Mad Men: Season 3, Episode 12

The Grown-Ups (1 Nov. 2009)

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On the weekend of the John F. Kennedy assassination, Pete finds out that he lost the promotion to Cosgrove, Roger Sterling's daughter's wedding goes off as planned, and Betty musters up the courage to respond to Don's confessions.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Salvatore Romano (credit only)


It's November 21, 1963, and no one seems to be particularly happy. The heating/cooling system at Sterling Cooper isn't working properly, so people are either freezing to death or sweltering in the heat. That is nothing compared to the news Pete receives: Ken has been made sole Vice-President of Accounts. This news makes Pete contemplate his future. Don is upset that no one has been hired to replace Sal, and it doesn't look like Lane is in any hurry to do so. Margaret Sterling's wedding is in two days and she is still upset that her step-mother, Jane, is planning on attending. Jane, on the other hand, is angry that Roger dotes on his daughter more than he pays attention to her. The unlikely allies in the Sterling family feud are Roger and Mona. But none of these unfortunate goings-on compare to the news the world hears the following day: that President John F. Kennedy has been assassinated. This news places a pall over the world, and makes people reconsider attending the Sterling ... Written by Huggo

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The statesman whose mourning address is shown on TV footage after the Kennedy assassination is the mayor of Berlin (and later West German chancellor) Willy Brandt. See more »


After Duck and Peggy have sex in the hotel room, Duck plugs in the TV and turns it on, whereupon the picture shows up instantly. Television sets in 1963 used vacuum tube technology and required several seconds to warm up before the picture would appear. The TV used in the show was likely a modern set made to look like a vintage set. See more »


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Great Coordination of Plot & History
28 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Against the back drop of the JFK murder this script has some great touches in coordinating Don Drapers life with the actual event. While the country is coming apart seemingly at the seams with all the events in Dallas, Draper's life seems to be falling apart at the same time.

His biggest problem is leaving the key to his home desk drawer in his robe. His wife finds it in the washer and then finds out about his secret life and what he did in the past. She finds out about his divorce, and his family and house in California. Betts loses all her faith in Don and after Don had spent too much time with his kids school teacher it all comes home to roost.

In the office, Don is having problems too. The entire cast is having climate control issues. Everything in the office is falling apart too. Add to this JFK and this episode pulls out a lot of stops getting old footage from the event and showing how it profoundly effects everyone.

What is interesting is how the script does not fall into the trap of everyone wondering where they were when he was shot. Instead, it has a lot of the cast so busy that they don't immediately realize what is going down. Betts, Don's wife seems totally obsessed with what is going on with JFK as the event becomes another crisis in faith with her to go with the loss of confidence in Don.

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