Sunday, May 17, 2015

Episode 10 Season 2 – The Tudors Episode Summary 2.10

The execution of Anne Boleyn
The Tudors Episode 10 Season 2 Synopsis: Anne Boleyn prepares for her death and learns that the execution has been postponed.  She loses her resolve at the thought of waiting another day for her death, but finds it again at the hour of death.  Meanwhile, King Henry VIII announces his intention to marry Lady Jane Seymour.

The Tudors Episode Summary Episode 10 Season 2: On May 18, 1536, Anne Boleyn receives word from the Constable, Master Kingston, that King Henry VIII has decreed Anne to suffer death at nine o’clock of that day by decapitation instead of by burning, and has acceded to her request to use the services of the Executioner of Calais.  Anne Boleyn acquiesces to the King’s wishes and accepts her unfortunate fate with contentment.Continue reading...

As per Anne Boleyn’s request, Archbishop Cranmer arrives to hear her last confession and to administer Holy Communion.  He is relieved to hear that the deposed Queen has become at peace with her impending execution, but regrets having to inform her that her marriage to the King has been declared null and void.  The illegitimacy of her marriage was based on her forbidden degree of affinity to another woman with whom the King had carnal relations.  Most hurtful is the knowledge that Princess Elizabeth is to be declared a bastard.  Archbishop Cranmer vows to use his power to protect and support Princess Elizabeth ensuring that she does not fall out of favor with the King.  Anne makes her confession and requests for the Constable to remain and hear it too.  She vows innocence and fidelity towards her husband.  Anne’s only sin against her husband, King Henry VIII, is her occasional thoughts of jealousy.  Moreover, she confesses the desire to offer her life for those unjustly condemned because of her.  She willingly accepts her death sentence as it pleases the King, but declares of leading an endless life in peace.  Archbishop Cranmer asks Master Kingston to report Anne Boleyn’s true and last confession for the world to know.  Her acquiescence falters as soon as the Constable leaves.  Anne pleadingly asks Archbishop Cranmer the possibility of an intervention from the evangelical bishops they put in place.  Anne asks for forgiveness after realizing the futility of such a request.

Meanwhile, King Henry VIII writes a letter to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V offering an olive branch and proposes working together to increase trade between their realms.  Moreover, he recommends joining forces against the King of France and looks forward to the prospect of change.  It seems that favor has fallen on Lady Mary Tudor.  She looks forward with anticipation the death of Anne Boleyn.  She learns from Ambassador Chapuys that Anne’s sentence came from the notion that her child, Princess Elizabeth, may not have been King Henry VIII’s daughter.  Meanwhile, Jane Seymour, the new woman whom the King plans to marry is admirable.  Ambassador Chapuys is pleased with Jane Seymour not only because of her Roman Catholic faith, but also because of her desire to restore Lady Mary to the succession.  Lady Mary takes comfort in this and in the fact that Princess Elizabeth will be declared a bastard, suffering the same scorn she once received.  In fact, Cromwell has instructed Lady Margaret Bryan, her governess, to keep her out-of-sight of the King.  Moreover, the King ruthlessly orders to use the money from the young princess’ household for her mother’s imprisonment.

Anne Boleyn prepares for her execution, but learns from Master Kingston that the Executioner of Calais has not yet arrived.  King Henry VIII becomes livid at hearing the delay of the execution of his wife.  He orders Thomas Cromwell with threat of death to fetch another axman despite his promise to accede to his wife’s last request, but quickly changes his mind and angrily declares to the earshot of many to postpone his wife’s execution.  Anne is all dressed and ready for her death, but Master Kingston informs her that the executioner has yet to arrive thus postponing her death another day.  She, however, has already prepared herself to die, and pleads the Constable to end her terrifying anticipation.  Regrettably, King Henry VIII has expressed publicly his desire to postpone her execution.  Anne loses her resolve and finds herself pleading for her life with futile thoughts of receiving the King’s mercy.  Her pleas are futile for the King is not even at court to hear it.  King Henry VIII has gone to Wulfhall to see Lady Jane Seymour and more so to inform her father of his intention to marry her.  He makes his intention sound altruistic with mention of his Privy Council’s advice to marry and produce a legitimate heir.  Having received Sir John’s approval, King Henry VIII invites the guests to Hampton Court to witness his betrothal to Lady Jane Seymour.  Lady Jane Seymour speaks to King Henry VIII her desire to reinstate Lady Mary Tudor as his heir apparent.  Henry laughs at her wish seeing her a fool to ask for the advancement of his child instead of their own children, but Lady Jane seeks only the tranquility of the King and his kingdom.

