Not Great, Pod! S7E14 – Person to Person


Mad Men is over, and we’re all sad about it, but there’s still one last Not Great, Pod! left! We unpack the coke and the Coke, and argue about whether the ending was cynical, hopeful, or maybe a little bit of both. Pajiba’s Dustin Rowles and Sound on Sight’s Ariel Fisher join us for all the bittersweet fun.

Thanks everyone for listening, it’s been a wonderful ride, and we hope to buy you all a Coke some time.

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Matthew Weiner Interview at the 92nd Street Y


0:00 – Intro

1:30 – General Finale Thoughts

9:00 – Pete’s Farewell

11:15 – Roger’s Farewell

12:30 – Joan’s Farewell

22:30 – Peggy and Stan!

26:00 – Don’s Changes

31:00 – A Cynical Ending?

1:08:00 – Last Thoughts

Not Great, Pod! S7E13 – The Milk and Honey Route

Sally Draper Crying

Of hobos and heartbreak. Special guest Alissa Wilkinson, film critic for Christianity Today, joins us to sort through the emotional wreckage of the saddest episode in Mad Men history. The penultimate episode of the series sees Pete and Trudy coming back together, and Don’s adventures on the road, and forces us to confront mortality head on with the news of Betty’s illness.

Along with the group therapy session, we get to some listener feedback, share a compelling theory about the ending of the series, and look forward to the final episode of Mad Men ever.

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0:00 – Intro

1:30 – Getting to Alissa

4:00 – Listener Feedback

6:00 – The Campbells of Wichita

20:00 – Betty’s End

41:45 – Don, the Hobo

55:30 – The Person to Person Theory

59:00 – Hopes for the Finale

1:02:45 – Outro

Not Great, Pod! S7E12 – Lost Horizon

badass peggy

Kristopher Jansma, author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, joins us this week to talk about another fantastic episode of Mad Men. We talk all about Joan’s fall at McCann, Peggy’s badassery, Roger’s organ skills, and Don’s existential searching. Plus, more thoughts on where Weiner and Co might be taking us in the next two episodes.

[Note: Apologies for the audio issues this episode]

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0:00 – Intro

1:30 – Getting to Know Kristopher Jansma

3:30 – Episode First Impressions

7:00 – Joan and Peggy

21:00 – Peggy and Roger

27:15 – Ted and Peggy

32:20 – Roger’s Malaise

34:00 – Don Goes West

42:00 – The Bert Vision

45:30 – A Hopeful Ambiguity

1:03:00 – Outro

Not Great, Pod! S7E11 – Time & Life

Mad Men Time and Life

The wheels are finally turning at full speed for the final stretch of Mad Men episodes, and as always Sarah, Mallory and Corey are here to talk about it. “Time & Life” has got all our favourite Mad Men stuff, from golden Pete lines, a dallop of Trudy, Peggy and Stan bonding, Don and the crew trying to save the firm, and even a send-off for Lou Avery!

We also share some theories on the ending of Mad Men, plus we get to some more listener feedback.

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0:00 – Intro

1:15 – Listener Feedback

5:00 – A Beginning, Not An Ending

15:40 – Clan Campbell

24:00 – Joan’s Identity

28:00 – Peggy and Stan

39:00 – Hollowness of Brands

49:30 – More Ending Predictions

57:00 – Outro

Not Great, Pod! S7E10 – The Forecast

Sally Draper

Glen is back! And so is Not Great, Pod!, all good and ready to talk about the increased chest hair quotient of the latest Mad Men episode, The Forecast. Sarah, Mallory and Corey dive deep into Joan’s new beau (Bruce Greenwood!), Don’s cracking facade, and finding hope in Sally’s future. We also get to some listener feedback.

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0:00 – Intro

1:00 – Listener Feedback

10:20 – Bruce Greenwood!

19:00 – Essays on The Future

34:15 – Don’s Cracking Facade

39:00 – Glen Returns!

42:30 – Sally Seeing Her Parents

59:45 – Outro

Not Great, Pod! S7E09 – New Business


Season 7 Episode 9 of Mad Men brings us to some “New Business” in ways more figurative and ironic than literal. Here to work through it all are Sarah, Mallory and Corey. Plus, a special guest. Veronica Fitzpatrick is the editor and writer at The Brink, and she brings her Mad Men love and smarts to the discussion of Don, Megan, Diana, Stan, Peggy and generally what the heck is up with all these new characters showing up in the home stretch.

