Welcome to The Groove Tube, a weekly recap of the highlights (and lowlights) of some of the scripted TV shows I'm watching. This week I'm featuring the final two episodes of Mad Men's fifth season.
"The Phantom" (Episode 65/June 10, 2012)
Worst Embezzler: We all knew Lane would eventually get caught for forging Don's signature on a check and stealing money from the company.
Worst Response to a Gift: Lane throwing up after learning that his wife bought him with a Jaguar.
Best Return: Sally's weird friend Glen Bishop (I like their relationship).
Grooviest Go-Go Boots: Sally's white ones.
Most Embarrassing Moment: Sally got her period for the first time while hanging out with Glen at the American Museum of Natural History.
Most Surprising and Disturbing Death: I wasn't expecting a main character like Lane to be killed off - and I didn't really need to see his poor dead body hanging on his office door.
Best Scene Runner-Up: When Sally hugged Betty - a nice mother-daughter moment.
Best Scene: When Don let Glenn drive his car.
Weirdest Return: Don kept seeing the ghost of his dead brother, Adam.
Saddest Scene: When Pete visited Beth in the hospital after her electroshock therapy, she didn't remember him.
Grooviest Movie Music Runner-Up: Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice" (from the 1967 James Bond film), which played during the season finale's last scene.
Grooviest Movie Music: I've always loved Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' "Casino Royale Theme" for the 1967 James Bond spoof, which Don and Peggy watched together.
Best Fight: Pete finally confronted Beth's asshole husband Howard on the train.
Best Line: "Not every little girl gets to do what they want - the world cannot support that many ballerinas" - Marie to her daughter Megan
Best Nudity: Roger's bare ass.
Weirdest Scene: Peggy saw two dogs humping while looking out her motel window. I'm not sure what the deeper meaning of this is.
Best Cliffhanger: A woman approached Don in a bar and asked if he was alone. Will he return to his old womanizing ways (à la James Bond) now that Megan has achieved some success as an actress?
Grade for "Commissions and Fees": A
Grade for "The Phantom": B+
Overall Season Grade: A (Mad Men remains one of the best television series ever, and its fifth season had some memorable moments - especially those featuring the fascinating female trio of Peggy, Joan and Megan. I'm hoping that we'll get more Betty in Season 6, which will probably jump ahead to the groovy year of 1968. I can't wait!)
Ratings for "Commissions and Fees": 2.41 million viewers, 0.8 rating (adults 18-49)
Ratings for "The Phantom": 2.70 million viewers, 0.9 rating (adults 18-49)