Lord Suffolk arrives at the prison cell of Sir Thomas Boleyn to inform him of his release by order of the King.  He is banished from court along with all his official posts, titles, and privileges.  Thomas Boleyn shows only concern for the preservation of his earldom angering Lord Suffolk at the lack of sympathy for his disgraced children who did nothing but to further the cause of their father.  Thomas Boleyn sees his daughter wave at her as he leaves the Tower of London, but ignores her.

The Executioner of Calais arrives at last.  He gives special instructions to Master Kingston to ensure a clean and merciful execution.  On May 19, 1536, Master Kingston fetches Anne Boleyn from her prison cell and finds her calm, ready, and prepared to meet her death.  He gives her a pouch containing twenty pounds to pay for the headsman and to give alms to the poor.  She walks to the place of execution where both an angry and sympathetic crowd receives her.  She walks up the steps of the platform where the executioner awaits, but asks Master Kingston to give her time to speak her mind before ordering the fatal blow.  Anne Boleyn addresses the crowd expressing her submission to the will of the King through the acceptance of death.  She declares that her death shall atone for her transgressions against King Henry VIII.  She asks the crowd to pray for the King, their Lord, whom she finds to be one of the best princes on the face of the Earth.  Anne Boleyn ends her speech with a declaration of her submission to death with good will and with humility asks pardon from the world.  Master Kingston signals to the executioner who kneels before Anne to ask for her forgiveness.  Anne gladly forgives him and hands his payment.  Before kneeling to her death, she asks the people to pray for her.  Anne kneels and prays to Jesus Christ to receive her soul; the crowd including Lord Suffolk kneels with her.  The executioner hides the sword from Anne then yells for a boy to fetch his sword.  Anne Boleyn looks at the boy addressed and with a swift blow dies.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Tale of Two Cities – Mad Men Episode Summary 6.10

A Tale of Two Cities Mad Men Episode
A Tale of Two Cities Mad Men Episode Summary: Don Draper and Roger Sterling fly to California for a series of meetings with California-based companies leaving Jim Cutler in charge of the New York office.  Joan Holloway gets the opportunity to sign in new business with Avon Cosmetics and seeks the help of Peggy Olson.

Mad Men Recap of A Tale of Two Cities: Months have passed since the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and Cutler Gleason Chaough merged, but partners have not agreed on the official name of their new agency.  Jim Cutler raises the issue at the partners’ meeting when he received a letter addressed to Sterling Gleason and Pryce.  The partners have initially agreed to call their agency SCDPCGC for Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce, Cutler, Gleason and Chaough, which Joan Holloway believes to be a mouthful to utter.  In the interest of avoiding tongue twisters, Roger Sterling recommends dropping the deceased partners from the name leaving them with the order of names as the issue.  With Roger and Don flying to California to meet with Sunkist and Carnation, the matter remains unresolved.Continue reading...

Harry Crane fetches Roger and Don from the airport in a red Ford Mustang Convertible and shuttles them to Vista Del Mar.  The aging New York City ad men unused to the California lifestyle did not appreciate the ride on the product of their client’s competitor.  They meet with an executive at Carnation and share a laugh at the fact that the riot paved the way for reelecting Richard Nixon.  Roger makes the mistake of assuming that the recently arrived more senior executive is a staunch Republican and Nixon supporter, but quickly learns his mistake.  Fortunately, the Carnation executive is more interested in their advertising views than their politics.  Carnation is trying to promote their Instant Breakfast products, but are wary of the agency’s other client, Life Cereal, whom they view as a competitor.  Roger and Don insist that the two target different demographics, Carnation Instant Breakfast targets adults, while Life Cereal is for children.  Carnation, however, remains reluctant to do business with SCDPCGC given their dismal experience with another New York agency.  Their effort to come to California to meet with them, however, gave them pause and allowed Roger and Don to continue their pitch.

The debate over the Vietnam War fills the news as worried men become anxious at the Democratic National Convention’s rejection of the peace plank calling for an unconditional end to all bombing of North Vietnam.  Jim, a veteran of the Air Force, however, could not care less.  He becomes engaged in an argument with Michael Ginsberg, a vehement denouncer of war, leaving him to speak to Ted Chaough about terminating staff from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce while Don and Roger are in California.  Ted disapproves of Jim’s desire and segregationist attitude towards staff causing division within the agency.  He recommends taking measures to begin fostering a relationship with Ginsberg whom he is to work closely on the Manischewitz account.  Jim, however, is not keen on the task of relieving Roger and working with Don’s creative staff in their absence.  His solution is to handover the task to Bob Benson.  Bob has the Herculean task of dealing with the neurotic Michael Ginsberg, who refuses to attend the meeting with the client at the last minute.  Bob placates Ginsberg’s fears and convinces him to attend.

