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 as the news spreads. Lucky Strike will move their account to BBDO. The agency is trying to reassure clients. Other clients might leave because of this.
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Peggy is out with her activist friends. She hooks up with one of them.
Kenny is out with his family. One of his acquaintances makes a comment about Lucky Strike. They are moving to BBDO. He leaves the family dinner to see Campbell at the hospital. He tells him about Lucky Strike. Don gets a call. He’s with Faye. He tells them to go to the office.
Roger arrives. Cooper is seated. Roger pretends that he phones Lee and gets the bad news. Don goes back to see Faye after this. He tells her about Lucky Strike.
Campbell’s father-in-law tells him that he’s had his fun. He’s going to have a family so he needs to grow up.
Peggy’s friend makes motions to leave in the morning, but Peggy wants him to stay.
Roger tells Cooper that it’s over. Lucky Strike is gone. He pretends that he met with Lee once again. At the agency, they have a staff meeting. Bert makes a speech. Everyone is concerned that more clients will leave the agency.
Don marshals creative. They need to be on their toes.
Roger talks with Joan. He admits that Lucky Strike has been over for weeks. He wants to see her. Joan doesn’t say yes and she can’t believe that he didn’t say anything to her.
Don gets some calls from clients. They are also closing their account. The clients are worried that the agency won’t be around.
Don gets into it with Pete. He made the initial call. Pete goes to the hospital. Ted from CGC comes to see Pete. He wants to hire him. He’ll get a third of the agency.
Peggy’s friend came for a booty call at the office.
Roger comes to see Joan. She tells him that she can’t do this anymore. It’s over. He leaves.
At the end of the day, Faye comes to see Don. He’s still at the office. He asks her to give him leads when clients are unhappy, but she didn’t like hearing this.
Stan tries to kiss Peggy. She’s really annoyed.
Trudi gives birth to a baby girl. Don, Pete, and Cooper go to an ad-man’s funeral, or something like that, to drum up some new business.
Peggy is ready to make her speech to Playtex. She makes it while she has lipstick all over her teeth.
Later that night, Megan tells Don that she might eventually want to do what Don and Peggy does. She helps him out. Megan is from Montreal and she’s creative. They start making out and have sex in his office.
Roger comes home to Jane. His book has arrived.
Don finishes with Megan and comes home. He finds Faye writing something on an envelope for him. She says that she got him a meeting with Heinz.
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