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