Joan’s friend, Kate, refers an executive from Avon to Joan as a resource on ad agencies.  The man confesses of being unfamiliar with ad agencies and seeks her help for his new job requires him to deal with them.  Joan was initially intimidated at the request to hear her counsel for she supposed the lunch as a date and not a business meeting, but her experience and thorough knowledge in advertising helped her carry through.  She speaks of the concept of media placement, of finding customers in unlikely places, and before long impresses the new head of marketing at Avon.  Joan returns to the office ecstatic and anxious at the next steps; she seeks advice from Peggy Olson conveying her desire to be the person in charge of the account.  Peggy refers Joan to Ted whom she believes will acknowledge Joan’s efforts and give her the chance to work on the account.  Unfortunately, Ted is on his way to Detroit to meet with Chevy leaving him to appoint the reluctant Pete Campbell as the new head of new business.  Pete takes over the account marginalizing and insulting Joan at the same time.  Joan returns home and feels the weight of the injustice she suffered earlier that day as she watches the horrific scenes of police brutality against antiwar protesters at the intersection of Balbo and Michigan Avenues in Chicago peacefully denouncing the war.  She is not alone as the whole nation including Don and Megan Draper are watching the horrendous event on their television screens.  Megan calls Don at his hotel in California and sympathizes with the protesters, but Don believes the demonstrators were looking for trouble.  Don makes light of the situation, but Megan, although a Canadian, cannot contain her emotion at the brutality the protesters received from the police.

The following day, Joan gets a surge of confidence, and arrives at the meeting with Andy Hayes, the head of marketing at Avon.  Much to Peggy’s shock, Joan had scheduled the meeting without inviting Pete Campbell.  Joan relays a flattering list of Peggy’s achievements noting her work with Belle Jolie lipsticks.  Peggy begins to tell her personal story with Avon, which she claims was a big part of their home.  She sinks into a story of the excitement over the arrival of their Avon lady whom she still remembers by name leaving Joan to dial down her enthusiasm and get back to business.  Joan asks Andy about Avon’s current biggest challenge and confesses to have been hired because sales have plateaued given the societal changes that emancipated women from housework and given rise to hippies who do not wear makeup at all.  He is faced with the dilemma of creating a brand that is either nostalgic or groovy.  Joan draws a blank and depends on Peggy to further their discussion.  Peggy learns that Avon’s current ad campaign has become unintentionally old fashioned.  She suggests having the Avon lady come to the office during lunch.  Peggy returns to the office with Joan gloomy for Joan’s decision to meet with Andy Hayes without Pete Campbell may have just cost them the Avon account.  Joan confronts Peggy for her attitude and learns that her pride has cost her and the agency a major account that was theirs to take if not for her pride.  Joan argues of having worked accounts though not officially, and criticizes Peggy for her lack of support when she was nothing but supportive of her.  Peggy reminds Joan of her derision when she began her career as a copywriter.  Joan had forgotten how she had made her feel incapable of doing the work.  Peggy, on the other hand, believes that Joan can do the work, but not in the underhanded way she handled it.  She fears the consequences of Joan’s mistake.  Pete reproaches Joan after learning of the breakfast meeting with Andy Hayes.  Peggy stands by Joan to help her defense, but there is very little she could do as she is dismissed from the meeting.  Peggy goes to Joan’s office to listen in on the rebuke mostly from Pete, who accuses Joan of breaching the fundamental rules of the business where an account executive signs business that is later maintained by a junior account executive.  Joan is defenseless and speechless.  Peggy hearing the hurtful chastising of Joan Holloway sends Meredith to interrupt the meeting with a message that Andrew Hayes from Avon is on the phone asking for Joan.  She arrives at her office to learn that Peggy had made the note, but also hears of Ted’s leniency towards her despite Pete’s protests.  Joan is grateful to Peggy.

Harry brings Don and Roger to a party supposedly attended by moguls and finds Danny Siegel, who now goes by the name Daniel J. Siegel.  Danny, the dimwit copywriter Don had to hire as a consequence of his heavy inebriation, is now a big shot movie producer in California.  Roger exchanges insults with the cousin of his ex-wife and ends up getting hit in the groin.  Meanwhile, Don stumbles into a pot session and begins to smoke hashish with a group of addicts.  He begins to make out with the host before Megan gets his attention surprising him with her presence.  He converses with the supposed Megan, who informs him of having quit her job to be with him and insinuates of being with child.  He later gets a light from PFC Dinkins, who lost his right arm.  He informs Don that his wife believes that he is M.I.A. when he is in reality deceased.  Don soon hears a splash then a scream and watches himself floating on the pool.  Roger comes to his rescue and resuscitates him back to life.

