Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Don Draper's Off His Game


The 4th season of "Mad Men" has been great as usual but there's something that's really troubling me: Don Draper.  For the first time ever, Draper's off his game with the ladies.

This can't be happening.  The sun is yellow, the sky is blue, and Don Draper never gets denied by women. Those are all facts.

The foundation of my world is starting to crumble.  If this was "Inception," my totem would be Draper always beds the woman, and now I'm seriously questioning reality since he isn't.

I don't know if I can really live in a world where Don Draper gets rejected by women.

This is the same guy who pulled off the Spanish Stare in a restaurant during the 60s.  I don't think anybody had even coined the term for it yet.

If I was real, there's a good chance
 I could have been your father 

Why am I getting so concerned about a fiction character?  Because Don Draper is more than a character, he's an icon.  The ultimate man's man.

It's painful to watch him get turned down by women he would've easily bedded before.  It's like seeing a Hall of Fame athlete get shown up by average players because of diminishing skills.

Instead of the typical smooth Draper moves, he's reduced to being that creepy drunk guy that's like "come on, come on" until the woman reluctantly agrees to go with him for some reason.

He's struggled to get women like (spoiler alert if you're behind in season four) his secretary and a waitress.  Old Draper wouldn't even resort to this and if he did, he'd seduce them in his sleep.

Even worse, he's resorted to paying for sex.  I thought that was as likely as Draper paying for the air he breathes.

Obviously the whole divorce thing has thrown him off his game.  Before he had the comfort of knowing he was going home to his wife Betty who was always more attractive then the woman he was cheating with.

Now Draper lacks that confidence and the allure of being a married man.

All his mistresses secretly liked that Draper was cheating on his wife with them because it bothered them for like a minute before they moved on.

But Don Draper can turn this around, he has to.  He's just in a little slump.  All he has to do is look in the mirror and remember he's Don f'n Draper or just listen to this song.

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