Mad Men Review: Season Three Finale

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Hello to Sterling, Cooper, Draper and Pryce. Goodbye to Mad Men as we know it.

A new company, a new family arrangement and a new direction for Don Draper were all the focus of the show's season three finale. We've recapped "Shut the Door. Have a Seat" in full and share our opinion on it below...

How do those that criticized the show's early-season pace fell now? Creator Matthew Weiner always said he was laying the seeds for more dramatic action all along - and it all paid off this week. There wasn't a single dull moment, as it almost felt like a different series entirely, with a couple laugh-out loud lines and a quick pace that found Don and Roger making like Rusty and Danny Ocean.

Photo of Don Draper

The season was clearly building to these little conversations/recruitment pitches.

Don's previous outbursts at Peggy, for example, set the stage for both their conversations in the finale: the initial, terse exchange in which she stood up for herself; and the subsequent apology, in which Don channeled Dick and was as vulnerable as we've ever seen him in a professional setting.

Pete, meanwhile, just wanted to be praised by Don, his father figure. After being disappointed so greatly in the opening scene by the man that referred to him as a son, Don didn't hesitate to come through for Campbell when needed.

Let's tackle the rest of this recap/review via a series of pressing questions:

  • Will the remnants of Sterling Cooper find their way back into the new agency? Like Bobby and Sally's reaction to their parents separating, the show depicted both sides of this professional "divorce," making us wonder if we'll ever see Ken and his haircut again.
  • No way it works out between Betty and Henry, right? Right?!?
  • Will Sal join Sterling, Cooper, Draper and Pryce? How many others were hoping he'd be called in to open the art department's door last night?
  • How far into the future will season four jump? Here's to hoping we see a lot of the new company developing, as well as Betty realizing that Henry is just another self-created ideal of the man with whom she wants to be.

More than any episode of memory, the Mad Men quotes were incredibly funny this week. We've listed a few below and invite discussion on your favorites...

Roger: Peggy, can you get me some coffee?
Peggy: No. | permalink
Roger: How long do you think it'll take us to be in a place like this again?
Don: I never saw myself working in a place like this. | permalink
Roger: You're not good as relationships because you don't value them. | permalink
Don [to Betty]: You're a whore. You know that? | permalink
Don: I want to build something of my own. How do you not understand that? | permalink

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mad men the most overrated show on tv... like all tv shows it will go the way of seinfeld and friends. its a soap opera feeding on nostaglia. in fact most of television and motion pictures are finding material from digging around in the past.. Batman, Spiderman,Wolfman..garbage man.
The WHO in concert at the superbowl next year it will be KIZZ..
the only thing missing from this overated series is the lucky strike and palmolive adverts.
the stories all have already been written, heavens above, some of us lived throught it. The plot lines; can you say as the world turns or the young and the restless..
Myself i am waiting for the HAPPY MEN series about a rocket company in the fifties and the WALL STREET men about the hippies in the needy/greedy 90's and then save the earth movement in the 2000's.
Its amazing how everyone it talking about the art form of this television show..hey guys it has all been done already like in the fifties and sixties.. show me breakfast at tiffanys, give me a thin tie and thin cigs and i to can get a award for art direction...
Andy Warhol where are you... save us from mediocrity.


I think Betty's little Gene is going to end up being NOT Don's child. I hope she's gone, January Jones is such a bad actress, it's distracting.

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