Ted returns to New York and delivers to Jim the success of his meeting with Chevy.  His delight is short-lived for Bob has come to inform them of Manischewitz’s decision to put them in review.  Apparently, Manischewitz has been unhappy for months, the meeting was merely a courtesy to inform the agency personally of their decision to pull their account.  Ted is disappointed at learning that Jim was absent at the meeting causing Bob to cover for him.  Jim assigns Bob to the Chevy account despite his inability to persuade the client to continue doing business with the agency, because losing Roger’s client was part of his plan.  Don and Roger arrive at the office where a cantankerous Pete Campbell meets them without pleasantries, but the senior partners arrive before Pete could relay the events that transpired in their absence.  Ted relays the good news about Chevy and Joan bringing in Avon Cosmetics, while Jim informs them of having lost Manischewitz, news Roger anticipated all along.  Moreover, they have discussed the issue regarding the agency’s name.  Ted and Jim offer to call the agency Sterling, Cooper & Partners much to Don’s surprise.  Both Ted and Jim are willing to sacrifice their name on the door believing that it is the only solution equally offensive to all named partners.  Their willingness to forego their pride allowed Don to agree to the deferential solution that favored the more seasoned partners.  Pete is the only one against the change believing it a reward for their submission.  Don, however, believes that the landscape has changed and suggests that Pete leave the business if he feels strongly against it.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Man with a Plan – Mad Men Episode Summary 6.7

Ted Chaough flies plane with Don Draper
Man with a Plan Mad Men Episode Summary: The employees of Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough arrive at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce following their merger causing commotion and dismissals from both agencies.  The merger surfaced a concern from Mohawk Airlines prompting Don Draper and Ted Chaough to speak with the client despite the absence of Pete Campbell whose family problems have sidetracked him from work.  Meanwhile, Don Draper imposes his authority over Sylvia Rosen with demands designed to feed his ego.

Mad Men Recap of Man with a Plan: Commotion takes over the office of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce with the arrival of the employees from Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough.  Notwithstanding the changes, the merger begins propitiously with Bert Cooper’s plan to receive the new partners with a speech congratulating them for their recent victory at the Clio Awards for the “Little Headaches” commercial they created for St. Joseph’s Children’s Aspirin.  Pete Campbell arrives late for the partners’ meeting and finds that there are no available seats.  Moira, Ted Chaough’s secretary, offers her seat prompting the good-natured Ted to offer his seat to her.  The meeting continues with the announcement of potential new business with Fleischmann’s Margarine, but discord immediately follows when Pete brings up an issue with the New York State Thruway.   His client, Henry Lammott of Mohawk Airlines, believes that a conflict of interest exists in an agency serving both car and air travel clients.  Pete expects CGC to resign the New York State Thruway account, which Ted does not contest seeing that Mohawk Airlines outweighs New York State.  Regrettably, Jim Cutler rejects the request, because they have already spent the two hundred fifty thousand media budget from New York State Thruway.  The breakdown in communication leads to a heightened argument about other pieces of information both agencies kept from each other including Frank Gleason’s serious illness.  Don offers to settle the issue with Mohawk Airlines accompanied by Ted who happens to be a pilot.Continue reading...

