Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.13

On this episode of Nobody Listens To This Sh!t, Phraze Task and Daniel talk some hip hop for old times sake….
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On this episode of Nobody Listens To This Sh!t, Daniel and Phraze talk about  NBA players living in the bubble, slogans on jerseys, Vince Carter’s influence on Canadian born players, hating on the south, U.S. geography and more..  
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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.12

On this episode of Nobody Listens To This Sh!t,Sean and Daniel talk goats in music vs goats in sports ,Redskins name controversy,Chiefs a potential dynasty, Is Deshaun Watson wasted in Texans?, Madden 21 QB Ratings and much more..
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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.11

In this episode of Nobody Listens To This Sh!t, Daniel and Phraze discuss the Beastie Boys Story. The story is a documentary about the groups rise to fame in the mid 1980’s. Hosted by Mike D and Ad Rock, this documentary is two hours of pure entertainment. email us @
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Mr. Nobody (Extended Director’s Cut) – Jaco Van Dormael

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Mr. Nobody (Extended Director’s Cut)

Jaco Van Dormael

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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Release Date: November 1, 2013

Mr. Nobody tells the life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. On his deathbed, Nemo shares his life story with a reporter and reviews the choices he made along the way. Yet even with his last breath, a pivotal decision awaits to conclude his destiny. Extended director's cut.

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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.10

In this episode of Nobody Listens to this Sh!t Phraze and Daniel talk ipods ,male purses , hip hop producers rapping, narcos and zerozerozero  and much more… email us @
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My Name Is Nobody – Tonino Valerii

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My Name Is Nobody

Tonino Valerii

Genre: Western

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Release Date: December 13, 1973

From western legend Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) comes a rollicking shoot-'em-up! Young, ambitious gunman Nobody (They Call Me Trinity's Terence Hill) sets his eye on his idol, gunslinger Jack Beauregard (Once Upon a Time in the West's Henry Fonda), who's intent on sailing off into retirement. Deciding his hero should go out with guns blazing, Nobody sets him up for a showdown with a pack of the deadliest bad guys in the West, triggering an unforgettable finale that's become an action comedy legend!

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In this episode of Nobody watches Mr. Robot Sean and Daniel talk Mr. Robot in general and why should more people watch it. About Mr. Robot … Mr. Robot as Elliot Alderson, a computer hacker with dissociative identity disorder who alternately works with and against another facet of himself: Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), the spitting image of Elliot’s deceased father. Together and apart, Elliot and Robot have radically changed the world through their revolutionary acts, with a trail of bodies and billions of dollars left in their wake. email us @  
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Ronda Rousey’s “Antagonist” Character Upsets WWE Colleagues: “Nobody Understands What I’m Trying To Do”

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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.9

In this episode of Nobody Listens to this Sh!t Task Sean and Daniel talk hate/love towards to Lebron and much more.. email us @
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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.8

In this episode of Nobody Listens to this Sh!t Phraze Sean and Daniel talk Durant’s interview with WSJ, Kapernick and other stuff..   email us @
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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.7

In this episode of Nobody Listens to this Sh!t  Phraze Sean and Daniel talk Lord Jamar vs Eminem most of the episode and some other stuff…   email us @
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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.6

In this episode of Nobody listens to this sh!t Phraze and Daniel talk De la soul, Mf Doom ,3rd bass ,teen age and much more…
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Nobody Walks – Ry Russo-Young

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Nobody Walks

Ry Russo-Young

Genre: Drama

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Release Date: October 19, 2012

Peter (John Krasinski), a Hollywood sound designer, has agreed to help Martine (Olivia Thirlby) with her experimental art film as a favor to his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt). Martine, a beautiful and driven 23-year-old artist, comes to stay in the family’s pool house at their posh Silver Lake home to work
on her film. Her arrival ignites raw emotions and desires throughout the entire family, forcing everyone to confront the new landscape that emerges in her wake.

© © 2011 Nobody Walks, LLC.

