Mad Men (2007–2015)
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Don and Duck try to bury the hatchet, and Peggy attempts to join in on the execs' after-hours meetings. Also, Duck receives a family visit at the office.



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Duck is facing pressures both at home and at work. On a Memorial Day holiday visit from his children, he learns that his ex-wife is planning on remarrying. At the office, he is still smarting from the loss of the American Airlines account, from which much tension still exists between himself and Don. Roger orders a truce between the two, who comply. More work stress is added on Duck's plate when one of Sterling Cooper's largest clients, Playtex, who has been happy with their advertising thus far, have of late aspired to the edgier advertising of their competitor, Maidenform. Ultimately, the stress for Duck becomes too much, Duck's dog Chauncy taking the initial hit. With the Playtex account, Peggy has been shut out by "the boys" in providing any meaningful input and even asks for advice from Joan on how to infiltrate the boys' network. But working on the account for Clearasil, the client of who is Pete's father-in-law, Peggy does develop a new concept that plays well at least ... Written by Huggo

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31 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Action takes place on Memorial Day 1962 and the three days after. See more »


When Campbell is getting the steaks from the grill, the charcoal is black. Coals ready for cooking are gray, not black. See more »


[Don's secretary is completely sunburned after a day at the beach]
Roger Sterling: Has your wife seen that yet? Do me a favor. Let me be there when it happens.
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References The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) See more »


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The Best Episode of the Second Season (so far)
2 August 2016 | by (Ossining, NY) – See all my reviews

Others will go on to beat it, but at the time of airing, this was Season Two's crown jewel. Why?

It's an all-around great episode. There's nothing overtly spectacular about it. No one gets fired, nothing huge happens. None of the criteria (acting, writing, directing) was incredibly over-the-moon fantastic. But everything was good, and that's enough. It isn't incredible television, and it doesn't even close to live up to the stellar first season, but it brings the second to a new height.

Hamm's performance is worthy of praise, as is Jones' and Moss'. It's a show where more is said in silence than in dialogue, and the ending scene is really amazing.

Proves the second season can live up to the first.

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