Mad Men “The Forecast” Review (Season 7 Episode 10)

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Mad Men was mildly less depressing this week, but a lot more creepy. Don faced some biting criticism at work and at home, Joan may have found someone to fill the void in her personal life, and Betty gave us two of the most uncomfortable scenes in the history of the show.

Let’s start with Joan. She has what looks like a one-night stand in California, but he ends up following her out to New York. Something about this guy does not feel right. Aside from the fact that nobody on Mad Men ever has a fulfilling relationship, there are red flags that should alert Joan that something is not right. Red flag #1 – he complains at dinner about the hippies who want low income housing instead of a golf course. Red flag #2 – he tells her multiple times not to lie to him about whether she’s married. What has Joan done to give him any indication that she would lie? It’s an aggressive question for someone he hardly knows. Red flag #3 – he becomes angry when she says she can’t spend the night because of her son. After this type of outburst, she’d be a fool to trust him. But that’s what she does. He comes back with flowers and an apology and says he wants to be with her and her son, and she eats it up. Joan, Joan, Joan. There’s only one direction this can go.

My favorite character, Sally, returns and has a great scene with Betty. The two of them banter a bit about a trip Sally is taking. Her mom implies that Sally shouldn’t get together with any boys and Sally jokes that she’s already “late” for that conversation. It was nice to see the two of them joke together. Their relationship has always been rocky and it’s encouraging for their future. Things go south, though, when Glen comes to visit. You remember Glen…the creepy kid who was obsessed with Betty. Now he’s 18 and Betty has to wipe the drool from her chin. Glen is still mesmerized by Betty and their scene together is so unbelievably uncomfortable to watch. I was so thankful that Betty didn’t accept his advances. That doesn’t make it any easier for Sally, however. She still resents her mother getting all the attention.

At the office, Don is tasked with drafting a presentation on the future of the company. He decides to pick Peggy’s brain on her hopes for the future to potentially find some inspiration. Peggy is not in a mood to deal with Don or anyone else. I like this side of Peggy. She’s assertive and ambitious, without the insecurity that usually plagues her. I also have to say that Peggy is looking better. Her clothes are better and she’s wearing make up – she looks reinvigorated. She smacks Don down pretty hard when he laughs at her goals: “Why don’t you just write down all of your dreams so I can shit on them?”

Don doesn’t fare much better with one of the other agency underlings. After the guy embarrasses himself in front of a client, Don tells him what he would do in the guy’s place. Not a good idea. Don doesn’t get that his looks and swagger let him get away with a lot more than most people. It’s not surprising when the guy ends up getting fired. It was interesting that Don looked shocked when the guy confronts him. Is Don really that dense?

Don’s personal life continues to suffer. He goes out to dinner with Sally and her friends and, like earlier with Betty, things get really uncomfortable. Sally’s friends flirt with him and he seems to enjoy the attention. Understandably, Sally is upset. I really loved what Don said to her in response, “You’re a very beautiful girl. It’s up to you to be more than that.”

The end of the episode leaves us with Don standing there alone, again. A young family buys his apartment, and he’s left standing out in the hall. The symbolism is too heavy handed. I’m sure every ending this season will be Don standing alone.