Season finale of 'Mad Men'

januaryjones_madmen_s3_290.jpgYou have to laugh at AMC's official description of Sunday's season finale of "Mad Men."

"Don has an important meeting with Connie. Betty receives some advice. Pete talks to his clients."

I'm all for keeping important plot twists and turns under wraps, but could they be any more vague? It's like a haiku about the finale. It would definitely be a fun game to come up with three sentence synopsis of all the episodes of "Mad Men." A description of the episode "The Gypsy and the Hobo" from two weeks ago could be - "Betty talks to Don. Joan calls Roger. Sally goes trick or treating."

I have loved this season of "Mad Men." What I've particularly appreciated is that the show has advanced some key plot points at precisely the right time. I didn't feel like they were rushing the plot nor did I feel like they had waited too long. Since the show began, the one of the key questions has been "When will Betty learn the truth about Don?" I loved that it happened before I was expecting it. I was surprised as Betty was when she opened Don's desk drawer. I feel like Don coming clean about his past made him realize in a way he hasn't before how much he values his family and the life that he has built for himself. I'm also hoping this revelation will put an end to the endless cycle of women who come in and out of Don's life. His track record of extra-marital affairs was getting a little tedious. Yes he's charismatic and good-looking but there has to be a woman out there who could resist his charm.

And I have to confess I was surprised that the show decided to directly deal with the assassination of President Kennedy. In a way, how could they not since it was the defining event of the early 60's and changed our nation forever. In another way, it's challenging to address an event this huge and not make it a cliché. I think "Mad Men" avoided the cliché pratfalls by showing the minutiae of how people were affected. By a wedding that only half the invited guest attended, by an ad men worried about how many of his TV ads wouldn't air, by a maid and her employer grieving about the same thing. I thought it was a stunning episode.

I'm not sure what will happen Sunday night. I hope, no I demand, that we see Joan and Salvatore but other than that, I'm happy to sit back and watch the magic of the show unfold. Are you excited for the third season finale of "Mad Men?" Talk about it below.

Talk to me about "V"

Sometimes we are totally in sync. You like what I like. I like what you like. Our season pass managers match up and our DVRs record in a harmonious fashion. We think each others' unspoken TV thoughts.

And I honestly thought "V" was going to be one of those times. But by Wednesday afternoon, I had received emails and Twitter messages riddled with words like "clichéd," "predictable," and "boring." And I'm trying to figure out what happened. Was I so high on "V" because I first watched the show when I was making my way through all the pilots this summer. I mean when you're watching shows like "Mercy" and "Accidentally on Purpose," all shows are kind of graded on a curve.

But I don't think that's it. "V" totally held up during my second viewing of it last week. I can't wait to see next week's episode. So talk to me some more about what you liked or didn't like about the premiere. Will you be tuning in next week?

Where Have I Seen Them Before?

Jeanine recognized Tracy Middendorf as Gaynor Rabin on "Bones." I'll pull Middendorf out of my "deserves her own show" file to tell you that we just saw her on "CSI" as the supervisor who was having an affair with the victim of the week. She was also Bonnie on "Lost," Carla Matheson on "24," and Jeanine and many others always think of her as the woman Angel couldn't save in the series premiere of "Angel."

This one was driving me crazy all through the episode. Michael McMillian was the man who had killed the architect on "The Mentalist" last week. He was Henry on "What I Like About You" and we saw him this season as Steve on "True Blood."

Dylan Baker is the leader of the Phoenix group on "Ugly Betty." We saw him over the summer as William on "Kings." He was also John on "Drive" and Roger on "The Book of Daniel."

Faran Tahir was the patient with the spinal tumor that Derek operated on on "Grey's Anatomy." He was Captain Robau on the "Star Trek" movie over the summer.

Anne Ramsay was the wife of the music producer on "Castle." We saw Ramsay over the summer as Dr. Brenda Marshall on "HawthoRNe." Among her many TV roles, I always think of Ramsay as Lisa, Jamie's sister on "Mad About You."

Emily Bergl was the lawyer Bree on "The Good Wife." She's Sammy's wife Tammy on "Southland" and Annie on "Men in Trees." I always think of her as Rory's frenemy Francie on "Gilmore Girls." Nestor Serrano was the detective who arrested the wrong man on "The Good Wife." He was Navi Araz on the fourth season of "24."

Robin recognized Michael Learned, Olivia Walton on "The Waltons," as Louis Patterson on "Cold Case." We also saw her last season as Mrs. Wilk on "Scrubs."

Joey recognized Amy Davidson as Dana on "Ghost Whisperer." She was Kerry on "8 Simple Rules"

Francesca recognized Natalie Morales, Wendy on the dear departed "The Middleman," as Agent Lauren Cruz on "White Collar."

Quotes of the Week

"Calm Down? I'm wearing sunglasses at night. You know who does that? No talented douche bags. I hate this game. I hate that we're in a procedural cop show. And you wanna know why? Because I hate procedural cop shows. There's like 300 of them on television and they're all the freaking same." Dean to Sam when they get stuck in a "CSI: Miami" type show on "Supernatural." Thanks to Sandy for the quote. Hmmm . . . how do you think the writers really feel about their competition?

"Oh I'm sorry I couldn't hear you over your loud shirt." Betty to Marc on "Ugly Betty."

"Oh my God. A bubble bath? This is now a bad Jackie Collins movie." Susan to Katherine on "Desperate Housewives."

"I don't think we've had a dinner like that since the last time you were here." Kitty to Tommy on "Brothers & Sisters." Um, Kitty I don't know what show you think you're on but you all have a dinner like that every Sunday.

"I don't have bed bugs Kenneth, I went to Princeton." Jack to Kenneth on "30 Rock."

"They're not running the one where everyone gets trapped in the mall are they?" Joe to Bridgette after she tells him they are running a zombie movie marathon on TV on "Medium." Thanks to Russ for the quote. Russ remembered that Jake Weber, who plays Joe, was one of the  stars of the 2004 remake of "Dawn of the Dead" which mostly plays out in a shopping mall.

That's all for today. I'm back on Monday to talk about the return of "House" and "Glee," (hooray!), the new AMC miniseries "The Prisoner," and launch a debate about who is the most charming character currently on TV. Have a question, seen a familiar face, want to nominate a quote of the week or a topic for discussion? Write me at mailto:amytvgal@zap2it.com or follow me on Twitter. Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday.

Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal