Last night on the long-waited season premiere of “Mad Men”, we got a lesson in how to publicly humiliate your stoic husband, turn on co-workers, and generally provoke sexual harassment by the new and improved (?) Mrs. Donald Draper. This expert tutelage came in the form of a little French tune called “Zou Bisou Bisou.”
When Megan, young, starry-eyed, smart-but-stupid Megan, revealed her surprise party plan for Don, audiences collectively recoiled. Everyone knew that Don Draper would rather vacation with Pete Campbell than be the center of attention at a happy occasion – except for his young, foreign wife.
Hadn’t she exhibited more intuition than that in the last season? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as if her Draper-meter has diminished, along with her front-tooth gap.
The party really got swingin’ when Megan announced that she was drunk enough to give Don his birthday present. We all expected a nice little toast, or maybe a seductive, Monroe-esque Happy Birthday classic. But, no. Don sat front-row, center and got a song, complete with shimmies, shakes, skirt-raises and hip-pops.
Matthew Weiner has executed flawless song selection on the show, and this episode proved no different. Mrs. Draper crooned the words “Zoobie, Zoobie Zoo,” a bastardized English version of the French “Zou Bisou Bisou,” meaning “oh, sweet kiss.”
We were about as confused as Trudy Campbell. What the hell is a zoobie zoo?!
The tune was a teen confection, originally sung by 16-year-old
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Sure, Betty was a marvel at throwing 5-year-old’s birthday parties with the neighborhood kids, but her idea of a wild sexual exhibition involved a couple of gimlets and a nightie. Every