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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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25 March 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Seasons 5, 6 and 7 were greenlighted simultaneously, as part of the deal Matthew Weiner made with AMC during their famous fallout on 2010/2011, which delayed the production for more than a year. See more »


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


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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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »


Zou Bisou Bisou
Written by Bill Shepard & Alan Tew
Performed by Jessica Paré
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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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