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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.5

In this episode of Nobody listens to this sh!t ,Task Sean and Daniel discuss Avengers End game (spoiler free) and some Game of thrones talk..
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Nobody Listens to this Sh!t ep.4

In this episode of Nobody listens to this sh!t Phraze and Task talk random hip hop stuff and some tv shows that Task might watch one day
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Nobody Does It Better (Unabridged) – Lauren Blakely

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Nobody Does It Better (Unabridged)

Lauren Blakely

Genre: Romance

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Publish Date: April 8, 2019

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Nobody Cares, Work Harder – Dizzy Wright

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Nobody Cares, Work Harder

Dizzy Wright

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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Release Date: March 15, 2019

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Nobody Told Me – John Mayall

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Nobody Told Me

John Mayall

Genre: Blues

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Release Date: February 22, 2019

© ℗ 2019 John Mayall under exclusive license to Forty Below Records

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‘DWTS’ Stars Involved In Multi-Car Pileup In Iowa, Officials Confirm Nobody Was Hurt

Officials say a bus carrying the touring cast and crew of “Dancing with the Stars” was involved in a massive pileup during a snow storm in central Iowa, but no one on the bus was seriously hurt.

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Nav & Metro Boomin’ “Call Me,” Lil Durk “Nobody Knows” & More | Daily Visuals 8.18.17

Call us crazy but it seems like strip bars aren’t featured as much in Hip-Hop videos anymore. Well, today that changed for a second.

In the visuals to “Call Me”, Nav and Metro hit up a strip bar where the talent in tow show and prove to have the kind of skills that allow them to twerk and hand stand through rain, typhoons and hurricanes of cash.

Meanwhile Lil Durk demonstrates how he balances the life of a rap performer and a family man in his clip to “Nobody Knows.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from A$ AP Twelvyy featuring A$ AP Ferg, Dave East, and more.




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John Stamos — Nobody Uses GHB Anymore … Says Huge Bodybuilder (VIDEO)

[[tmz:video id=”0_f8f3amjw”]] John Stamos should be using natural supplements instead of GHB for his fitness regimen … so says one of the biggest lifters in the game. 


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Commentary: Unfortunately, Nobody Met Our Standards To Be September’s ‘Penthouse’ Pet

In the publishing business, editorial standards are everything, and as one of the world’s most venerable men’s magazines, Penthouse takes the quality of its work very seriously. We would never abuse our readers’ trust by running a piece that doesn’t live up to the ideals upon which this periodical was founded, even if that means making the unprecedented decision not to print a beloved regular feature.

And sadly, no candidate has met the requirements necessary to be named September’s Penthouse Pet.

Please know that declining to select a Pet of the Month for the first time in our 46-year history is not an action we take lightly. As stewards of this publication’s legacy, we have an exacting set of standards to uphold, especially when it comes to selecting our featured Pet. There is simply no room in our pages for a busty beauty who is …

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Tim Goodman’s Final TCA Journal: Nobody Escapes Unscathed

It’s the last day of the summer TCA press tour, meaning it’s time for me to get on my soap box and dole out some tough lessons. Ready?

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Everybody Has A Tattoo, But Nobody Talks About The Side Effects

By Kathryn Doyle

(Reuters Health) – Tattoo health and safety regulations tend to focus on short-term risks like infections, but little is actually known about the long-term risks of living with ink under your skin, according to a new review in The Lancet.

“Almost everybody these days has a tattoo, and nobody is talking about the side effects of ink deposits,” said senior author Dr. Andreas Luch of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin.

“There is no proof that these ink ingredients are safe, being injected into the body,” Luch told Reuters Health.

Between one and five percent of tattooed people suffer a bacterial infection, and some people can have allergic reactions to the ink, according to the report.

Those are short-term effects. It is harder to measure the long-term effects of ink since tattoo inks are in most countries classified as cosmetics, Luch said.

Since the inks are classified as cosmetics, their long-term toxicology can’t be tested in animals, Luch said. In his opinion, tattoo inks should be a completely different product category.

The skin barrier effectively keeps surface cosmetics out of the body, he said.

But tattoo ink is injected into living tissue, which contains blood vessels, nerves and immune cells.

“We need to assume that all of these ink ingredients, including preservatives, processing aids or whatever, will become systemically available in the body over time,” Luch said. “Regulation based on cosmetics is insufficient.”

Examining the bodies of the deceased who have had tattoos for decades has shown that up to 90 percent of the ink has disappeared from the skin, he said.

“We cannot answer the question what is going to happen with these inks,” whether they accumulate in organs over time or are excreted, Luch said.

Similar questions remain for laser tattoo removal: when the pigments are fractured and fragmented under the skin – where do they go – he added.

“In the U.S. the (Food and Drug Administration) has the authority to regulate inks, but is not currently doing so,” said Dr. Michi Shinohara, a dermatologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who was not involved in the review.

“Regulation of tattoo parlors and tattoo artists is left to the states, and the requirements for operating vary widely from very minimal (bloodborne pathogen training) to fairly complex (hundreds of hours of apprenticeship),” Shinohara told Reuters Health by email.

