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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 »

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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 (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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4 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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The first of two episodes in a row that refer to the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. This episode is titled "The Monolith"; a large black monolith plays an important (if mysterious) role in the plot of 2001. And in the next episode, "The Runaways," there is a scene in which Ginsburg spies Lou and Jim talking in the glassed-in computer room is staged like the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where HAL reads the lips of the astronauts, right down to the rapid pan of the camera between the two sets of silently-moving lips. 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 »


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Computers, Hippies, Baseball, and most importantly Ad Men
5 May 2014 | by camachbr0See all my reviews

Here's how I see it. This week's Mad Men was the closest way you'll be able to time-travel back to 1969. 'Mazing Mets fans- all baseball fans- will be ecstatic. Mad Men fans will be satisfied as usual. And even science-fiction geeks can get their fix here (Therein lies the title). Main storyline, Harry and Jim Cutler deliver on their promise to get SCP a computer. (Not an Imac, you know, the old-fashioned ones that take up a whole lot of space and require a noisy, long, house-building installation process). Harry and Cutler are so into the technological advancement that they seem brainwashed by it: relocating the creative department furrows Ginsberg's brow, watch it! They're almost as brainwashed as Margaret Sterling. Hargrove? She's run away to live with hippies, who are on the complete opposite side of the technology spectrum. They sleep in hay and refute electricity, even though they can't deny their dependency on it. Roger and Margaret are far more entertaining than last week's "parent- child" B-story. Margaret seems happy living the Amish lifestyle and its soothing to watch Roger spend the day with her. But in reality, it's a house of vice, she has a child, and she's just a headache for Roger. Her attempt to justify her actions by pointing the finger back at him is such a psychiatric stretch, but it bothers Roger and it'll be exciting to see how he develops from this. Don vs. Peggy. Peggy gets the opportunity to lead a Burger account and Lou (instigator) tells her to include Draper on her team. This is all thanks to the work of Pete Campbell, who from "on the next Mad Men" clip seemed like he was going to get more than the opening minutes. But Don is not willing to be treated like a cupcake. He does not take kindly to the 25 tags, which he treats like chalk board punishment. He wants things to be how they were before, so he starts drinking in the office again, just like old times, except it's against the rules! Drama. The Met's inclusion in this week's episode proves to be an inspiring metaphor. A team who defied the odds, then rose to be World Series champs. Hopefully this is foreshadowing Don Draper's path as well. But he'll learn in the episode it takes one win at a time, or one tag at a time, and being on leave could have made him a bit rusty. In addition to large 1969 computers, 1969 hippies, and the 1969 Mets, we get a reference to space travel, a man on the moon, guess what year the U.S. first put a man on the moon? You got it. 3 more episodes left, and Don just started working? 8/10

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