If you tune into Mad Men to see and hear references to Westchester, not to see one of the best produced dramas on TV, or to see three of the best looking actors on television, you may be disappointed in the new season.
You at least were disappointed in the season premiere.
The season starts with some men from a rival ad firm dropping bags of water on civil rights marchers.
The premiere then cuts to the weasel Pete Campbell, reading a folded broadsheet newspaper as his morning train ambles through the wilds. He and his wife had fallen in love with Greenwich after the birth of their child got them looking beyond Manhattan. Seconds later Pete is joined by a colleague in a facing four-seater. (Campbell always was a master of kneegotiations.)
The colleague may have been a recurring character; I don’t know, because it’s been 524 days since Mad Men was last on.
There’s an ad on the wall that says Canadian Yankee Goes Overland on the wall.
Pete’s pal is very much down on married life.
The men lament that what goes on in the workplace is inexplicable to the housewives back at the homestead.
“They don’t understand,” says Campbell.
Then a train conductor type happens by with a large sheet of cardboard.
Pete’s pal ends up renting the board –a solitaire table for the lap–and a deck of cards for what looks like three bucks, and commences a game of cards.
Wonderful detail! Apparently this used to go on on trains, a half century before the iPad, iPod, and other i-centric gadgets gave us something to do on the train.
The PA system then announces the next stop on the city-bound train is Greenwich, so Pete and Trudy and baby Tammy are living a little further out than Greenwich. Perhaps Pete couldn’t afford Greenwich, despite bringing in accounts such as Sugarberry Hams and Vick’s.
Stamford, perhaps? Westport?
It definitely isn’t Ossining.