'Mad Men': Boys behaving badly
May 28th, 2012
09:33 AM ET

'Mad Men': Boys behaving badly

[The following post contains spoilers for the May 27 episode of "Mad Men."]

Assuming you weren't overcome by the suffocating fog of testosterone that lingered over Sunday's episode, you know that it was the manliest show in the history of shows, with men doing macho, scumbaggy things without taking others' feelings into consideration. Let's talk about what went down.

The effort to secure the Jaguar campaign was in full swing, and all (male) hands were on deck to help land the account. And because only dudes are capable of dreaming up slogans for cars – it says so in the Bible – Peggy was relegated to handling the firm's other business.

She stood by as The Men were rewarded with cool stuff like a lobster dinner after an exhausting afternoon of chain smoking and mailing in lazy pitches equating Jaguars to mistresses.

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Who got scrooged on 'Mad Men'?
May 21st, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Who got scrooged on 'Mad Men'?

It's Christmastime in New York and surprise, everyone's miserable!

Well not everyone, exactly, just Lane. When confronted with jail time in the U.K. for failure to pay back taxes, he went to extreme measures to pay off his debt to Her Majesty.

After persuading the firm's banker to turn on the ol’ cash spigot to the tune of $50,000, Lane played off the influx of cash to the partners as a surplus and suggested the money be parceled out to SCDP employees as Christmas bonuses.

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'Mad Men's' dysfunctional family Thanksgiving
May 14th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

'Mad Men's' dysfunctional family Thanksgiving

[The following post contains spoilers from the May 13 episode of AMC's "Mad Men."]

This week's episode kicked off the 1966 holiday season and served as a reminder that families – whether nuclear or professional – are almost always rife with drama.

We opened with Don putting together a portfolio of work to submit for a New York Times profile on "hip" ad agencies. In doing so, he realized how much of an impact Ginsburg's had on the firm's recent business.

He was also impressed with Michael's pitch for a Pepsi product called “Sno Ball,” but appeared just the slightest bit put out when the guys – Pete and Cosgrove – declared Michael's pitch funnier than his own, a play on the expression “a snowball's chance in hell.”

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'Mad Men': Megan moves on
May 7th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

'Mad Men': Megan moves on

[The following post contains spoilers for the May 6 episode of AMC's "Mad Men."]

After the excitement of the past few episodes, Sunday's "Mad Men" was kind of a slow burn.

However, if you’re a fan of either "Gilmore Girls" or "Saved by the Bell," it was more like Christmas morning with a dash of your birthday thrown in. But I digress.

After work one evening, Pete met Rory Gilmore Beth, a housewife of the Betty Draper variety with an intense dislike of hobos.

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'Mad Men' gets down and dirty
April 30th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

'Mad Men' gets down and dirty

[The following post contains spoilers for the April 29 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]

Good news everyone! Those “adult content” advisories that ran throughout Sunday night’s episode? Completely justified!

But before we get to what scarred Sally for life, let’s talk about what else happened last night.

Glen returned – all grown up and 50 percent less creepy – and it was sort of sweet to see that he and Sally had maintained their friendship over the years.

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April 23rd, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Want to be the next improv sensation? Rachel Dratch has advice

"Saturday Night Live" alum Rachel Dratch is perhaps best known for her outrageous portrayal of "Debbie Downer," a sullen sad sack with a knack for saying just the thing to take the wind out of everyone’s sails.

But these days Dratch has a new, happier role: that of mother to toddler Eli Benjamin.

She recently sat down with CNN to talk about her new book, "Girl Walks into a Bar... Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle,” and says that while having a baby at 44 was a shock, the reaction from other women has been equally surprising.

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