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New Business 

While Megan comes to New York with her mother and sister to collect her belongings, Don has a romance with the waitress. Meanwhile, Peggy and Stan work with a famous photographer on a commercial shoot.

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Michael Uppendahl

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Tom Smuts | 3 more credits »
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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 (credit only)
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove (credit only)
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper (credit only)
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper
Kevin Rahm ... Ted Chaough (credit only)
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Mason Vale Cotton ... Bobby Draper
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Julia Ormond ... Marie Calvet
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As his divorce reaches its final stages, Don learns from Harry that Megan is coming to town and wants Harry's help to find a new agent. Don stays clear of the apartment when Megan is scheduled to clear out her things, supposedly just a few boxes. Megan's mother Marie has something else in mind. When it comes time to sign the divorce papers, Megan tells him just what is on her mind. Harry meanwhile steps over the line. Don visits Diana the waitress who has relocated to the city and they begin a relationship. At the office Peggy and Stan disagree over the use of photographer Pima Ryan for a photo shoot. Peggy thinks she's an artist but Stan, also a photographer, thinks otherwise. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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UPC Bar code appears on an item on Stan's desk while sketching an ad. A price tag is affixed over code. The UPC symbol was still under development in 1969. See more »

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Meredith: How do you go to sleep at night with those Manson Brothers running around?
Harry Crane: ...Manson Family.
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Everything new is well-forgotten old
13 April 2015 | by sportello29See all my reviews

'New Business' opens with Don in a cozy kitchen at Betty's house, making milkshakes for his kids. The scene is set out in a way, that is very nostalgic to the first seasons, as if Don and Betty were still together.

"Have a milkshake like everyone else dad!", - shouts Bobby, Don's middle son.

On his way out, Don briefly turns around to glance at the happy family together at the kitchen table.

Don's (recent) ex-wife Megan gets back into the picture and we see the couple finalizing their divorce papers. Megan is having money issues while her mother and sister seem to be deeply upset by the divorce and it's financial terms. Unfortunately we are yet to find out the reason of the divorce.

In a moment filled with a desire to get away from everything, Don hands Megan a check for a million dollars and tells her that he is sorry. Without saying a word, Megan walks away, again leaving Don completely alone.

In the meantime, Don keeps seeking out Diana, the waitress that first reminded him of Rachel, but now is his last connection to warmth and a feeling of belonging. Diana, overwhelmed with her own grief, asks Don to leave, most likely closing this storyline all together.

In parallel, Peggie feels threatened as a new photographer Pima shows prominence in creative work and has a very authoritative attitude, which Peggy is secretly jealous and envious about. In a serious of comic scenes Pima seduces Stan and even tries to flirt with Peggy.

Megan's mother, whilst arranging to steal all of Don's furtniture, reaches out to her old forgotten lover, Roger, who quickly comes to help pay for the move. In the mean time, the pair have sex in the apartment, eventually forcing Megan's mother to decide to leave her husband.

'New Business' is about loneliness and belonging. No matter how crowded Don's life might be, his day ends in a completely empty apartment.


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