Mad Men Season 4 Episode 6 had suspicious timing. In fact, Mad Men Season 4 Episode 6 aired just as Mad Men Season 3 won more Emmys. This isn’t a new thing, as the show aired a new episode at the same time as the 2009 Emmys as well. In fact, on the night it won its second-straight Emmy, it aired the popular, and bloody, “Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency” outing. In the case of Mad Men Season 4 Episode 6, no one’s foot got run over, but the antics were nearly as uncomfortable.
Warning: Spoilers follow
Matthew Weiner and company had to plan for this particular episode to air on the same night as the Emmys. If they didn’t, then they made it hard to believe otherwise. As the show celebrated another Best Drama win, Don, Roger and company celebrated their own major awards win.
Of course, Mad Men Season 4 Episode 6 didn’t have another Emmys ceremony, although the Cleos are the Emmys of advertising. Don won for his famed Glo-Coat commercial, and promptly went over the line in celebrating. Going overboard is nothing new for Don this year, but this time, it made a greater impact at work.
While Don reveled in his success, Peggy had far less fun at the office. Mad Men Season 4 Episode 6 showed Peggy getting more and more aware of Don’s disturbing behavior, and getting more troubled by it. Between that, and Peggy’s struggles with a particularly sexist creative partner, it is setting the stage for some kind of blowup to come.
In between all of that, Mad Men Season 4 Episode 6 found time for flashback material. As Roger worked on his memoirs, he recalled how he first met Don, and how he wormed his way into Sterling Cooper. However, it also served as more proof that the worm has turned against Don years later, in spite of his awards success.
As the year progresses, Don has continuously found new lows to sink to, and this week had him find quite a few more. Yet he eventually got some clues as to how out-of-control he has been, both personally and professionally. It is probably too early in the year for him to do something about it, as a few more new lows will have to be found first. When that happens, Peggy will undoubtedly be right in the crossfire in some fashion.
Last night was filled with awards success on and off the screen for the show. Certainly, Mad Men Season 4 Episode 6 showed how not to celebrate a big award — although Weiner and the crew likely have a more stable perspective than Don. Of course, that is becoming less and less hard to do these days.
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