We’re a few episodes away from wrapping up yet another season of Mad Men and this season has provided no shortage of fantastic moments. Not unlike the show’s AMC brethren Breaking Bad, Mad Men has a panache for jaw-dropping dark humor moments. Here are my six favorite, ranked in no particular order (after #1, which was definitely my favorite):
1. Season 3, Episode 6: Guy Walks Into an Ad Agency
But he doesn’t walk out. Jump to about 1:05 here.
2. Season 4, Episode 9: The Beautiful Girls
Ida Blankenship goes to the Big Break Room in the Sky. We should’ve all seen this coming, what with her being so old that she owed Jesus $3 at time of death. Given that she was only in a handful of episodes, what a hell of a character. The highjinx start at 1:00.
3. Season 2, Episode 9: Six Month Leave
The Freddy Rumsen weather report: humid with a chance of years of A.A. meetings. It was so funny to me that I almost pissed… ah, never mind. You get the point. Embedding is disabled but you can follow this link to the clip from the official AMC Youtube channel.
4. Season 4, Episode 7: The Suitcase
Again, I’m having a bit of trouble finding the clip, but if you’re a fan of the show, you know which clip I’m referring to. It’s when Peggy hears a noise in her office, late at night while drinking/working with Don, and discovers Duck Phillips squatting, on the verge of leaving Don a very special present in his chair. It was so funny that I almost shi… ah, you get the point again. And then, he fights a vomit-covered Don, whoops him, and makes him literally cry “Uncle”. Spectacular.
5. Season 2, Episode 7: The Gold Violin
I’m foiled once again by embedding, but the clip is found here. Don and Betty go to Central Park for a picnic. It’s an almost Rockwellian moment- father, beautiful wife, son, daughter, Central Park… and then at the end, they dump all their garbage on the ground, a perfect illustration of how great the show is in terms of its ability to tap into the time period. The irony of the clip? Little Sally Draper asking about her parents’ wealth and Betty replying that it’s impolite to talk about money. If you’re scoring at home, talking about money: bad. Dumping your garbage on the ground at Central Park: good.
6. Season 3, Episode 4: The Arrangements
Sal Romano is a gay man, having all sorts of trouble at home because he won’t have sex with his beautiful wife. “Let’s talk about something else”, he says (or so I paraphrase). “Have I told you about the Bye Bye Birdie ad I’m working on for Patio Cola?”. His wife arches an eyebrow- “No, Sal, you haven’t. What is it?”. And then this happened.