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Mad Men: Marriage and Don's 'existential issues'

All season long, I avoided watching these recap videos, because I didn't want them to affect what I would write.

But I watched this video tonight, and I am glad it did, because at the very end of it Jon Hamm says, "I don't know if Don really believes that this is the solution to his existential issues ... ."

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, because I do not think marriage to Megan, his 25-year-old secretary, will come within a thousand miles of solving Don's monumental existential issues.

Anyway, here is the video, and for what it is worth, I think it was an excellent season finale with all the passages that different characters are navigating.

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I love the penultimate scene in the empty house, but it gave me that sick feeling in my stomach that the French existentialists talked about as a kind of cosmic nausea. It really did feel empty, lonely and cold -- Don and Betty as two specks of dust in the cosmos who connected for a moment and are now blown in different directions.

Wow, I am in an existential funk -- looking into the void and shivering. I hope it is just separation anxiety I'm feeling about the season ending, and not an actual existential breakdown of some kind. I'm not kidding.

On a more sociological and less cosmic level, I also loved the scene between Peggy and Joan in Joan's office after Don's big announcement of his marriage. I adored Peggy's line about how she just saved the company with its first new account since Lucky Strike while Don was out in California, and, of course, what she did is not as important as what him and his secretary are going to do. Loved Joan's account of Don's big annoucement delivered over the phone to her husband.

Oh yeah, great line from Faye, too, about how Don only likes the "start of things," and asking him if he was going to take out an ad in the Times saying her never liked her either -- just like he did with Lucky Strike. Brilliant.

My last words of the season: Weiner made me fall back in love with Don's journey. I didn't want to, but I did. And now it's going away. I wish the season was starting tomorrow.

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