There are no industry standards for ink ingredients, the industry is minimally regulated, and few problems with tattoos are reported to authorities, she said.

Modern tattoo inks mostly contain organic pigments, but can also include preservatives and contaminants like nickel, arsenic and lead, Luch and his coauthors note. In one study in Switzerland, preservatives banned for use in cosmetics were found in 14 percent of tattoo ink samples.

Reactions tend to be more common from colored inks than from black and white ones, Luch said.

Tattooing has been going on for at least 5,000 years, but has become a modern trend, with roughly 120 million people in the western hemisphere having at least one tattoo, Luch said.

“The acute risks are well known,” including pain, bleeding, infection and allergic reaction, Luch said. “The tattooist at least needs to explain that something like this could happen,” he said.

But long term risks, like organ toxicity or cancer, are still unknown, he said.

“It’s an individual decision, we cannot tell someone not to get a tattoo,” Luch said. “I wouldn’t like to have a tattoo on my skin, but if a person likes colored skin, what can I say?”

It’s not necessary for people to stop getting tattoos, Shinohara said, “but I think people should be smart about it – research the parlor, ask about any recent problems, follow the aftercare instructions and report immediately to the tattoo artist and a physician for any problems that occur after tattooing.”

SOURCE: The Lancet, online July 23, 2015.

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Funkmaster Flex Leaked More Drake Reference Tracks, Nobody Cares [AUDIO]

During the lead up to Meek Mill‘s return volley to Drake, Funkmaster Flex continued his campaign of questioning the Canadian superstar’s bar credibility. Flex leaked three more reference tracks and the only people who seemed to care are those who cape for Meek or have some hurt feelings over Drizzy being miles ahead in this, ahem, battle.

Flex started his exposure wave after leaking a reference track featuring alleged ghostwriter Quentin Miller last week with the track “10 Bands,” which got folks whispering a bit louder about Meek’s allegations. Flex, in a bid to lend credence to Meek’s claims, added a few more reference tracks to his Soundcloud page Thursday night.

The tracks “Used To,” “Know Yourself,” and “R.I.C.O.” were all posted and curiously pulled from Flex’s Soundcloud in the hours since they were posted. However, swift YouTube users were able to snag the reference tracks and posted them up.

While there was some chatter to the newer reference tracks getting leaked online, along with Flex tweeting like a madman, largely nobody cared and just wanted Meek to drop a hot response. Word on the street is that it’s still Drake far ahead in the lead while Meek is licking his wounds and copping major pleas on social media in the aftermath.

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The Death Metal Take On ‘Grease’ That Nobody Wanted

Danny and Sandy have never sounded quite so ferocious.

YouTuber Andy Rehfeldt has given “Grease” the death metal treatment, and the result is… electrifyin’, to say the least.

In the video above, listen to Rehfeldt’s version of “You’re The One That I Want,” originally performed by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

We promise you this: You’ll get chills, and they’ll be multiplyin’.

You may remember Rehfeldt from a video that went viral earlier this year in which he reimagined Mary Poppins as a metalhead. That video has been watched more than 3 million times. His latest offering has racked up more than 440,000 views thus far.

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‘Mad Men’ Shocker: Nobody Saw This Coming

Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Milk and Honey Route,” the 13th episode of the final season of “Mad Men.”

“I’m not so dumb anymore.” — Pete Campbell

How many of you could write this review for me? A number of folks on Twitter predicted what I’d say — something along the lines of, “Mo! Betty! Can you believe this?!”

And though 140 characters isn’t nearly enough for any of us to truly express ourselves when it comes to “Mad Men,” I knew what people were trying to say. I’ve recently written about how Betty’s such a tangential character that I just don’t see the point of including her. Weiner, you magnificent bastard — you somehow made her the lynchpin of one of the most effective story lines of the show’s denouement. Khaaaan!

I’m not angry, despite my Khan scream — I’m actually impressed. Even at this late date, the show can still surprise me, which is a good thing. I am well known for not having a ton of patience for the character, but when it came to Betty’s imminent demise, creator Matthew Weiner played me like a violin.

First, we have to get the massive irony out of the way. I’m not the only one who was expecting a major character on “Mad Men” to die before the end. Speculation about Pete and even Don has been rampant for years, and I wrote last week that I expected Roger to die, given how much he’s abused his body over the years. Weiner even slipped in a reference to Roger’s heart condition last week, and the man’s alcohol consumption hasn’t let up for a minute. Totems of death have dogged other characters for years, the references to the falling man have also been thick on the ground. The misdirection this season has been pretty masterful.

