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The Color Blue 

As Sterling Cooper prepares for its 40th anniversary party, the bosses in London drop a bombshell to Lane. Miss Farrell's troubled brother pays a visit to her and Don, and Betty stumbles onto her husband's secrets.



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Joan Harris (credit only)
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The 40th anniversary party for Sterling Cooper is approaching, but not many seem to be excited about it. Bertram, who does not feel the need to reminisce, is not planning to attend. And Roger doesn't want to see more praise stowed upon Don, which is supposed to happen at the party. But the Brits at head office want the party to be a success, if only to carry out their clandestine plan. With others in the office, Paul is feeling threatened by Peggy, who he sees as Don's favorite. Paul however comes up with what he believes is a brilliant idea for a campaign, if only he can remember what that idea is. And Lane is feeling pressured by his wife Rebecca, who hates living in New York. At the Draper household, Betty is keeping her distance from Henry Francis, but Don is continuing his affair with Suzanne Farrell. Being the private person that he is, he wants no one to know about it, even Suzanne's epileptic brother Danny, who she wants Don to know. But Betty stumbles across something Don ... Written by Huggo

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18 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Group by Mary McCarthy is the book that Betty is reading in the bathtub. The book was released in 1963. See more »


When Betty Draper discovers divorce papers from the original Don Draper's wife, a collection of books by WEB Griffin's 'The Corps' series is displayed on Don's library bookshelf. These books were first published in the 1980s. See more »


Bertram Cooper: I wouldn't have told Roger if I'd planned on it remaining a secret.
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The Beginning of the End
20 August 2016 | by (Ossining, NY) – See all my reviews

I'm assuming that that's what this episode is. I love it when the endgame to a season of a show finally kicks off. It's so wonderfully satisfying. All the slow moments of the year are gone; all that's left is intensity. And that's what "The Color Blue" is. The end of Season Three began the moment when Betty found the key in the washer.

The episode opens with the titular question, "is your blue my blue?" And Don has a frankly, beautiful answer: "Even if people see things differently, I don't think we want to." The episode is essentially the beginning of the end, as I said before. Sal, Gene, Joan, Connie, and any people not necessary for the chain of events about to come have been removed. Only those truly worthy stick through to the Endgame.

The highlight of this episode was Betty finding out not about Don's affair, but about Dick Whitman (something I wasn't expecting her to know until at least season six), and best of all, Don not even knowing what she knows. Hats off one hundred percent to January Jones and Jon Hamm for being true masters of body language in acting.

There isn't much else to say here. I absolutely LOVE the slogan "you can't frame a phone call," and I'm now convinced they must have an actual ad man on their writing team, because that is frankly genius (and I checked, "Mad Men" did make that up).

This is what episode ten should always look like. (in a 13-ep drama)

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