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'Mad Men' recap: 'The life not lived'

'Mad Men' recap: 'The life not lived'

It's the moment we all feared: The era of polyester and platforms has arrived on "Mad Men."

Pres. Nixon's speech on the Cambodian Incursion places "Severance," the first of "Mad Men's" final seven episodes, in April 1970, but Roger's David Crosby mustache is really all you need to know that the Me Decade is in full swing. The ties are getting wider, but emotionally things remain on familiar ground. The dreamlike "Severance" finds Don and company contemplating the "life not lived," to borrow Ken Cosgrove's words. 

Thematically, "Severance" dovetails nicely with this season's other premiere, "Time Zones,"...