So nobody expected beautiful, put-together Betty to get an unforgiving death sentence; if anyone is experiencing a precipitous fall, it’s her. But before she goes, she got to deliver her own version of “The Wheel’s” famous Carousel pitch.

“Sally, I always worried about you, because you marched to the beat of your own drum. But now I know that’s good. I know your life will be an adventure. I love you, Mom.”

Ive got to hand it to Betty. She set a new “Mad Men” record for the length of time it takes a character to make me cry. Don usually requires twice as many sentences as Betty needed.

And I have to hand it to January Jones for her line readings in that letter to Sally. Much of it was a business-like list of demands and requirements, but Jones gave the whole thing an air of vulnerability (there was almost a catch in her throat when she asked Sally to show the funeral-home people the picture of her in the blue dress. It’s terrifying to Betty to contemplate the idea that she won’t be in control of her appearance after she’s gone).

Of course, a lot of the reason the scene turned me into jelly was because Sally was a mess; Sally is a great character and it’s awful to see her suffer. But Jones did fine work in this episode, and if this truly is Betty’s final hour on the show, this was an excellent way for her to go out — on the way up (a set of stairs, but she was on an upward trajectory metaphorically as well).

We are really close to the end, and as is so often the case with this show, there are many ways to read this episode interpret the show as a whole. What has anyone learned? Has anyone progressed toward some kind of self-awareness? Can people change? Can these people change, even a little?

Are they “entitled to something more” and “entitled to something new,” or are they just acting entitled?

Months after the series is over, we’ll probably still be debating these questions, and a lot of our interpretations will be projections. We’ll read into the characters’ actions and endings what we want to see, and as I’ve already admitted in this post on what I want from the ending, I want things to go OK for these people. Unlike Betty, she of the practical lists, I’m a big ol’ sentimentalist. Most of the things I’ve written about the show reflect my desire for people — real ones and fictional ones — to learn how to be more compassionate toward themselves and others. I want it to end well for Don and Joan and Peggy and the rest, and for that to happen, these characters may well have to prove that they aren’t so dumb anymore.

Have the three main characters in this episode — Don, Betty, Pete — learned anything? Have they progressed in measurable way? Reflecting my bias, I have to say yes, I think so. Though maybe Don appears to have learned the least of the three because… Don. Hey, at least he didn’t sleep with the hot lady at the swimming pool. Baby steps!

Has Betty learned about herself, has she matured? It’d be difficult to think otherwise. Granted, she was quite child-like when the show began, so she had the furthest to travel, and she can still be quite immature when she’s in a rage. Witness the way Betty brushed past a devastated Sally in the kitchen because Betty was angry at Henry for having gone behind her back and told Sally the news. Never mind the kid in emotional turmoil — cranky Betty must storm out out of the room dramatically!

Here’s how she’s progressed: She knows herself well enough to know that she won’t really change, and she’s willing to stand up for her choices with more vehemence. In the early days, Betty was fairly easy to manipulate, and though she’s always been kind of passive, at this point, she’s willing to defend that passivity as a weirdly pro-active stance. Her obstinacy is a form of rebellion and even independence. Dying her way may be the only independent act of her life — and she finally thinks she deserves that slice of independence.

I think Weiner was going a little too meta when he had Betty defend herself to Sally by saying she has “fought for plenty in [her] life.” Huh? Nope. I don’t buy it. Betty coasted into a marriage with a handsome man who turned out to be a cad, and then she was taken up by another man with a white-knight complex when that first marriage went down the drain. Whatever milieu those men traveled in, she found a way to fit in and yet still get the kind of attention she enjoys. She’s not exactly a go-getter, but I’ve no doubt she would have finished her degree and done well at college. It took her a long time to figure out what she wanted, as opposed to what the men around her wanted, but she finally did, and then that choice got taken away from her. Now she gets to choose; nobody will choose for her.

If Weiner wanted to find the way to redeem the character, the way to do that was to have her final act be selfless — she is determined to spare Sally and her boys the experience of watching their mother suffer through a series of debilitating cancer treatments. For seven seasons, Betty periodically displayed astonishing self-absorbtion, and Henry and Sally weren’t totally wrong about Betty’s penchant for drama and her tendency toward vanity. But I do believe Betty: She learned from experience that watching a parent die slowly is terrifically scarring to kids, and she wasn’t going to let that happen to her family. If Henry doesn’t like it, too bad. What Sally needs takes precedence, and it that sacrifice doesn’t prove Betty has grown, I don’t know what does.

