Spoiler Alert Thursday: Mostly Mad Men
Mad Men: The last two episodes have arguably been the most satisfying yet.
The scene where Don at last “comes clean” to Betty — with Suzanne waiting in the car just offscreen! — was especially beautiful. And that Don in the end chooses Betty over Suzanne made perfect sense in a way. Suzanne is the apotheosis of the kind of love that Don seems to have sought over the past three seasons — she’s smart, independent, beautiful, and an outsider. She’s also somewhat like Don himself, with a poor family and a troubled brother who reminds Don of Adam. But Don is still at heart the country boy who can’t give up on the dream of the glamour girl, the perfect wedding cake topper couple and the enviable family. He still believes in that green light, poor kid.
Also, I know we’ve talked about this here before, but with two episodes left in the season, Roger’s definitely about to kick it, right? His fidelity to Jane isn’t about true love — it’s about a man who is looking at his own mortality and knows that his icy new bride is his last best chance at love.
Glee: I haven’t seen this week’s episode, but I’ve been thinking about something Adam said in his tv post last week:
those within the glee club orbit are sentimental and naive, but the only real alternative is to be a more or less competent petty schemer.
This is true, but I wouldn’t say that the show posits sentimentality/naivete as an alternative to being a petty schemer, exactly. Both Will and Rachel are petty schemers of the first order. What sets them apart from Sue and Quinn is that they sentimentalize their own motives and are completely naive about how manipulative they really are.
This is what makes the show so incredibly cynical – it makes Will and Rachel into heroes not because they’re truly good people (in fact, they’re basically assholes), but because they are sappy enough to delude themselves into believing that they are good people, glaring weekly evidence to the contrary.
Which leads me to wonder, does this redeem the Terri character at all? Terri’s a big problem in the show for me – I like Glee, but the misogyny of its portrayal of Terri bothers me. She’s without question the most hateful character on the show. At the same time, she – like Will and Rachel – is a clueless sap, to the point where she can make herself believe that she’s perpetrating this whole pregnancy-faking, baby-switching fraud for Will’s sake, and for the betterment of Quinn’s unborn child. I would feel better about this show if it turned around on the Terri character. It’s enough — at least for the purposes of the show — for Will that he wants to be a good person, even though he doesn’t succeed. Is it enough for Terri that she believes she’s a good person?
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