Did you watch the mid-season finale of Mad Men?
For a show that’s been reliably depressing, Sunday night’s episode was surprisingly heartwarming. Without giving away too much, there were some feel-good successes, some comedic interactions, and one entertaining — and totally unexpected — song-and-dance routine.
I can’t claim to understand the deeper meaning behind Bert Cooper’s toe-tapping musical performance, but I loved it nevertheless. I’ve been waiting seven seasons for the old man to break out in song. Why? Because Robert Morse is a Tony-award winning actor. The Broadway vet won for his leading role in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 1962.
Morse reprised his performance in the 1967 movie version, which I’ve seen because I’m a fan of both musical theater and films from the 1960s. When I first realized that the gap-toothed J. Pierrepont Finch grows up to become the gap-toothed Bertrand Cooper, my mind kind of exploded.
Take a look:
And a bonus fun fact: Daniel Radcliffe most recently played the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the latest Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying.
What did you think of the midseason finale of Mad Men? And what are you going to be watching this summer now that it’s over (for now)?
PS – When JB read this post, he yelled in surprised when he noticed a high school classmate standing to the left of Daniel Radcliffe in the cover image of the YouTube video above. How random!