One of the best things about Mad Men is that it's an accurate portrayal of how depressing life in the early '60s could be, rather than the revisionist history that ad agencies like Sterling-Cooper help put in the history books. The roles assigned to people — whether gender or class — were so defined and constricting, that people easily felt suffocated in their lives. One of the few socially acceptable outlets of escapism was alcohol, but that line of acceptability was thin and easily crossed. It was obvious in last night's episode that Betty Draper and Freddy Rumsen were both drinking just to get through the day to day misery of their lives. While Betty was playing out drunken depression in the privacy of her own home, Freddy was doing so in the office, and got caught, not with his pants down, but with his pants wet. Clip above.
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