Sunday, December 23, 2012

Yuletide TV Day 23: Mad Men

Series: Mad Men

Episode: S4E2 "Christmas Comes but Once a Year"

Original airdate: August 1, 2010

Santa? Roger Sterling, arguably the best Santa

Other holidays mentioned: None, because it's the 60's

Availability: Netflix 

Unique Christmas Story:
As we get closer to Christmas, the pressures of the holidays begin to mount. Time runs short, demands are high and everyone is running around to make sure all of their plans come to fruition. Nothing can throw a wrench in those plans like an unwelcome guest.

In only the second episode of Mad Men's fourth season, Matthew Weiner breaks out a Christmas episode that deals with this very issue.

The new Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is a fledgling agency still trying to hold its ground. A large chunk of their business is made up by one client—Lucky Strike. Because of their tight budget, they make modest holiday plans; no big party, just modest gifts and bonuses for the employees. Unfortunately, those plans get thrown out the window when Lee Garner Jr. announces that he's going to be in town and is looking for some entertainment.

So Roger rounds up the troops to pull together a last minute party that won't disappoint, because they can't afford for Lee to be unhappy. The whole team goes to great lengths to meet his demands, no matter how degrading they may be. They know Lee owns them, and so does Lee. 

Every now and then Christmas brings about a particularly demanding guest. Whether its an older relative who is used to having everything their own way or a child who just wants to open presents, we put up with these people because it's Christmas.

Watch the episode and hit the comments with your thoughts.

Unique Christmas Message:
No message, just this beautiful musical montage:

Spoiler, it's a Community episode, but not the one you might think.

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