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Mad Men Finale Recap, ‘In Care Of’

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There will be much talk about ‘Mad Men”s season finale, and I feel like you can just take it for was. I wouldn’t call it explosive, but it was a great ending for what has been a disjointed season. Peggy, a character who has left me feeling a bit disappointed, got what she wanted, though briefly.

All season I thought we were supposed to feel sorry for Don, and for a moment I did. We’ve always know that he is the man falling out of the window in the opening credits, and now it’s just a matter of time until he jumps.

Pete and Bob: Well this was the love affair of the season. Bob was interesting at first, but after it was revealed that he was just another Don Draper trying to get ahead it kind of killed whatever was intriguing about him. He is good to Joan though, and Kevin, giving him a little toy car for Christmas. This irks Roger, he is the kid’s real dad after all, and he tells Bob that he shouldn’t try to play family with his side family.

Pete receives a telegram telling him that Dot is presumably lost at sea, having fell off a boat. When they leave for a flight to Detroit, Pete tries to blame Dot’s disappearance on Bob, telling him that Manolo married and killed his mother for her money. He also tries to keep Bob out of his dealings with Chevy, even though Bob is the reason why they’re there in the first place. So Bob sticks it to him by suggesting that Pete drive one of the cars, a Camaro, in the lobby. It’s a stick-shift, which Pete can’t drive, but he does manage to run into GM’s sign. Game, Benson.

When they return to New York Pete tells his secretary that he’s done in Detroit, but was he fired or did he quit the account? He discusses trying to find Manolo, but after a call realizes that his mother is gone. So Pete’s dad died in a plane crash, and his mother died, possibly, from falling off a boat. He took this all surprisingly well, but had a hard time saying goodbye to Trudy and Tammy as he was leaving for California. Pete is free from everything now, but will Bob continue to be is foil? They do make a good team, even if Pete hates the guy.

Peggy and Ted: Not so great of a team, I expected more of Peggy but the vagina wants what the vagina wants. She catches feelings as she watches Ted leave the office with Nan and the kids. The way Nan looked back at her said good night, you know this wasn’t a surprise visit. To get back at him, she puts on a skimpy dress and makes sure he sees her on her way out to a date. It was a cheap move, but I’m sure she knew what he liked. When she gets home he’s waiting in her hallway, telling her neighbors that he was a cop. He asks how her date went, terribly, but it’s all because he doesn’t want anyone else to have her. They have sex and talk about spending the holidays together, but Peggy instructs him to go home. He does, and perhaps this is where he realized the mistake he had made. Being with Peggy is a nice idea, but it’s not the right one.

The next morning he tells Don that he wants to go to California, and after an awkward meeting with some execs from Hershey’s, Don gives the job in California to him. In her office, Ted tells Peggy that he’ll be leaving, even though he loves her. He just can’t be around her, and that’s probably for the best. I thought the idea of Ted and Peggy was entertaining at first, but it ended up being kind of icky. Peggy stooped pretty low, and for what? So this might be the last we see of Ted, but it was nice having him around.

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Don: So Don has been stuck between a rock, a bottle, some thighs and a hard place. He obviously doesn’t enjoy his job anymore, and he’s just barely making it work with Megan. He needed a way out, or a way to happiness and he almost had it. Stan greets him in the lobby and asks that he be able to work for Sunkist in California. Don calls it a “demotion” but when Stan talks about how he wants to use the little office as his own personal agency, this gives Don an idea. At home he has to deal with Sally not wanting to be his daughter. She’s been called to testify about the burglary, but if it means having to see him she’d rather not. Betty calls in the middle of the night to tell her that Sally had been suspended at Miss Porter’s for buying beer, and knows that she’s acting out because she comes from a broken home. It’s nice to see that she finally realizes that Sally being screwed up isn’t entirely Don’s fault.

At a bar after skipping a meeting with Sheraton, Don gets into an argument with a minister. He flashes back to when he was a kid, watching a preacher being thrown out of the boarding house he lived in. And religion, shmeligion, Don feels guilty. He wakes up in a jail cell after being arrested for punching the minister.

At home he tells Megan that he realizes he needs to change and that they can do that in California. She tearfully accepts the offer, but his announcement doesn’t go over so well at work. I think he thought they would be happy to hear that he’d be leaving. Ted tells him that he can’t just quit drinking cold turkey and that he should have one before their big meeting with Hershey’s. That drink might not have been such a great idea. He pitches a simple idea that they love, but then goes into a deeply personal story about how he was raised an orphan and would spend money he took from John’s to go buy Hershey bars. They were “the only sweet thing in my life” he tells them. Uh, yikes. This definitely wasn’t on the same level as his Carousel pitch to Kodak.

