Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 6

Far Away Places (22 Apr. 2012)

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A peaceful hotel getaway ends in disaster for Don and Megan, an LSD trip could have a disastrous effect on Roger's marriage, and Peggy loses her cool after an unsuccessful pitch meeting.

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The same day is seen through the eyes of three people: Peggy, Roger and Don. The start for the day is the same for all three: Roger invites Don on a boys only romp to visit the business of a client - the Howard Johnson's in Plattsburg - so that Roger can avoid an evening out with Jane later that evening. Don instead invites Megan to go along, which means that both Don and Megan will be abandoning the Heinz team at their pitch meeting that day, leaving that responsibility to Peggy, and that Roger is left out in the cold with regard to the Howard Johnson's outing. An incident at the Heinz pitch meeting leaves Peggy contemplating both her professional life at SCDP and her personal life with Abe. A second incident at Don and Megan's outing leaves Megan wondering if she can have both a professional and personal life with Don, or if she even wants anything to do with Don, while Don tries to regain some lost control over the situation and a situation brought to his attention the following ... Written by Huggo

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In the "Inside Episode 506" video produced by AMC, showrunner Matthew Weiner says that Peggy's actions during this episode (pitching a campaign to a client; insulting the client's taste in a confrontational way; going to a movie in the middle of the workday; having an anonymous sexual encounter) represent her idea of what a typical day in Don Draper's life must be like. Weiner says: "Peggy has this moment where she tries to be Don and fails, and then goes and has Peggy's version of Don's day: sexually irresponsible and drunk and working." See more »

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When Don and Megan are in the car, Megan asks Don to roll down his window when he starts smoking. Even though he makes the motion of cranking the lever, the reflection of his suit can be seen all the way to the top of the completely closed window, even on the close-up. However, Don cranks open the wing window, not the main window, therefore this is not a goof. See more »

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Bertram Cooper: A client left here unhappy yesterday because you have a little girl running everything.
Don Draper: My department is fine. We just need more bodies, but Lane won't let us.
Bertram Cooper: You've been on love leave. It's amazing things are going as well as they are with as little as you are doing.
Don Draper: It's none of your business.
Bertram Cooper: This *is* my business.
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Don Always Has to Be in Control ***1/2
22 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don and the Mrs. take an ill-fated trip to a Howard Johnson's and the two argue with the wife disappearing. An angry Don had left and returned only to find his wife missing. Anxious, he comes home and the two chase each other in a memorable scene.

The scene with the LSD of the 1960's could have been done without. However, it was determined that Don's partner and his girl were through. He thought she was speaking in German while under the influence. She admitted that it was Yiddish!

Our office lady fails in her attempt to woo a client regarding coming home with Heinz beans. She goes wild. Was everyone in the 1960's on drugs or just drugged out?

Our new employee tells the weird story of being born in a concentration camp. Unfortunately, how many babies survived that nightmare? This should be developed.


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