Mad Men

Mad Men 5×10 – Christmas Waltz

"Not every little girl gets to do what they want. The world could not support that many ballerinas."

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An uneven hour.

First off, the good stuff. The highlight for me was the fantastic interplay between Don & Joan. Here’s a duo who have never really interacted and I seriously wonder what took the writers this long to get them together. It was utterly brilliant. I adored everything from Joan snapping at the secretary (physically I might) to the Jaguar/ bar scenes with Don. I’m actually wondering if the writers will ever go there and make these two a couple as it just might work.

Harry on the other hand I could care less about. The whole Hindu storyline bored me to tears as  storylines and characters like these are definitely not the reason I watch Mad Men. This subplot was undoubtedly the weakest and most useless aspect of the season.

Finally, I loved Megan practically transforming into Betty as she waited for Don to return home for dinner. It’s sad really how being with Don does that to a woman. However, her screaming at him to sit down and forcing him to eat was immensely amusing.

All in all, a very unbalanced hour. Nevertheless, the Joan & Don stuff more than made up for the rest of the episode’s weak material.

Nad Rating
C

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