Mad Men: Season 3, Episode 2

Love Among the Ruins (23 Aug. 2009)

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Don is brought in to save the day for a P.R. campaign involving the building of the new Madison Square Garden, only to have the rug pulled out from under him. At home, Betty argues with her brother over how to care for their sick father.


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There's trouble in both the Sterling and Hofstadt families. With the Sterlings, Roger's daughter Margaret informs him that she doesn't want his wife, Jane, at her wedding, Margaret being ashamed that her step-mother is the same age as her. With the Hofstadts, Gene's Alzheimer's is getting worse, and his wife Gloria has left him. As such, Betty and her brother William have to make some decisions about what to do with their father. William gets some unsolicited and unwanted advice in this matter. At the office, two accounts are on the minds of the executives. One is for Patio Cola, Pepsi's diet soda. Pepsi wants to go with an Ann-Margret Bye Bye Birdie (1963) feel. Peggy does not agree with this approach. Despite that, Peggy is feeling in an Ann-Margret spirit in her personal life. The other has Don trying to win the business of the town's new planned multi-purpose facility, Madison Square Gardens. Don gets some bad and unexpected news on this front. Written by Huggo

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William, Betty's brother suggests that their father be admitted to "the Parker House, halfway between us and New Brunswick" after his recent strokes and memory loss. The Parker House was a nursing facility since 1907 and well known and respected in the area of central New Jersey. See more »


After seeing Ann-Margret sing Bye Bye Birdie on film, Sal Romano remarks that he'd seen Susan Watson do "it" (presumably meaning same number) on Broadway but opines that she couldn't begin to measure up to Ann-Margret; in reality, the title tune was written especially for movie and was never performed by Watson on stage. See more »


Peggy Olson: I understand why you like this, but it's not for you. I'm the one who'd be buying Patio.
Harry Crane: You're not fat any more.
Peggy Olson: [pause] Thank you.
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24 August 2009 | by (Austin, TX USA) – See all my reviews

Margaret Sterling (Elizabeth Rice) is in for a shock. As Roger Sterling (John Slattery) examines his daughter's wedding invitation, he exclaims "November Twenty-third." We get a split-second closeup of of the silvery parchment. The invitation bears the date of November 23., 1963. That places her wedding on the Saturday that John F. Kennedy will be assassinated.

I cannot help but wonder if the series will try to do a treatment of the assassination over an episode or two. It seems so outside the scope of the rest of the show. It seems to prefer interpersonal and stylistic themes over the historical. The series did, however, spend an episode on the night of the Kennedy versus Nixon election.

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