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At long last Joan takes center stage in this episode. Unfortunately, not everything is going right for (almost) everyone’s favorite lady. Joan gets into a major conflict with Harry Crane that reminds us all that her partnership doesn’t seem to be the kind that has real decision-making power. Remember pouty Harry? He does TV and now sports some serious side burns. They fight because Joan fires his secretary Scarlett after catching her in some dishonest office shenanigans. Harry won’t let it happen without a tantrum, mostly because...

Forgive me for not going in chronological order this week, but I am simply too excited. Let me share why. In Astapor, Daenerys goes about trading her largest dragon for a massive army of the Unsullied, much to the dismay of Jorah and Barristan Selmy. But she had a secret that pretty much everyone should have guessed. Her dragons only obey her and they can cook folks...

Tender Moments, Heartbreak, and Righteous Anger. Mad Men Season 6: Episode 2 Recap Jon Hamm returns to the directorial helm, and Don stays on an emotional rollercoaster throughout this episode, “The Collaborators.” And that’s just poor Don’s personal life. He isn’t even concerned with larger issues like Vietnam that keep popping up in the background Between the flashbacks to a particularly unsavory part of his youth and his current muddle of resentment and guilt, the episode quick literally knocks him off his feet. The flashbacks...

My reading reveals that Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 3 was more divisive than the previous two episodes this season. Some found its pacing to be strange, the number of characters too great, or the epic brothel scene awkward. Others say that the season is just now getting into its groove with the hallmarks we’ve come to expect (and mostly adore) from Game of...

Okay, so the people getting married aren’t Don and anyone, in fact they aren’t even really characters on the show. Still, when Megan Draper wakes up one morning during her Hawaiian vacation and finds Don gone, she’s more than a little surprised and touched to discover that Mr. Draper is giving away a GI bride as a favor to a stranger. Has Don gone soft and sentimental? The incident sets the tone of the whole episode, “The Doorway.” Television’s most glamorous show has developed into far more than 60s pastiche or soap opera....

This episode is called “Dark Wings Dark Words,” but it is very much about new people, some of whom seem a bit dark or secretive themselves. As one of these new people (Thoros) says to Arya Stark, “You’re a dangerous person. I like dangerous people.” Another powerful Tyrell takes her place of power in King’s Landing, the disarmingly honest Lady Olenna. This matriarch par excellence is Margaery’s grandmother. As we see from her tea-time meeting with Sansa and her granddaughter, Lady Olenna is probably where Margaery...

We all know that Mad Men Season Six Premieres Sunday with a giant two hour episode (be still my heart)! But I want to share a few links that will have you in peak Don Draper loving or hating form. THE BIBLE Let’s start with the bible, the Mad Men Bible compiled by the really well-written TV blog Basketful of Kisses. I hope we all get that callback to season...

[Warning! Contains Season 3: Episode 1 spoilers top to bottom!] There is a new power in King’s Landing, the Tyrells. Season Three of Game of Thrones offers a few plots twists in the premiere “Valar Dohaeris,” but the most compelling scenes center around this basic truth. King Joffrey’s new fiancé Margaery Tyrell is not under his thumb as Sansa was. Her family brings soldiers, food, and resources to war torn and tax besieged King’s Landing. She uses this power to baffle the pouty king and win the public’s affection in a visit...

I don’t know how I’ve been able to stand the waiting and anticipation of these last, oh I don’t know, 10 months. Ever since the last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones ended, roughly four million people have been left in the lurch (not counting the innumerable DVR and download crowds). A few of my friends who would never admit to picking up a fantasy novel, much less multiple epic high-fantasy novels large enough to moonlight as doorstops, have been panting over George R. R. Martin’s pages in an effort to get their fix. Thankfully,...

Everyone loves the classic Cinderella story which illustrates that dreams do come true.  Rodgers & Hammerstein’s version not only takes us back in time, but also adds new twists and turns. The witty and romantic elements, which were added, only draws the audience further into their grasp. I went from excitement while waiting for the play to start to being totally enthralled. Anticipation and surprise at the different twists drew me in and held my attention. When the lights came on for intermission, I didn’t want the play to stop....