It's been only a few days since Sunday's season finale of Mad Men, and the episode is sparking plenty of discussion around the water cooler. This past season of Mad Men, the show's fifth, felt a bit hit-and-miss at times. It may have started off slow, but it picked up toward the end of the season and featured episodes that arguably were some of the best of the series.
There are lots of reasons to love Mad Men, whether it's the show's clever writing, interesting character development, and, of course, those dapper suits. But another great aspect, often its secret weapon, is its music. Each season of Mad Men so far has been filled with lots of memorable musical moments, and season five of Mad Men was no different.[jump]
As there's still some time to kill until Breaking Bad returns in July, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the most memorable musical moments of season five of Mad Men. They are listed in the order that they happened in the show. Oh, and if you haven't figured it out yet, there are a ton of spoilers ahead. So if you haven't already, but are planning to finish watching this past season of Mad Men, stop reading now and go finish that show already (and then come back).
Megan Draper performing "Zou Bisou Bisou"
One of the central plot points of this season of Mad Men has been Don Draper's adjustment to life with his new bride, Megan. The difficulty of co-existing with Megan was probably best illustrated during the season premiere. When Megan decides to throw Don a surprise 40th birthday party, she decides she'd throw in another surprise by giving Don a musical performance in front of his friends and co-workers. So how did Don Draper like the performance? He bitched her out for embarrassing him and the party in general, and they ended up having angry sex in the living room. Still, the moment was probably one of the most talked about moments of the season and helped establish Megan as one of the most important characters of the season (plus, the performance ended up a special vinyl release on Record Store Day).
Roger Sterling Drops Acid
Probably one of the more amusing moments of the season came when Roger Sterling and then-wife Jane dropped acid together. The result was a mixture of hilarity and a few scary hallucinations. What really made the scene was the inclusion of the Beach Boy's song "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times." Lyrically, the song is more about Brian Wilson being ahead of his time, but the the idea of not being made for these times as an idea fit pretty perfectly to what Roger is experiencing. (An alternate Beach Boys classic that could have worked: "Hang on to Your Ego," the original lyrical take of "I Know There's a Reason.")