Mad Men: Season 2, Episode 2

Flight 1 (3 Aug. 2008)

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A plane crash causes the firm to go after the account for the airline involved and drop the smaller airline they have an account with. Peggy pays a visit to her mother and sister, who are now guardians of a child.



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A conflict of interest does not deter the Sterling Cooper agency from aggressively pursuing an airline account. Also, Paul introduces his special somebody to his Sterling Cooper colleagues when he throws a party at his place, and Peggy has dinner with her family. Written by Anonymous

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Action takes place around the day of March 1st, 1962 (including the day before and the day after), which is the date the real American Airlines Flight 1 crashed on Jamaica Bay. See more »


The series is set in 1962. When the IBM typewriter is revealed to Peggy, it has a correction key. The correction key on the IBM Selectric was not introduced as an option until 1971, on the Selectric II. See more »


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The plane crash
1 March 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The episode opens as Pete and Trudy Campbell are coming to Paul's party at his New Jersey apartment. She does not feel good coming to the area. Most of Pete's colleagues are there, who by all indications are having a good time. Paul introduces his girlfriend, Sheila, a Black girl to Joan, who makes no bones into her dislike for the girl. Ken spots the typewriter Paul stole from the office. Peggy has been talking to a man she met at the party. As she is about to leave, he wants her to come home with him, but she walks out.

Roger Sterling and Don Draper are arriving to work. They see the staff watching a news program. Someone tells them it is a coverage of an American Airlines flight that fell in Jamaica Bay right after it took off for Los Angeles. Don, concerned about how the accident will affect the campaign the agency has created for Mohawk Airlines with the tragedy that is reported.

Later, Pete Campbell receives a call telling him his father was on the ill fated jetliner. He is taken aback with the news, so he goes to inform Don Draper, who tells him to go home right away. Dorothy Campbell has gathered their sons to see what to do about the death of her husband. Pete's brother Bud has taken over the arrangements as well as looking into the financial aspects the death has caused. The picture is not at all as good as she had thought.

Peggy goes to visit her mother. Her sister is also there. The mother has saved food for her, even though Peggy did not feel like eating. Peggy is told people are asking about her in church. Peggy feels she can make her own decisions. As she is ready to leave, the sister asks her to stop and say good night to her three children. Peggy is not happy when she finds the younger boy crying in bed.

Betty Draper is making preparation to receive Carlton and Francine for a game of bridge. Don does not feel like playing, but he goes along. Bobby is sitting on the sofa watching television and eating candy. His father takes the dish away. Betty is upset with her son because he lied to her, and to his teacher, when he presented a drawing where he traced a figure from a magazine and made believe he had done it by himself. The conversation with the Hansons centers around the piece of land that was recently bought for development, something Carlton figures it could be had at a cheap price, making it a solid investment.

Duck Phillips who knows an American Airlines executive decides it is time for Sterling Cooper to go after their account. Don objects because the Mohawk people pay their bills on time. Bert Cooper seems to side with Duck and Roger, who wants to dump the other airline's account in order to get American on board. Don meets with the president to tell him about the decision to cancel their contract, but the airline executive is visibly upset because he feels Don Draper lied to him. After the man leaves, Don sits for quite some time musing on what just happened. An attractive Chinese waitress walks in the room. She cannot take her eyes form Don. He gets the hint from the woman, but he informs her he is not interested.

Paul has a confrontation with Joan at the office. He is upset because he feels she was rude to his girlfriend Sheila. She makes no bones in pointing out to him the girl has nothing to show for herself. She also reminds Paul she knows about the stolen typewriter she saw in his living room the day of the party. As Joan is leaving, she stops at the bulletin board next to Peggy where she sees a copy of her W-2 form with her date of birth showing she was born in 1931, which makes her an older woman in most of the staff's minds. Joan does not hide her annoyance.

Peggy is seen at mass with her mother and sister, who has brought her baby son with her. As the two women get up for communion, Peggy does not move to go, the sister gives her the boy, who is restless. Nothing she does seems to calm the infant.

The episode packs a lot of ideas, loyalty being one of the topics, as the ambitious Duck Phillips wants to go after a big account, as the expense of another. The fact that Paul's girlfriend is Black is also one of the relevant topics. Mixing of races was something not common during those days. The screenplay was written by Lisa Albert and the creator of the series, Matthew Weiner. The direction is by Andrew Bernstein. The ensemble cast does justice to the material.

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