Mad Men
Waldorf Stories

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Couch Baron: B- | 3 USERS: A-
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With Peggy at his side, Don is flipping through a portfolio of several ads that are all a play on the same idea; for example, Greyhound is described as "the cure for the common bus," while Budweiser is "the cure for the common beer." Aside from the lack of imagination shown in repeating the same concept so many times, I'd think you'd want to avoid linking the word "common" to products such as Budweiser and Greyhound, even if you're doing so to make the point that they're uncommon, because let's be real: They're not. They're common separately and they're common together -- in fact, the last time I rode a Greyhound there was a Budweiser can rolling around on the floor in the most irritating manner. But hey, I didn't mean to drop it.

Anyway, the sadly proud author of these, er, "campaigns" is named Danny Siegel, but you may well better know him as Danny Strong, the actor who played the always nerdy, often hilarious, and eventually doomed Jonathan on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and it's been around eight years since I recapped him in that role. Well, if I'm going to be all nostalgic, it's a good thing I picked a flashback episode.

Don basically shows off to Peggy in making fun of Danny, who's too clueless to notice, and Peggy tries to take him seriously in asking if he has any experience, but Danny instead is like "Roger Roger Sterling Roger Sterling Sterling Roger," so we can take the point that he's not exactly here on his own power. Don then notices that Danny has the famous Volkswagen "Lemon" ad in his book, and Danny tells him that everyone loves it, because it's the opposite of what you would expect. "That's what I'm interested in." Well, I will admit that your particular combination of being simultaneously pompous and pathetic is pretty far off the beaten track.

He goes on to ask if they never tear things out of magazines, and Don tells him sure, but he doesn't put them in his book, and at this point even Peggy is having a hard time keeping a straight face, so Danny adopts more of a pleading tone and says he's a "twenty-four-year-old kid," and Peggy saves me the trouble by casting a "He's twenty-four like I'm confirmation age" side-eye Don's way. Danny goes on that he knows he's got a lot to learn, but he's a hard worker and would even sweep up the floors around there. "I don't know if Roger told you that -- did he talk to you?" Sorry, Danny, but Roger was too busy trying to find the cure for the common vodka.

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