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Don Draper is shaken when his past life comes back to haunt him. After his picture appears in a local newspaper, Adam Whitman, a man who claims to be his younger brother, approaches him. ... See full summary »

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Matthew Weiner (created by), Matthew Weiner
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Draper
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Holloway
Bryan Batt ... Salvatore Romano (credit only)
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Maggie Siff ... Rachel Menken (credit only)
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Midge Daniels
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Jim Abele ... Jack Konig
Anne Dudek ... Francine Hanson
Alison Brie ... Trudy Campbell
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Don Draper is shaken when his past life comes back to haunt him. After his picture appears in a local newspaper, Adam Whitman, a man who claims to be his younger brother, approaches him. Don, or Dick as his brother knows him, initially denies everything but in the end admits to having taken on a new name. He refuses however to have anything to do with him and tries to buy his silence. When one of the ad men gets a short story published, Pete Campbell is frustrated that his own stories have yet to see the light of day. When his wife approaches an old beau to see if he will publish the stories, he has an interesting proposition for her. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The boardroom set is comprised of moveable panels that allow the cameramen to readjust their positions with ease. In the course of moving one of the panels, one of the crew lost control of it and it fell on Jon Hamm's head, causing him to go to hospital where he had seven stitches. See more »

Goofs

When Betty is complaining to Francine about the family photos in her kitchen, Francine hands her one photo that she tells her is nice. Betty is holding the photo with two hands (you can see both sets of pink fingernails on the sides of the photo) but when the shot cuts to Betty, she is holding the photo with her left hand only and has her right hand holding up a cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Midge Daniels: [on the phone with Don] I want you to pull my hair, and ravish me, and leave me for dead.
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A Beautiful Mine
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Composed by Rjd2
Performed by Rjd2
[theme music performed over opening titles]
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Don's younger brother
18 August 2010 | by Max_cinefilo89See all my reviews

After New Amsterdam's character-based drama, 5G returns to a combination of character and plot in terms of storytelling, going further in its attempt to establish Mad Men as a truly impeccable series. Needless to say, it succeeds.

The center of the story is, once again, Don Draper, who has already been approached by someone claiming to know him as Dick Whitman; this time, things get more complicated as his picture appears in a local newspaper and he is contacted by none other than Adam Whitman (Jay Paulson), who calls himself his younger brother. In a shocking turn of events, Don eventually admits that he has in fact changed his name, and then tries to buy Adam's silence. Meanwhile, Pete is envious when he finds out one of his colleagues managed to get a short story published, and subsequently discusses the matter with his wife, who suggests asking an old boyfriend for help...

Slowly but confidently, the drama is shaping up to become something really original, injecting some welcome mystery into the already gripping story of a very unhappy man. Beneath Don's shallow image of perfection lies something deeper, and Jon Hamm's mastery of those moments is one of the episode's highlights, alongside with the exquisite writing in what could have been a throwaway subplot and the consistently excellent visuals. A worthy "successor" - the term is employed loosely here - to The Sopranos in the "great TV" department, which makes it even more ironic that HBO failed to see the show's potential. Not that there's anything wrong with that...


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