Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 11

Favors (9 Jun. 2013)

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Don is preoccupied with keeping Sylvia's son from being drafted, Peggy has a rat in her apartment, Don and Ted bury the hatchet, Pete has a problem with his mother's new nurse, and Sally makes an accidental discovery about her father.

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Professional relationships and personal business intersect at Sterling Cooper & Partners. Peggy, hating her apartment even more because of an unwanted visitor, doesn't quite get the help she wants from a colleague in alleviating the matter. Ted, Pete and Peggy bond over a few drinks, which opens Pete's eyes to what's going on with his two colleagues, and which highlights what Ted's wife Nan is feeling at home. Pete appreciates the help that Bob provided to him regarding getting a personal nurse for his mother, until Mrs. Campbell divulges some information about the situation, which in turn ends up revealing one of Bob's motivations in providing that help. Don tries to help the Rosens with a major problem, namely the fact that their son, Mitchell, who sent his draft notice back in protest, has now been reclassified as 1A. Don uses a professional connection to try and solve that problem. That action by Don causes a further rift with Ted, who is already irked that Don was proceeding with... Written by Huggo

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Headed for a meltdown?
10 June 2013 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

"Favors" may be the clearest sign yet that Don Draper may be headed for a reckoning. In the last episode, we saw him in bad form on the West Coast; here, he seems listless at work. But the shocker came toward the end of the episode, when his daughter Sally caught him literally with his pants down, having sexual intercourse with Sylvia Rosen (in the most graphic scene to date in the series).

I was totally shocked myself.

And it means there is major trouble ahead for Don. His wife Megan, as well as the Rosens and his own children will experience fallout from the discretion. God knows his relationship with Sally has been badly compromised.

And factor in his professional decline, as well as the possibility of being revealed as Dick Whitman, and it is clear something is gonna happen.

Oh, and we learn something about Bob Benson. I would have liked it had he been a government agent investigating Don for his desertion, but so it goes.

While this episode was painful, at least this season overall has been a major improvement over the last. And as of this writing, it ain't over with.


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