Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 9

Dark Shadows (13 May 2012)

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A depressed Betty tries to make things uncomfortable for Don and Megan, Roger tries to take out some secret weapons for a meeting with a prospective Jewish client, and Don makes a snap judgment that angers the creative department.



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


Betty is going to Weight Watchers to deal with her weight issue. Whether she wants to admit it or not, she is aware that her envy of Megan is part of her unhappiness and associated eating and weight gain. After an incident with Megan (of which Megan herself is unaware), Betty decides to use Sally as a pawn, which places Sally, Don and Megan in the middle of Betty's game, of which only Don seems aware. At the office, Roger is hustling for the Manischewitz wine account to show that he, beyond financing the company, is still useful in a day-to-day sense, and to show that Pete, who has lined up a potential major New York Times article featuring SCDP, is not the SCDP wunderkind he makes himself out to be. Roger's plan, the creatives for which he plans to pawn off as his own to the clients, includes the use of both Jane and Ginsberg, which doesn't sit well with Peggy or ultimately with Jane. And Don decides to go back into the creative realm, coming up with an idea at a brainstorming ... Written by Huggo

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Sweepin' the Clouds Away
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Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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All Right Episode Which Never Reaches its Potential ***
13 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's true that Roger married a Jewish woman. While the two have supposedly separated, he brings her out to a client while pretending that they're still married. Roger soon shows his other side by assigning Ginsburg to a firm that is Jewish owned. He makes no bones about it.

Betty attempts to stir up trouble between her eldest daughter and Don by telling the daughter about the mysterious Anna, Don's first wife, who is now deceased. It's never clearly explained why Don and Anna were married. Evidently, Anna wasn't in trouble, was she?

Don shows that he can be quite curt to Mr. Ginsburg. His response that he doesn't think about him was an obvious put-down.

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