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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The shit hits the fan when Don realizes that he signed some DoD form asking for a security clearance on a new account. He ends up telling Faye what happened to him in Korea.
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Joan tells Roger that she’s very late and the child is his, not her husband’s.
Don wants to talk with Sally. He calls the Francises. Sally is about to go off to camp. He is taking her to see the Beatles. She squeals and shrieks in delight.
Lane’s father comes to see him. He says that he is here to bring him home. He’ll be at a hotel until Friday. Lane was expecting his son Nigel. He asks Don to come with him to dinner with his father. They go to a Playboy club. It’s a strange place to take
An airline wants an ad campaign. They’ve bumped up their ad budget to 4 million.
Two FBI agents come to visit Betty. They are from the DoD. They are here to do a routine background check on Don. They ask her if Don is a commie. She calls Don after. Don doesn’t know about anything about this. During the conversation, they realize that the line might be tapped. She tells Francis.
Don asks Megan about the form from the DoD. He signed for some form. Don goes to see Pete. From what he says, it looks like Don will do a runner if the government comes for him. Pete springs into action. The next day, Don tells Pete to get rid of the account.
Lane goes to see his Playboy bunny. He’s been seeing her. That was an idiotic move. He’s asking for trouble.
Roger and Joan go to see a doctor. They ask for a reference for an abortion. They talk about this. Joan plans on getting an abortion. She doesn’t want him to come.
Don wants to setup a trust for his children and his ex-wife. He is talking with his accountant.
Joan is at the abortion clinic. She talks with a woman whose daughter is getting an abortion.
Faye comes to see Don. Don feels under the weather and has a fever. She wants to take him home. Don sees some men outside. They look like FBI agents. He almost has a panic attack. Or he has a panic attack. He goes for a puke. Later, Faye wants to know about what just happened. Don says that he’s tired of running. He tells Faye about what happened in Korea, how he was mixed up with another soldier. He kept living as him.
Roger is having drinks with Lee. Lee is closing the Lucky Strike account. Roger had this account for 30 years. The board wants to consolidate all of the ad accounts into a single agency. Roger wants 30 days to get his affairs in order, otherwise this will kill them. This means that they have to take on the North American Aviation contract and Pete can’t get rid of it.
When Lane presents his girlfriend to his father, he clocks him with his cane. Then, he stomps on his foot. Lane is going home tomorrow.
Roger goes through is Rolodex for new accounts.
The next day, Pete comes to see Don. He says that he hasn’t been flagged. If they close the account, that will be that. There won’t be any repercussion. In order to keep this quiet, Pete has to lose a 4 million dollar account.
Roger comes to see Joan. She says that everything is fine. They have a partners meeting. Pete tells them that NAA is moving on. He puts the blame square on his shoulders. Lane is going to London to see his family.
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- Mad Men S01E01
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- Mad Men S01E06
- Mad Men S01E07
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- Mad Men S01E09
- Mad Men S01E10
- Mad Men S01E11
- Mad Men S01E12
- Mad Men S01E13
- Mad Men S02E01
- Mad Men S02E02
- Mad Men S02E03
- Mad Men S04E01
- Mad Men S04E02
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- Mad Men S04E05
- Mad Men S04E06
- Mad Men S04E07
- Mad Men S04E08
- Mad Men S04E09