Its November 22, 1963 and we all know what that means. At work, Pete gets the bad news, he's lost the promotion to Ken and he doesn't take it well. Peggy and Duck continue their affair and Roger continues the wedding despite the assassination. At home, Betty tells Don she doesn't love him, Mr. Rockefeller asks Betty to marry him.
- Both Hamm and January do a good job of showing their changed relationship
- Roger knows how to make a speech
- Pete going home sick after getting the bad news
- Duck unplugging the TV so Peggy won't be "distracted"
- The terrible artwork on Peggy's Desk - yes, Sal is missed - good touch
- The kids sensing somethings wrong when Mom doesn't say goodbye to Don
- Roger and Joan's telephone call - those two have chemistry baby
- Too much time spent showing Walter Cronkite and our characters watching the TV.
- Betty telling Don she didn't love him came out of nowhere.
- Everyone's a little too broken up about Kennedy.
Having everyone on Mad Men watching Walter Cronkite and being devastated by the assassination was bad TV and a little over-dramatic. The fact is, in 1963 a lot of people didn't like Kennedy or just didn't care about politics. Others were saddened by the news - but didn't obsess over it and got on with their lives. My mother, for example, was scandalized that many of her friends complained about the endless "boring" assassination TV coverage - they wanted to watch their soaps!
Its looks like Don and Betty are headed for divorce court. Probably a good thing, since the Don-Betty relationship had nowhere else to go. Given how Don has behaved a divorce is really quite reasonable. Don has constantly cheated on Betty, he lied to her about who he is and he's shut her out of his life at work. Other than money and the kids why would Betty want to stay with Don? On the plus side, a divorced (or separated) Don will be able to play the field more openly - which should be interesting.
Mixed. But after watching a 2nd time better than I first thought Some good moments - January did some good acting - however, seeing our characters watch TV and talk about the Kennedy assassination was kinda boring. On the plus side, the episode set us up for some excitement ahead *** stars.