Don can't make it through one meeting in "advertising heaven." Peggy can't get herself a desk. Joan can't get herself even a modicum of respect. Even with tempered expectations, nobody thought it would be this bad, did they?
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Don is presented with a deal, but is it from the devil (ie, Jim Cutler)? Betty puts on her try-hard cap to make a play for Bobby's love, but can she cope with lunchtime adversity? Could Lou get any more crotchety? Is Megan losing it in LA? And will someone tell Michael to stop being such an ass? Lets discuss it all on The Orange Couch.
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This is it! The series finale. Some characters find meaningful connection while others understand that there's only so much of the gulf between them that can be overcome. It's heartfelt and emotional, and as ever with Mad Men, full of nuance. TV will never be the same, and neither will we. Thanks for watching!
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On the surface, this was the ultimate example of a semi-forgettable Mad Men episode full of table-setting for future weeks. But dig deeper and you'll find that Christmas Waltz defines the themes of entire season -- and the full series. That makes it kind of a big deal. Don't believe us? Kick back on the Orange Couch with @AmandaMarcotte and @MarcFaletti and see for yourself. Content protected via fair use.
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It's throwback week on Mad Men -- Don and Megan in NY! Bob and Joan hanging out like old times! Pete being a jerk at home and on the job! Only, this time, none of it is working, is it? Let's stare into the station wagon with our Orange Couch clipboard and ask the tough questions.
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Peggy and Stan get real, Pete gets in another fistfight, and finally we have an episode in which nobody listens to Don. Mad Men is winding down, but be sure to check us out at House Slate, our Game of Thrones recap series at Slate.com! After this episode's meta-reference to GoT, how could you not?
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Last week Betty was on a farm, but this week, it's the Sterlings! Don really wants to see a ballgame, but for all the wrong reasons. Harry's still a dick, Peggy's being paid extra to babysit Don, and some dude from the future brings a magic box to destroy humanity. The future is now!
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Roger's bottom! Peggy's voyeurism! Pete prepping for the advent of prog rock! And those were just the throwaway bits. Most of the huge surprises were sprung early this season, but the finale held a dark final judgment of our main character by our main character. How did we judge the last episode of the season? Grab a gavel and get on The Orange Couch with @AmandaMarcotte and @MarcFaletti. Content protected via fair use.
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Sally and Don get some alone time while everybody puts Pete in the corner. Peggy might need a tinfoil hat to protect her from the Teddy Conspiracy, and the secretaries are treated terribly by almost everyone. All in a day's work?
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The final episode of Season 7 (part one) brought us plenty of space-age dreams, final showdowns and surprising smooches. There were some big winners, but are we sure those weren't hollow victories? Let's share the spoils on The Orange Couch!
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Don goes bicoastal, but the howling wolves might be coming for his marriage. Megan may win over LA agents, but they still won't shut up about her teeth. And the agency? Well, Lou Avery might just set that -- and Peggy's career -- back a decade. Who's making progress and who's burying their head in the sand? Let's discuss on the Orange Couch!
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This week, things end on a sour note, but not before a lot of surprising shenanigans. Enjoy!
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In this episode, Don hits the hookah, Pete puffs a J, Roger's manhood takes a hit, and Joan goes rogue. Let's put down the roof on our 68 Mustang and take in the scenery on the Orange Couch.
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Pete goes from lusting after teens to acting like one! Megan's dreams rise from the ashes! Peggy and Don suck at playing house! Exploring death and rebirth, this week's episode was all about shaking up the routine and separating the authentic from the fraudulent. Silvia Plath, the Beatles and Thomas Pynchon -- it's Arts and Crafts Day on The Orange Couch. Brought to you by @MarcFaletti and @AmandaMarcotte. Content protected via fair use.
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Bombshells drop just about every 5 minutes AND we get to hear Herb's wife talk for, like, a really long time. The perfect episode! Seriously, though, things never turn out quite the way you expect, and everyone from Pete to Abe to Joan feels the pain of surprise in For Immediate Release. We sift through the damage on the Orange Couch.
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Don does Michael dirty! Betty does Don and Megan dirty! Pete is just plain dirty! The soap opera themes and tone ran deep on an episode named ater one of the 60's finest, but what does it all mean? Come out of the smoggy shadows and towards the light of the Orange Couch, brought to you by @AmandaMarcotte and @MarcFaletti. Content protected via fair use.
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In this episode, we look at the two sides of the coin for our characters and their marriages, career decisions, and lifestyles as Mad Men ratchets up the alarm levels.
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Joan gives Greg a long-awaited what-for! Don has a cliched delirium sequence! Peggy is a jerk to Dawn! And Michael puts Don in the corner, even if Don doesn't realize it (yet)! If anyone had complaints about the pace and complexity of last week's episode, there can be none about this one. Open the mystery door and reveal The Orange Couch, brought to you by @MarcFaletti and @AmandaMarcotte. Content protected via Fair Use.
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Don tries to keep Ted in his place and Sylvia in a hotel room -- how well did that work out for him? We discuss that, the margarine v butter debate, and how it all relates to Pete, Pete's mom, Bob Benson, Sylvia, Don, and many others on The Orange Couch.
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Betty becomes strong in the face of adversity. Don tells his darkest (or just one of his darkest?) secrets to some people who eventually kick his butt. Pete shames his brother and steps up for his family. The themes of the series become the themes of the penultimate episode of Mad Men, and we dive into them on the Orange Couch.
