Linda Holmes, NPR: "It probably speaks to the complexity of Mad Men that the same episode can be a highlight of the series for some and a lowlight for others. Sunday night's episode, "The Other Woman," instantly became a favorite of a lot of observers and writers, but for me, it was a rarity on Mad Men: a serious and profound misstep.
" (spoilers in links)
*AMC Behind the Scenes (Episode 511) Mad Men: The Other Woman
*Mad Men Unbuttoned: vintage Jaguar ads
Tom & Lorenzo
: "...we’re having a near-impossible time believing that she would do this... What surprises us is Roger’s reaction. Actually, strike that. We flat out don’t buy it and consider it a rare instance of the writing team dropping the ball."
: "It was the best all-around installment of Mad Men since "The Suitcase," and while its subject and structure were different, deep down it was great for the same reason that "The Suitcase" was great: because its situations and resolutions summed up and expanded on everything we've seen since the start of Mad Men."
: "“The Other Woman” shouldn’t work. It’s so obviously constructed to be a “message” episode, and the message is far from subtle... In most every way, “The Other Woman” is a stronger episode than “Employee,” however, because it pitches its story less as a parable and more as a rolling catastrophe."
: "It's not unusual for ad types to describe their professional activity as, pardon the phrase, whoring themselves out. Usually, however, the metaphor remains just that..."
Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
: "We just don’t expect characters we’ve known for the length of a series to behave in ways that permanently alter their relationship to the show, and to us... Mad Men does this a lot — parallel plotting, one scene echoing another, weaving a theme through various subplots so that we Get The Message. Indeed, I’d say it’s usually the habit, the stylistic tic, that is most irritating about the series, and sometimes leaves you wondering just how stupid Matthew Weiner thinks his audience is..."
Maureen Ryan, Huffington Post
: "Here's my big admission: I'm going to be fine with it when the current season of "Mad Men" ends. Let me be clear: That is not me saying that I dislike "Mad Men"... But this season, the show has gone around in sad, resigned circles a fair amount of the time. I'm not sure what the point is, and I'm not sure the characters think there is a point."
: "The episode left me upset enough to wonder if I’ve let Weiner off too easy regarding his treatment of women, even as it affirmed his ability to make tremendously thought-provoking television."
- Mad Men
Power Rankings: Episode 511: 'The Other Woman'
recaps and more discussion: Salon
- LA Times
- Television Without Pity
(previously: Jaguar's real ad agency punks Don Draper and season 5 begins)