Was there ever a more poignant moment than Peggy telling Pete...well, you know if you watched it. If not, I don't want to ruin it.
Or the last two words of the episode.
The emotional content of the series picked up this year. Some might say it became more sentimental, soap-operish. But for me it suited the era. The machinations of the advertising business can only hold my interest for so long.
Instead the writers chose to spend more time off-shop with the cast of complex enigmatic characters that we will never fully understand. If there are occasional minutes when we can read their hearts and minds, there are others when they stand obscured in the shadows, just out of reach.
If my memory of the sixties holds true, and it not just a childish and mistaken impression, people were far more reticent, remote, aloof. It was the late sixties that changed all that--that made us feel we had to spill our guts, share our innermost thoughts.
Does anyone around then share this recollection?
This tune from the sixties captures it all for me and accompanied Betty's bar cruise perfectly.
Or check out this marvelous discussion on the Newark Star Ledger: http://sepinwall.blogspot.com/2008/10/mad-men-meditations-in-emergency-truth.html
(Hat tip to Wallace Stroby)