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The Mountain King 

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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19 October 2008 (USA)  »

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The book Don finds in Anna's living room is 'Meditations in an Emergency' by Frank O'Hara. 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 »


Roger Sterling: [exits his office to find Peggy waiting outside] What do you want ?
Peggy Olson: I need to speak with you.
Roger Sterling: Honey, I have a 6:30 dinner reservation and unless you want to pull me there in a rickshaw, I have to get going.
Peggy Olson: Well, I'm a copywriter.
Roger Sterling: Why, did I call you something else ?
Peggy Olson: I don't know if you're aware, but I brought in the Popsicle account today. On my own.
Roger Sterling: [to his secretary] Hey, Ginger, did you hear about this ?
[to Peggy]
Roger Sterling: I gotta go.
Peggy Olson: Wait. I need my own office. It's hard to do business and be ...
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Music by Edvard Grieg
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Confusing and Over-Rated, but Good Anyway
7 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People seem to think this is one of the best episodes of "Mad Men." I disagree.

Don't get me wrong, I love Mad Men. If I didn't, I would've taken away more than two stars. And this is a good episode, it just isn't even near Mad Men standards. And the main reason for that is the fact that it fails to captivate. It's Don's last day in California, and he visits the wife of the man who's identity he stole.

The other thing is that it is extremely confusing. It's actually one of the most confusing episodes of television I've ever seen. Throughout the whole episode, I didn't know if it was a flash-back, or if it was only half a flash-back, or if he was lying or telling the truth... I got it eventually, but I only got it when I read the full summary on IMDb. The episode offered no help. It felt like Inception, only actually MORE confusing. At least to me.

But, with that being said, everything else about this episode is great. In particular, the two people who did the best job are Alan Taylor, the director, and Jon Hamm (Don Draper). The final shot in particular stands out from the crowd as being (so far), the most memorable shot in the show.

Even though it's great, it's one of the worst episodes in the second season. But that's not a statement about "Mountain King." That's a statement about how good "Mad Men" is.

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