Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 2

Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1 Aug. 2010)

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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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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 »

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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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Secret Santa Desperation
6 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 4 is starting to gain some power here with the Holidays. Yes, things are desperate at the agency but there is lots of cheer around.

At first, the Grinch cancels the office party. Then the Lucky Strike guy decides they are going to have a party after all. At the last minute the party is thrown together so quickly that there isn't even a Santa until Lucky Strike names one.

The continuing development of the problems Don's kids are having handling the divorce are coming into play, especially with this holiday. Don's daughter who has been having a difficult time at best with daddy leaving is now really let down this holiday. It does not help that she lost her real daddy and grandpa within a short span of time. Being the oldest, you can sense her desperation.

Still, everyone muddles through the holidays with some cheer except for her.


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