After the meeting Roger tells him that he screwed up, but he didn’t care, and maybe he should have. At home, he tells a disappointed Megan that they won’t be going to California, even though she had already quit her show and was ready to leave. She tells him that she always felt sorry for his kids, but realizes that she’s just like them now and then she leaves. When he arrives to work the next morning for a meeting, he sees that Roger, Bert, Joan and Jim have met without him. The basically tell him to hit the road, citing his “questionable behavior” for them letting him go. He decides not to explain himself and they won’t give him a return date. As he’s leaving he passes Duck Phillips and Lou Avery, who worked at another agency, on his way out.

So that’s how they do Don. Fire him and then bring in Duck. I’m sure Peggy won’t be happy about that either. He’s a free agent now, free of everything like Pete, but where does he go from here? He has no job, now wife, but he does have the kids who he takes to see the place he grew up.

I was done with Don before we got here, but I am interested in seeing where he’ll be when we start the next, and final, season. Will he still be with Megan? Will he has moved on with someone else he doesn’t care about? Will he have side burns and a leisure suit? Will he have actually moved forward?

Until next time!

 

The Walking Dead Recap, ‘Welcome To The Tombs’ – Behind The Scenes Video Of Finale

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This show always knows how to kick me straight in the feels. There have been a number of emotional moments on TWD, but this last episode hit me with more than I expected. I think the theme of this episode was the importance of doing something when you have the chance. We said goodbye to another bunch of characters, but one death in particular left me crying like Little Ass Kicker.

If you remember the season’s opener, ‘Seed,’ it started with us looking at the world through the eyes of a walker. This episode opened through the one eye of The Governor as he beats Milton for betraying him. We see The Governor through Milton’s one slightly open and not yet bloodied eye. I couldn’t help but think, of so they’re eye to eye, but it was a striking scene. I didn’t know what to make of Milton when we were first introduced to him but we found out very quickly why he was afraid of Phillip and I knew things probably wouldn’t end well for him. Milton, probably trying to speak to the last bit of humanity left in his friend, asks what his daughter Penny would think of him. “She’d be afraid me,” he says, but she’d probably also still be alive he was like the way he is now from the start he reasons. He takes Milton into the torture chamber where Andrea is and he tells them about the plan to kill everyone at the prison.

As he gathers the tools The Governor had laid out, he purposely leaves a pair of pliers on the floor. After being instructed to kill Andrea, Milton attacks The Governor but he overpowers him and stabs him. The Governor’s plan still works out, he leaves Milton to die on the floor where he’ll eventually turn and try to eat Andrea.

At the prison, Carl is in full angsty teen mode, avoiding his dad while they pack up everything to leave. I get that Carl doesn’t want them to go out like a bunch of punks, but why risk all of them dying and leaving Judith and the others on their own? Carol tells Daryl that Merle’s death gave them a chance against The Governor. I don’t quite get her reasoning, but I’ll take any Carol and Daryl scenes I can get.

Michonne forgives Rick for considering The Governor’s offer, because he could have easily given her up. He tells her that it was actually Carl’s call, that he thought she was officially one of them. Back in Woodbury, The Governor rounds up his people but Tyreese and Sasha don’t want any part of it. They volunteer to stay behind and look after the kids and elderly. The Governor cold thanks him and gives a gun to Tyreese. I hate that The two of them keep finding themselves in this same situation, having to tip toe around The Governor and at one point Rick. The Governor and his crew head off the prison with guns a blazing, shooting down the guard tower and storming inside. Everyone is mysteriously gone.

Once inside they split up, because that’s always the smart thing to do in a dark prison, and then come upon some smoke bombs the group left behind. This sets off the alarms which alert a group of walkers. They all run outside, getting ambushed by Glenn and Maggie. Hershel, Carl and Beth watch the chaos from the woods and stop one of The Governor’s men, a young kid armed with a shotgun, who was just trying to get away like everyone else. Although he starts to surrender his gun, Carl shoots him anyways to the shock of Hershel. Oh, this little future maniac.

Out on the road, The Governor yells at his crew for running away. They’re don’t want to fight anymore, even calling the prison gang a bunch of psychos. If only they knew. The Governor loses it and guns them down, including Allen, leaving only a scared Martinez and that other black guy, apparently named Shumpert. I always love finding out the names of characters that don’t talk. While all of this was going on, Milton tells told Andrea about the pliers he hid for her and how when he turns, she’ll have to kill him. Tyreese and Sasha decide to leave once the The Governor gets back, and it seems that they’ll be getting some help.

