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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Peggy is (secretly) an admirer of Ann-Margaret's performance in Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Ann-Margaret's birth name, Ann-Margret Olsson, is quite close to Peggy's given name, Margaret Olson. See more »


When Don and Betty are speaking in the bedroom, as Betty says the line "How can he talk that way to me in the condition I'm in", Betty's left hand is raised holding a cigarette. In the next shot her hand is resting on the bed. 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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References Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »

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That Date...
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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