Mad Men (2007–2015)
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Six Month Leave 

Don checks in to a hotel after his separation from Betty. Back at the office, he is forced to get rid of Freddy against his will because of his drinking problem.

Director:

Michael Uppendahl

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), André Jacquemetton (as Andre Jacquemetton) | 3 more credits »
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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
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Bryan Batt ... Salvatore Romano
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Joel Murray ... Fred Rumsen
Talia Balsam ... Mona Sterling
Gabriel Mann ... Arthur Case
Patrick Fischler ... Jimmy Barrett
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Storyline

Marilyn Monroe has just passed away, and Joan and many of the women in the office are feeling the loss of a person with who they could identify. Betty and Don are still on bad terms with each other, and don't have all the answers in how to deal with their situation publicly. The ball is basically in Betty's court on the next step. She takes some solace in her horseback riding in the company of Arthur Case, but privately she is still not taking her problems with Don very well. Don finally confides at least to Roger and Jane about the fact that he is no longer at home, the information which creates some unexpected issues with others. On other office fronts, Freddy embarrasses himself just before a presentation to clients, this embarrassment a manifestation of over-drinking. He is lucky that this embarrassment did not happen in front of the clients. Because of this issue, Roger and Duck feel that Freddy should take an extended leave of absence, effectively meaning that he should be fired... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 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 boxer in the bar is Floyd Patterson. At the time Patterson was the heavyweight champion. He would lose the title to Sonny Liston a month later in September of 1962. See more »

Goofs

During the night out on the town to fire Mr. Rumsen, Don's facial hair grows exceedingly fast within a span of 20 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Olson: You just don't imagine her ever being alone. She was so famous.
Hollis: Some people just hide in plain sight.
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Connections

References Horse Feathers (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pot Can't Talk About The Kettle
(uncredited)
By Clarke
Performed by Helene Smith
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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.

Six Month Leave

The characters tends to fail a lot on leaving their characteristics despite of the suffering and this is what keeps the series grounded and hence resonates a lot with practicality and also it helps the writers to create tension fluently.


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