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'Mad Men' Rewatch, Season Three Part 2: The Whole Country's Drinking

By Sarah Carlson | TV | November 5, 2014 |

By Sarah Carlson | TV | November 5, 2014 |

Depending on your political point of view, you may be looking at that header gif of Mad Men’s Joan smashing a vase over her husband’s head and imagining doing the same to some candidates (or voters). In fact, let’s just repost it again and you substitute the characters how you like:


Feel better? Good. Because if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, I can’t recommend highly enough to join our Not Great, Pod! Mad Men rewatch. We just finished Season Three, a tightly plotted, beautifully executed season of TV that expertly managed to blow up the show’s narrative and move it forward in surprising and fulfilling ways. If you make it to the end of Season Three and still don’t love the show, then you probably never will. Because the back-half of this season is damn near perfect.

From how it captures the mood of the country when President Kennedy was assassinated:


To how it makes business calculations feel like thrilling bank heists:



Plus, there’s Bert delivering this threatening burn to Don to get him to sign his contract:



And Betty going super ’60s while in Rome (never forget she speaks Italian):


As well as her decision between Don and Henry:


Not to mention Duck propositioning Peggy in a manner we all wish we could forget:


“I wanna take you in that bedroom, lock the door, take your clothes off with my teeth, throw you on the bed and give you a go-around like you’ve never had.”


And Don delivering a line to Peggy that is better than most marriage proposals we’ve seen on TV:

“What if I say no? You’ll never speak to me again.”


Join us — myself and special guest Mallory Andrews, a writer for Movie Mezzanine, Sound on Sight, and Submissions Editor for cleo — as we discuss the final seven episodes of Season Three in the latest Not Great, Pod!

Listen here:

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And join us for the rewatch, won’t you? It continues at the end of November with the first half of Season Four.

Sarah Carlson is Television Editor for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.