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The Monolith 

TV-14 | | Drama | Episode aired 4 May 2014
Don returns to work, but quickly falls off the wagon after learning that he's been assigned to Peggy. Meanwhile, Roger and his ex-wife go to a commune to rescue their daughter, who has abandoned her child.


Scott Hornbacher


Matthew Weiner (created by), Erin Levy | 1 more credit »




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 (credit only)
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper (credit only)
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper (credit only)
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


In a chance meeting with George Payton, Pete not only learns some news about his father-in-law, but also that a new national account in the form of fast food chain Burger Chef might be up for grabs, which would be a major coup for Sterling Cooper. The strategizing about what to do about Burger Chef takes into account the fact that Don is back at work, albeit in a much diminished capacity, as among the many stipulations are that he refrain from drinking at work except with clients, and that he report to Lou. Regardless, Lou, feeling threatened by Don's return, spends an on-going $5,000 per year of the company's money solely to get the issue of Don off his desk. Peggy is ultimately assigned head of the Burger Chef team, about which she is honored until she begins to realize that the assignment had some ulterior motives. Despite being back in the office, Don feels isolated, especially as he has no partner to which he feels he can turn, as Roger, his one ally, is temporarily away, and as ... Written by Huggo

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Not only is this episodes title based off 1968's film & book series "2001: A Space Odyssey" (The Monolith), but the new product/client discussed throughout this episode is IBM, rumored to be the basis of Space Odyssey's character HAL. Each letter of "HAL" is one ahead of the letters "IBM" in the American English alphabet. I'm truth Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick, the creators of 2001: A Spacy Odyssey, unknowingly named HAL based off IBM. They publicly thanked IBM for all of their help in creating the series. See more »


Don Draper: I want my job back.
Fred Rumsen: How the hell do you think that's going to happen when you're at the bottom of a bottle? You know you never have to have another drink again.
Don Draper: I don't want to hear that right now.
Fred Rumsen: You're hungover. It's the best time to hear it.
[short pause]
Fred Rumsen: I mean, are you just going to kill yourself? Give them what they want? Or go in your bedroom, get in uniform, fix your bayonet, and hit the parade?
[short pause]
Fred Rumsen: Do the work Don.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


A Beautiful Mine
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Performed by RJD2
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One of the Best Episodes
26 October 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Continues where Don is basically a low level copywriter at work, and story b centers on Roger trying to rescue his daughter from a commune by sticking around. It's like one of the older episodes without all the complications and existential crap that's been in last season and this so far. Back to basics, and great at that.

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4 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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