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Christmas Comes But Once a Year 

Freddy returns with a valuable new client, the firm reluctantly throws a Christmas party for its most important client, and Don prepares for his first Christmas away from his children.

Director:

Michael Uppendahl

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Tracy McMillan | 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 Francis
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Alison Brie ... Trudy Campbell
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis
Joel Murray ... Fred Rumsen
Deborah Lacey ... Carla
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Storyline

The Christmas season is in full swing, but that only compounds the problems for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Feeling the company still financially insolvent, Lane will only allow a meager office Christmas party, with no spouses or partners. Roger makes a unilateral decision to change that directive from Lane to keep their one major client, Lee Garner Jr. of Lucky Strike, happy. Roger wants the company to appear cheerful and busy to those in the outside world that matter. The company's fortune may change for the better when ex-Sterling Cooper fired employee Freddy Rumsen, now clean and sober for sixteen months, walks through their doors, he who brings with him a lucrative contract with Pond's cold cream. One of his two major stipulations is that he comes with the contract. Peggy, who has been Freddy's biggest supporter in the past, may regret what she wished for as she and Freddy butt heads over the concept for Pond's. Also to assist in improving the company's fortunes, Bertram ... 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:

1 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

This episode takes place in December 1964. See more »

Quotes

Lane Pryce: There's been a small adjustment to the scale of our Christmas party.
Joan Harris: Lower or higher?
Lane Pryce: Lee Garner Jr. will be joining us. I trust you'll make the appropriate improvements.
Roger Sterling: Well, I don't. We need to change its rating from convalescent home to Roman orgy.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
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Written by Tommie Connor
Performed by Teresa Brewer
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31 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 04

As much as aware they are of their each character's perspective, the fourth act seems to have unexpected and bold decisions that leads to both disappointing and an exhilarating experience especially the track that depicts the repercussions that Hamm's divorce breeds on his family.

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

The episode fuels itself on thought-provoking decisions that are made by the characters by being cornered with their self-created errors or the amendments that it latter breeds and makes it all worth while for both the audience and the characters and the makers.


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