Don’s fucking up!

I just realized that I had a new episode of Mad Men in the wings of my iPhone. I wish this thing alerted me every time there was a new episode. Argh! But no matter…

Anyway, we’re beginning to see the cinch in Don Draper’s (John Hamm) armor beginning with this latest episode of Mad Men entitled “The New Girl”. I just finished watching this episode and the nuances within each awesome scene is nothing less than phenomenal. This episode is soon to be a classic!

The storyline that grabbed me that most in this particular episode lies in Don’s explosive affair with Barbera “Bobbie” Barret (Melinda McGraw), wife of entertainer Jimmy Barret (Patrick Fischler) and foreshadowing that might be in store. This latest episode highlighted an end scene which, I speculate, very-subtly implies Jimmy with some sort of Italian-Mafia tie in. That’s right…a MAFIA TIE IN! Damn this season is getting good!!!

Don doesn’t realize the subtle implications of passive-aggressive behavior that Jimmy is displaying. Why? I don’t know–he probably writes it off as Jimmy’s usual “wit”–but I take it that he’s so distracted by Bobbie and the secret that they share, that he’s not checking himself.

I had to watch this scene again and again, shot for shot, line for line, in order to get every nuance of what I think has to be the best performance and dialog so far. I broke up the scene in sections so that I could break down every detail. It’s broken up in CAPS in an “EXCHANGE”; a break in the exchange of dialogue between characters. Think of it like a social fencing match or battle of wits.

Here’s to sum up:

INTRO
• Jimmy walks in with Bobbie (his wife) accompanied by that blond account guy
• Jimmy complements Don’s new secretary (she’s hot) as “Some kind of ‘tomato farm’ you got here…”
• After pleasantries are exchanged Jimmy tells “blondie” to “wait outside”, and proceeds into Don’s office accompanied by Bobbie

EXCHANGE 1
• Don addresses Jimmy and “Mrs. Barret” as Jimmy asks Don about his arm
• Don responds “Old football injury”
• Jimmy fires back, “Yeah, I get those too.”

EXCHANGE 2
• Don offers Jimmy a seat
• Jimmy replies “No need. I’ll keep this short.”

EXCHANGE 3
• Jimmy thanks Don for helping with sponsors for new show
• Don replies “My pleasure.”
• Jimmy fires back, “Yeah, we all got what we wanted, didn’t we?”, and turns to look at Bobbie, then Don.

EXCHANGE 4
• Jimmy continues in clarifying himself in stating that by the way he behaved, he wouldn’t be surprised if Don dropped Jimmy and his show.
• Don says, “Now why would I do that?”
• Jimmy replies, “This guy…I can’t tell if he’s being smug or not” and continues by saying, “I just wanted you to know that I’m not a bad guy.”

CONCLUSION
• Don replies, “You didn’t have to come here and say that…I know that.”
• Jimmy replies, “Nobody knows that.” and reaches out his hand to shake with Don, and continues by saying “You’re a cool cat Donnie.” Then leaves.
• Bobbie on the way out says goodbye to “Mr. Draper”
• Don is confused.

So here’s my analysis:

I think that Jimmy Barret is going to end up Jimmy Barretti, an Italian-American performer with some Mafia ties that will end up being a big problem for good ol’ Don Drapper. The preceding scene could be sorme sort of “lie-detector test” brought on by Jimmy in order to unknowingly squeeze the truth out of Don. My implication is that Jimmy is getting a pretty good idea that Don and Bobbie are fucking, (the broken arm, Bobbie’s black eye) but just needs some sort of confirmation in person. I think this scene in particular proves that Don is hiding something, as just an episode ago, Don didn’t give two shits about Jimmy or his career. Now the Don is being a little too lenient, Jimmy’s getting a little suspicious. It would have been wiser for Don to cover his tracks and tell Jimmy to fuck-off with his apology and get the fucking job done. Then, I think, Jimmy would’ve known that Don was legit, after all the two men didn’t meet eye to eye. Instead, Don complements Jimmy–perhaps a subconscious reaction to the guilt he has for banging his wife.

This is all speculation of course, and I can go on and on with other theories regarding this fantastic show. One thing is for damn sure–the performances, writing, composition, and direction of Mad Men is turning up nothing short of EXCELLENT.

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3 Responses to Don’s fucking up!

  1. Rosie says:

    I could have sworn that Bobbie hinted that Jimmy’s real surname was Jewish.

  2. rdavid1077 says:

    Rosie–I’m pretty sure you’re right about Jimmy’s real surname being Jewish, but if we’re truly dealing with a period piece of fiction, performers couldn’t get far in entertainment back then without a little help from the mob. I suspect that the writers might use this little storyline in the future as a participating catalyst or contribution for Don’s future suicide (via opening credits).

    **Yes, I have a hypothesis that in the end of the series, if the show does last that long (and I’ll pray it does), Mr. Don Draper will commit suicide. I think the opening credits act as a figurative metaphor of the creative “falling” into the commercial propaganda in which he’s spun, as well as a foreshadow of things to come.

  3. hilbert says:

    Wow you certainly struck out on that prediction! Moron.

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