Originally Posted by URFloorMatt
We know Don is not independently wealthy, and he too has two wives and three children that he's supporting, and neither Megan nor his children have ever wanted for anything.
He's not supporting Betty. She remarried. He's also no longer supporting Anna.
But I don't see how a 15% difference in taxes is creating the vast chasm the show seems to be portraying. Don and Roger have never, ever thought about money, nor been especially careful in saving it.
We don't know anything about their financial situations. Roger came from a rich family and may be getting huge dividend checks from blue chip stocks he inherited from his father. Don writing a check for a Jaguar shows how careless he is with his money.
People who buy lots of stuff are not necessarily wealthy.
And they both grew up in the Depression. Lane has always been the prudent, financially minded one, so how did he end up on the short end of the stick?
Lane may have just started being the prudent, financially minded one out of necessity. We know from last season that it's important his family maintain appearances. Also the British economy was a disaster in the late 60's so it's possible investments he may have had were lost.
I don't think this is a fair criticism at all. Pete had a pair of bad days.
Pete was beaten up
in front of his coworkers while they cheered. I admit I have never been punched in the face by a coworker during a meeting but if I had I wouldn't write it off as just a bad day. But then maybe Pete is an easy-going care-free forgiving man who never holds a grudge against anyone... oh wait, I was thinking of Ken.
Now he's in love with Rory Gilmore.
Yeah, how's that going for him?
Things change. I'd hate to see you on a bad day if you think realizing you're not as cool as Don Draper is sound justification for suicide.
Well if I were beaten up
in front of my coworkers while they stood idly by, I doubt Don Draper would cross my mind. I would be looking for someplace else to work and taking as many of my accounts with me as I could. On Mad Men, that incident is completely forgotten... it was four whole episodes ago and everything is back to normal!
If there's one problem I have with this season, it's that there are too many characters with very prominent story arcs--Don, Betty, Megan, Roger, Lane, Pete, Joan, and Peggy. We have to go a few weeks to cycle back around through the characters, and it looks like next week we'll be seeing more of Trudy and Pete's troubles.
In previous seasons there have been almost as many simultaneous story arcs but they were much better at getting all of them to progress in almost every episode. This season is too choppy. Even though the series is supposedly moving forward in time, a bunch of stuff happens in one story line and then the characters disappear for episodes. Then they return and we have to remember what was happening to them three episodes ago and figure out if that had anything to do with what's happening now. This could be front/back episode actor scheduling they're using to save money (actors can be contracted for a certain number of episodes in the beginning of a season and another number at the end of a season).
Even the Megan story is like this. She quit to return to acting, her burning passion. She took one acting class and now she's sitting in the apartment waiting for Don to come home like a good house wife? What?