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Field Trip 

After a fight with Megan during a surprise trip to California, Don decides it's time to get back to work. Meanwhile, Betty joins Bobby on a field trip to a farm.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Campbell (credit only)
Sally Draper (credit only)
Ted Chaough (credit only)


Don has a less than satisfying telephone conversation with Dawn, the ultimate problem being Don's remote location and Dawn having other priorities in the office. Then, Don has a telephone conversation with Alan Silver, Megan's agent, which leads to Don making a last minute trip to Los Angeles to surprise Megan. The surprise also ends up being ultimately less than satisfying for both. Next, Don sets up a meeting with Dave Wooster to talk business, which again ends up being a little less than Don wanted. All these events make Don come to the realization that he wants and is ready to go back to work at Sterling Cooper. As such, he talks to the one partner he believes is on his side: Roger. After speaking to Roger, what Don anticipates when he walks back into the office and what happens are two totally different things. Beyond each partner's belief when Don was put on leave, what happens is affected by an earlier meeting in which Harry was required to put out a fire on behalf of Jim. ... Written by Huggo

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27 April 2014 (USA)  »

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During an interview on the NPR program "Fresh Air," host Terry Gross asked Matthew Weiner to give an example of a story that he had always wanted to tell on the show that he had finally made room for in the final season, and the one he chose was when Betty accompanies Bobby on his class's farm field trip and he trades away her sandwich. Then Weiner went on to reveal that that seemingly small story was actually a close retelling of a traumatic incident from his own childhood in which his own mother really chaperoned one of his school field trips and he really did give away her lunch--he traded her sandwich for gumdrops. He said, "She didn't really participate in school that much. And I was so in love with her and so excited that she had come along, and then I kind of ruined it. . . . I'd never seen her eat, so it was kind of shocking to me that she had brought lunch for her. But I--it was irreversible and something that I would wake up and be crying about, you know, for years, you know, just like, oh, why did I do that? Why did I give her sandwich away? It's funny because it makes her sound bad in a way, and I'm aware of that. But I actually feel like what stories like this show is that maybe it's the combination of a slightly insensitive parent and an incredibly oversensitive child. So I--we both bear culpability in it. But that was a story that I was like, nobody gives a crap about that. Why are we doing that? And I had told that, like, the first week of the first season, and it was in the notes. . . . My mother was always dieting, and sometimes she failed. And she had put on weight at a certain point like Betty did, and then now she's the skinniest person in the entire world." See more »


When Dawn asks Don about his lunch order, she says, "Chicken salad on rye and a Nesbitt's." [an orange soda that was popular in the 60s] Don confirms the order, but when he's actually shown eating his lunch, the soda bottle in front of him is a Coca-Cola bottle. See more »


References The Wolf Man (1941) See more »


If 6 Was 9
Written by Jimi Hendrix (as The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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A Breath-Taking Field Trip
30 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's how I see it. This week's Mad Men did a few things well. It was able to sustain suspense with Don's storyline because it was dramatic, as well as using cutbacks to Betty's blase side- story (Betty's story may seem to have the sole purpose of filling 45 Mad Men minutes, but it proves it's somewhat important). Most lingering questions, still unanswered, from season 6 get addressed, meaning the episode focuses on everything Don and the New York side of SCP (No Pete, Ted, or her real-estate agent). You thought Lou was an asshole? Someone else holds a grudge against Don Draper, and in case this episode seemed to give some type of closure that everything is solved, it opens up a bunch of doors. Back to the main storyline, which I won't reveal even a bit for it will kill the episode for anyone who hasn't watched. Jon Hamm does his best acting here. For Don Draper- I use this analogy- is portrayed in this episode as a child going to his first day of school in a new town, but in the same state. ("Don, can you hold?" Is the best line ever) Therein lies the ambiguous title; Bobby and Betty's "real" field trip, and Don visiting "familiar" territory (with some land-mines in the way). He realizes the lies to his kids, his wife, to himself are about to expire, so it's time to take action. The decision in the end, whether you agree or not, is brought to the audience in a edge-of-your-seat, roller-coaster ride fashion. The suspense was real. I was biting my nails during the last few minutes, hoping they would reach a satisfying resolution (not make me wait another week). It keeps getting better. 9/10 -Something I especially liked about this episode is we see that Roger isn't really the guy who sat in his chair in the season 6 finale and told Don, "It's what's best". Don and Roger are buddies. They have history; nights on nights of debauchery. It's good to see the writers didn't forget that.

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