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Christmas Comes But Once a Year 

Freddy returns with a valuable new client, the firm reluctantly throws a Christmas party for its most important client, and Don prepares for his first Christmas away from his children.



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The Christmas season is in full swing, but that only compounds the problems for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Feeling the company still financially insolvent, Lane will only allow a meager office Christmas party, with no spouses or partners. Roger makes a unilateral decision to change that directive from Lane to keep their one major client, Lee Garner Jr. of Lucky Strike, happy. Roger wants the company to appear cheerful and busy to those in the outside world that matter. The company's fortune may change for the better when ex-Sterling Cooper fired employee Freddy Rumsen, now clean and sober for sixteen months, walks through their doors, he who brings with him a lucrative contract with Pond's cold cream. One of his two major stipulations is that he comes with the contract. Peggy, who has been Freddy's biggest supporter in the past, may regret what she wished for as she and Freddy butt heads over the concept for Pond's. Also to assist in improving the company's fortunes, Bertram ... Written by Huggo

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1 August 2010 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in December 1964. See more »


When Sally Draper is talking to Glenn on the phone, she walks into another room to take the call, as Glenn tells her it is 'private'. In doing this, Sally accidentally extends and disconnects the telephone wire, but continues to talk to Glenn on the phone. The extension cord is extra long. It does not disconnect, but instead drops to the floor, which gives the impression that it has been disconnected as she goes into the next room. See more »


Lane Pryce: There's been a small adjustment to the scale of our Christmas party.
Joan Harris: Lower or higher?
Lane Pryce: Lee Garner Jr. will be joining us. I trust you'll make the appropriate improvements.
Roger Sterling: Well, I don't. We need to change its rating from convalescent home to Roman orgy.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
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Performed by Teresa Brewer
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Wickedly Funny
23 August 2016 | by (Ossining, NY) – See all my reviews

I never thought I would say that about "Mad Men." Sure, there have been some very funny moments in the past, but this episode was the first that blurred the line between comedy and drama. It's still a drama, but barely. I mean, not a lot happens that's dramatic. It's just hilarious.

The exchange between Sally and Glen was hilarious ("Now that they're doing it." "Doing what?"). The raid of the house to egg the fridge and spill stuff was hilarious. The Christmas party, particularly grown men sitting on Roger Sterling's lap to suit the whims of a client, was hilarious. Pryce and Roger were great comic relief, as usual, and all this left very little room for drama.

This episode is like "4 Days Out" from Breaking Bad. It's a little drama sprinkled in an episode of comedy, in a show that's usually a drama. And it's just as good.

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