Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 4

Mystery Date (8 Apr. 2012)

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Three news items affect the SCDP staff and their families. The first news item is the rape and murder of nurses in Chicago. Although Henry's mother Pauline, who is babysitting Sally while ... See full summary »

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Three news items affect the SCDP staff and their families. The first news item is the rape and murder of nurses in Chicago. Although Henry's mother Pauline, who is babysitting Sally while Henry and Betty are on a business trip, doesn't believe such news stories should be heard or read by someone of Sally's age, it ultimately becomes a meeting point for the two in what is otherwise an antagonistic relationship. The second news items is the general race riots taking place across the country. This news item initiates a meeting point between Peggy and Dawn, the two seeming outsiders at SCDP. And the third news item is an airlines mechanics strike which has a different affect on Mohawk than it does on its larger competitors. As Mohawk is still operating through the strike, they continue on with their other business such as their advertising. This news catches Roger off guard, he who has to think fast or get someone else to think fast to get a pitch ready from scratch over the weekend. ... Written by Huggo

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The news story about the rape and murder of Chicago nurses that terrifies Sally and Pauline was a true crime: on July 14, 1966, a drifter named Richard Speck broke into the residence of nine students attending the South Chicago Community Hospital School of Nursing. He methodically tied up all nine women, raped one, and then killed eight of them. The only surviving victim was able to identify Speck through an identifying tattoo. He was tried for and convicted of the murders and first sentenced to the death penalty, but after the US Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972, his sentence was changed to eight consecutive terms of 50 to 150 years each. Speck died of a heart attack in 1991. See more »

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Peggy Olson: Hold on a second. You want me to work up an entire corporate image campaign for ten dollars?
Roger Sterling: I can make you do it for nothing. I'm the boss.
Peggy Olson: You're right. The work is ten dollars. The lie is extra.
Roger Sterling: Incredible. What do you make a week, sweetheart?
Peggy Olson: Hmm, you don't know, huh? That's helpful.
Roger Sterling: You know, I could fire you.
Peggy Olson: Great. There's some portfolios in Joan's office. Maybe you could find somebody tonight?
Roger Sterling: [tormented] Why are you doing this to me?
Peggy Olson: Because you're being very demanding for somebody who ...
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He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)
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Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Performed by The Crystals
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High Fever and Hallucination- ***1/2
9 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One thing about Draper. He always has to be in control and this episode conforms to that rule.

When he accidentally runs into his old flame, she comes to see him at his apartment while his wife at the office and he has a bad cold. Raging with fever, our mind plays tricks on us and Don is no exception. At least, I think he was hallucinating!

Popular topics of the 1960s again come into view...rioting in the major cities during the summer of 1967, the nurses being killed, drugs, you name it.

Bette's mother is some character and her surprise at the end of the show is contradictory in that she was supposed so much better off for being reared in a strict manner.

Our red-head can't get over that her husband has signed on for another year in Viet Nam. Looks like another marriage goes!


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