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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bertram Cooper (credit only)
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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 »


Bethany Van Nuys: My goodness, what was that?
Don Draper: Well, that was actually my ex wife, and her husband, and some slob who's about to have the worst dinner of his life.
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References Peyton Place (1964) See more »

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Exercicing her authority backfires on Peggy
23 May 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Don Draper is in a pensive mood. He has been swimming at the N.Y. Athletic Club. At home he sits with a notebook in which he puts down his thoughts about aspects of his life and his career. Don, a heavy drinker, shows a positive side in getting in shape for his own personal health. He even orders his secretary to take back the bottles she went to get to keep in store for him.

The Mountain Dew campaign presents a challenge for the creative team. They are nowhere near a plan of what to present to the company. Some of their ideas have been rejected. It is a tense atmosphere around the office. Joey Bird, part of the team is upset because of the loss of his watch trying to get something from a new vending machine. He complaints to Joan, who advises him to call the service number.

Joey who has been free lancing at the agency, is annoyed at Joan. He begins to make fun of her in ways that get out of hand. Peggy Olson cannot put up with what she perceives is a disrespectful attitude to Joan, bringing it to Don's attention. He instructs her to fire him if she feels his jokes have gone too far. Peggy ends up telling Joey to pack his things and go. Going home, riding the elevator with Joan, she asks if she was aware of her having fired Joey. To that, Joan responds she really did not want her co-worker to have involved herself in her affairs, leaving Peggy baffled.

Don takes Bethany Van Nuys to a dinner at Barbetta's. Betty and Henry Francis arrive to meet with a political associate who is working with John Lindsay who is thinking about running for governor of the state. Betty is clearly upset when she sees her former husband and the much younger, an attractive Bethany. Henry notices her discomfort as they leave. On the way home he has a frank talk about how he feels about Betty's reaction at the restaurant when she spotted Don and their marriage.

Coming to work one day, Don passes by a public phone outside the office where Dr. Faye Miller is talking. Her language, which could be heard by all passing the booth, is appalling, to say the least. Later, Don talks with Dr. Miller. It is clear he has his eyes set up on her for quite some time. He decides to invite her for dinner on Saturday night, to which she agrees. In the taxi, taking her home, they have a passionate encounter.

Betty Francis is preparing for Gene's second birthday party. Francine arrive to help. Betty recounts her bad experience at dinner a few nights before. Henry calls Don to get some of the boxes he has left in the garage as he needs more space. It is a lame excuse, but Don realizes he has to do it. Getting the cartons on the Saturday prior to the party, he observes Henry mowing the lawn, something that evidently makes him realize what he lost.

This was another amazing episode of the series. Written by Lisa Albert, Janet Leahy and the creator of "Mad Men", Matthew Weiner, it shows the best thing it has going for it is the crisp writing by the team. The era in which the action takes place is treated with the utmost respect. Phil Abrahams, who frequently contributes to the program directed. The point being made in the chapter is one of loss and the wielding of authority that just backfires on Peggy Olson because instead of being recognized by Joan, it is taken as an interference by her peer.

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