It's the penultimate episode of the season, SCDP is desperate, and Don is making moves. We've come a long way since the beginning of the season, where Don struggled with his own identity, and now SCDP is struggling with theirs.
Last night's Mad Men episode, "The Beautiful Girls," centers around Faye, Sally, Miss Blankenship, Peggy and Joan -- all in different stages of life, dealing with their own roles as women as well as their roles with the men that rely on them.
In "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword," the characters deal with both shame and guilt. Don bounces back to his feet and avoids company shame by realizing they're set up for failure (foresight he hasn't had in a while).
So far, Mad Men, with the guidance of creator Matthew Weiner and the rest of the writers, has avoided backlash with its continued high quality. That ultimate safeguard has continued as Season 4 gets underway.
Iron Man 2, entertaining as it is, and I like it, is a big missed opportunity. It could have been a lighter version of The Dark Knight, exploring deeper themes in a pop context with a more congenial cast. Instead, it's confused.
Listening to Martin Luther King on the murder of four girls in a Birmingham church, Betty opines that maybe this civil rights thing is premature. But Betty should know that a dream deferred can dry up like a raisin in sun.