My Mad Men recap: Don and Megan ask, are we mostly the product of our parents' bad choices?
Tampa Bay - almost 5 years
I fear the ultimate message of this year's Mad Men season will be that we all are the product of our parents' crappy choices.
That's the unmistakable not-so-subtext unveiled in Sunday's episode, "At the Codfish Ball," which introduced us to the miserable, French-Canadian parents of hero Don Draper's new wife Megan.
They have the discomfiting habit of speaking insults in French and arguing bitterly in public, as her father Emile Calvet struggles with the reality that his career is fading while his daughter has married in embodiment of everything he opposes as an intellectual.
Julia Ormond, just 47 in real life, shines as Megan's fading mother Marie, a woman so lonely in her bitter union she seems to wish she could marry Don herself (not surprising since, if the character is old as the actress, Marie is closer to Don's age than Megan is).
Given Emile's strict values, Communist politics, life of professordom and professional compromises -- he is, after all, a Marxist who had a Cap
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