Betty’s come to terms who she is — just in time to die. But before she died, she let Sally know that she loved and accepted her as she was, which … hey, thanks for making me cry a lot on Mother’s Day, Matt Weiner. Great job!

I mean that as a compliment, honestly. I want my favorite shows to break my heart, and “Mad Men” did that in this episode. One of the saddest sights in the history of the show was also one of the quietest: Sally sat in her mother’s chair and put little Gene on her lap. It won’t be long until Sally is those boys’ sister and a mother of sorts, and Sally has already had to comfort a lost and terrified Henry, who will be in no position to take care of anyone else once Betty dies. We know how strong and smart Sally is, but to become the head of the family before she’s even out of high school — that is a lot for any human being to bear.

I need a bottle over here.

Thank goodness we had the contrast of the Pete storyline, which was much more hopeful.

You could make the argument that Pete is merely returning to the status quo of his past — soon he will once again be a rising corporate executive with a smart, socially savvy wife by his side. And let’s be real: Pete, like most characters on “Mad Men,” often resists change. He can be perceptive on certain social and cultural issues, but when it comes to altering his own life, he’s pretty change-averse. He’s still wearing the kind of old-fashioned three-piece suit that even Roger has largely given up, for goodness’ sake.

Still, Pete can adapt. He’s clearly in his element at McCann (unlike most of his former colleagues), but in his personal life, he’s been drifting. Duck Phillips might not be good for much, aside from draining a bottle and racking up expensive dinners, but at least he got Pete to stop being passive about the end of his marriage. Pete certainly deserved his time in the wilderness (and more) for his past transgressions, but if good fortune was falling his way, why not use that mojo to get Trudy back once and for all?

Their reunion certainly didn’t seem arbitrary: Though we haven’t seen them together a ton since they divorced, the actors and the characters have such an easy, familiar connection that their reconciliation scene absolutely worked. When Pete’s voice caught during his speech to Trudy, I almost teared up a little — when Pete’s sitting on a couch being extra-sincere, that is very difficult to resist. If this is Pete’s happy ending — taking Trudy out of sour, cliquish Cos Cob and starting over in Kansas — well, why the hell not? May he find many a MacDonald to punch in the glorious Midwest.

As for the Don storyline, well, sure. Why not spend several days with a would-be grifter and other small-town folk who turn out to be far less folksy than they appear? Who wasn’t dying for an installment of “Don Draper: Typewriter Repair Man”?

My husband’s response to the Don story was, “I’m really kind of over Don spending time with people we’ve never met before.” And I get that, though I didn’t have a serious issue with Don’s hobo jaunt. It’s very clear that “Mad Men” is going to do things on its own timetable and in its own way, and if it supplies great episodes like “Time and Life” and “Lost Horizon” along the way, I’m cool with whatever. Diversions and digressions are to be expected. This week, I wasn’t surprised that Duck was back; I was only surprised that we didn’t get a meaty cameo from Chauncey the dog.

Once again, Don confessed a truth about his past, and at this point, it feels like maybe the only people who don’t know the truth about Don/Dick’s past reside in deepest Siberia? But hey, Don, if you need to unburden again, go ahead and tell the farmers and ranchers the truth about your not-glorious war service. These confessions tend to have less and less impact over time, but if, in the end, they allow him to grow/change/accept himself/blah blah, it’s all good.

Of course, because this is Don Draper, he got beat up in the process of unburdening his soul. We all half-expected that too, right?

That said, in classic “Mad Men” style, the entire episode thrummed with tension once Betty fell on the stairs and the ER doctor wore his Concerned Face. All of Don’s scenes were undergirded with the tension that came from wanting to shout, “Don, you nitwit, get home to your children, who are going through or about to go through a tremendous, harrowing crisis! Stop reading books and ogling pool babes and get back to New York! Your kids will soon be as motherless and lost as you were. Stop getting drunk in one-stoplight towns!”

But Draper’s gonna Draper. He took the fall for another guy (just as his commanding officer bit the dust so Dick Whitman could become Don Draper). Progress for Don, perhaps, is in correcting the grammar of a scheming rural con man and helping that young man become a better class of grifter. And then, when his daughter needs him most, Don gives away his car and ends up sitting by a lonely road, in the middle of America, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Mentally and physically, he could not be more checked out of his life. I hope he enjoys the break, because he really needs to bring his A game when he gets back to New York. He may still be rich, but drifting is an option he no longer has.

