Mad Men is known for being all buttoned down, black and white, class and sass. But in Sunday night’s Season 6 premiere we rang in the year 1968, which means we are smack dab in the heart of the The Sixties. You know: The colors, the drugs, the free love, the awesome music…and the unfortunate facial hair. So in honor of Don Draper’s arrival into this new era, we’ve decided to recap the show based on three critera: Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll!
As we know, drugs and alcohol play a large role on Mad Men, mostly because every one of the characters seems to be miserable and hate their lives. Don is reading Dante’s Inferno at the beach, for godsakes. So with that in mind, it kind of makes sense that most people on the show spend a decent amount of time getting f’ed up. Barely two minutes into the show, newly minted soap star Megan Draper reveals two joints stuffed in her bikini bottoms, thus making every retro-brained stoner’s dreams come true. The times they are a changin’
Because Don and Megan are on a Hawaiian getaway, Mai Tai’s seem to flow pretty freely. But it’s later than night that that Don meets uber drunk groom/service man (and his completely passed out companion) and sees the true meaning of trashed.
Roger Sterling actually seems to be taking some steps to restore his inner health by seeing a psychotherapist. Apparently he’s still feeling the effects from the mind-blowing acid trip from last season. All this work seems to get negated when his secretary informs him that his mother has died, and then he starts double fisting the vodka to numb himself.
Mrs. Sterling’s funeral throws Don even further into his despair that has started in Hawaii (well, on second thought, it probably started the day he was born). Obsessed with death, wondering about the welfare of his new serviceman friend, thinking about his own military past and conflicted present, Don hits the sauce pretty hard beforehand and winds up vomiting into an umbrella stand during the eulogy. Not exactly his finest hour.
The workplace culture has shifted from the martini lunch to Stan and the creative team smoking doobies in the break-room. New Year’s Eve 1967 is soon upon us, and Megan throws a swanky party in her apartment for the neighbors and their new friends Dr. Rosen and his wife. Everyone knows that NYE is a avalanche of booze and debauchery, which leads us nicely into…
DRUG SCORE CARD
OFFENDERS: Don (1 joint), Megan (1 joint w/intent to distribute), Stan (1 joint)
OFFENDERS: Don (1 Mai-Tai, 3 bourbons, 1 Champagne ), Megan (1 weird blue drink, 1 Mai Tai, 2 Champagne), Roger (4 vodkas)