Mad Men: Season 3, Episode 8

Souvenir (4 Oct. 2009)

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Don and Betty renew their love affair while on a business trip to Rome, while Peter has a bout of infidelity with an au pair in his building while his wife is away.

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It's the summer vacation season, and many New Yorkers are out of town, including Trudy. Pete, alone at home, is feeling a little restless. His restlessness is cured when he meets Gudrun, an au pair who is working for his neighbors. Pete decides to assist a teary eyed Gudrun with a problem she is having. In doing so, Pete runs into an old colleague, which is slightly embarrassing for both. In doing this favor for Gudrun, Pete expects more than just a little gratitude in return, which causes some problems. Upon Trudy's return, Pete makes an unexpected request from her. At the Drapers, Betty is buoyed by the help that Henry Francis has provided in at least delaying the reservoir project. Henry admits that he helped for one specific reason. Don, who is also taking time off from work, is unexpectedly called by Connie to make a two day site visit to one of his hotels in Rome. Although a work trip, Betty, on Don's invitation, accompanies him on this trip. The two end up having more than just... Written by Huggo

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Don Draper: What else?
Smitty Smith: There are sixteen graphically perfect reduced photographs of Hilton hotels all on a grid, simple headline.
Kurt Smith: Go, we'll meet you anywhere.
Don Draper: Now that I can finally understand you, I am less impressed with what you have to say.
Smitty Smith: [laughs]
Don Draper: That's your work too. Who's "we"?
Kurt Smith: "We" are Hilton.
Don Draper: And how do I know that? Take out a magnifying glass and look at one of those tiny hotels?
Kurt Smith: I write Hilton very big under this Greek.
Don Draper: There is no deadline. I want to see work as you think of it. Give me more ...
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There's a small hotel and my review
5 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Did you listen to "There's a Small Hotel" at the end of the show and do you know who performed it?

I am curious because it sounds an awful lot like Vincent Kartheiser (character name Pete Campbell) was the male voice in the duet, and the two of them sounded beautifully, crystal clear. Magnificent.

Give it a listen and tell me if you happen to know who sings it.

Onto the show...

I really enjoy how Mad Men is not completely locked into what transpired in the previous episode; it alleviates the soap opera feeling. It is a continuation none-the-less, but it's much more interesting and streams down various tangents, many times not even coming full circle. It is rather fascinating, and strangely satisfying.

I love every episode and will most-likely rate it 10 out of 10 unless I am really disappointed in the way something plays out... if I think the writing is suspect.

Souvenir is not a suspenseful episode, and it's far from one of he best episodes, but it is strangely exhilarating.

I like the little vacation and the dialog. No spoiler, but you'll see if you haven't already.

I'm curious what others think. All in all, it is probably a forgettable episode that seemed to really just go through the motions, no? I don't recall anything taking place in the office, which is bizarre, and maybe that's part of the disappointment to me. I don't like Joan being where she is. You know what I mean.

Overall, I wasn't impressed, but I still love it. The characters are compelling; the show seems so authentic, and I really like the look. It does not knock my socks off, but it has me hooked. I find myself laughing at the smallest of things; I guess because I get it, or it just makes me happy, maybe both.


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