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'Mad Men' shows little love for Westchester this season
As someone who’s always appreciated what had been pervasive references to Westchester County on previous seasons of “Mad Men,” I can’t help but be disappointed that there were almost none this season, which ended Sunday. (Incredibly minor spoilers ahead.)
The only two Hudson Valley-centric references that come to mind are one in which Megan Draper dictates map directions back to Betty Francis’ mansion in Rye, and, in the season finale, a repeated reference to the Harrison train station en route to Pete Campbell’s home in Greenwich, Conn. But other than the scenes set in the mansion, characters were unspeakably quiet about Westchester this year.
It’s a far cry from the days when Don and Betty Draper lived together in Ossining, and characters found themselves visiting or talking about Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Brookside Elementary School or the Ossining Reservoir. Unlike previous seasons, there was no letter from Henry Francis’ house in Chappaqua, no ad pitch involving Indian Point in Buchanan, no baby born at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Tarrytown, and no secret rendezvous in White Plains. What gives, Matthew Weiner?
If this season wasn’t enough for you to get your regional “Mad Men” fix, check out our story on how to “Live like ‘Mad Men’ in the Hudson Valley.”