Last night's Mad Men was all about shame: Roger's racism embarrasses his coworkers, Betty's exposed a horrid mother, and Sally's budding sexuality humiliates the Draper family.
While last night's Joan-centric episode was a welcome break from a season full of the Draper drips, Mad Men has lost the appealing luster of the early '60s, as it enters into the more depressing half of the decade.
Between budget cuts, broken homes, retro-future interior design, AA, and Swedish dating habits on last night's episode, it's clear that "old fashioned" is for the birds and "mod" is the cooler way to be.
We've all been tensed, waiting for it, since the show started: the moment when everyone's world would be blown apart. And so November 22, 1963 came to Sterling Cooper. And, as Pete Campbell put it, "the whole country was drinking."
Things got downright confrontational on last night's episode, titled "The Hobo and the Gypsy."
Last night's episode, "Wee Small Hours," was full of high expectations and enormous letdowns.
On this week's Mad Men, Betty indulged her latest Daddy issues, Don tried to stave off deals with devils, Peggy learned what she's worth to the men in her life, and Joan was tragically absent. Everyone is expendable.
How quickly things change!
Sunday's episode dealt heavily with parenting, specifically fatherhood.