Mad Men follows the life of Don Draper, a self-made ad-man in Manhattan. He’s recently been made partner, after Roger Sterling, another partner, had a heart-attack. He’s got two children and a wife named Betty. Don is a womanizer, albeit not as blatant as a few other guys at the office. He always sees a girl on the side. The first half of the last season, he was seeing a girl name Midge. Later on, he became involved with Rachel Menken.
Don always tries to be discreet, but this actually caused some trouble. Rachel left at the end of last season on a cruise.
Don is an enigmatic man. He’s a man with no past. That’s because he was originally Dick Widman, the bastard child of a farmer and a prostitute. His mother died in childbirth and he went on to live a loveless life with his father, who died when he was 10.
Dick joined the army and took a new name when his lieutenant was killed. He reinvented himself since then.
Peggy Olsen is another main character. She started out as a secretary but has recently been made a junior copywriter with her own office. It’s almost unheard of in this office, which is dominated by men. Peggy had a bastard child last season, thanks to Pete, a junior exec at Sterling-Cooper, who has become jealous of her raw talent.
The show takes place in the 1960s. Misogyny, racism, sexism and other social issues are prevalent here. Mad Men doesn’t hide them. They actually are in your face, so it’s hard to forget that America used to be like that in the past. Everybody smokes and drinks in this show. It’s incredible that they manage to work as much drunk.
As with before, I feel like Mad Men episodes are best when watched in batches. As such, I’ve started watching season 4 two weeks ago. I’ve got 3 episodes to catch up.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
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Peggy and Don have trouble with the Samsonite campaign. In the end, they manage to come up with something. Mark leaves Peggy because she’s too committed to her work. Anna dies.
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There is a famous fight. Everyone is going.
Peggy makes her pitch to Don about the Samsonite bid. He didn’t like it. The slogan was Danny’s idea.
Duck calls Peggy. He wants to form an agency with Peggy. He’s drunk on the phone. He wants to see her. She can’t.
Don elects to work on the Samsonite account instead of going to the fight. He makes Peggy stay. It’s her birthday. Mark is waiting with her whole family at the restaurant.
There are a few phone exchanges between Peggy and Mark. Mark decides to quit on the relationship because she won’t come.
Peggy and Don get into it. He isn’t giving her enough credit. Don is an ass. He makes her cry. Don finds a tape of Roger dictating his book. He’s drunk and makes no sense. Don takes Peggy out for dinner, then for drinks.
They go back to the office and Peggy finds Duck trying to take a dump in Roger’s office. Duck and Don fight. Duck actually manages to pin Don to the ground.
In his alcoholic haze, during the night, Don sees Anna leave. Anna must have died. He calls Stephanie in the morning. Peggy heard the call. Don cries.
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