S2E7- "The Gold Violin"
Air Date: 09/07/2008
Written By: Jane Anderson, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Matthew Weiner
Directed By: Andrew Bernstein
What scene stood out as particularly significant to you?
What do you like/dislike about this episode?
Favorite quote from the episode?
Did you notice anything that you didn't before?
On a final note, while we should all be conscientious about potentially spoiling other viewers - the show has been finished since 05/17/2015. Barring spoilers in the titles of posts, read discussion threads at your own risk of getting spoiled. I highly recommend enjoying authentically first, though!
Hello r/madmen! I appreciate you all taking the time to read this. As we well know this show is a work of art and/or masterpiece of modern television. While some of the moderator team have not been as active lately, I am looking to change that. I have to thank the moderator team for inviting me aboard here. I hope to do the community justice.
It makes me excited to see that the community is still quite active on this subreddit, with in-depth conversations about the show still very common. I want to be able to take the energy that this fantastic community has and breathe some more life into the sub.
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Was it really that bad? I adored it, and I feel the audience only were led to dislike it because of Don's dislike. I feel Don influences us in this scene.
That is all. I disagree with Don. If my wife put this on for me, I would melt into a puddle, regardless of the crowd around me.
After many rewatches, just now appreciating the friendship of Peggy and Joan throughout the series, and how it’s provided some of my favorite moments. Watching S7E4 when Peggy is frustrated with Don and complains to Joan, and Joan says “you have exactly two minutes” and pours some drinks. It’s obvious they haven’t always been supportive of each other, but it’s such a genuine friendship throughout their careers.
It used to be available on Youtube, but I can't seem to find it anywhere, on avenues legal or otherwise. I'd love to see the whole thing but in particular I'd like to see the sequence where the cast describes their favorite curse words. PM me for discretion if need be.
No other book,show,or movie makes me feel as much emtion as this show. I wasn't even alive when it took place yet it makes me nostalgic for that time. It draws out so much emotion just when I even think of Mad Men. Why is Mad Men so different in this aspect? Or is it just me ? I feel like instinctively I know why, but its difficult to put in words.
When Don and Dennis are in the waiting room and Dennis is talking about his job, Dennis says something along the lines of “I bet you have a nightmare where you end up in Sing Sing, am I right?” To which Don answers affirmatively. What’s important in a show like this is motif and in this particular episode, dreams are a huge motif. Keeping that in mind, Betty has a dream sequence in which she walks through her very pleasant neighborhood and then into her house (where she sees her parents although I don’t know about the relevance of this to my point.) Taking that Sing Sing dream line and relating it to Betty, who is the only one to have a dream sequence in this episode, seems like a no brainer. The fairly obvious point I’m making is that part of the purpose of the dream sequence is to show Betty’s imprisonment to her pleasant, perfect life with her nice house in her nice neighborhood, particularly with the birth of her child who she did not want but which now further tightens her previously loosening bonds to her relationship with Don. Betty’s life as Don Draper’s wife, as a housewife, or a “house cat” as dream Gene explains it, is her Sing Sing. This point is obviously further solidified by the very last shot of the episode in which Betty walks to baby Gene’s room and stands outside the door listening to him cry while the light from the shutters creates vertical lines of shadows on her back, resembling prison bars.
So I just started watching Mad Men. I tried to start a few times but the slow start was off putting. Got injured so decided to really push through and give it a shot, almost finished with season 1 and glad I did. I’m starting to understand it’s popularity.
Rewatching season 3 and the scene where Betty’s father Gene tries to get Betty to follow his will shows Betty being resistant and afraid. In the finale, she becomes strong and shows Sally how to manage her affairs, finally confident to face the end. Just a minor observation and a nice touch by the writers.
First time rewatching the series and noticed something after SCDP hires Michael Ginsburg.
I always thought Don’s relationship with Peggy mirrored his relationship with his daughter Sally. Peggy is smart and represents what is good in Don although both Peggy and Sally have issues with absentee fathers.
After Stan and Michael are added to the creative team, Don’s “work children” mirror his actual children with Stan representing Bobby and Michael representing Gene. Stan is the curious, optimistic all American boy and Michael is young, talented but a bit of a mystery.