Mad Men (2007–2015)
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Man with a Plan 

Things quickly become awkward after the two firms merge, Don asserts his dominance over Sylvia, Pete has to deal with his ailing mother, and Bob Benson helps out a sick Joan.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Francis (credit only)
Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Sally Draper (credit only)
Henry Francis (credit only)
Bobby Draper (credit only)


It's the first official day of the merger between SCDP and CGC, with CGC staff moving into the SCDP offices. Beyond the logistical issues of who will be housed where, the mood is generally cordial on the surface, with the exception of Pete, who feels like his usefulness to the company is and will be diluted with a whole new set of partners. His time is also preoccupied by his mother, who, with a case of dementia, is staying at his apartment as she was basically kicked out of of his brother Bud's house because of an altercation with Bud's wife. Some staff will definitely be gone and Joan knows that Bob helping her with a personal issue which she would rather the other staff not know about is primarily a means to keep his job. Bubbling below the surface is a competitive situation between Don and Ted as the heads of creative. Peggy feels somewhat caught in the middle of that struggle between Don and Ted. But much like Pete, Don's mind is not fully at the office, as he gets a call from ... Written by Huggo

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12 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The final scenes take place on June 5, 1968, in the hours after the shooting of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. See more »


When Don shares drinks with Ted in Ted's office, Ted is alternately wearing/not wearing a gold watch on his left hand. See more »


References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »


Reach Out of the Darkness
Music and lyrics by Jim and Cathy Post
Performed by Friend and Lover
Played under closing credits
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Is Don disintegrating?
13 May 2013 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This episode seems to indicate that Don Draper seems to be in a real decline. Here, he does not attend to the matters at hand because he is involved in a master/slave relationship with his latest squeeze, played by Linda Cardellini. Things do not go well with the relationship.

And they don't go smoothly with the merger, either. We'll see how it goes between Don and Ted Chaough. Looks like there may be a power struggle down the road. And at the end of the episode, it is clear that Don's marriage to Megan is fading away.

Pete Campbell's upheavals continue, as he deals with a mother who suffers from dementia. One of her rare lucid moments comes at the end, when she tells a half-asleep Pete that Kennedy has been shot. He somehow thinks she is referring to JFK, but it turns out that it is Bobby. The episode ends with Bobby being alive.

For a series that has had its share of flat spots in the last two years, this is the third episode in a row that has packed a punch. And it is clear that there will be more fireworks ahead!

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