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mad men: the catcher in the whiskey

mad men catcher in the rye don glenn driving

this scene killed me, as Holden would say

I’m not that into Mad Men trying to live in the world of one of my favorite books of all time, The Catcher in the Rye. I was getting Holden Caulfield vibes right from that Sally/Glenn convo when he’s in his prep school hallway. Then I realized that Holden dates a Sally in the city. Then someone on Twitter pointed out that Sally called Betty a “phony.” And then they went to the Museum of Natural History. All Catcher references.

But even though Don and everyone is trying to figure out how to be happy – in this and every episode – it just seems to play on a much darker level than Catcher. And this ep was definitely one of the darkest, which is why once again, like last week, wine didn’t make an appearance.

People went for the hard stuff all episode. Wine is much more happy and fun. With only one episode left this season, we’ll see what happens with the final tally next week.

BTW, the train from Grand Central only goes as far as Wassaic, not Lakeville (where Hotchkiss is) which is 20 minutes further by car. Luckily Don took Glenn back to school, but I’d hardly consider this Don being the Catcher in the Rye. I did die over that final scene though – one of my favorite Mad Men endings ever.

Mad Men season 5 wine count: stays at 19

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14 thoughts on “mad men: the catcher in the whiskey

  1. Until 1972, the Harlem Line continued north to Chatham. The station stop for Lakeville would have been the one at Millerton, less than four miles from Hotchkiss.

  2. Grapefriend: Please use the word, “Factoid” correctly. A Factoid is not “a little fact”, or a “tidbit” of information. It’s a term, coined by Norman Mailer, to mean an untruth, repeated widely enough that it becomes taken as fact. It has the appearance of being a fact, even though it’s not, and is, therefore, fact-”oid”. It’s a fact, not a factoid, that the kid’s name is Marten Holden Weiner.

    • @Grapefriend: I hadn’t paid attention to the possible Catcher connections. Doesn’t Glen also have a red hunting cap? Even if it’s not deliberate, it’s interesting to see that the Mad Men writers are drawing on experiences of teens in the 60s and coming up with similar situations and vocabulary that Holden had. My friends wrote a Catcher musical in high school so I remember the book fondly. My friend even had “Where do the ducks go?” written on a denim jacket.

      @Dave: I think Grapefriend just wanted to say ‘fun fact’ by using one word. I didn’t know the original context by Norman Mailer, and ‘factoid’ is useful in other contexts to describe unreliable media, but I don’t think the meaning has been watered-down to death through this use. The ending -oid feels like a diminutive ending like -ette, just describing a little low-calorie fact. I’m sorry the usage here upset you, and I’m happy to learn the origin from you, but it’s not kind to comment on someone’s post just to tear down their casual use of language. It’s okay. There’s no ‘correct’ usage, just common usage.

      • Did he have a red hunting cap? That would be awesome. Apparently, Matt Weiner read Catcher when he was in 2nd grade – seminal stuff. (Also, you’re hilarious.)

  3. Wiener a few seasons ago also referenced American Pastoral by Philip Roth when Sally was acting up and they showed her watching the monk set himself on fire. He loves great American lit!

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