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I really find it bizarre that every man in the agency is cheating on his wife except for Ken Cosgrove (who seems the only normal person on the show and I am including the women here) except for maybe Henry Francis but he married Betty so I do wonder his sanity.

Does Matt Weiner really have such a low opinion of men? It seems strange that the only way he has people deal with relationship issues is infidelity. Not since I watch the movie Babysitters have I wonder why sexism against men (I am women before I get pounced on) is so common yet no one really comments on that.

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Enough with the woman-oriented soap opera. Let's get back to the advertising agency where at least there is some originality.

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"with each season of Mad Men, I find my desire to live during that period waning. The men, simply put, are pigs."

To me, the writers are laying it on so thick with the "men are pigs" theme that I just roll my eyes now -- and I'm a woman! It just becomes a little too much to believe. I'm getting tired of the series, actually, partly because it's so hard to like ANY of the characters, partly because I feel like the writers have lost their way. It's all ennui and angst now -- yawn!

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While it's likely that some people behaved in the same manner as Don and Pete, I believe it was not symptomatic of the times. That's not to say adultery didn't take place or that people didn't self destruct. They have ever since there have been people on the planet.

That being said however I thought this show was supposed to be a commentary on the life and times of advertising executives in the 50s and 60s. It turns out to be something else; an exploration or the darker side of men and their self destructive tendencies.

If Don and Pete can't conquer their demons and keep it in their pants disaster is sure to follow and has already reared its ugly head.

Perhaps Mathew Weiner is now more interested in presenting what he perceives to be the moral turpitude of an age and its effects than he is to provide any further insight into a bygone era.

My guess is that sooner or later one or both of these men will take a shot at redemption...and that one or both will fail and bring many down with them...

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Here's an odd coincidence: Pete should have seen A Guide for the Married Man (1967), co-starring Robert Morse...or he could have consulted with Bert Cooper? (I don't know how that works--mixing fiction with reality ;-) The young Morse's cardinal rule for cheating: never with a woman on your block! Even Trudy knew that.

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After the disappointment of episode 1/2 of this seasons Mad men, I hoped that that the 3rd episode would kick start the program, but unfortunately if anything, it was more disappointing than the last. When Mad Men first started it was exciting, original,and every episode was beautifully written and acted, it just seems that now, Mad Men has run out of steam and has turned into yet another glorified soap opera. Far to much time is devoted to personal life's of the main protagonists and not enough time to the dynamics of the advertising industry which is what made it so original. To many of the great characters have been killed off, and all we are left with is Dons personal demons!! and frankly after 3 episodes I am pretty bored with Don's personal history. In fact I am pretty bored with the whole show. I am hoping to God it gets better, but I suspect were going to get more of the same. Wgat a disappointment that the most original show in years is turning into candyfloss.

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It's not too hard to figure out why Don hates himself given his childhood, that he is living in a dead man's identity and what happened with his brother after Don denied him a relationship.




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