Souvenir |

Version 18 - view current page

Catch up with Mad Men
Previous episode: Seven Twenty Three
Next episode: Wee Small Hours

Mad Men Season 3
, Episode 8
EPISODE RECAPMad Men
"Souvenir"

airdate: 10/4/2009
written by Lisa Albert and Matthew Weiner
directed by Phil Abraham

Don takes Betty on a business trip with him to see Connie Hilton in Rome. Meanwhile, Pete tries to help someone who lives in his building.





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


  • "You shouldn't be kissing boys. Boys kiss you." - Betty [to Sally]

  • "New York in August? It's like a great big melting wax museum." -Ken

  • "When you don't have any power, you have to delay things." - Betty

  • "Moneypenny hasn't self-destructed, but it's only a matter of time." - Pete [catching Joan up on the office situation]

  • "What do you like to drink? You're German, right? I can us some beer, or Riesling? Schnapps?" - Pete [trying to seduce his neighbor's German au pair]

  • "You always get that guilty look on your face when you see little children." - Trudy

  • "Every kiss with them after that is a shadow of that kiss." - Betty [explaining to Sally why first kisses are important]



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

  • Betty's mysterious new friend (and benefactor?) revealed his actual name and title: Henry Francis, Governor Rockefeller's Director of Public Relations and Research.

  • Betty speaks fluent Italian.

  • Don and Betty have fun pretending to be strangers at a sidewalk cafe in Rome.

  • Joan reveals that Greg, having washed out as a surgeon, is now studying psychiatry.

  • Joan is now working at Bonwit Teller as a temporary floor manager.

  • Sally's anger and self-image issues mirror Betty's own neuroses to an increasingly alarming degree.

  • So little is going on at Sterling Cooper during the vacation month of August, that the bored staffers are killing time by launching ketchup-filled water balloons across the office.



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


  • Aside from one brief early scene in the nearly empty offices of Sterling Cooper (featuring a bored Pete, Ken, Paul, Harry, and Lois), none of the action takes place in the office.

  • Conrad Hilton is apparently sending Don on an endless series of trips to evaluate his hotels around the world.





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


  • Peggy, Roger, Sal, Cooper, and Lane don't appear in this episode at all.



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


  • In a playful scene in which Don "picks up" Betty at a sidewalk cafe in Rome (in front of two handsome young Italian men), we get a brief glimpse of what Don and Betty's early relationship might have been like.
See also: You Don't Know Dick



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





EPISODE VIDEO Sterling Cooper

EPISODE PHOTOS Mad Men photos

Henry, Betty and Francine

Italian men flirt with Betty

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

  • This episode takes place in August 1963. The most notable historical event of that month is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s August 28 delivery of his "I Have A Dream" speech.

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

  • Pete, clumsily trying to seduce his neighbor's German au pair, offers her a choice of beer, Riesling, or Schnapps.

IN STYLE Mad Men Fashion
THE FASHIONS, STYLES & TRENDS OF THE SIXTIES

  • Bonwit TellerJoan has found work at Bonwit Teller (a department store located at Fifth Avenue & 56th Street). The Bonwit Teller building was demolished in the 1980s by Donald Trump to make way for his Trump Tower.

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

  • Are they going to figure out a way to get Joan back to Sterling Cooper? Will that involve SC trying to land an account with Bonwit Teller?

  • Will Don and Betty's trip to Rome just serve to make Betty all the more aware of how unhappy she is living in Ossining?


NEXT ON MADMENMad Men

  • Wee Small Hours
    Don and Sal both have difficulty giving the clients what they want. Betty hosts a fundraiser.


Previous episode: Seven Twenty Three
Mad Men Season 3
Next episode: Wee Small Hours

Back home to: Mad Men