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The Doorway, Part 1 

Don and Megan take a trip to Hawaii for the holidays, Sally's friend visits the Francis family, a comedian torpedoes Peggy's Super Bowl ad campaign, and Roger gets some bad news about his mother.

Director:

Scott Hornbacher

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 Francis
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper
Kevin Rahm ... Ted Chaough (credit only)
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Ben Feldman ... Michael Ginsberg
Mason Vale Cotton ... Bobby Draper
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
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Storyline

It's December 1967 and Don is in Hawaii with Meagan on a working holiday. They're staying at the Royal Hawaiian hotel, a client, so that Don can get an idea of what it's like for their new ad campaign. He has an interesting encounter with an army private currently serving in Vietnam but on leave to get married. He has a proposition for Don. They return home to finds their doorman, who had a serious heart attack standing in front of them, on the job. Megan is concerned that her employers may be diminishing her TV role. At the office, the firm has expanded to include the floor above but Don is not too happy to find that his office furniture has been rearranged. Roger Sterling learns that his mother has died. Betty takes a motherly interest in Sally's friend Sandy who lives next door and whose mother died recently. Sandy has an adventurous streak that Betty perhaps wishes she had at her age. At her new employer, Peggy Olson faces something of a crisis when recent news may force her to ... Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Peggy tells the minister on the phone: "I think it's going to be Oakland or Houston against Green Bay." This is a reference to what teams will be playing in the Super Bowl, and in fact in the Oakland Raiders defeated the Houston Oilers for the AFL championship, only to lose to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. See more »

Goofs

The young soldier Don meets in the bar introduces himself as a PFC. But when we see him at the wedding ceremony on the beach, his dress uniform has the "mosquito wings" stripes signifying the Vietnam era rank of an E2 , one below the E3 PFC. [At the time of the wedding in December, 1967, the insignia was correct for a PFC E-3. The rocker stripe was not added to the PFC insignia until May 28, 1968, at which time the single stripe was assigned to Private E-2.] See more »

Quotes

Don Draper: [reading from Dante's Inferno] I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone, in a dark wood.
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Connections

References From Here to Eternity (1953) See more »

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Nocturne in E-Flat Major-Op. 9 No. 2
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Disparate story lines and rapid cutting between them is annoying
8 April 2013 | by jhaughSee all my reviews

I have watched every episode from all the previous seasons, and this episode is the worst. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) heads up a great ensemble cast. The writer, and the show's creator, has chosen to take several of these characters – Don, Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), and Betty Draper (January Jones)– and give them each an individual story line showing their travails. In following each individual story line, of each individual character, this episode loses the thrust and cohesion of previous episodes where the interaction between the ensemble gave the episodes their dynamic.

This episode starts off with a scene - a man is being given CPR while Don looks on - which is only laid into context later in the show: and when is does appear, in context, it is shown to be an event that even then is out of the time line - confusing! It appears yet again when a drunken Don badgers the person, who was given CPR, about their near death experience. It seems to be an obtuse way to get to that point, where Don is shown to be a mean drunk.

The script has us cutting in and out of the disparate four main story lines. After a while, I just found this to be annoying. Only Don' story and Betty's story have interest. Roger's was the least interesting. Peggy has a job as a poorly paid artistic director who is trying to follow in the footsteps of her mentor Don. You can decide on whether she can do that. Never the less, the show ended too quickly. This is probably because there is a part 2.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

7 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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