I love Joan Holloway

Last night John and I watched the finale of MadMen, Season 3. We always end up watching the Sunday episode after it’s aired, so inevitably we hear comments about the episode on Monday morning (via twitter, facebook, and just general discussion.)

This episode WAS worth all the hype everyone was making over it. Not only was I glued to John’s new and very manly entertainment center (yes, it’s really amazing) it was funny! There were a few choice lines by Roger Sterling that really made me howl, more so than any other episode.

But now comes the waiting game, and I hate waiting. I want to know what happens with Sterling Cooper Draper Price NOW! *Sigh*, but in due time. I have been wondering what will happen with each of the characters. Who will be on the show, who’s off and what happens with Betty! Brian Moylan posted an interesting story yesterday outlining his idea of who’ll be back for the next season.

If nobody else, I want need Joan Harris (aka Holloway) to return. To be honest, I don’t even care if Don Draper HIMSELF returns. Joan is my all-time favorite character. I was so sad when she left Sterling Cooper. I was just about ready to throw the whole series out the window until she appeared in Episode 8 when Peter drops by the Bonwit Teller department store with Mrs. Lawrence’s dress and discovers that Joan has taken a supervisor’s job there.

Joan looking amazing at Bonwit Teller, as usual.
Joan looking amazing at Bonwit Teller, as usual.

There are many reasons why I love Joan, but here are my top 10:

1. She’s absolutely gorgeous.

2. She cultivates her curves.

3. She makes decisions and doesn’t think twice about them.

4. She never succumbs to male pressure (only when she can get pleasure out of it).

5. She’s got style:
“Try to stay away from pattern prints. Stick with solid colors. Your mother wears pattern prints, not you.”

6. She understands effective branding:
“Men like it when you smoke their brand. It makes them feel like you have something in common. Nothing is steamier than red gloss wrapped around your man’s favorite smoke. But when out with girls always smoke Pall Malls, Marlboros are for tramps.”

7. She’s blunt.
“Roger, if you had your way, I would be stranded in some paperweight with my legs stuck in the air.”

8. She offers great advice.
“Go home, take a paper bag, cut some eyeholes out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in the mirror. Really evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are. And be honest.”

9. She’s realistic.
“He may act like he wants a secretary, but most of the time they’re looking for something between a mother and a waitress.”

10. There’s no other Joan.

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