It’s time – Mad Men time

We’ve been waiting for a while but now it’s finally time. Mad Men time.

I think most women would agree that Don Draper usually looks better than in the picture, but it was too funny not to post.

Make sure you don’t miss the best show on TV right now (and yes, I know there are a lot of great series out there, but this is our personal favourite).

And for those of you who are already hooked, why not read some Don Draper Mad Men quotes or the post I wrote on Mad Men and marriage a while ago.

Mad Men and Hollywood Marriage

Thanks to Twitter I stumbled upon this article which states that Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olsen in our favorite TV series Mad Men, has recently made her public debut with her new boyfriend, a guy with the cool name of Adam Arkapaw (kapow!).

I don’t really care one bit about Elisabeth Moss, except for her doing a brilliant job in the series, but I like her quote about her ex-husband, SNL-comedian Fred Armisen, who she was married to for eight months:

“One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, He’s so great at doing impersonations, but the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.”

The Daily Mail article said it was a difficult divorce and after that kind of comment, I can see it.

Eight months might sound like a very short time to be married, but in Hollywood relationships play by different rules. I would love to see some statistics on the average Hollywood marriage, but all I could find in my research was this Wikipedia overview of successful and less successful Hollywood marriages.

One obvious recent example is of course Kim Kardashian‘s marriage to Kris Humphries which infamously lasted only 72 days. This makes Katy Perry and Russell Brand‘s marriage of 14 months seem rather long. But the one that beats them all is Skinhead (Sinéad) O’Connor and Barry Herridge’s marathon date/marriage which lasted 16 days!

How can you marry someone only to be together for 16 days? Must be all impulse? We can easily say that people in Hollywood have less time to meet and properly get to know each other, more stress in their careers and their public lives, often run into other interesting people and thereby often tempted to look for something better. Famous people also tend to be quite emotional, which might make marrying someone after only a few weeks together not seem like such a bad idea.

But let me close this post by saying that if you look like these two, it’s always a bad idea.

Pic: Sinéad O’Connor and Barry Herridge

Thanks for reading and sharing, /J.

Don Draper Mad Men Quotes

Here are some quotes from the best show (Mad Men) and the best character (Don Draper) on television right now (ever?). Thank you IMDB for most of these.

“Maybe I’m late because I was spending time with my family reading the Bible.”

“I hate to break it to you but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.”

Roy asks Don (after learning Don is in advertising/the big lie) how he sleeps at night…Don replies, “On a bed of money.”

“I can’t decide if you have everything . . . or nothing.”

“What do you want me to say?”

Pete Campbell: A man like you I’d follow into combat blindfolded, and I wouldn’t be the first. Am I right, buddy?
Don Draper: Let’s take it a little slower. I don’t want to wake up pregnant.

Don Draper on true love: The reason you haven’t felt it is because it doesn’t exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.

Don Draper: If Greta’s research was any good I would have used it.
Pete Campbell: What are you talking about?
Don Draper: I’m saying I had a report just like that. And it’s not like there’s some magic machine that makes identical copies of things.

Peggy Olson: [Presenting an idea to Don] We thought that Samsonite is this very rare element, this mythical substance, the hardest on earth, and we see an adventurer leaping through a cave.
Don Draper: Is this a substance much like bullshit?

Bertram Cooper: How much do you know about Pete’s family?
Don Draper: Nothing, except that they put out a mediocre product.

Don Draper: Peggy! Take Danny over to Joan, he’s starting next Monday.
Peggy Olson: Are you kidding?
Danny Siegel: You will not be sorry.
Don Draper: Go away.

Don Draper: You got anything on Vicks?
Peggy Olson: Actually, it’s Vick Chemical.
Don Draper: Answer the question.
Peggy Olson: We’re very behind. Your new art director has been waiting for synchronicity, which involves me coming up with a bunch of ideas, chasing him down and having him draw all over them, and lose them.
Don Draper: He’s your new art director too, and you have a deadline. And don’t think you can spend Monday hiding behind corners and trying not to make eye contact. I will find you.

Don Draper: That’s how this works. I pay you for ideas.
Peggy Olson: You never say ‘thank you’.
Don Draper: That’s what the money is for!

Peggy Olson: I thought we were doing this at 9. It’s 11:15.
Don Draper: I’m late, but you’re not. Good work so far.

Don Draper: I wouldn’t be good company anyway.
Roger Sterling: That’s never bothered me before.

Don Draper: We should get married.
Midge: You think I’d make a good ex-wife?

Don Draper: This is the greatest advertisting opportunity since the invention of cereal. We have six identical companies making six identical products. We can say anything we want. How do you make your cigarettes?

Lee Garner, Jr.: I don’t know.
Lee Garner, Sr.: Shame on you. We breed insect repellant tobacco seeds, plant them in the North Carolina sunshine, grow it, cut it, cure it, toast it…
Don Draper: There you go. There you go.
[Writes on chalkboard and underlines: “IT’S TOASTED.”]
Lee Garner, Jr.: But everybody’s else’s tobacco is toasted.
Don Draper: No. Everybody else’s tobacco is poisonous. Lucky Strikes’… is toasted.
Roger: Well, gentlemen, I don’t think I have to tell you what you just witnessed here.
Lee Garner, Jr.: I think you do.
Don Draper: Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.
Lee Garner, Sr.: It’s toasted.
[Smiles]
Lee Garner, Sr.: I get it.

A Wake-Up Call inspired poster

I wouldn’t say the TV series Mad Men is very close to The Wake-Up Call but there’s something about the cover to series 4 that gives me that Jack Reynolds-feeling from this scene:

Stepping inside my ridiculously large and luxurious office immediately makes me feel a tiny bit better. It’s supposed to be the warmest welcome you can get to your workday and it’s somewhat comforting that it still does to me. You see, I was always a sucker for the Wall Street movies, from Gordon Gekko to Patrick Bateman (yeah, although he’s a psycho you’ve got to admit the guy’s got class) and I always wanted floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, big expensive art on the walls and a large dominating desk giving you the feeling that here works one of the most powerful men in New York. The view from here, on the 34th floor, is breathtaking. Everything in it is carefully thought out, has a price tag that blows your mind and screams POWER. If you’re in a salary discussion with me and you’re not intimidated, then I am.

Mad Men is by the way an excellent series with a score of 8.9 out of 10 on IMDB.