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Time Zones 

Don is on the outside looking in on the forced indefinite paid leave from his job. While Ted heads back to New York for a few days, Don takes the opportunity to head to Los Angeles in part ... See full summary »

Director:

Scott Hornbacher

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Matthew Weiner | 1 more credit »
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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 (credit only)
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane (credit only)
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper (credit only)
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper
Kevin Rahm ... Ted Chaough
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis (credit only)
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Ben Feldman ... Michael Ginsberg
Mason Vale Cotton ... Bobby Draper (credit only)
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper (credit only)
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Storyline

Don is on the outside looking in on the forced indefinite paid leave from his job. While Ted heads back to New York for a few days, Don takes the opportunity to head to Los Angeles in part to meet with a California transformed Pete while he reunites with Megan, who is living full time there while pursuing what looks to be a promising acting career. Back in New York, Peggy avoids Ted at all cost while she learns to deal with the new "Don", Lou Avery, most specifically on the Accutron account for which she is getting consulting help from Freddie Rumsen. On top of that, she is also having to deal with being a landlady to who she believes are overly demanding tenants. Ken feeling overworked leads to Joan taking over his scheduled business meeting with Wayne Barnes, the new Head of Marketing for Butler Footwear. Barnes' news results in Joan taking what she hopes will be seen as decisive and preemptive action in overcoming a potential problem, action which she hopes demonstrates that she ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Bracken's World, the pilot for which Megan gets a callback, was a real television show which debuted in 1969, and Tom Selleck appeared in several episodes. See more »

Quotes

Don Draper: Is there any wine left? Or did the chicken drink it all?
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Connections

Features The Joey Bishop Show (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm A Man
(uncredited)
Written by Steve Winwood and Jimmy Miller
Performed by The Spencer Davis Group
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Time Zones with an Extended Layover
14 April 2014 | by mfleck-280-68286See all my reviews

It seems like the last episode of Mad Men was years ago, even though it was about 10 months since we last saw Don, Joan, Peggy, Roger, et al. This episode spends considerable time re-establishing the characters and where they find themselves in life. Despite being an avid follower of the series, I admit I was a little lost trying to connect the end of last season to the beginning of this season. And halfway through the episode, I assumed that I had watched a full episode and was surprised I still had 30 minutes to go (translation: moving a bit slow.)

That being said, I am convinced that this episode's sole purpose was to prepare for launch into the final season's good stuff. We see that some time has passed since the season 6 finale and the characters have adjusted to their new lot in life. We don't need to know the specifics of what happened in this gap of time, and I'm certain that the remaining episodes won't bother, as the details are not important.

However, the pace of this episode could have picked up by compressing the "where are they now" scenes to that first half when I thought it was over, and moved into establishing some more interesting plot lines. I'd expect that the next few episodes will be off and running, since there's a lot of ground to cover before the series' end.


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