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Mad Men Music Monday: “On a Carousel”

5 May

A carousel is a symbolic high point for Mad Men as Don channeled his inner turmoil in the season 1 finale to perform one of the pitches of his career. When he tried to recreate this by combining a personal anecdote with a product at the end of last year it had the opposite effect as he went too far; stories about family are a yes, stories of whorehouses are a big no. Don is back at work and he’s acting like a spoiled child and he’s no longer the superstar genius who everyone wants to work with. To people like Ken, who bought up the carousel pitch last week he still holds mysticism and charm, to Peggy and most of the partners he is a liability who might implode at any minute.

Mad Men 7.04 DonAfter a much needed pep talk from Freddie, who like Don has tried to find a solution at the bottom of a bottle, Don goes back to work with the right frame of mind. Freddie didn’t get the chance to make up for his pissing in the office misdemeanor, even though this was something that happened behind closed doors and his six months leave was a polite way of saying fired. Freddie has become Don’s mirror in a way and a lot of this final season is circling back on the first. It’s why the carousel is still an important image, despite that episode ending with personal sorrow as Don returned to an empty house.

This week closes with The Hollies singing “On a Carousel” and with the repetition of “up, down, up, down” it is a tad on the nose, but hey it’s the closing credit music so I’ll give it a pass. That is also an Olivia Pope combined with Alicia Florrick size wine glass on the single cover.



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