The Summer Man

Season 4, Episode 8 -  Air Date: 9/12/2010
3 Ratings


Joan and Peggy deal with high-jinx in the office.

‘Mad Men‘ Fan Columnist: Dear Diary...

Be a man. Seems like a simple enough instruction, but as Don Draper is slowly figuring out, it entails a lot more than drinking and one night stands.  In "The Summer Man" we find Don self-reflecting. Aloud. In voice-over form.  Even he mocks himself about it seeming like a little girl‘s diary entry.  I‘ll let him do the mocking since I think Jon Hamm‘s voice is so easy on the ears.  No wonder Mercedes Benz chose him.   Rather than drown himself in alcohol during this week‘s episode, Don instead immerses himself in water.  All the swimming shots reminded me of Hockney paintings.  There‘s something about a man emerged in water with just his thoughts that can not only appear Freudian, but lonely and provocative.   Because Don has a new lease on life and is trying to reinvent himself (again), I‘m glad we got some insight to his thoughts.  Especially since many times, we have no idea what he‘s thinking.  But there was far more to this episode than a sole journey into Don Draper‘s psyche, although that was a large part of it.  This one was for the ladies too, who also had to grow some balls, so to speak, but of course maintain their femininity while literally not breaking a sweat.  
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