Mad Men (2007–2015)
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Don and Peggy prepare to pitch to Burger Chef, one day after the Apollo Moon Landing. Meanwhile, a power struggle in the firm between Sterling and Cutler leaves Don's future hanging in the balance.


Matthew Weiner


Matthew Weiner (created by), Carly Wray | 2 more credits »




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
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper
Kevin Rahm ... Ted Chaough
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Ben Feldman ... Michael Ginsberg (credit only)
Mason Vale Cotton ... Bobby Draper
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper


The Apollo 11 space mission is in progress, which looms over the lives of those associated with Sterling Cooper. The success or failure of the mission will effect the existing feeling of brotherhood and camaraderie among the American populace, which in turn will have an effect on Sterling Cooper's business, especially how receptive the Burger Chef reps will be. But there is also much turmoil within the company. Jim has a vision for the company as being primarily Harry and the computer, as witnessed by Jim's approved motion to make Harry a partner. What has been bubbling under the surface but which has now risen above with a recent incident with the Sunkist reps is Ted's dissatisfaction with his life and his job. A unilateral move by one of the partners on behalf of all the partners leads to some divided loyalties among them, those loyalties between the people involved and what each may see as the good of the company. Regardless of the Apollo 11 mission, real life continues, an ... Written by Huggo

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This episode takes place in July 1969. See more »


Julio: I don't want to go to Newark.
Peggy Olson: Nobody does.
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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »


The Best Things in Life Are Free
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown & Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Robert Morse
Bert Cooper's afterlife song and dance
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S7.1: Solid and reliable start to the final season, even if there is the a little wheel-spinning in there too
30 December 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

With Don Draper on forced leave due to his semi-breakdown of honesty, work continues at the Agency with their main business on the east coast and their new venture on the west. With Don's lesson on honesty learnt, he keeps his situation from his family – including his wife, living on the opposite coast to get her acting career going while in theory she waits for Don to find and job and move out to join her. Meanwhile the new structure of the agency continues to have tensions and rifts – even more so as television and computing start to be more competitive advantages.

Screened in two distinct halves, this first half of the final season of Mad Men is a solid continuation of generally what the show has done well. Draper is in the wake of his struggles and not sure how to find his own way. As it always has been, he is the core of the show and his story continues to be interesting in where it is going as a conclusion. The doubts and weaknesses in the character seem more evident to himself now, whereas before maybe they were not so much, and this allows for the show to be more meditative about his direction (in particular spelt out by the final scene of this half- season). The supporting characters continue to do their thing but too often their material feels a little familiar or out-of-nowhere. Sometimes this is fine (Peggy's ongoing journey remains interesting) but with characters such as Pete, Joan, Sterling and a few others, they do feel like they are treading water in some ways. Meanwhile for others things seem to have little base, with conflict and drama not always feeling naturally occurring but rather done for something to do. However, Draper's core is strong and the rest fits in around and near it, mostly working.

The production values remain high, with a good sense of time and place. The portrayal of the changing times are done matter-of-factly rather than with heavy nostalgia; although events of note are of course featured, they do not stick out heavily but rather as part of the story of these characters. The changing times instead are made part of the turmoil and changing of the characters and not just something happening remotely – this has always been the case but here I thought it did it particularly well. The cast continue their good performances, with generally very well delivered characters, although one does wonder if they will ever manage to shake off the characters they do so well (Hamm particularly has had success outside of this show, but at the same time has many times just played a version of Draper).

A strong start to the endgame then, with plenty going on, most of which works. If it can keep this standard as it approaches the second and final set of episodes, I'll be happy enough.

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