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Blood Will Spill – New True Blood Trailer!

HBO has released a new trailer for season 6 of True Blood and it looks like things are getting a little busy on Sookie’s couch. One can only hope that’s Eric Northman she’s rolling around with. A fan can dream!

True Blood premieres on HBO June 16 at 9pm

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QOTD via Mad Men’s Trudy Campbell

Trudy:  We’re done Peter.  This is over.

Pete:  You want a divorce?

Trudy:  I refuse to be a failure.  I don’t care what you want anymore.  This is how it’s going to work – You will be here only when I tell you to be here.  I’m drawing a 50 mile radius around this house and if you so much as open your fly to urinate, I will destroy you.

God, that Trudy Campbell is something else.  On this week’s Mad Men, it was all about affairs and betrayal.  For Don, we see his affair with Sylvia grow even more intense and his lying to Megan even more sickening.  He used almost the exact same words to comfort both women (“I want you, I want you all the time.” “You have to know I want what you want.”).  For Peggy, her late night conversations with Stan are her way of staying in the loop at SCDP even though she’s at Cutler Gleason and Chaough.  When Ted Chaough walks in on Peggy and Stan discussing how the Heinz Baked Beans guy, brought in the Heinz Ketchup guy to meet with SCDP then told Don & Co. not to pursue it (because he likes having SCDP on his side, doesn’t want to share the wealth) Chaough encouraged Peggy to go after Ketchup.  In doing so, she would betray the company that raised her.

But the best story of the hour belonged to Peter Campbell.  After last season’s disaster of an affair with Beth, Pete is looking for short-term, no-strings-attached flings.  The episode opens at the Campbell home, where Trudy has invited a few new neighbors over.  Trudy brushes off the flirtations of the men, but Pete feeds into the women.  Giving his card, he basically invites them into the city for a “good time call me.”

One of the ladies decides to take Pete up on his offer, they meet at his Manhattan apartment and get to business.  Pete’s affairs seem so sleezy when compared to Don’s type of seduction.  The whole scene made me uncomfortable.

Later that night, the woman shows up at the home of the Campbells’ beaten by her husband.  As they open the door, we hear the husband yell “She’s your problem now Campbell,” revealing everything to Trudy.  Always the lady, Trudy cleans her up and takes her to a hotel.  The next morning, she confronts Pete in the kitchen, appalled by his inability to be discreet, she lays down the law.

Trudy’s not dumb, she’s never been the unsuspecting wife.  Her and Pete have always been partners, she’s helped calculate his moves up the corporate ladder and she is just as ambitious about their social life.  I can’t wait to see how this marriage moves forward.  You go girl!

BONUS! Trudy and Pete do the Charleston, enjoy!


Mad Men Season 6 Premiere

For the first time, I will be watching Mad Men as a live viewer.  I caught up last year through a series of binge views then decided to watch all of Season 5 on Saturday in order to watch it live with the rest of the world.  I must say, I prefer the binge watching.  Mad Men is so subtle, a look between characters is more telling than any of the dialogue, I find the cues easier to pick-up when completely immersed and watching episodes back-to-back.  I’m curious to see if anyone else has had this problem, what are your thoughts?

As we watch this season, I’ll be providing plot summaries and my thoughts on each development.  Let’s get started.

Things sure have changed at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (that’s right Pryce, no name change necessary).  They have added a second floor to the office, there are new employees with every turn of a corner, and things are a bit, well, hairier.  Stan’s grown a beard, Ginsberg’s grown an odd-looking mustache to match his shaggy long hair, and then there are Pete’s sideburns (see above).  Welcome to 1968 folks.

We also met the new account man Bob Benson (Political Animal’s adorable James Polk), who seems to ruffle a few feathers by his presence at SCDP (looking at you Ken Cosgrove).

Megan‘s acting career is in full swing.  She’s a regular on a soap opera and even gets recognized during a Hawaiian vacation with her husband.  As Megan grows and develops into her own person, the less and less Don feels needed.  During last season’s opener, we saw a unified couple enter into SCDP.  Now, they feel more like two buoys that just happen to be linked together as they float along.  Don needs more control than that.

The episodes theme was mortality.  After watching his doorman collapse from a heart attack and then be saved by his doctor neighbor, Don began to idolize what it must be like to hold someone’s life in your hands, to have that sort of control.

During their Hawaiian vacation he met a young PFC fighting in Vietnam.  There for his wedding, Don recognized what the young soldier didn’t, he would probably never survive the war.  The rest of the episode, Don is haunted by the young soldier’s lighter, which he accidentally picked up instead of his own.  A hint to the viewer that all is not right in the world of Don Draper.  I believe the lighter was there to remind us of how Dick Whitman became Don Draper, and who Don Draper was when we first met him.  As we learned at the end of the episode when we found him in bed with the doctor’s wife (Linda Cardellini), a tiger doesn’t change his stripes.  Don Draper is still the unsatisfied, controlling scoundrel he always was and we love him for it.

Several of the other characters are also floating along, a little lost, in need of a new sense of self:

Roger – Is anyone else having a hard time believing that Roger Sterling is in therapy?  What happened to the “get on with it” WWII vet we’ve followed for five seasons?  Roger is restless.  He’s the kind of man that defines himself by the women that surround him and right now, he’s alone.  His mother has died, his daughter just wants his financial support, Mona isn’t going to soothe his pain, and Jane isn’t interested.  Can we see Roger and Joan back together yet?

Betty – Betty is still Fat Betty, but she’s trying to “reduce.”  Sally brings home a friend, a violinist named Sandy, who is supposed to attend Julliard in the fall.  However, Sandy fills Betty in on a little secret.  Sandy didn’t get into Julliard but she’s so desperate to move to New York, she’s just going to go.  Betty’s maternal instincts flare at the news, she suddenly feels the need to protect Sandy.  There’s also a little bit of jealousy and longing for her own youth here.  When Sandy takes-off, Betty follows the clues to Bohemian NYC, where she teaches the squatters to make goulash.  With no sign of Sandy, she gives up.  In a desperate attempt to make a life-change, Betty returns home with Elizabeth Taylor styled brown hair.  What do you think of the dye job?

Peggy – I want to be Peggy Olson when I grow up.  She’s thriving in her new job and is finally appreciated for her craft.  I can’t wait to see her grow even more during the season.

What did you take away from the season 6 opener?