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Any discussion of TV's best in 2012 begins with a single show: "Mad Men." The standout episode of the year's finest series was also its most divisive. "The Other Woman" split "Mad Men" fans into two camps. Those who watched in horror and railed, "How could Joan do that?" And those who watched in horror and reasoned, "How could Joan not do that?"

The brilliance of "The Other Woman" doesn't simply involve the skin-crawling central storyline -- the men of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offer Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) partnership in the agency if she sleeps with a sleazy Jaguar exec to help win an account -- or the fist-pumping subplot -- Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) receives a job offer too good to pass up and decides to leave Scdp, and mentor Don Draper (Jon Hamm), behind. It's the way the episode, written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner and directed by Phil Abraham, »

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