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The Rejected 

Peter finds out that he will become a father, and has to break some bad business news to his father-in-law. Meanwhile an office focus group study for a client has some unintended personal consequences for Don.



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Betty Francis (credit only)
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With the firm now handling the Ponds cold cream account, Pete is given the news that they have to let go of Clearasil - an account only half the size - despite Pete's connection to the account through his father-in-law, Tom. Pete is directed to tell Tom the news by the start of the next working day. However, Pete's news to Tom is overshadowed by news Tom has for Pete, which makes Pete forget about his task, at least for the time being. Once the news of what Tom told Pete makes the rounds at the office, everyone seems happy for Pete, with perhaps the exception of Peggy, who finds the news somewhat bittersweet. With Ponds, Fay - oops, Faye - holds a focus group with the younger secretaries of the firm. Don, Freddy and Peggy, viewing the focus group behind a two-way mirror, find the focus group illuminating, but for Don having to do with an issue not associated with the product. This revelation during the focus group leads to a frank discussion between Allison and Don. Meanwhile, Pete ... Written by Huggo

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15 August 2010 (USA)  »

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Action takes place around February 21, 1965, the day Malcolm X was assassinated (Peggy mentions that "Malcolm X was shot last Sunday"). See more »


When Pete goes home to see Trudy after learning of her pregnancy, Pete's lips do not move and the voice is obviously not his when he calls her name. See more »


Don Draper: [Holding up an empty bottle] Why is this empty?
Allison: Because you drink it all.
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A (Relatively) Poor Episode
29 August 2016 | by (Ossining, NY) – See all my reviews

Now when I say poor, I mean by Mad Men standards, which is still very, very good.

This episode brought some very important events with it, first and foremost among which is Trudy's pregnancy, which I believe the episode spends exactly the right amount of time with. We're not left wondering, but we're not sick of hearing about it, either. The news makes Peggy wonder, and the subtext is screaming out at the top of its lungs when Peggy looks at Peter knowingly.

This is the second episode in a row that does not feature Betty Draper, and, more importantly, a rare instance in which the characters seem to have traded places. Don, for once in his life, isn't having an affair (although it wouldn't really be an affair at this point), and Peggy, for once in her life, is. However, I felt that the subplot of Peggy's new friend group was a little -- very -- unnecessary. It could've just been the affair and the message would've been heard loud and clear.

The episode also spends time on the fact that people don't like people in advertising - a fact that the show has highlighted numerous times before and there's really no need to remind us of.

Aside from that and a few little things not even worth typing out, I have no major problem with this episode, and the only other one would be that the girl crying, who we don't even know, is filler at its finest.

This season is the best season yet. I hope this episode is a sole departure from that.

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