don had a heart attack and the camera was going to black as he was lying in the floor. However, the other folks who I watched with were split between it being a harbinger for bad things to come and fun ending to a cool character (the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, never gives much away, but he seemed to imply it was the latter).

What do you think? Was Bert Cooper trying to tell us something about the characters? Is Don going to make it through the final seven episodes? Are you still on Season 4 on Netflix and mad because you missed the spoiler alert? Comment below!

See you in 2015, Mad Men and Women!

 

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