Mad Men (2007–2015)
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Don takes the kids to California and comes back with a surprise announcement. Meanwhile, Betty fires the kids' nanny before they move out of the old house over one questionable incident, and Peggy gets a shot at a new account.


Matthew Weiner


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Francis
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper (credit only)
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis
Deborah Lacey ... Carla
Sam Page ... Greg Harris
Lawrence Pressman ... Henry Sloan


The staff at SCDP are taking their opportunities where ever they come. After Don's diatribe in the form of the advertisement in the New York Times against tobacco advertising, he and Pete have a meeting with the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society for their business. It's not so much the advertising contract of a non-profit organization that they want but those of the businesses for which the board members actually work. They ask Ken to use some social connections to leverage some of that potential. And based on a social conversation Peggy has with Joyce, Peggy pounces on an opportunity for another contract, but has to work fast to get it. Within all these goings-on, Don is taking some time away from the office to take the kids to California, where he has to deal with some aspects of Anna's estate. But Betty, acting on an emotional impulse in the process of moving to a new house, thwarts Don's plans, for which he has to make some quick last minute adjustments to those ... Written by Huggo

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English | French

Release Date:

17 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The book Don reads in the hotel is The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré. See more »


Betty Francis: I wanted a fresh start, OK? I'm entitled to that!
Henry Francis: There is no fresh start! Lives carry on.
Betty Francis: Jesus, Henry, just once could you take my side?
Henry Francis: No one's ever on your side, Betty.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Hot Dog, Here He Comes
Written by Alonzo B. Willie and Nick Stokes
Performed by The Tri-Lites
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Season Four
4 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

After the incredible strong finish to Season Three, I expected Season Four of "Mad Men" to get back to its storytelling perfection. That being said, even I was surprised how quickly I gobbled up each of these episodes, watching them at a pace not experienced since the first campaign!

Some highlights from this season include (some spoilers here):

-The new ad company (so hastily conceived towards the end of the previous season) struggling with all the things that a new business typically struggles with (overhead, payroll, keeping clients happy, etc.). -Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the lynchpin of the show's character drama, goes on more of an emotional rollercoaster than perhaps any other season, from drinking problems to marital issues (and solutions?) to child-raising quandaries. -Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) really finding her place in a "man's world". She isn't the sheepish wallflower of seasons past in this season. -The former Betty Draper (January Jones) trying to control her home life while her personal life is going the other direction.

This season is so good because it also works concurrently on two different levels. The micro-level sees great individual episodes, including an office Christmas party, a long night at the office from Don & Peggy, a rekindling of romance between Joan (Christina Hendricks) & Roger (John Slattery) and a bombshell announcement that changes the entire landscape of the advertising culture.

On the macro-level, the Don/Betty dynamic is utterly fascinating, primarily embodied via daughter Sally (Kiernan Shipka). Whereas in earlier seasons Don was set up as the "hopeless womanizer" with Betty "holding everything together", viewers now begin to understand that those characterizations are not as black-and-white as they seem. Like I've said in other reviews about this series, the show is always at its peak when Don is the major focus. He doesn't "do it alone", but any means, but it is his journey that gets the most attention (and thus is what us as viewers want the most resolution too).

Basically, this fourth season of "Mad Men" cemented the series as one of my favorite shows of all-time. Can it get a bit soapy at times? way around it. But the characters are so interesting and feel so "alive" that one almost can't help but be sucked into the drama.

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