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TV Review: MAD MEN: Season 5, Episode 1-2: A Little Kiss

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Mad Men Season 5 Episode 1-2 A Little Kiss ReviewMad Men: Season 5, Episode 1-2: A Little Kiss began the new season of the AMC show with harbingers for things to come in pre-existing story lines and while adding a new one as well.

Lane Pryce (Jared Harris) finds a wallet, calls a number he finds in it, and begins flirting with a girl on the other end of the phone. It was so goofy and weird seeing a man that is obviously out of practice going back and forth with a supposedly comely stranger and hearing her responding to it every so slightly.

His wife (Embeth Davidtz) does not seem as fun as the girl on the phone let alone overly affectionate but risking what he wants to initiate with the stranger seems overly perilous. Perhaps he does not have enough excitement in his life but this will have repercussions if he pursues it. He’ll pursue it.

The funniest moment in the entire two episodes was the aftermath of the surprise birthday party in the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce kitchen area. When Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) is talking to Stan Rizzo (Jay R. Ferguson) about Megan Draper (Jessica Paré)’s song and dance at his party, it was the perfect set up. It was laugh out loud hilarious and it just kept going and going. Megan’s facials expressions as she overhears make it even better.

The ending to the two episodes with Megan in her underwear was strange. “Don’t look at me. You don’t deserve this.” You had to hear it in context but then there was Donald Draper (Jon Hamm) countering with: “You know want it” or something like that. Do married people normally talk like goof balls to each other? I guess so because who else could you talk to like that and get away with it?

The moment that will reap the most drama for later in the season will be the ad welcoming minorities to apply for employment at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and the fact that it looks as though a black female will be added to the staff. In that era, with civil rights national and international points of focus, that is going to spill into their Madison Avenue offices.

 

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