Speaking of the car, that gift represents a tremendous piece of luck for that kid — but luck only gets you so far. If anything, this episode was a meditation on the following idea: What’s luck got to do with it? Not much, ultimately. Duck’s assertions are the ravings of a drunk and thus not anything to take too seriously. Life is full of good and bad luck — it’s all about what you do with it that matters.

Years of hard work have paid off for Pete, and now he’s gotten a great opportunity that will probably pay of even more handsomely down the road. But his reconciliation with Trudy didn’t just happen — he had to take a chance and try to make it happen. He might just as easily have struck out, but this time, his pitch worked. That wasn’t about luck, that was about, as Joan put it a few weeks ago, going down swinging.

As Henry pointed out, Betty had been tremendously fortunate all her life, but her luck ran out all at once — but she still found a way to direct and partially control the situation. She put her blue dress in the gold garment bag and she put the correct lipstick in her purse. She knew what her daughter needed to be told, and she knew that she couldn’t control anything else, so she didn’t try to. She remained chilly and distant in her behavior, but her heart and her will had evolved. Sally knew she was loved, and that wasn’t by chance.

There’s no way to see what’s happening to Betty and her family as anything but wrenching and sad, but if Sally survives this epic run of bad luck, she’ll be able to survive anything. And if she takes her chances and runs with them, her life will be an adventure. Young Sally will end up making a lot of her own luck, I think.

What chance will Don make for himself going forward? Who knows? I don’t expect the last episode of the show to depict him rolling around Oklahoma like a tumbleweed, but who knows? This show, as I’ve said, loves to zig when we expect it to zag, so the future is as unclear as ever. However, I don’t think Don will end up in California. I predict Pete will line up a Lear jet so that Don can swing over from Oklahoma to Wichita and get back home to his family as quickly as possible.

After that, it’s up to Don. In the end, all I really want before the end is to see him connect in a real way with Sally and Peggy. And to have enough awareness to realize that he’s lucky they’re both in his life.

A penultimate hail of bullets:

  • Don could have worked for Coke at McCann or fixed a Coke machine at a motel. Neither option, in the end, was all that attractive.
  • Something about the mildly catty way Trudy offered her friend an apple amused me. Something something Garden of Eden/tree of life/temptation etc.
  • Maybe the biggest sign of growth for Betty (aside from her calm acceptance of her daughter’s independence) is the fact that she found the “Mrs. Robinson” joke funny. If Betty hadn’t evolved beyond the petulant version of her that we saw in previous seasons, it’s likely she would have been perturbed at someone implying that she was an “older” woman.
  • Once again, men discuss Betty’s life without even talking to her directly, all of which makes it even more understandable that she would make her own decisions without consulting them. If they’re going to ignore her, she can play that game as well — and I don’t blame her for ignoring men who treated her like a broken wind-up doll.
  • The pool babe was reading “The Woman of Rome,” a shout-out to Don and Betty’s trip to that city. Another book in Don’s room: “Hawaii,” a shout-out to his trip to that place with Megan. Maybe his reading of “The Godfather” was a veiled reference to Jim Hobart?
  • No Peggy or Joan or Roger in this episode. I want lots of them next week. And Stan!
  • As Floyd the veteran, that was veteran character actor Max Gail, who was so great as Wojo on “Barney Miller.”
  • I really expected Floyd’s war story to end with an admission of cannibalism. Gail was great as Floyd, but it wasn’t a great war story, in the end.
  • “I think it feels good and then it doesn’t.” In nine words, Pete Campbell sums of every the psychological journey of every core character on “Mad Men.”
  • So Pete’s brother is a chick magnet? Um, what? OK.
  • Here’s some info about hobo culture, which gave rise to the title of the episode. The link comes from Fairfield University — which is where Betty was pursuing her degree.
  • Irony alert: Don lectures Sally on the fact that she’s careless with money. AND THEN HE GIVES AWAY A CADILLAC AUTOMOBILE.
  • The date on Betty’s note was Oct. 3, 1970, which means the likely time frame of the finale is November or December. The holidays are always so fun for the Drapers! Anyway, I don’t think “Mad Men” will continue into 1971, unless it’s a very brief New Year’s scene. But what do I know? Not a damn thing. And I can’t believe this is almost over!
  • Ryan McGee and I have discussed recent “Mad Men” episodes on the Talking TV podcast. We will discuss “The Milk and Honey Route: with a special guest on Tuesday — check the podcast page late that day for the latest episodic discussion, which I think you will enjoy!

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