Mini Caps of Mad Men, Design Star, and The Gates
Mad Men: Loula
A rare and conspicuous absence of Roger this week, but the extra Joan and the reappearance of Anna Draper more than make up for it. Don’s 24-hour layover in LA brings him to the front porch of the Other Mrs. Draper, who, as she says, knows everything about him and still loves him. She’s the only person in the world who can really say that, so maybe they’ll end up together, right? Yikes, okay, maybe not. Meanwhile, poor Joan doesn’t know what to do with her domestic life – she’s trying to get pregnant before they ship Greg off to Vietnam, for some reason. She’s been panicking about their future for pretty much their entire marriage, but he’s not worried about a damn thing, and it’s starting to piss her off. Also with major screentime this week is the newly dumped Lane Pryce, who seems to have his first fun in months, learning how to be a sad lonely divorced old drunk the Don Draper way (hint: it involves steak and prostitutes). Happy New Year!
Design Star: Swellmel
In last night’s episode, Vern takes the four remaining Design Stars to brunch at Aaron Sanchez’s Centrico.
Sanchez serves them tropical fruit salad, huevos racheros, corn tamale, and rice pudding empanadas with mango chutney. Hmmm it’s a diverse menu and there’s a reason for that. Turns out Vern wants the designers to choose one of these dishes as inspiration for this week’s challenge: to create a dining room space.
Of course Emily the Strange chooses the huevos rancheros. Was I the only one imagining
Dali Egg Painting + Ranch Doritos = Emily the Strange’s design???
The designers split up into teams of two: Emily the Strange and Michael; Casey and Courtland. OMG a team of just Emily the Strange and Michael!!! This should be interesting.
Check back Wednesday to find out who makes the finally three.
The Gates: Alejandra
Dylan and Nick start digging stuff up on Buckley so they don’t remain his bitches for life, and they discover that Buckley’s business partner, Harrison, might have a) been murdered and b) be a vampire. This journey involves a lot of Dylan/Nick alone time, I so I really enjoyed it. Especially when they dug up Mr. Harrison and discovered that while he was most definitely not a vampire, he was also not killed by accident. When Dylan comes home and tells Claire about the blackmail and he and Nick’s mission to dig up stuff on Buckley, she advises him to stop the investigation into Frank Buckley, because it’s putting their family in danger. Dylan stops the investigating, but Nick doesn’t, and it’s revealed that Harrison was murdered, but by some CFO we’ve just met in this episode. Frank and Nick end the episode on much better terms than they started it, and it’s revealed that one of the reasons Buckley is so serious about protecting The Gates and the “people” within it, is that his lovely wife, Vanessa, is a vampire herself.
In other news, Sarah’s obsessed with having everyone be friends, so she throws a disastrous pool party inviting Claire, Devon, and Karen. No one becomes friends. Later, however, Karen starts to notice that Sarah and Devon are becoming close, and Sarah’s putting away quite a bit of that magical tea. Karen enlists Claire’s help to confront Sarah about the dangers of Devon, and they become friends! Yay! A homance to match the bromance.
Speaking of Devon, she does a little online dating, finds a werewolf, has sex with him and then steals his eyes. She’s up to a lot of weird shit in this episode, ending it by doing some crazy magicks over a map of The Gates. She is up to nooooooooo good.
Also, Andy stops taking her meds, but still doesn’t want to see Brett or Charlie – until Brett figures out that she’s a succubus and reveals his wolf nature to her. They get back together and Charlie gets broodier than I ever thought possible.