Roger Sterling isn’t the only one who’s been on a “trip” of late. Mad Men‘s fifth season, possibly its best yet, has been full of enough twists, turns, and narrative rabbit holes–Peggy’s leaving Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce! Joan’s prostituting herself to land a client! Don’s murdering a subconscious manifestation of his guilt! Fat Betty!–to constitute a journey of the mind. And unlike Roger we haven’t had to take LSD to experience it.
To help us unpack season five, Mad Men‘s own Rich Sommer, who plays bespectacled media buyer Harry Crane, will be joining us for a live chat during tonight’s episode at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Pacific. He’ll add a running commentary to “Commissions and Fees,” the season’s penultimate installment, and take your questions.
There should be a lot for you guys to ask Rich, because Harry’s been on quite a “trip” of his own these past few episodes. First, he embarrassed himself in front of Megan Draper by indicating how much he was turned on by her sultry rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou.” Then, he was forced to give up his office to account exec/sometime pimp Pete Campbell. An unexpected side gig ensued as script-reader of former colleague turned Hare Krishna Paul Kinsey’s spec teleplay for Star Trek. And that led to a bit of in-office shtupping with one of Paul’s more fetching congregants named Lakshmi.
Possible question topics for Rich: Could Harry’s encounter with the Hare Krishnas mean that he’ll follow Paul’s lead and also direct his spiritual yearnings to the East? And could anyone resist becoming a convert if more Hare Krishnas looked like Lakshmi actress Anna Wood? What would Harry think if he knew his nerdy 1966 look will become the ultimate in 2012 hipster chic? And how exactly do we get “Zou Bisou Bisou” out of our heads?
In real life, Rich has been keeping almost as busy as Harry. Right now he can be seen on Broadway opposite Jim Parsons in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Harvey. And later this summer he’ll appear in the Sundance fave Celeste and Jesse Forever alongside Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg.
See you at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT tonight!