“Mad men” – the last episodes (11): a drink alone doesn’t help

Four more times, then an era comes to an end. In the episode "Time & Life" everything revolves around professional change – another end of an era.

Which office will they be in in the future? Don Draper (John Hamm) with Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and Harry Crane (Rich Sommer). Image: ap/AMC

What happened.

While the last episode "The Forecast" focused on the personal and emotional levels of Don Draper and other main characters, "Time & Life" is about the future of the advertising agency "Sterling Cooper & Partners." The alliance with "McCann Erickson" that saved Don’s job has consequences.

What else is important?

Peggy Olson continues to take her career into her own hands and talks to a headhunter. Later, she reflects on her decision to give up her child in order to have the same opportunities professionally as a man.

The key scene

Don Draper is finally lying on his couch in the office – and getting creative instead of sleepy. He comes up with a plan to prevent a complete takeover by "McCann Erickson" after all.

The best dress

Roger Sterling blue double-breasted jacket – with pocket square.

The best drink

Wine at last: Chateau Margaux 1953, a Bordeaux from France. It is poured twice. Average bottle price in 2015: 1,400 euros.

The best dialog

"Don’t you see, we don’t exist, our rent is too high." Roger lectures Pete Campbell about the mechanisms of capitalism when it becomes clear that "McCann Erickson" is swallowing "Sterling Cooper & Partners." "Anyone else," asks Don, Joan affirms, drinks are poured. "That’s it? A drink?" asks Pete.

The best performance

Peggy Olson’s "Fuck her!" outburst. And Pete Campbell strikes out – who would have thought.

Literature

Every copywriter thinks he’s Shakespeare. It doesn’t take more lyricism than Roger Sterling’s words.

What you hear

"Please Come On To Me" by The Clovers, when it’s clear that Sterling Cooper & Partners’ originality can’t be saved. Not from 1970, where the episode is set, but from 1958, the band broke up in 1961.

Dismissing the audience and the staff of "Sterling Cooper & Partners" is Dean Martin’s "Money Burns A Whole In My Pocket," also from the 1950s.

How I wish I had millions of dollars and nothing to do.

What follows

Before the end of the era, another era comes to an end, "Sterling Cooper" disappears. Will Don Draper finally get Coca Cola for this, the Olympus of American commerce and every advertiser’s dream? The abyss seems far at the moment, but three episodes still follow.

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