Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 1

A Little Kiss, Part 1 (25 Mar. 2012)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Francis (credit only)
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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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This episode takes place in May 1966. See more »


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Don Draper: It's Tuesday. I don't know.
Stan Rizzo: I was talking about me. My cousin's coming in.
Don Draper: Stan, assume that you're working.
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Getting to 1966!
26 March 2012 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed seeing this double outing of "Mad Men." Here we are, transported to May/June 1966, a time of unrest. This is a time when one-half of the New York daily newspapers (Journal-American, the World- Telegram and Sun, and the Herald-Tribune) are in their death throes.

And there have been changes with the lead characters.

We start with Don Draper dropping off his kids in his 1966 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, referring to his ex-wife and her husband as Morticia and Lurch, a sly and funny reference to "The Addams Family." We see Pete Campbell and his family living in the suburbs, Draper and his wife in a penthouse, and an insecure Joan Harris tending to her newborn son.

Between the protests and the coming of a younger generation, it is clear this is a time of change. Like the old newspapers, the Old Guard is in an insecure position, not sure of what is happening. Even as Pete Campbell is being assertive as hell, he runs the risk of becoming a dinosaur.

Overall, this episode sets up what is likely to be a combustible season, for sure. And God only knows what lies ahead for the next two seasons!

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