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Meditations in an Emergency 

Under the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Don returns to New York just as Betty finds out that she is pregnant. Meanwhile, everybody at Sterling Cooper contemplates their futures as news of the merger slowly leaks out.

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Matthew Weiner

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Matthew Weiner | 1 more credit »
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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
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Colin Hanks ... Father John Gill
Anne Dudek ... Francine Hanson
Ryan McPartlin ... Gentleman
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Storyline

The Cuban Missile Crisis is preoccupying the minds of Americans. Nuclear war is a very real possibility and as such, many are thinking about where and with whom they would want to die. Trudy wants to be with her parents, whereas Pete wants to stay in Manhattan. Father John uses the crisis as a basis for one of his sermons and also ties in with it a private conversation with Peggy about her life. Betty learns that she's pregnant and because of the state of the world and her family, she's not sure she wants to keep the baby. Coinciding with this news is Don's return back to New York, he who wants to resume his life as it was, both personally and professionally. Don's return does not alter Betty's feelings, but a night alone on the town while Don has the children gives Betty the opportunity to figure out what she wants and needs to do. At Sterling Cooper, Don is surprised by the news of the merger, whereas the accounts and creatives executives are wondering about what's going on, most ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The man Betty meets in the bar is drinking an old fashion. The same as Don's preferred cocktail. See more »

Goofs

When Betty takes a drink, we see from her profile that she's holding a cigarette in her right hand, but when the camera cuts to a frontal shot, her hand is empty and the cigarette is resting in the ashtray. See more »

Quotes

Don Draper: I think it sounds like a great agency, and I think Duck is the man to run it. I just don't think I'll be a part of it.
Saint John Powell: You don't want to be a part of it?
Don Draper: If this is the agency you want, Duck is the man for the job.
Herman 'Duck' Phillips: This is what I'm talking about. Artistic temperament.
Roger Sterling: Don, is this really necessary?
Herman 'Duck' Phillips: It is. Because he loves this room, and hearing his own voice, and saving the day. Except this time he's got to get with the team. Don, you can either honor your contract, or walk out that door with ...
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Stranger On The Shore
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Written by Acker Bilk
Performed by Acker Bilk
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21 July 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Mad Men

Mad Men; one of the most acclaimed series by critics, loved by the fans and buzzed at the award shows, is a character driven series created by Matthew Weiner depicting the inner world of an ad agencies set in '60s in New York. The writing is sharp, elaborative, adaptive and exquisite that keeps the audience tangled in its not-so-likable and faulty world on the edge of their seat.

It is rich on technical aspects like projecting the chemistry among the characters, stunning cinematography, beautiful camera work, references mentioned in the conversations and the classic tone of the series that makes it supremely watchable.

The primary reason why the series stands alone is not only its nature to work in a metaphorical way but to weave out a poem from the sequence, is the genuine soul behind it that attains a certain closure in each episode. The performance objective is score majestically by the cast especially by the protagonist Jon Hamm who is supported convincingly by the cast like Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and John Slattery.

The practical conversations, the whistle-blowing dialogues, three-dimensional characters, excellent execution, finely detailed set-pieces, alluring costume design are the high points of the series that helps it enter the major league.

Season 02

The second act is deliberately slow and is aptly executed as the story demands for it to be, which is one of the main reason why it stands alone than any other series, as the concept is given the priority rather than focusing on the characters or actors, which also helps the makers to go fluently and visit unknown places.

Meditations In An Emergency

A perfect finale that flips every expectations away that the viewers might have anticipated and failed to call the bluff of the makers with a satisfying climax to Hamm's character whilst a nerve breaking one of Kartheiser's side.


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