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The Beach Boys Accompany ‘Mad Men’ Characters on LSD Trip

Jane Sterling (Peyton List) and Roger Sterling (John Slattery) of 'Mad Men'
Jordin Althaus, AMC

Roger Sterling, ‘Mad Men”s sophisticated sliver-haired ad executive, went on an LSD trip with help from the 1966 Beach Boys classic ‘I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times’ on last night’s episode of the popular series.

Sterling, played by John Slattery, has been depressed both at home and at work most of this season. He reluctantly agreed to attend this mind-expanding party with his young wife Jane and her stuffy, intellectually-minded friends in an attempt to rekindle their troubled marriage.

The lyrics of ‘I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times’ — Brian Wilson’s highly personal and seemingly prophetic confessional view of a troubled mind — suit Sterling perfectly as he struggles to fit in among the party’s pseudo-intellectual discussions, and then, later in the evening, to survive the effects of the drug on his brain:

“I keep looking for a place to fit in / Where I can speak my mind… / Sometimes I feel very sad / Can’t find nothing I can put my heart and soul into / I guess I just wasn’t made for these times”

Without spoiling too much, the acid trip’s effects on our suave hero include vodka bottles that play happy music when opened, telescoping cigarettes and a one-man bathtub replay of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox World Series. Ultimately, “turning on” winds up being, as promised by its advocates, an uplifting and enlightening experience for Sterling… albeit one with serious future consequences.

It actually wound up being a classic rock double-shot episode, as Don Draper is shown whistling the Beatles‘ ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ during his own (non-drug related) flashback scene.

Listen to ‘I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times’ by the Beach Boys

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