Today in Suque

A smattering of today’s news:

The NSA is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center

Suicides Eclipse War Deaths for U.S. Troops

Mitt Romney Mocks Obama for Wanting More Firemen, Policemen, Teachers

David Barton: People Are on Welfare Because They Don’t Read the Bible

But on a lighter front:

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Mad Men

and look! Bernese Mountain Dog Puppehs!


I know way too many of those Mad Men factoids.

Re NSA: Clearly, terrorists, other criminals, and anyone who values her or his privacy will have to put lemon juice or urine to paper and send it by snail mail, ending each missive with the instruction to burn after reading.

@lynnlightfoot: Snail mail and cash have never looked so good.

Not a word about tonight’s episode? When the music started up at the end, my first thought was, “Is that Millennium?” Followed by, “Millennium samples something?” My apologies to any Bond fans.

I didn’t realize nudity was Rory Gilmore’s side boob and Roger Sterling’s ass.

@mellbell: That was the second Bond cue. The first was from Casino Royale. I think there’s a complicated joke there — requiring a Jaguar’s worth of explanation — but I haven’t figured it out yet.

@ManchuCandidate: Was there any nudity (as per the basic cable definition of such) in her scene? I thought the disclaimer was all due to Roger’s ass.

Aside from feeling creepy that Rory Gilmore is all growed up… probably not.

@mellbell: Somebody said “shit”. AMC’s getting daring.

So, the complicated joke…

The original Casino Royale was a parody, due in part to the Bond rights being a little scattered. (“Never Say Never Again” was a later example.) The rights eventually got straightened out, leading to the newer Casino Royale.

So, the first time Don ducks into the theater, that’s the movie that’s playing. You wouldn’t know it unless you recognized the music.

The second time Don ducks into the theater, it’s for the “legit” You Only Live Twice. I think there’s a gag being played with the comparison — besides just the fact of the comparison — but I can’t figure out what it is.

@nojo: When did Don go into a theater a second time?

@mellbell: Or whatever that scene was at the end of the show.

@nojo: That was the bar where he went with Joan a few episodes ago.

Pete’s a fucking mess.

I told Mrs RML that the nudity would be Roger’s wang. I was in the ball park. The office shot at the end was a classic.

Hate for Mrs Price in this household. Get back to fucking England, ya #$@*!

etc. So much going on.

@redmanlaw: The office shot at the end was a classic.

They should have all held hands while the buildings across the street imploded.

@redmanlaw: The thing of it is, only Don knows why Lane did it. Bert has a major clue in the canceled check, and Pete’s observation that a man who takes his life must be facing something worse than death (in Lane’s case, returning to England in shame) is spot-on, but neither has the whole picture. I can’t fault Rebecca for thinking it’s the agency’s fault any more than I can fault Joan for thinking it’s, essentially, Rebecca’s fault. Rebecca saw him in the final hours of his life forgoing what should have been pleasurable (taking the Jaguar for a spin) for something that was decidedly not (agonizing over the books) and concluded that the stresses of the job did him in. Joan’s last few impressions of him indicated a man deeply unhappy in his marriage, and she wondered what she could have done to change that, when in fact his marital woes were inextricable from his money problems.

Considering the state of mind Lane was in, the only way sleeping with Joanie would have made him feel better is if she paid him the 8k afterwards and promised that mean ole Donnie wouldn’t fire him.

I didn’t expect the grieving widow to be all that sympathetic. She blamed Don and the rest for giving Lane silly dreams rather than say, take a long look within. Of course, doing so at a time of emotional pain isn’t the easiest path to take.

@mellbell: @ManchuCandidate: Rebecca was also showing her Britishness by saying that Lane shouldn’t have had his ambition encouraged by the others — perhaps a broader comment about the U.S.?

Similar to (another foreigner) Marie’s observation of her daughter (and Don?) having the artistic temperament but not being an artist.

The irony is that it wasn’t the ambitious dreams that killed Lane, it was stiff upper lip and keeping up with appearances Britishness that did him in.

@ManchuCandidate: Exactly! Roger nearly sank the company, and did it sap his will to live? No.

@mellbell: Someone gave Roger the world on a platter and he never gave it back. Mrs RML and I were wondering last night whether Peggy’s upcoming trip to Virginia might uncover the truth about Lucky Strike.

@SanFranLefty: “The first generation (of immigrants) works their fingers to the bone. Second generation goes to college and innovates new ideas. The third generation goes snowboarding and takes improv classes.” Jack Dongahey, 30 Rock

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” John Adams

@redmanlaw: And finally, you get to pay the rent by geeking out at coffeehouses all day.

Once again, TiVo screwed the pooch and recorded some weird shit I didn’t want to see, so I’ve been ignoring this thread.


Ending song: At first I thought it was this.

They are SO fucked without Peggy or Mrs. Draper #3. Will MD#3 come back? Get fired from the commercial? Wut wut?

@ManchuCandidate: Maybe the fucking dogs? (see above)

@nojo: +1 But who is Marla?

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