I looked through the rule book and couldn't find the answer anywhere:
Does Mad Men get to submit additional DVDs if they are nominated? I know the "For Your Consideration" for nomination "official" DVDs were the "A Little Kiss" through "At the Codfish Ball". Those were sent out based on the 4 May deadline. But I couldn't find where they nominated series get to send out a new round of DVDs.
Apparently not. After reading the rules I'm guessing that with the hanging episode rule each DVD is sent in separately by the 28th of May, vice pre-paired, so the entire season is submitted. If nominated the academy sends out the pairs.
In priority order, here are the best episodes IMO: 1) Signal 30 - this was very standalone and compelling 2) Lady Lazarus - not a fan favorite but after rewatching I think it is a series-level turning point for the main characters 3) The Other Woman - Godfather-like editing as the dirty business of advertising is shown in full glory, Peggy's triumphant escape 4) The Phantom - a quiet denouement after the tragic "Commission and Fees", powerful imagery with an "I can't wait til next year" finishing montage 5) Commission and Fees - painful to watch, unflinching look at what happens when despair overwhelms 6) At the Codfish Ball - the biting remarks, the "Dirty" finish, the sad tableau at what was supposed to be a happy night
Special Mention: Far Away Places - I see this as a fan favorite but only Peggy's story really held me (although Slattery was funny as usual).
Video pairing: "Signal 30" and "At the Codfish Ball" - what defines success and happiness character studies "Lady Lazarus" and "The Other Woman" - both focus on the female characters and their struggle for control "Commisions and Fees" and "The Phantom" - it really is almost a two-parter and inwardly focused on character self-assessment
Sorry to bring this back but I just finished the boxset after nearly two years from season 4 sooo some thoughts... I had a breakdown at the end of 'the other woman' with Peggy and Don. Christina Hendricks should of won that Emmy!! January Jones' story line was great. Sally the daughter is a fantastic young actress who shines in all her scenes. Jared Harris' final ep was very well done. And finally I'm surprised Jessica Paré got no nominations for playing Megan? I thought she played a vital role in the season.
Very well said, figure8. As much as I love Jared Harris' performance in "Commissions and Fees", Aaron Paul in "End Times" and Giancarlo Esposito in "Hermanos" were better. Hendricks should have won the Emmy over Smith. Should have won Series and Writing in a Drama Series for "The Other Woman". That episode always reminds me of the Emmy-winning Sopranos episode "Employee of the Month".
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