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Mad Men Season 3, Episode 6
EPISODE RECAPMad Men
GUY WALKS INTO AN ADVERTISING AGENCY

airdate: September 20, 2009
written by: Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner
directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

The episode begins with Don and Sally, whose profile on the show has been much higher lately, with the Grandpa Gene storyline. Sally’s awake late and afraid of what’s going to happen when the lights are off. Dad says, “I’m home now. Nothing can hurt you.”

At a mandatory staff meeting at Sterling Cooper, Lane announces that the Putnam Powell and Lowe brass will be at the office the next two days, so the staff with be under scrutiny plus they’re expected to work on a previously scheduled day off (July 3). Have those Brits no shame? “Desks and offices need to be shipshape,” says Lane.




DAPPER DIALOGUE Peggy Olson and Betty Draper
MEMORABLE MAD MEN QUOTES, ZINGERS & ONE-LINERS


  • "Why don't you go bang your head on a wall?" [Betty's solution for her son's boredom]

  • "One more promotion, and we're going to be answering phones." [Pete, on the latest Sterling Cooper reorg]

  • "Connie, there are snakes that go months without eating. And then they finally catch something, but they're so hungry that they suffocate while they're eating. One opportunity at a time." [Don, to Conrad Hilton]

  • "Jesus, it's like Iwo Jima out there. We should put a rubber mat down so Cooper can get around." [Roger, on the lawnmower-incident carnage]

  • "Believe me, somewhere in this business this has happened before." [Roger, taking a nonchalant view of the lawnmower incident]

  • "That's life... one minute you're on top of the world, the next minute some secretary is running you over with a lawnmower." [Joan to Don in hospital waiting room]

  • Harold Ford: The man is missing a foot. How is he going to work? He can't walk.
    St. John Powell: Doctor said he'll never golf again.
    Harold Ford: I'm afraid we have to re-evaluate our entire strategy.




MAD MOMENTS Joan Holloway and Pete Campbell
MAD MEN REVELATIONS, SHOCKERS, DELIGHTS, & DECIDEDLY UN-PC ACTIVITIES

  • A man's foot is mutilated by a John Deere riding lawn mower in the office!

  • That same man, a big executive from England, loses the foot and his job. After all, he will never be able to play golf again. What kind of businessman could he be?

  • Joan's husband finds out he has another year of residency and won't become a surgeon. Therefore, she must keep working.

  • Roger Sterling (whose actual "role" at Sterling Cooper keeps getting more vague) is accidentally left off the new org chart diagram... upon realizing the omission, one of the Brits hastily scribbles his name onto the chart in pencil, which only adds insult to injury.



THE TIMES Marilyn MonroeJFK
HISTORICAL, CULTURAL & POLITICAL REFERENCES IN MAD MEN


  • A few guys in the office discuss the Vietnam War, noting that very few men are being drafted. Clearly, the war is in its earliest stages.

  • Don meets the man he shared a drink with at Roger's party (My Old Kentucky Home), who turns out to be hotel magnate Conrad Hilton (who will later become Paris Hilton's grandfather).
See also: Now Versus Then



BOARD ROOM Roger Sterling
POUR YOURSELF A DRINK AND JOIN THE MEETING





EPISODE VIDEO Sterling Cooper

EPISODE PHOTOS Mad Men photos
John Deere Attack!

Roger and Don

Don and Joan


HIGH SPIRITS Three-martini lunches
MARTINIS, MANHATTANS & OTHER STIMULATING CONCOCTIONS

  • Lesson: Champagne and lawnmowers don't mix.

THE BUSINESS Sterling Cooper Ad Agency
STERLING COOPER CLIENTS, AD CAMPAIGNS & OFFICE POLITICS

  • John DeereKen lands a big John Deere account, although the victory is a bit bloody.

  • Don may have lucked upon a big deal with Conrad Hilton.
  • A reorg that would have sent Lane to Bombay and placed Don, Ken, and Pete under the young go-getter exec Guy is abruptly negated when the lawnmower incident renders Guy unable to play golf. Everyone (except Guy, of course) seems pretty relieved.

BURNING QUESTIONS Mad Men
MAD MEN CLIFFHANGERS, PLOT TWISTS & MYSTERIES

  • Clearly nobody likes the fact that the new baby is named "Gene" after Betty's father except Betty. Will they change the name or is Betty's fixation absolute?

  • Is Joan going to seek an opportunity to return to Sterling Cooper? Will her calm heroism and fast action during the lawnmower incident give her an opening?

NEXT ON MADMENMad Men

  • Betty tries her hand at local politics. Don is forced into thinking about the future. Peggy receives a luxurious gift.


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