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Love Among the Ruins 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Harris
Salvatore Romano
Paul Kinsey
Ken Cosgrove
Bertram Cooper
Mona Sterling
Sally Draper
Gene Hofstadt


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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Release Date:

23 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Don passes Gene's bedroom and sees him sitting on the bed getting ready to go to bed. Don says "You're an old Army man. Drop your socks and grab... something", whereupon Gene starts laughing. Don, who was also in the Army, has made a joke based on an ages-old military ritual in which sergeants would wake up their sleeping soldiers in the morning by yelling "Drop your cocks and grab your socks!" See more »


The ad staff are supposed to being viewing Ann-Margret singing "Bye Bye Birdie" in real-time screening of opening number from that movie, but at least one verse from actual sequence has been dropped. 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 The Flintstones (1960) See more »


Oyster Girls
Music by Brian Gulland and Robert White
[Plays during the Maypole dance scene.]
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Joan Harris thrilled me!!!

My brother gave me this third season...l though well let's see this show even been a second hand box...when l watched the first episode l found it very interesting mainly because the series is settled in the sixties, where the people used to smoke to much,women wants work and all those women's costumers very unique from that decade and the beauty Joan Harris who is woman's dream of the sixties with big breast and very very sexy...anyway this kind of environment thrilled me...this episode is low that previous but still good....let's see next one!!!

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