Mad Men: Season 3, Episode 1

Out of Town (16 Aug. 2009)

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Don accidentally learns a secret about Salvatore during a business trip to Baltimore. Back at the office, the firings continue, but the new management appoints Peter and Ken as new co-heads of accounts.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:


Don and Betty are back together in martial bliss as they await the birth of their next child. Don is daydreaming about an ominous view of his own birth, which may be a sign about Betty's pregnancy. At Sterling Cooper, financial officer Layne Price from the parent British office and his personal secretary John Hooker have been brought in to do some housecleaning. The British way of doing business is foreign to most of those at Sterling Cooper. One-third of the staff is being let go, including Head of Accounts, Burt Peterson. In Burt's old position, Layne installs Pete, much to his relief and excitement. But his excitement is short lived when he learns he will be sharing the job with Ken. They are told in coded language that one of the two will emerge as the sole person in the position based on performance. Also because of Burt's dismissal, Don and Sal are sent to Baltimore in his place to meet with their London Fog account contacts. While in Baltimore, they, masquerading as "Bill" and ... Written by Huggo

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According to TV Guide, during the very first makeup test for the show (before shooting the pilot), show creator Matthew Weiner told Bryan Batt (who plays Salvatore Romano) about Sal's sex scene with a hotel bellhop - a scene that would not appear in the series until this episode. See more »


Lane Pryce: London Fog. How ludicrous.
Don Draper: Really. I have one.
Bertram Cooper: So do I.
Lane Pryce: No, of course. It's just the name. There is no fog in London. There is no London fog.
Bertram Cooper: Are you sure about that?
Lane Pryce: Quite. Never was. It was the coal dust from the industrial era. Charles Dickens and whatnot.
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Incredible Season Premier!
16 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again Mathew Weiner and company have hit one out of the park! The series continues to operate in its minimalistic but eloquent dialogue while speaking loudly in subtleties of body language, innuendo and facial expressions. Once again the sets, costuming, lighting, and props are spectacular. The acting continues to be superb across the board and the character development is being ramped up to ever greater heights of angst, sexual tension, cut throat dog eat dog business machinations and deliciously layered office politics with the British element of the new partners in Sterling Cooper adding a dazzling new element and culturally detached chemistry that both confuses, and adds gigantic, mesmerizing plot twisting possibilities to the show going forward! I have left out specific details so as not to create a spoiler in the plot, needless to say fans of season one and two will have already viewed this season premier. Newbies do yourself a favor and make a commitment to this series, you will NOT be disappointed!

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