We received confirmation last night that Michael Ginsberg was born in a concentration camp where his mother died. He said his father wasn't his real father but had located him in Sweden. What's this all about?The actor Ben Feldman is 32. If the character is supposed to be about that age, he would have been born in 1934. All we know about him is that he has lived most of his life in NYC, he lives with his dad, mom's absent, he's Jewish, and he's horrified at senseless violent killings. We don't know what country he was born in....
I'm really curious about the new Jewish copywriter...it's like he's hiding something after the scene last week when he returned home and yesterday with the viewing of the crime scene photos. Maybe it's his mother?
Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg was a Swedish diplomat and nobleman noted for his negotiation of the release of about 31,000 prisoners from German concentration camps during World War II. About 1% were children. From The Care, in Sweden, of Polish Infants born in concentration camps: "Amongst the children who were liberated or released from concentration camps, there were a number of infants." It is highly likely that the birth fathers of these infants were German SS personnel. Hence, Ginsberg's statements on being an alien Martian.
But who doesn't like orange sherbet from Howard Johnsons?
That is much like the transitions in this episode. In fact, Matthew Weiner claims he was motivated by serials of short French films. And so this episode was constructed as three stories set as the same day viewed from the point of view of Peggy, Roger, and Don. Apparently for different reasons they share a common desire to escape to "far away places." But there is also a common thread of a sense of abandonment.
Peggy. Given the role of leading a team of young copywriters in the firm, we see her arising in the morning fretting about a presentation to the difficult Heinz beans people. She fights with her boyfriend Abe who's feeling used by this person who is so work oriented. She suggests if he's so unhappy perhaps they should break up.
She gets to work and Don not only abandons her but takes team-member Megan away for the day. The Heinz presentation, which seemed pretty good, blows up as she tells off the Heinz guy. After the Heinz guy leaves in a huff, Pete comes in to tell her she's off the account.
The wrinkle here is she then behaves like Don, drinking in the office and leaving during the day to smoke weed and have accidental casual sex in the movie, ironically "Born Free" set in a far away place. It is after this that she returns to the office to hear Ginsberg's story about being a Martian which she really doesn't understand.
Her escape over, she finally goes home, calls up Abe and asks him to come over, she always needs him.
Roger Sterling has discovered a potential client, Howard Johnsons. As a historical note on the size of the potential client, according to Wikipedia in 1961 Howard Johnson's Company went public when there were 265 company owned and 340 franchised restaurants, as well as 88 franchised Howard Johnson's motor lodges in 32 states and the Bahamas. Roger, attempting to avoid a dinner party with Jane's friends, proposes to Don that they take a trip to the motor lodge in Plattsburgh. Don decides to take Megan instead.
So Roger goes to the dinner party with Jane. Except this wasn't our ordinary dinner party. Roger actually calls one of the people there "Dr. Leary." I don't know if this was a sarcastic reference or intended to place a historical character in the room, but in 1964, Timothy Leary coauthored The Psychedelic Experience, based upon the Tibetan Book of the Dead and while living on an estate in the town of Millbrook, NY, founded "The League For Spiritual Discovery", a religious organization based seeking legal use of LSD for religious purposes.
Anyway, Roger and Jane go on LSD "trips" neither one of which seem particularly wild. But it ends up with them calmly determining that their relationship is over, having seen the truth of their situation. (Whether this is a plot device Weiner is using to get Joan and Roger together - the baby is Roger's, after all - we won't know until some future episode.)
During this LSD trip scene, we have The Beach Boys’ “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” from the album Pet Sounds released May 16, 1966, as our ironic background music:
Finally we see Don and Megan's trip to the Howard Johnsons where they ostensibly have a fight over the way-too-orange-way-too-sweet-perfume-like orange sherbet. They have an angry exchange including Megan letting go on the subject of their work relationship versus their marital relationship and resulting in comments about each other's mothers. Don drives off, but comes back only to find Megan gone.
We end this bad trip with Don violently chasing Megan around their apartment at the end of which he clings to her waist expressing his fears that he would lose her. We see them coming to work, they smile at each other as they part, having made a peace, of sorts. But during this we have Megan saying: "Every time we fight it just diminishes us a little bit."
Reset to the real world.
Bert Cooper, who has been irrelevant as the partner emeritus, suddenly intervenes in the conference room telling Don he has been "on love leave." When Don stupidly says it's none of Bert's business, Bert says "this is my business" and walks out. And Roger, still coming back from his "trip" opens the door and says it's going to be a beautiful day.
Final scene - a somewhat clueless Don watching through the glass partition everyone parade by the conference room. You see, they didn't escape to far away places for long....
Edited by phrelin, 23 April 2012 - 04:40 PM.