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A Little Kiss, Part 1 

Megan throws Don a surprise birthday party, the war between Pete Campbell and Roger Sterling intensifies, and new mother Joan begins to wonder if she still has a job when she's ready to come back.

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The finances at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are stable, although not overly flush. There are some staff changes, including Megan, now Mrs. Draper, moving into a junior creative position. But most of those staff changes are the result of Joan being on a temporary leave having just given birth. With Greg still in military service, Joan has some assistance from her visiting mother, who often doesn't provide Joan with the support she wants or needs. One change that Pete, as account manager, would like to see is Roger having less control and say in the day to day operations, especially in front line dealings with customers. Pete is especially bothered when Roger shows up unannounced and uninvited to client meetings. Meanwhile, Don's fortieth birthday is approaching. Going through his Rolodex for potential invitees, Megan, at the last minute, plans a surprise birthday party for him, despite advice from Peggy that Don doesn't like such surprises. At the party, Megan's gift to Don causes a ... Written by Huggo

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The song that Megan (Jessica Paré) sings to Don at his birthday party, "Zou Bisou Bisou," was a real song--a French novelty hit first recorded by Gillian Hills in 1960. Some non-French-speaking Mad Men viewers mistakenly thought the lyrics they were hearing were nonsense sounds ("zooby zooby zoo"), but "bisou" means "kiss," so the song's title means "Oh, Kiss Kiss!" and is also referenced in that episode's title, "A Little Kiss, Part 1." Paré's cover of the song was released both digitally and on vinyl. See more »

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While Peggy is talking to Megan, the pencil Peggy puts behind her ear changes from red to blue and red again. See more »

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Roger Sterling: [holds up a wad of cash] It's more than a thousand, Harry. That... is a month's salary. After taxes.
Harry Crane: There's no window in there.
Roger Sterling: You could buy yourself a very beautiful picture of something to look at.
Harry Crane: [takes the cash] Well, okay. But you're going to owe me.
Roger Sterling: No I'm not. I just gave you a lot of money. This is a "transaction". If you don't like it, we can have the conversation you THOUGHT we were having.
Harry Crane: So this is every month?...
Roger Sterling: Get the hell out of my office.
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A Beautiful Mine
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Good Start
23 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think the problem if there is one with Mad Men when we start Season 5 is we are now at the point where each episode is being compared with prior ones from previous seasons. When the show was newer this danger did not exist. Still, the first shows of the season are set ups for what is coming. This one holds it's own just fine.

The surprise party concept is a good device to start the story lines. It gives viewers a chance to see multiple problems of each character and where things are heading with all of them. The agency while still in financial straits appears to be stabilizing.

Pete Carroll is becoming a dictator but that only makes sense as he appears to be the rain maker pulling in clients. Still there are points where Don, and the others are trying to keep the reins on him.

The party sets up Don's new young wife for relationships with the cast and the story which are still in development. I feel a strong season is coming up.


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