Mad Men: Season 2, Episode 12

The Mountain King (19 Oct. 2008)

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Don drops off the Sterling Cooper radar and visits the wife of the man whose identity he stole. Back at the office, Bert and Roger consider the merger offer, Peggy makes a play for a real office, and Peter loses his father-in-law's account.



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No one at Sterling Cooper knows where Don is. Since he abandoned Pete in Los Angeles, he has been missing. In fact, he is still in California visiting with his old friend, Anna Draper, the widow of the real Don Draper. The two came to an understanding years earlier where Don has been her financier and confidante. Don is contemplating remaining in California for good, resuming a life now known as Dick Whitman. Back in New York, the partners, including Bertram's sister Alice and without Don, are reviewing the merger with Putnam, Powell & Lowe and make their decision in Don's absence. Things are not going well personally or by association professionally for Pete. He and Trudy are still arguing over the possibility of adopting. Because of the magnitude of their argument, Trudy tells her father Tom of the issue, he who gives Pete an ultimatum: make Trudy happy by giving her what she wants, or he'll pull the Clearasil account from Sterling Cooper. Pete is decisive in his decision. Peggy's ... Written by Huggo

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Peggy's Popsicle design campaign is an allusion to many Catholic images of the Virgin Mary, complete with the orange circle of the Popsicle logo serving as a halo for the mother. It follows up on Peggy's earlier comment in the episode that the Catholic Church knows how to sell things. See more »


Joan places the bouquet of roses on her desk pointing towards Don's office and then enters it. When she exists the office, the roses are pointing away from Don's office. See more »


Ken Cosgrove: Why do moms give treats ? There's no good reason.
Salvatore Romano: My mom would come out to the truck with us. She'd break the Popsicles in half, then give it to us like Jesus at the Last Supper.
Ken Cosgrove: Sounds cheap.
Peggy Olson: No. My mother did it too. It was great.
Ken Cosgrove: In Vermont we made our own ice cream. It was a pain in the ass.
Peggy Olson: Everyone breaks Popsicles in half.
Ken Cosgrove: So ?
Peggy Olson: You can do it all year 'round. It's a ritual. It's like Communion.
Ken Cosgrove: It's kind of Catholic, isn't it ?
[Sal gives Ken a look]
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Features The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »


In the Hall of the Mountain King
Music by Edvard Grieg
from his incidental music to the first production of "Peer Gynt"
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