Well, I gave you a couple of days to watch and digest Sunday's season finale of AMC's "Mad Men" before giving you my take.
I thought the next-to-last episode that had the Kennedy assassination as a backdrop was the best of the season, but the finale was a close second.
The terrific, plot-thick finale seemingly ended the season-long drama involving the failing marriage of Don (Jon Hamm) and Betty Draper (January Jones) and the drama about the ownership of Don's advertising firm. The scene in which the Drapers told their kids that they were splitting was heartbreaking. A scene in which the New York State divorce laws in the 1960s was explained to Betty was educational.
Additionally, two of the firm's unappreciated employees -- Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) -- were finally rewarded with positions in the new firm being formed. The scene in which Don finally went to Peggy and gave her the respect she longed for was one of the best in the finale.
It also was nice to see that it looks like Joan (Christina Hendricks) will be back on board with the new firm.
I suspect we haven't seen the last episode dealing with the Draper marriage. But I expect the focus of season four next summer also will be on the trials and tribulations of the new firm, which should be rich plot territory.
-- Alan Pergament