We also get to some listener feedback, and Mallory gives us all a lesson in late-60s/early-70s French-Canadian history.

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0:00 – Intro

1:30 – Listener Feedback

6:15 – All About Megan

24:30 – Canadians on Quebec

28:40 – All the New Characters

34:15 – Diana

48:30 – The Francis Household

54:15 – Stan and Pima

1:04:20 – Outro

Not Great, Pod! S7E08 – Severance

Mad Men Severance

The end is nigh! Mad Men is finally back after many months to finish off its incredible run with seven final episodes. Sarah and Mallory are here this week to discuss the mid-season premiere episode, Severance. They make fun of Corey for getting the time jump wrong; balk at the awful 70s moustaches; sigh for Don’s slip back into meaningless sex; mourn for Rachel Menken; and get excited about Peggy’s potential new love interest, Brian Krakow.

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0:00 – Intro

2:30 – It’s the 70s!

16:20 – The Dreaminess

20:15 – Rachel Menken

27:15 – The Fear of Failure

34:20 – “You Missed Your Flight”

37:00 – Di the Waitress

46:40 – Joan and Peggy

57:30 – Stevie!

1:15:15 – Outro

NGP! Bonus Ep. 9 – Mad Men Seasons 6 & 7A


Finally, after some delay, we have come to the last episode in our epic Mad Men rewatch. In this episode, Sarah, Mallory and Corey discuss all of Seasons 6 and 7A, as well as look ahead to what we might expect from the final seven episodes beginning next week.

Remember, our new season begins on April 7th, with a discussion of the Season 7B preimiere.

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0:00 – Intro

3:00 – Game of Thrones Sux!

5:00 – Season 6 Thoughts

16:30 – The Sylvia Factor

21:15 – Dive into the Whorehouse

32:50 – Our Lord Bob

47:00 – The Expectations of Family

56:20 – Don v Ted

1:04:00 – Honesty, Finally

1:08:15 – Betty’s Growth?

1:13:30 – Stan’s Beard and Ginsberg’s Crazy

1:18:30 – Lou Lou Lou

1:20:30 – The Partners

1:25:00 – Megan Draper

1:34:00 – A Jump to the 70s?

1:41:20 – Outro

NGP! Bonus Ep. 8 – Mad Men Season 5

Mad Men Season 5

Welcome to the 8th Bonus Episode of Not Great, Pod! In this month’s entry, Sarah, Mallory and Corey discuss all the ins and outs of Mad Men’s glorious, dark 5th Season. All the heartbreak of “The Other Women.” All the pain of Lane’s departure. All the suffering of Don and Megan’s marriage. All the existential angst of Pete’s surban life. Oh, and Sally being the best!

Be sure to keep up with the rest of our Mad Men Re-watch. We’ll be covering Season 6 on March 17th, and Season 7a on March 31st.

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0:00 – Intro

2:00 – Season 5 First Impressions

16:00 – Don & Megan Married

27:45 – Harry and Ken

33:00 – Fat Betty

39:30 – Better Call Sally

51:00 – Let’s Talk About Pete

58:00 – Lane :(

1:12:00 – The Other Woman

1:26:00 – Peggy Maturing

1:35:30 – Far Away Places

1:40:00 – Rory Gilmore!

1:44:00 – Outro

NGP! Bonus Ep. 7 – Mad Men Season 4, Part 2


This month, in another bonus episode of Not Great, Pod!, Sarah, Mallory and Corey discuss the second half of Mad Men Season 4. We kick off with a long discussion of the incredible episode “The Suitcase” and then take it from there. Some damn fine television.

Be sure to keep an eye out during the months of February and March when we’ll be releasing our last three bonus re-watch episodes. On February 17th we’ll be covering the entirety of Season 5. On March 17th we’ll talk Season 6. And on March 31st we’ll be revisiting Season 7A, with a look ahead to Season 7B and the final episodes of the series.

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0:00 – Intro

3:00 – The Suitcase

29:30 – Joey the Copywriter

38:15 – Ida Blankenship

41:45 – In Comes Megan

55:30 – Dr. Faye

57:45 – American Aviation

1:03:15 – Betty in Therapy

1:06:00 – Other Odds and Ends

1:11:00 – Outro