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In the season premiere, Don's more restless than ever, Roger's in therapy, Peggy's kicking ass, and Betty goes brunette. But just like the 60s, there's a lot simmering under the surface of this episode. See what you might have missed in The Doorway on The Orange Couch!
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In this episode, secrets, lies and guilt abound. Don further entangles himself with Sylvia, Pete hurts more people, Megan withholds something painful, Peggy's office life gets complicated, and Roger thinks his deceased mother is as clever as Churchill.
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Don and Megan throw down over orange sherbet! Roger and Jane trip balls! And speaking of balls, Peggy fondles some new ones! Three relationships take a trip this week, and one winds up at a dead end. Don't get caught running in circles -- flop down on The Orange Couch for a spin down Dysfunctional Relationship Lane with @MarcFaletti and @AmandaMarcotte. Content protected via fair use.
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This week, Don goes fetal, Ken goes pirate, and Glen goes apeshit. That Glen is cool probably wasn't supposed to be the biggest shocker of this episode, but, like, come on. Who had money on that? So much to discuss this week from Shakespeare to the Antichrist. Let's dig in on the Orange Couch.
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Stan rocks a tie! Don uses the word bicoastal! And Teddy has 2 chicks in 1 night (sleeping on him)! Who takes ownership of their past and who keeps lying to themselves? We shine the hard light of truth on Mad Men's season 6 finale on the Orange Couch.
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The way the SCDP partners discuss them, fees force you to stay hungry -- you have to keep working to keep earning. Commissions are about maintaining the status quo, allowing you to profit in the present off past work. And sure enough, the episode named Fees & Commissions is built on the tension between living in the moment and striving for more. Crack open the ledger with @AmandaMarcotte and @MarcFaletti and we'll see if everything adds up on The Orange Couch! Content protected via fair use.
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Peggy meets with the devil! Joan sleeps with the devil! Megan auditions for the devil(s)! And all Don can do is look like he's having an aneurysm. Ownership of something beautiful is all Don wants and exactly what this episode proves he can never have. Let's get inside his veiny forehead and the minds of the independent women around him on The Orange Couch. By @AmandaMarcotte and @MarcFaletti. Content protected via fair use.
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Download mashup: http://soundcloud.com/marcfaletti/state-of-the-union Are you as upset as I am about what we don't and won't hear from our President? Joblessness, homelessness, education, prisons, health care, the environment, gun control -- when will he finally stop pandering to Republicans and big business and start speaking the tiniest amount of truth about what's actually going on? This mashup of Thom Yorke and Talib Kweli says everything Obama won't. This is the real State of the Union.
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Joan has an adventure! Glen's rocking some amazing new sideburns! And Don is, well, living in an $85,000 fixer upper. Everyone's either moving forward or looking backward in the latest episode, entitled Forecast. And if you like what you see here, please check out our Game of Thrones series: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/04/19/game_of_thrones_episode_two_of_the_fifth_season_shows_arya_stark_unknowingly.html
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This week, Don Draper gets caught with his pants down. Poor Sally is destined to be traumatized by unwanted voyeurism, it seems. Meanwhile, Bob makes a semi-surprising play and Peggy finds the perfect roommate. Break down all the wheeling and dealing with us on the Orange Couch!
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Megan closes the deal! Sally gets a full view of adult sexuality! Peggy and Abe rock a life of sin! Does everything change or stay the same? The answer, of course, is yes, and we'll explain why in this week's Orange Couch with @MarcFaletti and @AmandaMarcotte. Content protected via fair use.
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Megan brings a surprise to bed! Michael brings a surprise to the office! And Lou think's he's funny? Nothing is quite what it seems, or goes where you expect -- with the possible exception of Sally being a badass. En garde!
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Lane puts up his dukes! Ken writes about robots! Pete wants to drive... into a minor's pants! And Charles Whitman, World Cup, Wilt Chamberlain and gory highway film references abound. If you think your life is a car crash, just check out how Pete feels as the man who "has it all" in this week's episode. Take a rest from your own macho BS -- and agree or disagree with our latest controversial theory -- on The Orange Couch, brought to you by @MarcFaletti and @AmandaMarcotte. Content protected via Fair Use.
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A recap of Breaking Bad's season 5 premiere. They blocked us from doing any more, but we hope you enjoy this one!
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On June 5th, I woke up at 3:40AM to haul ass from NYC to Dallas for Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat. A heartbreaking finish made the experience left me with a lot to chew on. This is my rumination on hardcore fandom at its highest and lowest points.
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Friday, 1/13, from 10pm til you can't take it anymore, it's WAM!Prom 2: Electric Boogaloo! Join us at 308 Bowery for a night of hip hop, disco, world premiere mashups, an epic costume contest and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/313937645286803/
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DOWNLOAD SONG: http://bit.ly/lyRazv Before "It Gets Better," there was "YMCA." The chorus may have been co-opted, but the lyrics are as powerful as any song about the struggle for acceptance. Tonight, New York legalized marriage for everyone. It's been a "Long Time" coming, and the reaction is "More Than a Feeling."
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The Orange Couch loves Doctor Who! But we also like to tweak its nose -- all in good fun, of course. Join Amanda, Marc and our new cast member Dalek (!) as we check off the Doctor's personal to-do list from a glorious and ominous season premiere.
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From 10pm-2am on Friday, 12/3, WAM! presents the Radical 80s Prom at the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan (308 Bowery)! $12 at the door gets you a wild night of dancing, 80s costume contest, world premier mashups at midnight, prizes from Babeland, and more! Bring your friends and lets party like it's 1989!
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