Mad Men: Season 3, Episode 12

The Grown-Ups (1 Nov. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.9/10 from 959 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 7 critic

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.



(created by), , 2 more credits »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 04 Dec 2011
a list of 43 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
list image
a list of 5979 titles
created 30 Nov 2013
a list of 13 titles
created 10 Feb 2014
a list of 13 titles
created 10 Mar 2014

Related Items

Search for "The Grown-Ups" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Grown-Ups (01 Nov 2009)

The Grown-Ups (01 Nov 2009) on IMDb 8.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mad Men.
« Previous Episode | 38 of 92 Episodes | Next Episode »





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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 November 2009 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Action takes place from November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was shot, until November 25, 1963 the day of the funeral. 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 »


References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


The End Of The World
Performed by Skeeter Davis
[Closing credits]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Back on track
29 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

What is really memorable from this season so far, now that we're facing down the finale? Betty and Don in Italy, her father bonding over ice cream with Sally, Don remembering oddly disjointed California memories of his past? Heck no. All of that was quite boring actually. Mad Men was on and I was finding odd jobs to do around the house. But then it got better! A guy lost his foot to a lawn mower! Betty confronted Don (finally)! And now JFK's assassination overshadowing--so very, very deservedly overshadowing--a spoiled little rich girl's wedding. THIS is the good stuff. I wonder if the writers felt they were losing people from the slow start of the first half of the season or if this was the concept all along: a bland and outdated first half with a roller coaster ride build-up? What was the purpose of Don taking an unscheduled three weeks to live the weird LA lifestyle? If it was just to set up his "ex" wife for viewers that was as wasted airtime as his underage sex romp with an Olympian fencer's daughter.

But we're back in NY with the company on the chopping block and emotions are running high all around. Let's hope they do something worthy of all this and continue with the much needed rescue of Season 3.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Peggy Gatsby13
Ginsberg And The Computer Season 7 Herreken
Binge watching Mad Men for the first time.... summerblink
Almost through season 3 what a giant *beep* this Betsy Euronymus
Don did not create the Coca-Cola ad snicker-chick20001
Zou Bisou MaorK3
Discuss The Grown-Ups (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page