Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 5

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword (22 Aug. 2010)

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Don is forced to compete with a cocky upstart rival for a potential account with Honda motorcycles, but Roger's prejudice causes unexpected problems. Meanwhile Betty considers a psychiatrist for Sally because of her behavior.


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Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
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The general scuttlebutt within the Madison Avenue advertising world is that Ted Chaough is the next Don Draper, and that Ted's firm, Cutler Gleason & Chaough (CG&C), is stealing all the accounts from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SCDP), the latest being Clearasil. Although not quite the truth, the perception that CG&C is the up and coming ad agency may make life tougher for an already struggling SCDP. Pete has connections for what may be the next big account up for grabs, Honda Motorcycles, worth $3 million in potential billings. Don wants everyone dealing with the account at SCDP to brush up on their Japanese etiquette as the leg up for the firm in nabbing the account. Ted lets Don know that CG&C is also in the running for the lucrative business. Everyone in the know in the ad world seems to want the account, except for Roger, who has strong remembrances of his time in the last world war. When Roger makes a move that may jeopardize the account before they even get it, Don comes up ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


Sab Shimono plays a character named "Mr. Saito" in this episode. He played a character with the same name in the 1986 movie, "Gung Ho." See more »


When Roger, in his office, still angry about the company attempting to do business with a Japanese company, is talking to Joan, he relates briefly about his time on a U.S. Navy ship, a destroyer. He starts talking about "a young PFC" (private first class). This rank does not exist in the U.S. Navy. Also, while some Navy ships had a Marine Corps contingent aboard (This rank does exist in the USMC), destroyers did not. See more »


Pete Campbell: Now, if you don't mind, I have to get some gifts wrapped and get these chrysanthemums out of the building. Apparently, they symbolize death.
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January Jones at her best...
23 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

January Jones, who plays Betty, gets a lot of criticism. Some criticize her character, which in turn makes them criticize her. However, this episode shows that even though Betty Draper is cruel and cold-hearted to an extent, it does not go without reasoning. Betty Draper's conflicts have come from the pain that Don has caused her. Neither are to be blamed while the other goes without complaints. Both Don and Betty's lack of attention for their daughter Sally is causing her to go overboard, and this will in time affect the other children. Of course, the two parents will only notice too late, if ever they do notice, but January Jones is proving that she is perfectly playing the part of a mentally-abused mother in the 1960's.

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