Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 3

The Good News (8 Aug. 2010)

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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.

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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

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California But No Dreaming
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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.


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