So the finale was far less dramatic than last week’s episode, but we did have wine! And of course, leave it to our Official Mad Men Grapefriend, Megan.
Wine also got a fantastic foreground shot when Mère Megan was on the phone with Roger, who said Don had been complaining that she’d been drinking all of Don’s liquor – hardly! She never touches whiskey, only wine. I doubt Don gave a crap
Later, Megan was post-rejection drunk off of more Burgundy. It’s the same wine, but if it was the same bottle she and her mom had been drinking from she’s probably kind of a lightweight. Don was annoyed with her – though he probably hates her for not being a whiskey drinker, not for being moody and independent.
Let’s face it – there were far more cocktails downed this season than 22 glasses of wine. But overall wine made a lot of progress with the younger generation (Megan, Jane) and of course the visiting French. So if Don ordered wine, it would be far more creatively symbolic – of his confusion, of optimism, of embracing change, of trying to be closer to Megan – than a toothache! Who knows what will happen next season – depending on when it takes place, Napa could historically fully be on the up and Don might just pour his first pre-dinner glass of grapes.
Matt Weiner, call me – I’ve got ideas for Season 6.
Mad Men season 5 wine count: 22 (FINAL)