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The Phantom 

As the partners consider expanding the office space, Don begins seeing ghosts and gets a request to advance Megan's acting career. Meanwhile, Peter's affair comes to a disappointing end, and Megan's mom briefly reunites with Roger.


Matthew Weiner


Matthew Weiner (created by), Jonathan Igla | 1 more credit »

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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 (credit only)
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce (credit only)
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper (credit only)
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis (credit only)
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Alison Brie ... Trudy Campbell


Among those who are depressed about their lives are Megan, Pete and Beth. Beyond getting what she believes are obscene phone calls, Megan is feeling that her acting career is going nowhere, especially after being duped by an unscrupulous agency who filmed a screen test for her. She feels she gets little support from her visiting mother, Marie, and Don. She uses a request from her acting friend Emily to what she hopes will be her own advantage, but she will need some help from Don to achieve her end goal, which he may not be willing to provide. Pete is still restless in his life, even more so when he sees Beth again, this time with Howard on the commuter train. He learns from Beth to where she is going which is directly related to her own depression. Her ultimate destination continues the vicious cycle which is her life. She hopes that Pete will be at least a minor sanctuary from that life. Meanwhile, Don, who refuses to see a dentist about a chronic toothache, continually sees visions... Written by Huggo

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English | French

Release Date:

10 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie theatre where Don runs into Peggy is showing Casino Royale (1967) - the Ian Fleming 'James Bond' novel that the Broccolis did not have the film rights to and was made into a comedic feature film. This is evident from the distinctive Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass score. Meanwhile, the closing of the episode is accompanied by 'You Only Live Twice' - the theme song to the 5th Bond film - Broccoli produced - of the franchise, also released in 1967. 1967 is widely considered to be the zenith of Bond (and secret agent / spy) 'fever'in popular culture. See more »


Near the end of the episode in a motel, Peggy appears to have come out of the shower - hair wet and in a robe. She looks outside the window then sits on the bed and stretches out her legs. The bottom of her feet are too dirty for her to have had a shower. See more »


Marie Calvet: Not one thing you said was true. No dinner, no chaperone, no conversation.
Roger Sterling: Stop being so demure; you are already on the bed.
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References Casino Royale (1967) See more »


You Only Live Twice
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Nancy Sinatra
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Season Five
4 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

After watching five seasons of "Mad Men", it has finally clicked why this show has been such a unique experience for me. My past favorite TV shows (LOST, X-Files, Smallville, 24) pretty much all focused on over-arching plots from episode to episode. "Mad Men" uses a similar strategy...but with characters instead of plot points, By this season, the show has developed such a stable of incredible characters that you can't help but what to see what will happen to them all.

By this point in the show, there are just so many juicy stories going on that it truly takes an entire season to get them all enough screen time! For example:

-The "business stuff" with Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his work partners like Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Pete (Vincent Kartheiser), Harry (Rich Sommer), Ken (Aaron Staten), Roger (John Slattery), Bert (Robert Morse), and Lane (Jared Harris).

-Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) and husband Greg (Sam Page) try to get things straightened out.

-Personal players in Don's life such as new wife Megan (Jessica Pare), old wife Betty (January Jones), and daughter Sally (Kiernan Shipka).

-Even some new blood in the character of Michael Ginsberg (Ben Feldmen) is introduced, while Paul Kinsey (Micheal Gladis) re-surfaces for a brief period.

There are no set plot arcs to this show, but rather it just shows the lives of all those characters and how they interact with each other and the world. Show creator Matthew Weiner has such a deft touch at making them all interesting that by now the "formula" (if one can use such a simple term like that to describe something so complex) is set: In just a 13 episode season, focusing on the characters described above alone is plenty of material!

After a noticeable drop in standards during the second season and the beginning of the third, this show has been hitting on all cylinders since that point. Nothing to dissuade loyal viewers in this season.

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