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The Gypsy and the Hobo 

An old flame and potential client reenters Roger Sterling's life, Joan's husband searches for a new job, and Don finally comes clean to Betty about his true identity.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Campbell (credit only)
Salvatore Romano (credit only)
Paul Kinsey (credit only)
Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Harry Crane (credit only)


Two women from Roger's past reenter his life. The first is Annabelle Mathis, a former lover from twenty years earlier. Her business, Caldicott Farms, specializes in horse meat for dog food. She is looking to advertising firms to help save her business, the industry which has received bad publicity because of the movie The Misfits (1961). Annabelle may not be able to separate her professional and personal relationship with Roger. The second is Joan, who calls him to help her look for a well paying job in light of Greg's professional situation. Joan knows that she can't get her old job back, but wants something more lucrative than being just a secretary or a sales clerk. At home, Joan is feeling frustrated with Greg's lack of focus on what he will do with his professional life. Ultimately, Greg makes an extreme decision. At the Draper household, the kids are looking forward to Halloween, while their parents have more pressing matters. Betty takes the children back to Philadelphia so ... Written by Huggo

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25 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Bert: The Misfits, the movie, Clark Gable, it was about horses being turned into dog food. The Misfits was a movie that came out in 1961 which was the last movie for both of the leading stars, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. It tells the story of an aging ex-cowboy prone to gambling and surviving on mustang rustling. He sells the horses to slaughterhouses for the manufacture of dog food. See more »


In the scene where Betty is in Don's study as she slumps into his chair you can see some of the book titles on the shelf behind her. One of the books is a book club edition collection of the first three books in "The Corps" series by W.E.B. Griffin. The first book in the series wasn't published until 1986, 23 years after this episode takes place. See more »


Annabelle Mathis: Well I'll tell you what I'm telling the avenue: Best idea gets my business.
Roger Sterling: How long do we have?
Annabelle Mathis: I'm in town until Friday, but only the big firms are rushing.
Roger Sterling: Well I'm not going to sit here and brag about how big I am.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Where Is Love?
(From "Oliver!")
Written by Lionel Bart (uncredited)
Performed by Alberta Hunter
[Closing credits]
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The Best Episode Since "Nixon vs. Kennedy"
20 August 2016 | by (Ossining, NY) – See all my reviews

I've said that of "Mad Men" before. I said it in "Guy Walks...," I said it for "Meditations," and I'm saying it again.

Why I like "Nixon" so much is besides the point. I wrote a review on it. Check it. The point is, this episode was downright phenomenal.

It was seriously some of the best television I've ever seen. To sum up, it's a confrontation. That is what the episode is, after all. There's a few other things that happen in the episode. I'll be brief. Roger Sterling rejects a beautiful woman; strengthening his character. Joan hits her husband over the head with a vase; strengthening her character.

Now that that's out of the way, we can return to the fantastic fourteen minute movie that is Don and Betty's confrontation.

It is some of the best acting I've ever seen. It is some of the best writing I've ever seen. The acting is, and I don't say this lightly, the greatest I've ever seen in television (EXCEPT TWO BREAKING BAD EPISODES), from both Hamm and Jones. I won't say it's hard to pick a favorite, because it wouldn't be true. Hamm is better. But both are so damn good. Don assumes a face the show has never, ever seen before. It's one of panic. Don Draper has never been panicked before. It's often scary when a good actor puts on a face of panic. It captures the viewer to feel the same. It was scary in "Ozymandias," and it's scary here (though not quite as much). The characters of Don and Betty bounce off of each other perfectly. Betty is cold, then sympathetic. Don is pleading, then petrified. It's a brilliant collection of scenes. Honestly, it's one of my favorite sequences in the history of television. Like, up there with some from "Breaking Bad" and "Sherlock" and "House of Cards." It's truly incredible.

In short, while "Nixon vs. Kennedy" is still just a tiny bit better, I rarely give anything praise this high. I have one and only one complaint.

I don't like the last line. "What are you supposed to be?" I get it, it just... it seems forced to me. But that doesn't take anything away from the episode as a whole

Conclusive proof that "Mad Men" is one of the greatest shows ever.

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