don’t you hate it when you offer someone food and they say yes
roger & jane’s acid trip in “far away places” practically brought me to tears. probably the most accurate & moving trip scene i’ve ever seen. like everything mad men does the scene has a chance to breathe - this isn’t an easy rider nightmarish montage & there’s no emphasis on cartoony visuals. crazy visuals are easy to concoct & rarely true to life. this scene pulls off the difficult feat of depicting the emotional journey and infinite variety of a trip. private happinesses like roger’s orchestra in the liquor bottle - they feel strange, oddly unsurprising, but deeply moving and joyful. jane dropping silent tears of beauty as she dances with him. and finally coming to their understanding together, quietly, gravely, openly discussing the end of their marriage, on a level playing field, “in the truth” as roger says the next morning.
but the morning shows the real truth of the situation - in the moment, acid can give you the clarity and serenity to make peace with yourself, without fear, but when it’s gone you’ll be back where you started. epiphanies aren’t that simple. acid can show you what you really feel, but it can’t make plans for you. in the light of day you have to look at what you found, all strings and consequences restored.