"Did you wash your hands?"
"You know, if you leave your shoes outside the door, someone polishes them."
"We need another 7-10 million for...cash flow or something."
More than 12 hours later, and I'm still amazed by the quantity and quality of one-liners from last night's season finale of MAD MEN. And although the vast majority were delivered per usual by the always reliable John Slattery, far and away the best exchange was saved for Jared Gilmore, the kid who plays Don Draper's son,
"What did we do?
"Then why are we in the living room?"
I never thought it would possible for any modern television show to even begin to approach the brilliant opus that was the five years of THE WIRE, and MAD MEN still has some time to go, but it's definitely making a run for it. Bitter contract renegotiations and the malaise that often sets in when a show has won its fair share of Emmys (SOPRANOS, I'm looking at you) have not affected this show in the slightest. In fact, it's almost as if Matthew Weiner and Co. took those traditional setbacks as a challenge to inspire them to go even further. From the hiring of the insanely talented Jared Harris to the detailing in one cycle the complete collapse of the traditional American nuclear family, this season of MAD MEN has been superb. For the good of mankind, keep it up gang.