Mad Men: Season 4, Episode 8

The Summer Man (12 Sep. 2010)

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While Don's thoughts turn inward while he deals with Anna's death, Peggy is placed in a difficult situation when an obnoxious new hire in the creative department is disrespectful to Joan.

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Don has come to the realization that his life is falling apart, fueled in large part by his excessive alcohol consumption. To get his life back on track, he is swimming regularly - a difficult task at first - and writing a journal, the latter which may be the more difficult task as he admits he has never strung together more that 250 words at any given time. His problems are compounded by the fact that Gene's second birthday is coming up, Gene's official party to which he is not invited. He also knows in his heart that Gene considers Henry to be his father. Don also evaluates the state of his relationships, especially with Bethany. Betty is not coping much better with her life, the thought of Don which causes her unending grief. A chance social meeting with Don totally unravels Betty, unfortunate for Henry that it takes place at an important dinner with regard to Henry's political future. Betty's emotions take their toll on the Francises. Joan is also going through a rough time with ... Written by Huggo

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The addresses given by Don Draper to the cab drivers for his apartment and for Faye Miller's are both locations of Urban Outfitters in modern day Manhattan. See more »

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Joan Harris: I can't wait until next year when all of you are in Vietnam. You will be pining for the day when someone was trying to make your life easier. When you're over there, and you're in the jungle and they're shooting at you, remember you're not dying for me because I never liked you.
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The Cure is Change
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Don after getting the bad news from California starts changing his life to try and improve himself and forget his sorrow. He takes up swimming and journal writing after finding out about Roger's book in the previous episode.

The office has some sophomoric ideas of cartoons sexist about a secretary getting Peggy into a lather. Even though the secretary handles it, Peggy is given the authority by Don to fire one of her team who was responsible for the drawing.

This is a change for her, but it appears she is up to the task though regrets it a bit after she does it. While the pace of this one is still good, Don's journal slows it down a little. Still the episode is pretty strong.


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