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My Old Kentucky Home 

Roger Sterling throws an expensive party with his new wife, Joan throws a dinner party, Peggy and Paul get stoned while working on an ad campaign, and Don's daughter Sally steals money from her grandpa.



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Several members of the creative team - including Smitty, Peggy Olson and Paul Crane - are at work on a Saturday trying to come up with new slogans for their Baccardi campaign. It's rough going however and fresh ideas are rare. Paul contacts an old university friend and they smoke marijuana in his office. Once again Peggy surprises all of them and shows that she is as adventurous as they are. The rest of the staff are at Roger Sterling's lavish party. While the surroundings are sumptuous, a few of the guests are uncomfortable with Roger's singing performance. Betty Draper has an interesting encounter while Jane Sterling gets pie-eyed. Joan Holloway hosts a dinner party for husband Greg's boss and a colleague. She reveals her own hidden musical talents. Betty's father claims that someone stole $5 from his money clip, but no one takes him too seriously. Written by garykmcd

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30 August 2009 (USA)  »

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The bizarre show that Roger and Jane put on is a "blackface" number. Blackface, in which a white (or, much more rarely, a black) performer would paint his or her face black and sing and dance in a way that was stereotypically (though rarely correctly) associated with African Americans, was a hugely popular performance style during the nineteenth century and into the first part of the twentieth. But during the time this episode is set (1963), it was starting to fall out of fashion somewhat, especially as awareness of racial inequalities and stereotypes rose among white Americans. See more »


While Roger is singing to Jane at their party, the drummer of the backup band can be seen in the background playing a K Custom crash cymbal, though the K Custom line of cymbal wouldn't be introduced until 1981. See more »


Greg Harris: No, no, no, no. Ettinger goes at the head of the table. He's the chief of surgery, it's where he always sits.
Joan Holloway: Not in your home, Greg. Host at the head, hostess at the foot - or whichever is nearest to the kitchen - and then it's boy, girl, boy, girl.
Greg Harris: Who says?
Joan Holloway: Emily Post. Everyone.
Greg Harris: Ronald Ettinger does not read Emily Post. He's going to expect to sit there and he's gonna expect me and Rick Stolich to be his footstools.
Joan Holloway: Well, I won't have their wives think you have a wife who doesn't know how to...
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References A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) See more »

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Blows Season Three Out of the Water
8 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wish I could rate decimals, or at least half-stars, on IMDb, but alas, I can't. I would rate this about an 8.2, and most things I rate 8 would be like 7.8 or something. But anyway...

This is the best episode of season three yet. I know that probably won't last (especially because the finale is rated #2 overall), but so far, it is.

Everything about this episode clicks. "Mad Men" submitted this, along with five other episodes from the season, to be nominated for Best Drama. They were right to do so. It was a really, extremely good episode of television. There are essentially four things that happen in this episode, all of which are worth mentioning. Roger Sterling's pre-wedding party, Joan throws a smaller dinner party, Sally steals money from her forgetful grandpa, and Peggy and Paul smoke weed.

This episode has a few hilarious moments, a few uncomfortable moments, and a few tense moments. Hilarious was pretty much every second of the mile high club. Elizabeth Moss... well, I never knew she could be so funny. Moss is absolutely hilarious in this episode, all pinnacle at the wonderfully delivered line "I am so high." Uncomfortable is the mild fight between Joan and her husband, and of course, the very unsettling black face scene at Roger's party, to which Don asks Betty, "can we go now?" and the viewer is hoping he does. But no, the dinner lasts the entire episode. And of course, tense is the scene where Sally drops the missing money on the floor for Gene to find.

I must, before I end the review, highlight two fantastic performances in this episode. Ryan Cutrona (Gene) and Deborah Lancy (Carla). Their personality conflict in the episode is some of the best acting work I've ever seen between two people. You can't cut the tension with a butter knife because it's too think. You need a hacksaw.

I love Mad Men, and episodes like this one are exactly why.

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