Mad Men: A Little Kiss
My daughter told me to watch the show when it first caught on, but not wanting yet another must-see, I declined. Then AMC started reruns to promote the fifth season, so I taped them and sure enough, caught the jones. There was no catching up before Sunday's fifth season premiere, but Don doesn't appear to be an alcoholic anymore.
So here we are, two women, me and my grown daught, watching the season opener. Our spouses are both working, although it is late evening, perfect for the Mad Men 1950's theme. I'm absolutely mesmerized, because there's nothing more interesting than watching the ways that two people who supposedly love one another fight, and what they fight about. Some of us find this fascinating. (This from someone who will never see The Hunger Games, nor finish the book.)
Spoilers to follow.
So Don has remarried, and he seems very happy, and his new wife, Megan, who works for his advertising firm, is very sexy, and very sweet, and she wants to throw him a surprise 40th birthday party. The surprise is blown as he is about to walk in the door, and it is clear, Don isn't happy. He doesn't like surprise parties, doesn't like to be the center of attention, and all he wants to do is go home and spend a quiet evening with Megan.
He puts up with it, plays the good sport, because he is a gentleman, or can be. But at the end of the evening, when Megan joins him in the bedroom and throws herself at him, he makes it very clear there will be no sex. He is exhausted, and he tells her as much in a very irritable way, as if she is the cause, but he's not discussing it, he's too tired. We're left to think that she should have asked him first. She should have asked him if she could throw him a surprise party.
She is very hurt by this lambasting Throwing this party wasn't easy. She invited his friends earlier in the week, late, but still, most were honored to be on the list. And she promised at least one of them that her guests would go home and make love. Everyone should enjoy life, should be as happy as she is, married to Donald Draper. Life is beautiful. Enjoy it. Some have this world view, and it can be refreshing, if French.
We learn that something else is bothering Don. At the party Megan gives him a very public gift. She (Jessica Pare) is the entertainment. She is his gift. She surprises everyone with burlesque, dances to a lovely French song in the original French, Zou Bisou Bisou.
Sophia Loren recorded it originally in English. Here are a few of the lyrics, translated by Slate.
Everywhere you hear:
Kiss kiss kiss etc.
My God, how soft they are!
But tell me, do you know
What that means, between us,
What does “zou bisou” mean?
It means, I confess to you,
But yes, I love only you!