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Well, that was entirely too much fun. I don’t want to give all my money to lawyers in order to find out for sure, but tonight’s ”Mad Men” episode might have supplied an illegal quantity of enjoyment.

That’s not to say there weren’t serious moments in the episode there certainly were. But there were so many valedictory scenes and so much gif able goodness in ”Lost Horizon” that, as was the case last week, the whole thing felt like a really good box of fancy chocolates. (Maybe that’s not a good analogy, given Ferg’s gift to Joan. Ugh Ferg.)

It’s only fitting that ”Mad Men” is spending so much time saying goodbye and letting us spend so much quality time with these people before they go (and quality time = Glen free time). The whole show is, after all, an exercise nostalgia, maybe for something that never existed. And yet, what we saw transpire for seven seasons was real, in a way the bonds between these characters, the love, the animosities, the crisis driven drinking, the camaraderie. At its best, all of that was so heartbreakingly, hilariously real. So palpable that for all these years, we have been engaged on a level beyond flash.

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Peggy traveled in circles in the place she was known and recognized, inside the shell of the the ad hoc family moncler outlet online that had always found a place for her. ”Around and around, and back home again,” Don said in that classic Carousel pitch,” to a place where we know we are loved.”

Peggy was known and loved and resented and everything in between at SC Whatever happened, wherever she roamed, there was always a place for her there. That’s why she could walk into McCann Erickson with so much bad ass attitude the next morning. Hung over, holding her tentacle porn (Bert Cooper, you old goat!), carrying her box of office supplies, she made quite a different picture from the nervous young woman from Bay Ridge who first walked into the Sterling Cooper offices a decade ago. Peggy always knew she could do the work, but the evening of bonding and getting smashed cheap moncler sale with Roger helped shore up her self confidence, which had been brought down a few pegs by the McCann debacle (they thought she was a secretary? Honestly!).

Roger is something of a dinosaur, but he accepts that Peggy is opinionated, smart and stubborn he wouldn’t try to change who and what she is (”You know I need to make men feel at ease.” ”Who told you that?”). For all his dinosaur ways, and even though the night was partly about his ego (isn’t it always?), Roger respected Peggy and made her feel wanted. Don had done the same, cheap moncler in his way. As bad as it got from time to time, she felt at home there as well.

So the office bureaucrats at McCann didn’t have a place set aside for her fine. Peggy would make her own place there. She’ll figure it out. Our moncler outlet store ballerina will be moncler outlet fine, on the work front, anyway. so you can hang out on the phone with him all the time. And also please have sex with him. Do not have sex with an Cheap Moncler Jackets octopus.)

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So Don reminded himself that there’s a big sky outside those windows, and he decided to hobo it. You do you, Don. You do you. Draper move?

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”Mad Men” likes to cheap moncler jackets hit us over the head with certain things to make sure we get the idea or the symbolism or whatever, and this episode was no exception. References to the falling man from the opening credits have been thick on the ground monlcer down jackets this season; in this episode alone, we had Meredith trying to turn the bare walls of Don’s new apartment into an actual home, we witnessed Don touching the immovable McCann windows, we saw him staring outside in the conference room, and then there was Roger’s relevant quote (”Even if your name’s on the door, you should know better than to get attached to some walls.”). Everything falls away or gets taken away and is impermanent, as long as you have a place where you are known and that place is home.

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I’m so glad that Diana’s ex husband put an extra harsh smackdown on Don’s dopey fantasies about saving yet another Sad Death Brunette. This season has been about and of course, in general, the show has been devoted to disabusing Don of his romantic, self destructive ideas about himself, love, life and death. Beyond interrogating and attempting to destroy Don’s personal fixations, all of which are rooted in his past as an abandoned, orphaned child, ”Mad Men” has also depicted buy moncler jackets the long process of the displacement of men who thought they were special unicorns. Giant firms like McCann don’t need drama queens or arbitrary, unpredictable geniuses (or men who think they’re geniuses). They want drones who follow orders and get with the program.

Don doesn’t need that job, thanks very much. But who needs him? That’s unclear. McCann orders creative directors in bulk, his former wives and his children are fine without him and even Peggy will almost certainly thrive whether or not he’s in her life. ”Lost Horizon,” by the way, refers to a classic movie in which the main characters find a hidden utopia tucked far away from the rest of the world. Don has been looking for that place for a decade now maybe it’s time to give up the hunt? If a man who has been dead for months tells you to give up and stop pursuing a Death Brunette who doesn’t care about you, maybe it’s time to let go of the increasingly pathetic fantasy about saving the lost lady (who is really just the female version of Dick Whitman).

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All the reactions were true to form. Roger got drunk and goofed off, because Roger. Ted kept his head down and tried to fit in (while secretly cheering the moment in which Don chose to bail). Peggy tenaciously continued to work, even though no one at McCann knew what to do with her or much cared about her as an employee. Don took off, even as Meredith proved that she has finally become a really great secretary (she’s good at covering for Don, which is Job 1 for his secretaries, but lately she has been navigating every single situation with amazing efficiency. This may be the most shocking development in ”Mad Men” history.)

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Part of her that would love to drag the Neanderthals of McCann through court they more than deserve it but that would end up draining her of time, mental energy and money, and they know that. So she has to live with a fresh round of injustices the come ons from Ferg, the patronizing behavior of Dennis, the furious dismissal from Jim. How dare she stand up for herself? How dare she threaten him? For her boldness, she has to leave $250,000 on the table, which is infuriating, but she really didn’t have a choice. (Though I love that, as Tara Ariano said, Joan stayed true to form she was her own ”guy.”)

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