next on mad men the monolith 'Mad Men' coming attractions poetry: The episode 704 'The Monolith' teaser in verse“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner is famously spoiler-averse, so much so that the show’s “next on” scenes have become all but inscrutable — a string of quick-cut non-sequiturs that say next to nothing about the next week’s episode, except that often someone is telling someone else to shut the door or sit down.

The seemingly random bits of dialogue strung together brings to mind the refrigerator-magnet poetry that half your friends had in the ’90s. With that in mind, Zap2it will offer up a poetic interpretation of each week’s coming attractions. (Previous selections are here and here.)

This week’s selection is “The Monolith,” after the title of next week’s (May 4) episode. Featuring both a “What?” and a “Close the door,” it’s maybe the Platonic ideal of “Mad Men” teasers.

The Monolith

Elevator doors,
high praise indeed
Lou is mildly surprised, Don is suspicious
and Roger wants you
in his office.

We’re clapping, but we’re not impressed
This is a national campaign — what?
The hell happened?
He’s thinking, Yeesh.

To the conference room!
Sigh …
“I hadn’t heard about that,” says the man
in the dark.

The phone has given up.
Roger is stunned.

Here’s the “Next on” video for “The Monolith”:

Posted by:Rick Porter