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Mad Men Season 3, Episode 3
EPISODE RECAPMad Men
"My Old Kentucky Home"

airdate: August 30, 2009
written by Kater Gordon
directed by Jennifer Getzinger

Dueling account heads Pete and Ken announce the creative team needs to work the weekend to come up with ideas for Bacardi. They won't be working because they and the other Sterling Cooper brass will be at Roger and Jane's "Derby Days" soiree on Long Island. Some grumbling ensues from the team, and Peggy says, "They hate creative," or at least they won't be allowed to sully the grand affair.



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


  • Jane: "I get a nosebleed anywhere above 86th Street."

  • Greg: "Joanie, I don't want to have a fight right now."
    Joan: "Then stop talking."

  • Peggy: "I'm Peggy Olson, and I want to smoke some marijuana."

  • Peggy [listening to Paul singing "Hello My Baby"]: "I am so high."

  • Roger: "You know, my mother was right. It's a mistake to be conspicuously happy. Some people don't like it."
    Don: "No one thinks you're happy. They think you're foolish."
    Roger: "You know, that's the great thing about a place like this. You can come here and be happy, and you get to choose your guests."



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


  • Roger Sterling belts out "My Old Kentucky Home" — in black face.

  • Peggy Olson gets high with Paul and Smitty... and loves it.

  • Betty continues to smoke & drink while pregnant.

  • Paul & Trudy bust out a pretty spectacular Charleston at Roger's Derby Day garden party.

  • Joan treats us to a rather sexy version of "C'est Magnifique" on the accordion.



EPISODE TRIVIA Roger Sterling and Don Draper
LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS & BEHIND-THE-SCENES MAD MEN TIDBITS


  • "Derby Day" 1963 was on Saturday, May 4; the Kentucky Derby that year was won by Chateaugay, who also won the Belmont Stakes and finished 2nd at the Preakness (thus narrowly missing the Triple Crown).



THE DRAPER FILES Don Draper
WHAT DID WE LEARN ABOUT THE MYSTERIOUS DON DRAPER?


  • Don Draper: "Where I grew up there was a road house. It boasted live music. That meant a drum, a bass, and a player piano with nobody at it. I parked cars. Fancy people would go there. They'd get loud, they'd get drunk, but they wouldn't let me use the toilet. So, when nature called, I'd open up a trunk and relieve myself. I was fifteen. There's probably some kid out there doing it to us right now."
See also: You Don't Know Dick



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


  • DISCUSSION THREAD

  • DISCUSSION THREAD



EPISODE VIDEO Sterling Cooper



EPISODE PHOTOS Mad Men photos

Roger Sterling in Blackface
Oh yes, they went there.


HIGH SPIRITS Three-martini lunches
MARTINIS, MANHATTANS & OTHER STIMULATING CONCOCTIONS
Old Overholt rye
  • When Don discovers the bar at the club is out of bourbon, he whips up a pair of well-muddled Old Fashioneds using the best thing he can find: a bottle of Old Overholt rye whiskey.

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

  • Peggy, Paul, and Smitty have to work over the weekend trying to come up with 5 new "occasions for rum" for a Bacardi campaign called "Daiquiri Beach."

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

  • What's up with Betty Draper letting complete strangers put their hands all over her?

  • What's going on with Peggy's new "mother hen" secretary?

  • Things got a little heated between Don and Roger at the party... is their friendship starting to go sour over Jane?

  • How on Earth can the bar at Roger's club be out of bourbon on Derby Day, of all days?

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