Mad Men: Pizza House!

MAD MEN: 5.08 “Lady Lazarus”

Get your pitchforks ready, folks. I’m ready to be attacked.

I’m a fan of Rory Gilmore. You know me. Gilmore Girls is definitely one of my go-to shows. Alexis Bledel shined as Rory. In fact, I even liked her in both of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies. But there’s one thing that she’s not good at: playing an older woman in an unhappy marriage.

See, I really like Rory. And I’m wording that accurately. I like RORY. And Alexis Bledel makes a good RORY. But that’s about it. Everything else that I’ve seen her in — movies, TV shows, even Sisterhood — she’s got just about one note, and that is the whispy, blue-eyed, puppy-faced Rory. When she has this expression, she looks about sixteen years old, right about the time when Rory was her best. So making her an older woman in the 1960s, married to a quite older man just didn’t fit. Sorry, folks, Rory didn’t do the job. I didn’t believe it for a minute.

Which is mildly entertaining, since I believed an older Mr. Belding was someone other than Mr. Belding when he was in a mere 30 seconds of the show. Way to go, Dennis Haskins.

So it was rather annoying seeing Alexis Bledel in this show. She just didn’t fit. She was a teenager or early 20-something in a costume, playing a role that didn’t fit. I get that there’s a disconnect; she’s turning 31 this year. But it was just bad casting, and she just didn’t fit the part.

Rory aside, the point we’re supposed to take from this is that she’s one unhappy woman, and Pete’s still a despicable human being. The fact that he actually went home with the man whose wife he was sleeping with was just horrible. Uggh, Pete.

As for Don, well, he had his own marital issues to deal with. Megan has quit the firm to become an actress. Everyone had their own responses to the news, but Don’s was the most cryptic. It was clear he wasn’t the happiest to hear it, but he didn’t quite know what to do with the news. Was he just unsure what others would think of it? Or did it throw a wrench into his own view of what his new life is?

If anything, he sure didn’t like what it did to his business. Peggy royally screwed up playing his wife for the client — “Just try it!” — and he took his aggression out on her. But perhaps he just missed Megan.

I’m not entirely sure. Nor do I know what the empty elevator shaft really meant. Perhaps you readers can jump in with some analysis. Either way, Don doesn’t know what’s coming next, and frankly, neither do we.

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5 thoughts on “Mad Men: Pizza House!

  1. Bledel was really wooden and stiff in this episode. It felt kind of jarring; as you said, it really didn’t work. She didn’t act like someone from that time period.

    The image of Pete sitting alone in that hotel room with the bottle of champagne was just so pathetic. I mean, I know we all hate him and think he’s despicable, but his life is such a mess right now, I almost feel bad for him.

  2. No, I can honestly say I didn’t feel bad for him. He deserved it.

    In all my zeal to complain, I forgot to mention two fantastically hilarious moments in the episode:

    1. Pizza House! Seriously, this still makes me laugh.
    2. Pete trying to take the skis out of Roger’s office. That was great.

  3. I am very interested in the development of Peggie’s role during this season. She used to be a star but lately she seems she cannot do anything right- from Heinz to the wrong line during the live presentation. Also her personal life is not going in the direction she would like to. Is she suffering the loss of Don’s directions? I really would like to see her going back to where she was last season- i feel sorry for her.

  4. From a review on Huffington Post about the elevator shaft: As they walk in on her last day, Don takes a moment to take in his last image of her in the office, Megan cries goodbye to the creative team and then the two of them have that heart-felt, sad-eyed, intense goodbye at the elevator, that could have just as easily been a “see you later at home, honey.” It’s like she dies when those elevator doors close, and the empty shaft that opens when Don quickly presses the button (what was he trying to do? go after her?) is a literal disconnect that translates to the emotional one. She’s gone down into that void and he can’t follow her. That moment when he hovers over the abyss was also kinda scary and seemed for a sec, like he might go tumbling down.

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