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


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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Gail Holloway: I'll put this away.
Greg Harris: I'm glad you came around. It's only a year.
Joan Harris: No, I want you to go and never come back.
Greg Harris: Damn it, Joanie, they need me.
Joan Harris: Well, then it works out because we don't.
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Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King
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This episode was the best ever
14 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just returned from a big discussion over dinner about this episode. I had said that I thought it was the best yet, others at our table thought it was the worst. I was told to "view Don, essentially, as a coward". I'm sorry, but he didn't want to die in a jungle in the middle of nowhere after having had such a miserable early life and feeling he had so much yet to contribute to society. That is not a coward, that was survival. Leaving that facet aside. This is a man tortured by his appetites. Being faithful, being of one purpose, being single-minded, is not something he can do for a long time. He is split in two, like his two identities, he cannot reconcile the conflict in his personality. And his personality represents a much wider voracious consumerism that is now, 40 years later, totally rampant. Thank you!

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