Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 3

The Good News (8 Aug. 2010)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama
8.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.7/10 from 814 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 5 critic

Don flies to Los Angeles to visit Anna before his New Year's vacation to Acapulco, but her bad news influences him to cancel his vacation and return to New York, where he discovers that Lane has problems of his own.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 13 titles
created 31 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 5550 titles
created 30 Nov 2013
 
a list of 83 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 4 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Good News" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Good News (08 Aug 2010)

The Good News (08 Aug 2010) on IMDb 8.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mad Men.
« Previous Episode | 42 of 92 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Betty Francis (credit only)
...
...
...
Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
...
...
Sally Draper (credit only)
...
Bertram Cooper (credit only)
...
...
...
...
Patty
...
Stephanie
Edit

Storyline

Plans are being made for the New Year's break. Don, heading to Acapulco, makes a twenty-four hour stop in Los Angeles to visit with Anna, who's broken her leg which is in a cast. The two spend the day with Anna's grown niece, Stephanie. Alone with Stephanie at the end of the evening, Don tries to seduce her, but his seduction plans change when she gives him some sobering news. Don has to figure out what to do with the news before he leaves Los Angeles. Because of the news, Don changes his New Year's plans. Back in New York, Joan and Greg want to start a family, but have to find time when both are free. Lane denies her the two days she wants in January when Greg is off, after which she expects he will be headed to Vietnam at the completion of basic training. Lane's attempt to make it up to Joan which goes slightly awry and a mishap at home combined with the underlying stress of trying to find the time with Greg finally take their toll emotionally on Joan. And Lane was supposed to go ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 August 2010 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: About 48 minutes in, at the end of the theater scene. See more »

Goofs

The pattern of fresh paint on Anna's wall changes between consecutive shots. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie: Nobody knows what's wrong with themselves, and everyone else can see it right away.
See more »

Connections

Features Daikaijû Gamera (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Pacific Coast Highway
Written by David Carbonara
Performed by David Carbonara
Courtesy of Silva Screen Records
By Arrangement with Lions Gate Records Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
California But No Dreaming
6 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don is going to Mexico for a business trip and makes a stop to see his first ex-wife who knows him as Dick. There are a lot of complications as Don finds out she is ill and near death. He gets the news from a surprising source as he does not suspect it is coming.

Still, he wants to have his 3 kids with Betts visit her, but considering how long she has to live, this might not happen. The news has a profound effect on Don as at first he wants to stay longer, but then suddenly decides to cancel his business trip to Mexico and get back to the office.

While all this is happening, with the woman that allowed him to create Don Draper by standing aside for a divorce from her dead husband Don Draper, you can almost feel Don's concern with her health and then the complications that could come with her death for him. This might develop into something later in the season as Betts knows about his double life.

When Don comes back, he finds out about Lane's problems and developing divorce too. The two of them look to each other for support as Lane needs support from someone who has been there.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Betty on rewatch wyanddeb
Best Pilot of all time? Jake_GoldsteinStreet
Weiner lightly tipped his hand re: Sally's future in 2014 interview YoCorro
Need help. d_a_m_8
Most cringeworthy moment on the show? Foo_Fighter82
Episodes You love that Are not Generally Recognized on Top lists ToughestGuyEver
Discuss The Good News (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?