I too feel like this episode wasn't the strongest but I do think that Quinn and Barney breaking up made sense. They've never dealt with the fact that Quinn manipulated Barney or that Barney has serious issues remaining faithful, which are two deal breakers. I wasn't expecting it to happen so fast but the conclusion, if not the lead up, was realistic in my mind. They don't trust each other. Great acting on that final scene between those two. There are plenty of couples who jump on the wedding wagon without really thinking about it. I had a similar thing happen with my last boyfriend. Sometimes you just snap back to reality. I do like that Barney didn't cheat on Quinn with Robin, that would have ruined the season because I wouldn't have been able to get behind them as a couple.
Megan didn't really irritate me this episode. I actually don't think she was selfish. Don drops everything for his career, why can't Megan do the same thing? Why should Megan be responsible for his kids if he won't be? She had something important on Monday morning too. Sally was old enough to be on her own, its not Megan's fault she ran off. Betty is home full time, that's why she takes the kids. Yet every time we turn around she's dumping them on Don and Megan because Sally is too old to put up with her head games. I am a Betty fan but even I know she's not the best mother. When you don't know how to hug your own child, you know something's weird. She was raised to be cold, so she is. Sally and Betty love each other but there was bound to be difficulties, Sally is a lot like Don.
Ah mothers, love 'em or hate 'em we always seem to run home to their arms. I loved that Sally and Glen got to hang out this episode. They had a moment where they were so happy, only to have it taken from them by Mother Nature.
Poor Lane indeed. That entire scene was gut wrenching. I thought that he was going to give up after the Jaguar incident too. I was thankful that they did his makeup to be realistic, most people seem to think that hanging yourself isn't as frightening as other suicides but there really is no pretty way to die. Mad Men is very good at shattering illusions. I don't think Don is to blame. Lane did steal from the company. His partners would have lent him the money because they understood that he was fundamental in making SCDP to begin with. They might have grumbled a bit but they would have quietly helped him. In the end, he didn't trust anyone. Its sad, because he was so great. He was really smart and could have been very successful at a different firm if he had taken Don's way out. But the idea of losing something he'd worked so hard for, just finished him. He'd been under so much pressure that this was just the final blow for a very desperate and ultimately, lonely man. Rest in peace, Lane Pryce. I for one was always a fan.
Oh and I just want to say, Mamie Gummer is great I've seen her in other stuff but this Emily Owens thing looks beneath her but hey, if your Merryl Streep's daughter, you have a lot to live up to.
CW is smart, they know who their market is. They don't pay those researchers for nothin'. Emily Owens is to play off the Grey's An. fans and those that find awkwardness attractive/endearing. Carrie Dairies is for the die hard Sex in the City fans and they get away with it because Anna-Sophia Robb is such a cutie. Arrow is for those that liked Smallville and trying to grasp a little of the Avenger's fandom. Cult is the thriller/ attempt at mind fuck. Beauty and the Beast for the Twihard fans who enjoy watching fanged men push girls out of the way of moving transportation devices. Except, they've done one better, they've up-ed the attractiveness of the leads and threw in a classic Disney favorite for the basic concept. Now are any of these concepts original? God no but they are marketable.
I actually loved this episode. I loved the Harry and Paul interaction. It was good to see what happened to Paul and I was stunned when he showed up looking the way he did. But at the same time, it fit the times. There we tons of spiritual cults that popped up, they were easy to get in not so easy to get out. I enjoyed the fact that Megan and Don weren't getting along about acting and that Don's resentment is coming through. Also, I'm an actress and I've had similar conversations with people about my chosen career path. People can be astounded that you want to act for a living, especially the older generations. Also, might I point out that we may have a Betty 2.0 on our hands after that paranoid fit Megan threw. We're seeing how Don gives up on relationships when he finds out that his perfect wife isn't what he built up in his mind. Great episode, my fav this season. LOVED JOAN. "Surprise! There's an airplane to see you"! Christina Hendricks, you need an Emmy.
Now Chuck lives in a world where lies are common place. He needs a girl who is used to it, who thrives on it. Otherwise, how would she survive? That girl is Blair. She jumped on the chance to get her hands dirty last episode. We're all outraged that Chuck sold Blair for a hotel and we're supposed to forget about it. Yet it's Jack Bass, he was messing with Chuck. Nobody messes with Chuck's mind like Jack Bass. Blair has manipulated Chuck for her own purposes as well, what do you think Blair would have done if she was in Chuck position? She freaks out over a plastic crown, never mind a hotel and everything she's worked for. Chuck has more then paid that back when he freed Blair from her royal marriage and gave up financial security. Meanwhile, he didn't ask anything in return and even apologized for his bad choices.
I miss Dan being hopelessly in love with Serena, the It-Girl out of his reach. He was so cute. Now he's just desperate. Isn't it interesting how him going after Blair and getting her seems more desperate then him pining for Serena? Its because Dan has never sunk to the levels he's sinking. Remember in season one where Nate was waiting for Serena and Dan runs into him? Dan was clearly jealous but he handled it. Now they have Dan running around plotting secretly because Blair is paying attention to Chuck? Also remember that Blair has exiled his sister. The last time Jenny was in town Blair wrote "Whore" all over her collection? Dan was always the good big brother, now he's dating the woman responsible for ruining her in New York? Dan always hated lies, he dumped Serena for it. Now he's putting up with Blair, who lies every time she opens her mouth. Ugh
I have to agree with some other people. I usually don't critic reviews, go ahead look at my history if if you don't believe me, but I really disliked all the "Fat Betty" remarks. Betty may have gained some weight but she's still very attractive woman. My youngest sister struggles with her weight and she's constantly being teased at school and considers herself ugly. She doesn't eat anymore than the normal person, her body is just made that way. So it really infuriates me when I see people make ignorant "FAT" jokes, especially if they're public. It's no wonder eating disorders are still so common with females. Betty may not be the most likable character on T.V but that has everything to do with her attitude, not her weight.
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