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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2010
Angela Grube quickly combed through the clothing rack ignoring several pristine looking garments before the prized item caught her eye: a black dress with a torn zipper and holes in the underarms. Grube was shopping in the basement of a vintage store in Hampden when she found the treasure: a three-quarter length, cocktail dress adorned with bluish glass beads atop embroidered trees. She basked in her good luck. The damage to the dress would be a quick fix for the self taught seamstress and vintage clothing store owner.
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By Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2014
That's one small two-step for SC&P, and one giant leap for Don's humility. So, who was expecting that? Not the death. I was suspecting someone would be killed off with Ted's death wish and the looming Mets pennant. And not Roger swooping in to save Don and the agency. We've been rooting for an underdog all season - we just didn't know it was Roger. And not Sally's amped up cynicism and sass, either. That's just business as usual. I mean Bert's dance from beyond the grave. Say what you will about the episode's ending - bizarre and out of place, or comical and uplifting (Twitter seemed pretty evenly divided)
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By Karmen Fox | May 6, 2013
Peggy's back, and so is the "Mad Men" we all love. True, Peggy has appeared in the show for most of this season. And the overall themes (prostitution and adultery) are still present in "For Immediate Release. " But it's as though the writers were just as excited as we are for the Peggy and Don reunion, no matter how fleeting. My how it shows. Now that she and Don will be working together, Roger's quips are that much sharper, Don's glances are that much more seductive, and Pete's comeuppance is that much more awkward (as it should be)
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By Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Add another notch to the 'Mad Men' victim tally. On Sunday's episode, "The Runaways," Michael Ginsberg suffers a psychotic breakdown and slashes his nipple off, as a grand romantic gesture for Peggy. Sympathy pains never felt so real. While he managed to escape the toxic SC&P offices alive, Ginsy didn't leave completely unscathed - or in one piece, for that matter. He was wheeled off to a psychiatric ward. And with the infamous psychiatric care of the 1960s, one question races through the minds: Is there a "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" treatment in store for Ginsy?
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
As Salvatore Romano, the closeted art director at the turbulent Sterling Cooper ad agency in the TV series "Mad Men," Bryan Batt struck out — his character, cruelly compromised by a client, was fired partway through the third season of the much-admired cable show in 2009. But as an interior designer and author, Batt has enjoyed steady success, and that brings him this week to Baltimore, hometown of the fictional Sal. Batt will be the featured speaker at a reception Tuesday for the 36th annual American Craft Council Show that opens the next day. He'll talk about his recent book, "Big, Easy Style: Creating Rooms You Love to Live In. " "I haven't been to Baltimore in ages," Batt said, "and I have never been to the Craft Council Show, so I'm really looking forward to this.
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By Karmen Fox | May 7, 2013
On our TV Lust blog, we recently dubbed Stephanie Drake's character, Meredith, the Most Oblivious Employee on "Mad Men. " Does the scene where Joan throws a model airplane at a helpless receptionist ring a bell? That was her. But Drake insists her character has more guts and work ethic than meets the eye. After chatting with her, we're starting to agree. But will this plucky secretary continue to butt heads with Joan? This is your second season on 'Mad Men.' What's your favorite part about working on this show?
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Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
The unrest of the '60s is still simmering. As the political tensions rise, so escalates the turmoil in Don Draper's world. 'A Tale of Two Cities' focused on fierce rivalries: East versus West Coast, Joan versus Pete and Cutler versus Ginsberg. No one was stabbed (thankfully), but Roger did get sucker punched. And it was hilarious. Roger was the shining beacon of much appreciated comic relief in an episode riddled with ominous and violent undertones. After last season, I've become somewhat numb to the death imagery in 'Mad Men,' since they tend to hammer it rather hard into viewers' heads.
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By Jordan Bartel, assistant editor, b | April 7, 2013
Did Don Draper cheat on Megan? You get an answer, but it is far from the point of the episode. "The Doorway," the good-but-not-great, often poetic (but also often very slow moving) Season 6 premiere is not an exuberant return. The action is often very detailed, very muted, very dark. But after a not-the-best Season 5, it was wonderful to see "Mad Men" become a bit more nuanced with its characters and the themes it has often explored: the various types of masks people wear, if people are stuck in their lives or can change.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
I have a feeling "Mad Men" is not going to end so happily for some of its fans. I say that after watching Sunday night's opener of the final season and hearing creator Matthew Weiner talk about where the series is going in its last 14 episodes. Before the final credits tonight, viewers will see one of the two characters who matters most, Don Draper (Jon Hamm), near spiritual paralysis, and the other, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), brought to her knees in emotional pain. You'll hear Don saying things like, "She knows I'm a terrible husband … I really thought I could do it this time … I keep wondering, 'Have I broken the vessel?
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By Jordan Bartel | May 14, 2012
"The air is toxic. I don't want that in here. " -- Megan Draper Sure, Megan was talking about the smog alert. But she was also basically summarizing what all of "Dark Shadows" was about. Everyone is angry. At everyone else. No one is happy. Not one bit. Oh, and it's Thanksgiving. Can't wait to see what sort of anger explodes come Christmas. There were so many inter-personal battles this episode, so let's run through them all, shall we? Ding-ding! Betty vs. Don vs. Megan vs. Sally vs. weight Yup, Betty is back.
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By Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Don hit restart, but thankfully not replay. “Field Trip” skillfully revealed the answers we had been waiting for since the end of Season 6: How will Don get his job back? And when will Megan find out? In traditional "Mad Men" fashion, of course, any win comes with heavy losses. Don returns to work, and Megan's done with their marriage. Like a true 12-stepper, Don accepts that he's no longer in control. The panning back and forth, between his mental preparation at his apartment as he's staring at his watch and walking down the SC&P hallway, amplified his anxiety and ours.
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By Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Don's on the mend. Sort of. It was an admittedly slow yet steady start to the new season. That's how it should be with recovery. There was no jumping into massive transformations or profound moments of clarity. It was more of a catch-up to see how the dust has settled - or kicked up - in the past two months (in "Mad Men" time, of course). Are Don and Megan still together? Have SC&P rehired Don? Are Peggy and Joan this close to starting their firm to prove those chauvinists wrong?
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
I have a feeling "Mad Men" is not going to end so happily for some of its fans. I say that after watching Sunday night's opener of the final season and hearing creator Matthew Weiner talk about where the series is going in its last 14 episodes. Before the final credits tonight, viewers will see one of the two characters who matters most, Don Draper (Jon Hamm), near spiritual paralysis, and the other, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), brought to her knees in emotional pain. You'll hear Don saying things like, "She knows I'm a terrible husband … I really thought I could do it this time … I keep wondering, 'Have I broken the vessel?
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By David Zurawik | October 1, 2013
Baltimore native Peyton List is only 27. But she's already a veteran of almost two decades in show business with a resume that includes Disney movies, guest shots on "Law & Order" and recurring roles on "As the World Turns," and "Mad Men. " And this fall, she debuts in her first network starring role as one of the leaders of a group born with paranormal powers in CW's "The Tomorrow People," from veteran producer Greg Berlanti ("Everwood," "Arrow")....
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By Karmen Fox and For The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
"The quality of mercy is not strained.” The title for this episode comes from Shakespeare's “Merchant of Venice.” On this Father's Day, Don could use mercy from his daughter and himself. Instead we find him curled up in a fetal position on his couch, ready to admit defeat. The penultimate episode didn't pull any last-second twists, like Sally walking in on Don and Sylvia. That is, except for the fact that Bob Benson is not who we think he is … again ! Only this time, it feels more believable.
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