Mad Men (2007–2015)
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Nixon vs. Kennedy 

Election night arrives and the staff of Sterling Cooper has a party while watching the returns. The election is close and it's obviously going to be a long night. Now a senior partner in ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Taylor

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Lisa Albert | 2 more credits »
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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 Draper
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Holloway
Bryan Batt ... Salvatore Romano
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Maggie Siff ... Rachel Menken
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
Alison Brie ... Trudy Campbell
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Troy Ruptash ... Lieutenant Donald Draper
Alexa Alemanni ... Allison
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Election night arrives and the staff of Sterling Cooper has a party while watching the returns. The election is close and it's obviously going to be a long night. Now a senior partner in the firm, Don Draper must hire a new head of account services, a post that Pete Campbell yearns for. Aware of Draper's secret past, he tries to strong-arm him into giving him the job. With his secret out, Don panics and he asks Rachel Menken to run away with him. Regaining his composure, Don calls Pete's bluff leading to a confrontation with Bert Cooper. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

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Ranked #8 in TV Guide's 100 Greatest Epsiodes of All-Time list (2009 update). See more »

Goofs

When the confrontation in Burt Coopers' office is over, and Pete leaves, Burt tells Don "Fire him if you have to."

However, in a later episode (2:13), when Don actually does fire Pete (for pitching his own copy to Bethlehem Steel), at a meeting with Burt Cooper, and Roger, Burt lays out a collection of issues the firm would have to face (owing to Pete, and his mothers' social status) in firing Pete, that make it almost impossible to do. See more »

Quotes

Pete Campbell: Why can't you give me what I want? I've earned this job. I deserve it.
Don Draper: Why? Because your parents are rich? Because you went to prep school and have a $5 haircut? You've been given everything. You've never worked for anything in your life.
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Connections

References Can-Can (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

A Beautiful Mine
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Written by RJD2
Performed by RJD2
Series theme music played over opening credits
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If only Television was this good all the time...
16 September 2010 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Mad Men is by now, in it's fourth season, one of the best television shows of all time. It cannot be denied of the power and talent it holds, and episode 12 of the first season reinforces that idea completely.

The episode on one hand is light, and focuses on a lot of characters that are usually in the background for the most part. The office holds a party for the Nixon/Kennedy election, not knowing that the final outcome will not be favorable to what they want. There is a brief scene where Joan and Salvatore are acting out a play that after a kiss between both, there is a very subtle expression on Joan's face... could this mean she suspects something?

The episode also shows just how much Peggy's sense of character and the way others see her has changed since the beginning of the season. It shows how much Moss shines, especially in a particular scene. Of course, we also continue the story of Pete finding Don's old belongings. Pete Campbell is the most unlikeable character on the show, and the nerve that he has to impose such an action on part of Don's behalf in this episode is ruthless, although not completely shocking. We always knew Pete was this type of character. We also see the truth to Dick Whitman's final fate in some amazing scenes.

Overall, this episode is so far the best o the first season, and having seen the four seasons of Mad Men, one of the best of the entire series. Films rarely get this good, not to mention even in the category of television, this series is going to go down in history.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.33 : 1
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