An urgent phone call for Pete takes him away from the meeting.  Dorothy Dyckman, his demented mother, has arrived in his Manhattan apartment demanding to see her deceased husband.  Meanwhile, Don receives a phone call from Sylvia demanding that he come to her immediately.  She is unaware that Don overheard the argument she had with her husband and is nescient of his fear that Arnold had learned of their affair.  Aware that Arnold remains ignorant of the affair, he tells her to meet him at the Sherry-Netherland at half past noon.  Don leaves the office to be with Sylvia, while his team including Peggy Olson and Ted Chaough wait for him.  Unable to track him down, Ted takes charge of the meeting and allows the creatives to free-associate on Fleischmann’s Margarine eliciting good starting points for their campaign.  Meanwhile, Don ends his rendezvous with Sylvia and demands that she not whine about her husband to him.  Moreover, he asserts his authority over her by ordering her to bring his shoes to him as a servant does to her master.  Don then commands that she undress, return to bed, and remain there until his return.  He returns to the office and arrives at the meeting almost an hour late.  Ted dismisses the team and confronts Don about his tardiness and disrespect for everyone who expected his presence at the meeting.  Don’s only retort is to slam the door at Ted.  He then calls Sylvia to instruct her to continue waiting for him despite not knowing the time of his return.  Moreover, she is not to answer the phone again.  Sylvia obeys his every demand for she found his disrespectful assertion of authority over her arousing.  Satisfied with his lover’s obedience, Don offers an olive branch to Ted in the form of alcohol.  He believes that they have better luck coming up with the campaign for Fleishchmann’s Margarine if they discussed it without the rest of the team.  Ted gets drunk after several drinks leaving Don to come up with the idea of a farmer’s wife putting margarine on a pancake that comes with a delicious breakfast spread, which Ted insists should include bacon.  A heavily inebriated Ted meets with the team for a senseless survey then falls asleep.  Don has tricked Ted into embarrassing himself to the team in order to regain his authority over them.  After hours of waiting, Sylvia hears a knock on the door and finds on the doorstep a box from Saks Fifth Avenue containing a red dress.  Don finally arrives at the hotel where Sylvia in the red dress waited for him for three hours.  Sylvia believing that the dress was meant for a nice dinner out in the town becomes frightened after Don tells her that they are to stay in the hotel for she exists solely for his pleasure.  She acquiesces to Don’s order to undress.  Curiously, Sylvia looks forward to playing Don’s bizarre game despite his cruelty.  Later, Don returns to his wife who is fast asleep and clueless of his affair, while Ted pays Frank a visit at the hospital.  Ted confides to him the incident with Don and about the man’s curious interest in him.  He finds Don mysterious, reticent, but eloquent.  Frank advises Ted to let Don win the first few battles without losing confidence, because Don will eventually tire himself.

Pete arrives at his Manhattan apartment and finds his brother, Bud, waiting for him anxious to hand off their mother.  He pleads Bud to take his mother home with him, unable to deal with a family problem whilst in the middle of a tumultuous merger.  Aside from Pete’s betrayal for enlisting another financial services firm to underwrite Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s public offering, Bud believes that it is high time for his younger brother to care for their mother as he and his wife have done in the past.  Moreover, Bud’s wife, Judy, has lost her patience with her mother-in-law.  The following morning, Dorothy regains some of her lucidity enough to deduce that her son’s marriage is at a precipice.  Pete eludes his mother’s observation and arrives at the office to confide his concerns to Harry Crane.  He has come to believe that the merger will lead to his eventual dismissal.  Another emergency at home disrupts his confidence and causes Ted and Don to see Henry Lammott without him.  Ted and Don fly to Mohawk Airline’s headquarters in Ted’s small airplane in the middle of heavy rain allowing Ted to witness a frightened Don Draper.  Moreover, flying his own plane to see the owner of an airline company gains him the upper hand for it certainly will impress the client.  Pete arrives at the office to learn that the two creative directors went to see the client without him.  To add to his insecurity, the meeting was successful in spite of his absence.  Don, on the other hand, returns to the hotel only to learn that Sylvia has come to her senses.  Sylvia has come to realize of the immorality of their affair and the shame she brought to herself for engaging in it.  Don begs Sylvia to reconsider and ends up submitting to her decision.  The lovers return to their families.

Roger Sterling summons smug Burt Peterson to his office to terminate him once again.  Burt has deluded himself into believing his indispensable role in the agency only to learn that none of the partners at CGC fought to keep him.  He threatens Roger of taking his clients with him, a clear delusion knowing that Chevy, his biggest account has already welcomed Ken Cosgrove as his replacement.  This is ominous news for Bob Benson, who was to report to Burt.  Bob accidentally finds a severely sick Joan Holloway at her office after mishearing her request to wait.  A disheveled Joan reluctantly agrees to leave her office to go to the hospital.  Bob stays with her at the waiting room and persuades the babysitter to stay with Joan’s son until she or her mother arrives.  Moreover, he manages to inveigle the nurse into providing Joan immediate care after concocting a story of her accidental consumption of furniture polisher.  As it turns out, Joan has a cyst in her ovary, one she naively does not find concerning.  Bob pays Joan a visit seemingly anxious to learn of her recovery and wins the approval of her mother.  Joan, however, suspects his kindness as insurance given the recent dismissals following the merger.  Nonetheless, she fights to keep him employed with an argument of his involvement in Ken’s accounts, which would require his management while Ken attends to the needs of Chevrolet in Detroit.  Jim agrees to let go of a CGC account manager instead pleasing Pete.  Later, Pete’s mother wakes him in the middle of the night to inform him that Kennedy has been shot.  He dismisses his mother mistaking her information as another one of her delusions unaware that she was referring to the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

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