Mad Men (2007–2015)
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A Night to Remember 

Betty becomes suspicious that Don is having an affair after her conversation with Jimmy Barrett, Joan helps out in the television department, and Peggy helps the church with a dance flyer.


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For the Heineken beer account, Don and Duck think that targeting upper class suburban housewives is the approach to take. True to their thoughts, Betty even ends up buying Heineken for a small company dinner party. When an inside joke is made at the party about her buying Heineken, Betty uses this situation to later confront Don with her knowledge of his affair with Bobbie Barrett. Don denies everything, although Betty deep in her heart knows the truth. She searches for conclusive evidence of the affair, without luck. But Betty makes a short term decision about their marriage. With other work goings-on, Harry is chastised for a faux pas regarding airing a Maytag commercial on a television movie Maytag deemed unsuitable. Harry, working alone, pleads for extra help for the fledgling television department. Roger denies his request but does allow Harry to co-opt someone from the secretarial staff to assist in at least reading scripts. Thinking it sound interesting, Joan volunteers. She ... Written by Huggo

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14 September 2008 (USA)  »

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The subplot in this episode in which Heineken beer executives have a meeting with Sterling Cooper, and then Betty unknowingly buys Heineken for a dinner party (thereby proving Don's theory about Heineken's appeal to a certain class of housewives) was included because of a product-placement deal between "Mad Men"'s showrunners and Heineken. Many television critics commented on the irony of a show that has a pervasively jaundiced view of advertising nonetheless placing unironic advertising in their scripts. See more »


In an opening scene, As Betty comes in to her home,she opens the exterior door to enter her house and from the viewers prospective (looking from inside to outside) the viewer sees an interior doorway where her front porch should be. See more »


References As the World Turns (1956) See more »


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Shows what can happen to an affecting action...
8 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Betty Draper is torn apart in this episode, and she finally lets her emotions out on Don in one of the finest episodes of the series.

The episode masterfully executes the emotional and over-bearing aspect that Don and Betty have in their home, that tension that was always hidden inside Betty comes out. She might have just realized it, but it was a long time coming. Both Jon Hamm and January Jones are brilliant in their scenes together, and if anyone has seen the film Revolutionary Road or the novel it is based upon one can only imagine what a problem like this will turn out.

On the other side of the episode we have Peggy dealing with her shame and guilt with a priest, and Moss is playing Peggy so well that she might upstage Hamm in the future of the show. Ultimately, this is a very strong episode and one that is sure to become the beginning of a downward spiral for Don, Betty, and Peggy.

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