Mad Men: Season 1, Episode 7

Red in the Face (30 Aug. 2007)

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When Don invites Roger home for dinner, too much alcohol fuels repercussions between Don and Betty and between Don and Roger. Joan puts Roger off for the weekend, spending time with her roommate Carol instead. Pete exchanges a wedding gift for a rifle, and then shares a hunting fantasy with Peggy. Bertram Cooper arranges for the Nixon campaign to meet with him, Roger, Don, and Pete. Written by Dehlia

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When the men in the office are having the Nixon vs Kennedy debate, they mention the woman Nixon 'slaughtered' in California. They don't name her, but they are referring to Helen Gahagan Douglas. Nixon beat her by implying, falsely, that she was a communist - he nicknamed her "The Pink Lady," and she, in return, was the first to call him "Tricky Dick." See more »

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After informing Peggy Olsen she wouldn't need to thank her bosses for offering her a chance to write about lipsticks, Joan Holloway remarks that "Well you know what they say. 'The medium is the message.'" This phrase was first introduced in Marshall MacLuhan's Book "Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man" which was published in 1964, four years after this episode takes place. See more »

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Roger Sterling: I like red heads. Their mouths are like a drop of strawberry jam in a glass of milk.
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Sterling and Nixon
23 August 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

After six episodes that more or less highlighted the good side of the '60s (not least in terms of aesthetics), Red in the Face takes care of introducing one of the decade's less pleasant elements, who later went on to become one of America's most infamous characters: Richard Milhouse Nixon.

Actually, Tricky Dick himself isn't physically featured in the storyline, but rather as the subject of Sterling Cooper's latest project, as the election campaign is behind the corner and the men upstairs believe Nixon is the man to support. Bigger problems, however, are caused by Roger Sterling who, put on edge by the situation with Joanne and one drink too many during dinner at Don's, is the source of much tension. In other news, Pete finds it increasingly hard to live up to both professional and domestic demands.

The strength of the episode lies in its way of introducing a potentially hot-button subject (politics) without getting preachy, instead allowing the Nixon/Kennedy subplot to organically evolve as part of the show's narrative. Additionally, Red in the Face boasts two particularly superb performances: Vincent Kartheiser keeps taking his role to new exciting places, and John Slattery has never been better than in the few but precious minutes he is given here with the wonderful character that is Roger Sterling. No wonder he got an Emmy nomination.


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