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Feminism

In Defense of Betty Draper Francis (Kind Of)

Brace yourselves; the Betty Draper hate is coming. Wait, I think that’s the wrong show (even though I’d love to do a Cersei post). Anyway, it’s the Mad Men time of year again, which means it’s time to hate on everyone’s favorite ice queen, Mrs. Elizabeth Hofstadt Draper Francis! Naturally, this bothers me.

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New Show Recap

Recap: Mad Men, 5.09, “Dark Shadows”

Previouslies: Jane and Roger are leaving each other thanks to LSD-induced honesty about their relationship, Betty and Don had a serious conversation about Don’s previous wife in a previous season, Roger bribed Peggy to work up a whole campaign over a weekend, Betty’s gaining weight, and Pete screwed his buddy’s totally crazy wife.

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Mad Men: “The Wheel” – End of the Season, Turn, Turn, Turn

Previously on Mad Men: An entire season went by! But in the episode before this, Harry and Hildy made some poor decisions at a party, Peggy made good decisions and everyone hated her for it, and Don laid the smackdown on Pete’s ambitions and nefarious plots.

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: “Indian Summer” of (Hesitant, Repressed) Self Love

Previously on Mad Men: Roger behaved poorly and had a heart attack, Joan hated men but to the great disappointment of her roommate not enough to give them up in favor of women, Don had an existential crisis and went running to Rachel, who, against what we know to be her better judgment, was totally […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: Long Weekend, Not Quite at Bernie’s, but We Came Really Close

Previously on Mad Men: Betty dealt with disappointment and housewife angst by opening fire on some pigeons, Pete dealt with conflicting feelings regarding his secret lady friend by punching Ken in the face, Don dealt with feelings by refusing to have feelings.

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: They Shoot Fat Girls, Don’t They?

Previously on Mad Men: Don had an extended flashback, told off some hipsters, and brought an account home with Peggy’s ideas. Peggy went there on an office couch with Pete and ripped her blouse. She was also awesome and adorable on the dance floor. Sal almost went there with a lipstick executive, but he couldn’t […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: “Red in the Face” and White and Lumpy on the Floor

Last time on Mad Men: Don got schooled in not being a jerk and bad performance art. Joan got a bird and a cage. Peggy got a new job, but no raise and no respect. We got a gorgeous montage at the end.

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: Exile in Babylon

Last time on Mad Men: Everything was kind of terrible and sad, except for the short story-writing rivalry among the Smarmies, which was hilarious. Pete didn’t deserve Trudy, but then again he never does. Peggy tried to be a good secretary and mostly succeeded. Joan won, but then again she always does.

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: “5G” – A Sad Room

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: New Amsterdam – Populated by WASPs, Fantastic Lingerie, At Least One Psychokiller in Training

Last time on Mad Men: Peggy had a one-nighter with a soon-to-be-married man and all she got was this stupid stolen postcard and a Kanye shrug; Joan went there, saw that, did him, and all she got was a dog-eared copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and a great big chip on her shoulder; Betty made […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: Marriage of Figaro and “I Don’t Like Your Tone”

Previously on Mad Men: Betty killed a bird bath, Midge killed a television, Peggy killed Paul’s hopes and dreams of having a shag on his office couch, off-screen Pete killed any romantic notions I’ve ever held about Niagara Falls. Sal was never there; don’t tell anyone you saw him.

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Mad Men: Ladies’ Room – A Bad Place to Cry, A Good Place to Overshare and Tip Poorly

Last time on Mad Men: We met Don Draper, his new secretary, assorted sassy women, and Christina Hendricks’s breasts! Sal was (secretly!) gay! Don was (sort of secretly!) married!