Mad Men: Season 3, Episode 3

My Old Kentucky Home (30 Aug. 2009)

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Roger Sterling: Hank, tell them where you were this afternoon.
Henry Francis: Roger...
Roger Sterling: Oh, they're gonna read about it in the paper. He just came from Pocantico. Rockefeller married Happy.
Betty Draper: [shocked] She just got divorced a month ago. She has four children.
Bertram Cooper: You see? That's the first reaction. Divorce is political hari-kari.
Roger Sterling: Now we'll be stuck with Goldwater.
Don Draper: The primaries are still a long way off...
Jane Sterling: [drunk] Why did Rocky marry her?
Henry Francis: They're in love.
Jane Sterling: [happily] Awww!
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References A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) See more »

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Understated masterpiece
22 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mad Men doesn't always try and hit you over the head. A lot of the most beloved Mad Men episodes are the ones where all of a sudden we learn something that dramatically alters our perception of a character. That only happens a few times a season. Besides the perfect moment when Peggy decided to smoke marijuana, this episode is not about those moments. This is not a big episode, but it's the kind of episode that makes Mad Men the best show on TV. There are a dozen believable but absurd moments and some of them are truly hilarious. "I am so high." Ultimately, this is a show about character development, and even though Don Draper is far and away the show's greatest accomplishment, Paul, Peggy, Trudy, Sally, and even the brief moments of Roger making a crowd pleasing fool of himself are what make this a special episode. And then there's the Joan subplot. For most of the first two season's it seems like Joan is loosing her grip on the perfect world that she created, where she's queen bee, beloved by the boss, and feared by her coworkers. We see the epitome of Joan in her element and in her nightmares in this episode. In "My Old Kentucky Home," Joan is capable, even dominant, but she can't compete with the world she lives in. And even though she controls what's around her, she's never truly in control. Joan can'r be happy in her own world, while Peggy is finding satisfaction in a world completely alien to her.

This is one of the quiet Mad Men episodes, but it's pitch perfect. Little moments, like Don grabbing the beautiful grass beneath his feet, or the camera panning to the trees and then suddenly cutting to explain it steal the show over and over. This isn't an episode for new viewers or for people who aren't completely sold on the show, but for people who know and love the characters, this is an episode packed with exposition on who these people really are and if you really commit to loving this episode, it's one of the greatest character oriented episodes of TV I've ever seen.

"The thing is, I have a job. I have my own office, with my name on the door. And I have a secretary. That's you. And I am not sacred of any of this. But you are scared. Oh my god, you're scared. Don't worry about me. I am going to get to do everything you want for me. I'm going to be fine, Olive. I really am." -Peggy Olson


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