Mad Men Season 4 Episode 3 – Dick + Anne ‘64
We as viewers needed this episode. We needed to be reminded that at his core Don Draper is not a complete lost cause. We also needed to reminded exactly how far he had fallen.
It’s New Year’s Eve and Don is heading to Acapulco but not before visiting Anne Draper in California. Don, at this point anyway, loves Anne sort of the way a son loves his mother. I find this re-assuring because I root for Don and the writers have been making that very hard this year. The one thing about Anne is that by her side is the one place he can still be Whitman. It’s an oasis really, given the current trajectory of Draper’s life. I think that’s important. He even gos as far as to say so when he ham-handedly tries to seduce Anne’s 19 year old niece, in the context of discussing an old pretty song about a far away place where everyone is home.
The whole thing is a bit gut wrenching really. Even more so when we see how ill prepared Don is to deal with the news of Anne’s terminal cancer. He was shaken to the core.
We shouldn’t fool ourselves. This new emptiness is exactly why he takes Price under his wing upon returning to NY, after skipping Acapulco entirely. Price tells Don about his separation and Don see his chance to strengthen his family. This is is exactly why Don got drunk with Price and paid for his hooker. At this point, this is what Don thinks taking care of people looks like. How sad.
In the B plot, Joan and her d-bag husband are arguing about family planning, which is really an argument about greg’s dread of going off to Vietnam. Joan is clearly trapped in a tough situation exacerbated by her husband’s inability to address her needs and feelings, a fact that is underscored by his pediatric trickery while tending to her cut. Equally sad, yet in a different way entirely.
So Don, Joan and Price are all more alone than ever and its 1965. Who knows what the New Year will bring.
Okay, I got some ménage -a-fan-fiction to write.
Posted on August 10th, 2010 Filed in: Entertainment