Mad Men: Season 1, Episode 5

5G (16 Aug. 2007)

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Don Draper is shaken when his past life comes back to haunt him. After his picture appears in a local newspaper, Adam Whitman, a man who claims to be his younger brother, approaches him. ... See full summary »

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Don Draper is shaken when his past life comes back to haunt him. After his picture appears in a local newspaper, Adam Whitman, a man who claims to be his younger brother, approaches him. Don, or Dick as his brother knows him, initially denies everything but in the end admits to having taken on a new name. He refuses however to have anything to do with him and tries to buy his silence. When one of the ad men gets a short story published, Pete Campbell is frustrated that his own stories have yet to see the light of day. When his wife approaches an old beau to see if he will publish the stories, he has an interesting proposition for her. Written by garykmcd

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The title refers to the apartment number of Don's brother, Adam Whitman, as well as the amount of money Don gives him to leave New York. See more »

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When Don agrees to meet Adam in the city at the end, he says he'll be there in "twenty-five minutes". Don is at his home in Ossining when he says this. There is no way he could get to Adam's hotel in Times Square in under an hour, by either train or car. See more »

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Midge Daniels: [on the phone with Don] I want you to pull my hair, and ravish me, and leave me for dead.
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Don's younger brother
18 August 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

After New Amsterdam's character-based drama, 5G returns to a combination of character and plot in terms of storytelling, going further in its attempt to establish Mad Men as a truly impeccable series. Needless to say, it succeeds.

The center of the story is, once again, Don Draper, who has already been approached by someone claiming to know him as Dick Whitman; this time, things get more complicated as his picture appears in a local newspaper and he is contacted by none other than Adam Whitman (Jay Paulson), who calls himself his younger brother. In a shocking turn of events, Don eventually admits that he has in fact changed his name, and then tries to buy Adam's silence. Meanwhile, Pete is envious when he finds out one of his colleagues managed to get a short story published, and subsequently discusses the matter with his wife, who suggests asking an old boyfriend for help...

Slowly but confidently, the drama is shaping up to become something really original, injecting some welcome mystery into the already gripping story of a very unhappy man. Beneath Don's shallow image of perfection lies something deeper, and Jon Hamm's mastery of those moments is one of the episode's highlights, alongside with the exquisite writing in what could have been a throwaway subplot and the consistently excellent visuals. A worthy "successor" - the term is employed loosely here - to The Sopranos in the "great TV" department, which makes it even more ironic that HBO failed to see the show's potential. Not that there's anything wrong with that...


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