Mad Men: Season 1, Episode 10

Long Weekend (27 Sep. 2007)

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It's Labor Day weekend and most of the men are sending their wives away for a few days. Don Draper's wife Betty is dreading the thought, as her father and his new girlfriend, whom she ... See full summary »



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It's Labor Day weekend and most of the men are sending their wives away for a few days. Don Draper's wife Betty is dreading the thought, as her father and his new girlfriend, whom she detests, will be staying with them. With the election approaching, the team at Sterling Cooper is gloomy since the Nixon campaign has not been following their advice. Roger Sterling was hoping to spend Friday night with Joan Holloway but having just seen the movie The Apartment (1960), she is feeling a bit used. She plans a night on the town with her old college friend who has some surprising information for her. Don and Roger invite twin sisters from a casting call to join them for a drink but things go badly for Roger who suffers a serious heart attack. After the incident Don ends up spending the night with Rachel Menken where reveals a lot of his inner self. Written by garykmcd

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This episode was included on the 2008 Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD. See more »


When Don and Rachel are on her couch, and he says, "No, not unless you tell me you want this", her head is on the sofa armrest. Suddenly her head is instead on the red pillow and she says, "yes please". See more »


Paul Kinsey: [singing] Ethel, go get the icepick / That Nixon guy is on TV again.
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References The Jack Benny Program (1950) See more »


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Wilder and Hitchcock
27 August 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Long Weekend is an unusual Mad Men episode, in that it presents itself as lighter fare (while actually having some darker undertones), deliberately inspired by the work of Billy Wilder.

The title refers to Labor Day weekend, which means most of the men at the agency are sending their wives away for that time period. Betty Draper isn't too happy about that, since it requires her to spend two days with her father and his new girlfriend. Back at the office, Roger is experiencing some trouble with Joan, who has just seen The Apartment and feels a little like Shirley MacLaine's character. Don tries to improve the situation by having twins from a casting session join him and Roger for a late drink, but things get out of hand when the boss suddenly has a heart attack.

Save for the dramatic turn of events at the end, the episode plays out much like a sophisticated comedy, as shown in the clever referencing of The Apartment (complete with a brief scene where Joan sort of becomes an elevator girl) and two other films: according to some, the episode's title is a tribute to another Wilder film, The Lost Weekend, and there is some truth to that claim if one thinks of the reference as a dark joke about the characters' drinking (The Lost Weekend being a rather serious drama about alcoholism); and there's also a subtle, clever in-joke as John Slattery not only does his customary riveting work as Roger, but also gets to criticize Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, which starred the actor's late father-in-law Martin Balsam. Who said serious dramas can't do this kind of humor?

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