Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 5

Signal 30 (15 Apr. 2012)

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While Lane needs some help closing with a potential new client, Peter begins to crack under the pressure of both his home life and work life.

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Lane is trying to break ties with his homeland. That doesn't stop Rebecca from making friends for her and Lane with the Bakers, compatriots from England. Lane does however feel that he can take advantage of this friendship with Edwin Baker by bringing his company's business, Jaguar, into SCDP, as Jaguar is trying to enter the US market. Despite being the sole Brit in the office and thus the logical choice in his own mind to deal with a fellow Brit, Lane has no experience in account management. The process of Lane learning how to become an account manager and him being the reason SCDP gets Jaguar's almost seemingly surefire account makes Lane evaluate his professional life. Meanwhile, Pete is feeling restless in his marriage, one result from which is eying a high school senior in his driver's education class. Life at work is different as he feels he is gaining more power in the office. A small measure of that office power is being able to convince a reluctant Don and Megan to attend a ... Written by Huggo

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This episode takes place in August 1966. See more »

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Roger Sterling: I don't know about you two, but I had Lane.
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One of the best episodes of this fantastically engaging series
16 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When you find a series that is as sound and powerful as "Mad Men," it is sometimes difficult to explain to someone who has never seen the show why they should watch it. Explaining the premise is not enough; listing the cast never pulls people in; even trying to give a clip or episode to watch can be difficult. The show is well done all around, making it difficult to pull out one episode that is greater than the other extremely well done installments.

However, I can already say that last night's "Mad Men" is one of my favorites of all time and I fantastic example of the mastery of this show.

The newest episode in the fifth season, "Signal 30″ is centered all around Pete Campbell. Before we even go into details of this episode, we already know that Pete is such an amazing character in the world of this show. He is slimy, obnoxious, and pretentious, but he is also a hard worker and a little boy trying to make it in the world of men. While we are never fully cheering for Pete, we do side with him on some points and scenarios and wish him at least some success.

Pete may be the most interesting character now because he has grown the most in the show's history. Starting as a lowly copy/writer, Pete has become a junior partner and pivotal bread earner for Sterling/Cooper/Draper/Pryce.

But what goes on inside Pete? What sort of moral sacrifices and betrayals has Pete made now that he is turning almost completely into a new Don Draper? "Signal 30″ reveals so much.

To read the rest of the review (IMDb forms are too short) visit here: http://custodianfilmcritic.com/mad-men-5-5-signal-30/


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