When everyone decides that they can’t keep running away, Rick, Daryl and Michonne get ready to go hunt The Governor down, with Glenn and Maggie staying behind to guard the prison. Carl wants to go too, naturally, trying to use his recent murder as a way to move up in the ranks. Hershel tells Rick that he shot that poor kid point blank, but Carl thinks it was the right thing to do. He had come there to kill him, and that if his dad had killed The Governor when he had the chance they wouldn’t be in this situation. Ok, kid had a point, but he still shot a technically innocent guy. Rick and the others come across the bloodbath The Governor left behind on the road. The one survivor, Karen, hid in one of the trucks to get away from the walkers. She helps them get back to Woodbury where Tyreese and Sasha are guarding the wall. There is a brief shootout until Karen calms things down by telling them what The Governor did. They make their way to the where he held Glenn and Maggie, finding a pool of blood by one of the doors. Milton’s body lies still on the floor while Andrea is huddled near the door.

Michonne recognizes that she has a fever, then Andrea shows her the wound. Andrea apologizes for not killing The Governor when she had the chance, she just wanted everyone to live, and at least dies knowing that everyone is safe. She tells Michonne that she’s glad she met them, and her friend stays behind with her as she dies. We don’t see Andrea’s actual death, but we hear that one lone gunshot. I have struggled so much with Andrea’s character throughout these 3 seasons, and of course just as I was rooting for her she’s gone. I wish she had went out in some big heroic way, but i’m glad she got her final moment with Michonne. Rick and the group return to the prison, with Tyreese, his sister and a number of Woodbury’s townspeople. Hershel and Carol welcome them all into the prison, while Carl asks why he brought them back. As he looks up at the catwalk, Rick doesn’t see Lori as he did earlier.

Whew, ok. I couldn’t help but tear up over Andrea’s death. I cried ok, I cried real thug tears! Also, seeing the people walk into the prison choked me up. It wouldn’t be better accommodations than Woodbury, but Rick would be a better leader to them than The Governor was even on his best days. I can’t wait until next season to see the look on his face and the anger in that one eye when he realizes that his people have abandoned him. A great way to end the season, and there was a bit of an Easter-ish message in this. Like Moses versus Rameses in ‘The Ten Commandments.’ Maybe we’ll see Rick with an even more gnarly beard and a staff in Season 4.

As you can imagine, filming this episode was difficult emotionally on the cast. We’ve got a behind the scenes c lip from AMC.com that’s totally worth watching:

Until then, signing off from Walker Land!

‘The X Factor’ Finale – Who Won?

 

Thank God, or maybe Satan, this thing is done with. Although it seemed like there was a clear winner from the get go, there was an upset that I’m sure pleased many, but the whole show left us viewers scratching our heads.

Simon Cowell arrived to the finale in a Rolls Royce, because he’s Simon Cowell. I don’t remember there being a whole red carpet re-show last year, and they could do without it for next season. The three finalist then exit their big ass SUVs while singing “All You Need Is Love” in the corniest thing to ever be put on television. I may or may no the exaggerating. This show is so terrible to it’s contestants.

Along the way they stop and schmooze with past contestants, all dressed in white because CHRISTMAS! I also don’t remember the contestants beating us over the head with Xmas songs last finale either, but there was Tate Stevens joined by dancing presents for “Please Come Home For Christmas.” Fifth Harmony sand “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) on a carousel with candy cane microphones. Carly Rose Sonenclar had the cutest setup with breakdancing to soldiers during Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” 

Did I mention that I hate the word Christmas now?

 

After all the winter wonderland performances, and montages of Simon being a Grinch and Britney’s weird faces, one act was sent home. Fifth Harmony ended their run, but not without some tears and a butchered whistle note. I like these girls, and again I think they are the only act that had really progressed over the course of the show, both Tate and Carly were good from the beginning.

It sucks that Simon spent so much time on those douchebuckets in Emblem3 when he should have been focused on these lovely ladies. I hope they decide to stick together, but speaking of Simon’s creations, One Direction. I still don’t get the obsession with these boys, and honestly they’re not being marketed towards me anyways so I guess that doesn’t matter.

Then there was Pitbull, again! I feel like he packs up his dancers into a big van and just roams the country, shouting “dale” to anyone who will listen. I just turned Pitbull into the Ikea monkey.

Moving on…

For their duet, Carly and Tate sing “The Climb,” and as noted by one tweeter it was good for them to highlight the journey they’ve taken rather than the win. There was a montage of how bratty Demi Lovato is, trading barbs with Simon and even spitting mints into his hand. I’m glad I missed that the first time around. After another change of dress for Khloe Kardashian, it’s time for the results.

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Tate and Carly walk back out onto the stage with their mentors and the winner is…. Tate Stevens! Which is cool, I guess. Carly still has plenty of time to be out there, but she sure had a lot of people rooting for her, including myself.

We’ll, reluctantly, be back for Season 3. I wonder if half the judges and one of the hosts will?