Tonight’s Mad Men was out of this world in more ways than one as the Apollo 11 mission framed the mid-season 7 finale titled “Waterloo.”

The mission to put the first man on the moon left the country on edge – would they make it back to Earth? They needed to, or else Burger Chef would be put on halt for a year due to the tragedy. Even for the people of SC&P, the stakes for this space journey were high.

An attempt to get rid of Don

At the start of the episode Don gets a letter from the agency’s attorneys noting he breached his contract by meeting with Commander Cigarettes. His secretary is more outwardly upset than he is, and her emotions appear to get the better of her: She plants one on his lips. Don warns they can’t be romantic, and she agrees. “Not right now,” anyway.

He goes straight to Cutler, who calls him a “bully and a drunk. A football player in a suit.”

A bully who will get his way. Don summons the partners because the letter had all of their names on it, but it turns out it was only Cutler who knew about it. He acted on his own because of the breach of contract. A vote strikes down the motion, and Don stays – but not without some scars from this attack.

Is this damn relationship really over?

Throughout these first seven episodes, Don and Megan’s relationship has been on the rocks. This episode was no different: Don places a call to Megan and speaks about the situation at SC&P. He thinks the partners want him to move on, and Megan encourages him to do so. He sees this as an opportunity to move to Los Angeles, but her hesitation to agree is not a good sign about their future. What appears to occur is a non-verbal break up, and the two end the phone call with tears in their eyes.

Two successful missions

burt-mad-men-season-7-finale We watch all of the characters tune in for the live moon landing (fun fact: over 125 million people watched it live when it actually happened), but the fun stops when Roger gets a call and learns that his friend and business partner Bert Cooper has died. He, Cutler, and Joan meet at the office briefly to discuss steps forward, and Cutler uses the opportunity to remind them that Don needs to go, too.

Troubled by Cutler’s consistent attempts to get Don out, Roger calls his friend to warn him of what’s going on. With his business life on the line, Don tells Peggy that she has to give the Burger Chef presentation because he appears to be halfway out the door.

The presentation arrives and Peggy pulls it off flawlessly.

Back in New York, Roger presents to Don the offer from McCann to buy the agency. SC&P would be a subsidiary and Roger would be president of Sterling Cooper. McCann is interested in this proposal because they don’t want to compete with SC&P for a car. Don resists this idea because he doesn’t want to work with McCann, and worries that Roger won’t be able to get the partners to agree to sell the company anyway. There’s one more issue, which is that Don doesn’t want to do the business side of things anymore.

Roger presents the idea to the partners, sans Harry, who is officially not a partner, and after some persuading, everyone votes in favor of the idea. Don had to work convincing Ted a little bit, because he had wanted out of the ad world.

As Don returns to his office (and hears from Peggy that they got Burger Chef), Bert comes to him in a vision and begins to sing “The Best Things In Life Are Free,” with several dancers secretaries performing with him. With lyrics like “the moon belongs to everyone” and “love can come to everyone,” there were several subtle references to the episode and the series on a whole. It was a bizarre, funny, light-hearted moment that will be remembered long after the show ends.

The episode closes with Bert’s performance, and leaves us wishing we don’t have to wait until next year for the final seven episodes.

Other notes

– At the beginning of the episode Sally has the hots for Sean, the pretty son of one of Betty’s friends. But it’s his brother, Neil, who gets a kiss from Sally when they’re out watching the moon from a telescope. She really came into her own this episode, assuming the posture of her mother and the unpredictability of her father.

– Peggy’s got her eye on someone too: Nick the repairman. At least it seemed that way in the beginning, but nothing came of it. Maybe next year? Also, her friendship with the young neighbor Julio was on display during “Waterloo.” Viewers and Peggy learned that he’s going to be moving away with his mom, and it left Peggy visibly sad.

What did you think of the ‘Mad Men’ mid-season 7 finale?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!