Mad Men's, "A Little Kiss" is a Little Too Much
"Mad Men" premier episode, "A Little Kiss" was a 'little' disappointing and (gasp gasp!) bor-ing.
Later that night the party is over in more ways than one
On Sunday night, at eight o’clock I microwave a bag of Paul Newman’s organic popcorn, get a coke out of the refrigerator and sit down in front of the TV to watch the much awaited Season Five premier of AMC's “Man Men.”
For a year and a half I waited for this moment; “Mad Men” is my favorite TV show and I was more than a little frustrated when it got mired down in ‘negotiations” and was off the air for nearly 18 months.
The “A Little Kiss” episode starts out with the arrival of the civil rights movement and we see some employees in the top floor offices of SCDP rival art firm, Y&R, dropping water bags on the African American protesters in the street below.
Shortly after that, we’re in the offices of SCDP and Don Draper’s hot 25 year old wife, Megan, is planning a surprise 40th birthday party for Don. She seeks Peggy’s advice on the party.
Peggy tells Megan that she doesn't think Don would like a party, "Men hate surprises", she warns, but Megan doesn’t listen and goes ahead with the party.
At the Drapers' swanky Manhatten apartment, Megan decides to surprise Don by singing a sexy rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou” and In her black mini dress, pink lipstick and dramatic eye makeup she puts on quite a show.
Clearly Don is not enjoying himself as he watches his new wife perform as if she were on stage at the New York “Playboy Club.”
Later that night the party is over in more ways than one and Don attacks Megan for embarrassing him at the party. She cannot understand why he resents her and she tries to seduce him. He tells her to leave him alone and Megan goes out on the balcony. She feels unappreciated by Don and angry that he rebuked her.
A couple of days later, Megan overhears someone talking about her ‘performance’ at Don’s surprise party and leaves work early. Upon hearing she’s gone, Don goes back to the apartment.
He finds her in a red robe which she quickly removes and strips down to her bra and panties. Don asks her what she’s doing and she says she's cleaning up. But why are you dressed like that? Megan says, “I’m cleaning up and I don’t want to get sweaty.”
Say, what? The last time I saw a scene like that was in “Welcome to LA" where Sissy Spacek cleans an apartment topless; Spacek represents the only platonic relationship in the Robert Altman's film.
Nothing platonic in this scene! Megan knows what she doing and moves her incredible body this way-and-that as she bends, kneels, and crawls to get all that pesky dust mites under the furniture.
Don is getting more horny by each housekeeping minute: Megan knows that Don likes his sex a little rough and goes into high gear.
She taunts him by calling him old; stay away from me, she says, "I don’t want you". And then when he's sufficiently worked up, she goes right for the jugular with the cour de gras “You probably couldn’t do it anyway”.
Don grabs her and they make mad, passionate,and angry love.
Later on there are some interesting scenes of Joan in a hot pink dress coming into the office with her baby, Kevin, and we get to see African-American men and lined up in the lobby ready to apply for jobs in the company, but by this time, I've lost interest and cannot appreciate these foreshadowings of good things to come.
But make no mistake, I’ll continue to watch “Mad Men” ---how can I not with Matthew Weiner and his team of writers, cast and crew at the helm? However, the premier episode was a bit disappointing.
But I’ll get over it, --- it was just ‘A little Kiss” and not the whole affair.