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Pima, Peggy, and Stan, Mad Men

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Pima, Peggy, and Stan in a still from Mad Men.
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Pima, Peggy, and Stan in a still from Mad Men.

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Mad Men TV Club: Repetition Compulsion

I won’t lie – this was an annoying episode, and such a disappointment after last week’s strong premiere. And it’s not just that I missed Rachel Menken (which I obviously did).

Megan Draper and Don Draper

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Megan Draper and Don Draper, in Mad Men.
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Megan Draper and Don Draper, in Mad Men.

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Choosing Our Role Models, and Letting Them Go

When I was younger, I used to love watching Hannah Montana on television. The lead character, played by Miley Cyrus, lived a double life as pop sensation Hannah Montana. Cyrus had so many fans, so many young not-yet-teenagers who looked up to her. I remember going to see her in concert when I was in fourth grade. It was one of the highlights of my year. 

Miley Cyrus Performs at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, September 14, 2009

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Miley Cyrus performs at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, September 14, 2009.
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Miley Cyrus performs at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, September 14, 2009.

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Mad Men TV Club: Rachel Menken as a Symbol of Difference

I, too, was thrilled at the return of Rachel Menken on the Mad Men Season 7 part 2 premiere. The pleasure was all too brief, however, as it was soon revealed that Rachel had died. Tara described Rachel as “the one who got away,” and I’ve always felt that she was the one who got away from the viewers as much as from Don. From the moment we met Rachel, I wanted more of her—she was smart and elusive; beautiful and guarded; speaking her mind but in some way holding the viewer at arm’s length. 

Rachel Menken from Mad Men

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Rachel Menken from AMC's Mad Men.
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Rachel Menken from AMC's Mad Men.

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Mad Men TV Club: The One That Got Away

So why is it that Rachel so strongly resonated with audiences, and what’s the significance of her reappearance and death? Sure Rachel was beautiful, but so are all of Don’s women. She was a career woman, like Dr. Faye and Bobbie Barrett—nothing too unique there. She was Jewish, but so was Roger Sterling’s second wife, Jane.

Rachel Menken and Don Draper from Mad Men

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Maggie Siff and Jon Hamm as AMC's Mad Men characters Rachel Menken and Don Draper.
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Maggie Siff and Jon Hamm as AMC's Mad Men characters Rachel Menken and Don Draper.

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Lisa Edelstein, September 9, 2007, cropped

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Lisa Edelstein, on Septermber 9, 2007, at Fashion Week.
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Lisa Edelstein, on Septermber 9, 2007, at Fashion Week.

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