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Part Five 

TV-MA | | Drama | Episode aired 10 April 2011
Mildred is quite proud of Veda's accomplishments as a singer but finds that her daughter refuses to take her phone calls or respond to any of her letters. She and Monty Beragon spend some ... See full summary »


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James M. Cain (novel), Todd Haynes (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Mildred Pierce
Evan Rachel Wood ... Veda Pierce
Guy Pearce ... Monty Beragon
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Bert Pierce
Paul Pilcz ... Tommy
Melissa Leo ... Lucy Gessler
Miriam Shor ... Anna
Erwin Falcon Erwin Falcon ... Pancho
James Le Gros ... Wally Burgan (as James LeGros)
Eric Goldberg Eric Goldberg ... Delivery Boy
Mare Winningham ... Ida Corwin
Halley Feiffer ... Arline
Ronald Guttman ... Carlo Treviso
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Mrs. Jaeckel
Elvy ... Sigrid (as Elvy Yost)


Mildred is quite proud of Veda's accomplishments as a singer but finds that her daughter refuses to take her phone calls or respond to any of her letters. She and Monty Beragon spend some time together and she decides to buy his old family mansion. They also decide to marry and is thrilled when Monty arranges for Veda to come to the reception and sing for them. Success has only inflated Veda's ego however. She has many offers whether it be to endorse products or sing in New York City. Mildred however suffers a serious business setback when the restaurant in Laguna Beach starts to lose money. She's also had to increase her personal expenses to cover her expenses. She learns that Wally Burgan and Ida are quite prepared to push her aside. Mildred has been spending her money on Veda and her ex-husband Bert suggests that Veda will just have to contribute more. Her world comes crashing down when she returns home unexpectedly. It's a new beginning for Mildred who ends up re-marrying an old ... Written by garykmcd

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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score). See more »


As Mildred and Monty are driving around looking at properties they pass by two brick houses, the second one with a Rolls-Royce coupe in the drive sitting in front of a white garage. The camera angle changes into the car and then the next camera angle is slightly pulled away but they pass by the exact same two houses with the same Rolls-Royce in the drive. See more »


Monty Beragon: Sit down a minute and take a lesson in interior decorating.
Mildred Pierce: Love lessons in decorating.
Monty Beragon: Do you know the best room I was ever in?
Mildred Pierce: No, tell me.
Monty Beragon: That den of yours, or Bert's rather, over in Glendale. Everything in that room meant something to that guy. Those banquets, those foolish looking blueprints of houses that'll never be built. They do things to you because it's all part of him and that's why the room is good. And do you know the worst room I was ever in?
Mildred Pierce: Go on. I'm learning.
Monty Beragon: It's that living room...
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Featured in The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (2011) See more »


Written by Alberto Domínguez
Performed by Artie Shaw
Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Release Date:

10 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Allenhurst, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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