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Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency 

The bosses come in from London to reorganize Sterling Cooper, but a key player's career is sidetracked by a freak accident. Meanwhile, as Joan prepares to leave her job, her husband gives her some bad news.

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A lot is happening at Sterling Cooper in the lead up to Independence Day. The office will be closed on July 3rd, and the staff are looking forward to the holiday. July 2nd will be Joan's last day before she settles into being a housewife as Greg is primed to be promoted to Chief Resident of Surgery. But plans change when Sterling Cooper's British parent company representatives are coming for "an inspection". This essentially means that the office will now be open on July 3rd. Ken is buoyed by this news as he has just brought in another lucrative account, John Deere tractor. Bertram and Roger believe the visit really is to provide an official evaluation and promotion for Don, with who the Brits were impressed ever since the takeover meeting when Don overthrew Duck Phillips. They think he will get a creative executive position, splitting his time between New York and London. To make the visit smoother, Bertram wants Don and Roger to reconcile their differences. But when the Director and... Written by Huggo

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Action takes place on July 1, 1963 and July 2, 1963. See more »

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When Joan is applying the tourniquet to Guy's right ankle, his pants leg is just above that area. Cut to a tight shot of Guy's face, cut back to a wide shot of the scene and the pants leg is up to just below his knee. See more »

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Joan Harris: That's life. One minute you're on top of the world, the next minute some secretary's running you over with a lawn mower.
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Spoofed in The Simpsons: The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants (2011) See more »

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Feels Like "Breaking Bad" (that's good)
11 August 2016 | by (Ossining, NY) – See all my reviews

I'll explain the title later in the review.

Now before I saw this episode, I knew it was one of the best episodes. Buzzfeed has it as #4 ever (out of 90), IMDb has nothing but praise for it as well, so I was expecting something huge to go down.

I didn't expect to be so right.

Mad Men has very little humor. There's humor in the show maybe three times in a season. But this episode seems to be an exception to that. It's riddled with humor. Sterling has an absolute genius one liner "Right when he got it in the door" that made me laugh, Don's perfectly executed "The next minute, a secretary's running you over with a lawnmower," and of course, the darkly funny Tarantino-esque John Deere sequence. It was a greatly humorous hour of television.

In terms of the rest of the episode, there is a lot of praise to give out. Firstly, Joan's departure is handled... well, not with grace, but it's handled well, in a tragic sense. Sally's fear of the baby... well it might be a little far-fetched, but the execution was well-done. Don's closing monologue is touching, as is his fantastic acting, his advice about the lack of mice in a hotel ad is all too true, and it says something about Sterling Cooper that they're normally incredibly professional, but as soon as they're being evaluated, better bring out the tractor, because someone's going to lose a foot before they leave.

Finally, the underlying tone of this episode is unease. It is supported by Joan's being stuck between a rock and a hard place (although frankly, she was a little hasty about announcing her leave from Sterling Cooper). It's supported by Sally's fear of Gene II. It's supported by Don's non-promotion. It's supported by us not knowing if that poor secretary will be fired (although I can guess), and most of all, the uneasiness peaks when we realize that Roger Sterling makes no appearance on the employment tree, and someone draws his name on with a marker, noticeably below the partner level, and also noticeably not giving him anyone below him, nor a job to do.

This episode defies everything about what "Mad Men" is as a show and truly, really feels like "Breaking Bad." I have never said that about Mad Men before, but I felt like I was watching Breaking Bad. The throw-away jokes, the dark humor, the unease, the absurdity, the blood, it all feels like Breaking Bad. That's not to insult either show, they might be the two best shows ever. That's just to say they work in very different ways, and this episode felt more "Breaking Bad"-esque. Usually, "Mad Men" is a subtle show. Not a tractor and blood filled one.

The best episode since "Nixon vs. Kennedy."


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