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Indian Summer 

Peggy is given the opportunity to write copy for a new weight loss device that everyone knows is useless. She finds an interesting use for it, however. Afraid of losing the Lucky Strike ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Tom Palmer | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Maggie Siff ... Rachel Menken
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
John Cullum ... Lee Garner, Sr.
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Talia Balsam ... Mona Sterling
Anne Dudek ... Francine Hanson
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Storyline

Peggy is given the opportunity to write copy for a new weight loss device that everyone knows is useless. She finds an interesting use for it, however. Afraid of losing the Lucky Strike cigarette account, Bert Cooper gets Roger Sterling to come in for a one-hour meeting but he has another attack. Don Draper becomes a partner and takes over for his friend Roger, but some of the ad men are sharpening their resumes nonetheless. Pete Campbell wants a promotion but Draper doesn't seem too interested. Pete sneaks into Don's office and takes home a parcel sent by Adam addressed to Don that the mail room boy comes to deliver. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

4 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Relaxiciser featured in the episode was a real product and as the company had gone under many years ago, the real article was used. Billed as a weight loss product, it found more fans as a sexual aid for women. See more »

Goofs

The stamps on the package delivered to Don's office are 8 cent stamps picturing General John J. Pershing. Those stamps weren't issued until 17 November 1961, so they couldn't have been on a package mailed in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Olson: Those people - in Manhattan - they are better than us. Because they want things they haven't seen.
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Connections

Features Make Room for Daddy (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

A Beautiful Mine
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Written by RJD2
Performed by RJD2
Series theme music played over opening credits
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27 August 2010 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Approaching the end, the first season of Mad Men starts building up a solid narrative arc that merges plot strands from previous episodes to form something that will greatly impact the season finale and, hopefully, what comes next, as well.

The main arc of Indian Summer concerns the future of Sterling Cooper in the wake of Roger's heart attack: Bertram Cooper asks him to come in to help with the Lucky Strike account, but the effort proves too much for Roger, who is promptly sent home and replaced by Don, now named a senior partner. This event prompts several employees to consider job offers elsewhere, but Pete Campbell decides to openly challenge fate and ask for a promotion. When Don doesn't pay attention to his request, Pete reacts in a way that could have devastating consequences. Amusing subplot: Peggy is asked to test a weight loss machine so she can write copy for the ad campaign, and discovers through that humiliating experience that the apparatus can have another unexpected function.

The joy of Indian Summer is all in the performances, the nuances that make each interaction between the actors a treat to watch and hear: Slattery is excellent in the few scenes he's given, Robert Morse is valuable support as his partner and the Don/Pete scenes are as tense and brilliant as one has come to expect. The plotting is equally exquisite, showing that beneath the immaculate facade there's much more, as is evident in the closing moments, which provide a powerful build-up for the finale. A lesson in televised storytelling.


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