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Mad Men Season 3
, Episode 11
EPISODE RECAPMad Men
"The Gypsy and the Hobo"

airdate: October 24, 2009
written by Marti Noxon, Cathryn Humphris, & Matthew Weiner
directed by Jennifer Getzinger

Betty packs a bag while the kids talk to Don over breakfast. They're planning for Halloween, and Sally wants to be Minnie Mouse; Bobby wants to be an astronaut. The kids learn they're leaving for a week with their mom, going to their cousins' house in Philadelphia. Betty asks Betty for more money (which she knows is hidden in his drawer), but he doesn't go for the bait.



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


  • Roger: "Mr. Hooker has rearranged the secretaries in the pool alphabetically."
    Joan: "By cup size?"
    Roger: "Well, I know where you'd be sitting."

  • "You want to be on some people's minds. Some people's, you don't." - Roger
  • "...and who are you supposed to be?" - Neighbor, to Don Draper



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


  • Wow! When Betty finally confronts Don about his secret past, he gives her an unusually open and emotional account of his life, in one of the most powerful scenes of the series:

    Don: "Where do you want me to start?"
    Betty: "What's your name?"
    Don: "Donald Draper. But it used to be Dick Whitman."
    Betty: "And who's that woman? Your other wife."
    Don: "It wasn't... romantic. I ended up married to her because I ran away to join the army. There was an accident, and this guy was killed, and I was injured. But they made a mistake, and all I had to do was be him, and I could leave Korea."
    Betty: "Be who?"
    Don: "Donald Draper."
    Betty: "You took his name."
    Don: "Yes."
    Betty: "Isn't that against the law?"
    Don: "Yes. I found out it was easier to be him than to start over. And it turned out he was married to that woman, so I took care of her. And then I divorced her the minute I met you."
    Betty: "You divorced her on Valentine's Day 1953. Three months before we got married. Why didn't you tell me? Why couldn't you tell me any of this?"
    Don: "When? On the day we met? On our first date? On our wedding night? Why did you need to know?"
    Betty: "You don't get to ask any questions. You have a family."
    Don: "No I don't."
    Betty: "All this time I thought you were some football hero who hated his father. I knew you were poor. I knew you were ashamed of it. I see how you are with money, you don't understand it."
    Don: "I was very poor."
    Betty: "Did you see her when you were in California?"
    Don: "I did. And she reminded me that I loved you."
    Betty: "What would you do if you were me? Would you love you?"
    Don: "I was surprised that you ever loved me."
    Betty: "Am I supposed to feel sorry for you?"
    Don: "I don't know."
    Betty: "You obviously wanted me to know this, or you wouldn't have left your keys, you wouldn't have kept all this in my house. Say something!"
    Don: "I didn't think I had a choice. And I don't know what the difference is. I mean, this is our house. And those are our children."
    Betty: "Oh, there's a big difference. You lied to me every day. I can't trust you. I don't know who you are."
    Don: "Yes you do."
    [Gene starts crying in the next room.]
    Betty: "We're not done."

  • Later, Don and Betty resume their conversation upstairs, as Don shows her pictures of his family:

    Don: "This is my father. Archibald. This, that's not my mother. My mother was a 22-year-old prostitute who died having me. This woman... Abigail, Archie's wife... she raised me. And when I was 10, Arch died, and we moved. And Abigail took up with him. Mack. Uncle Mack. He was nice to me."
    Betty: "What happened to them?"
    Don: "They're all dead."
    Betty: "Even Adam? The little boy in all the pictures. I assume he's your brother."
    Don: "He was my half-brother. And he died. He killed himself. He came to me because he wanted help. And I turned him away. He didn't even want help, he just... he just wanted to be part of my life. And I couldn't risk all this. He killed himself."
    [Don breaks down crying.]
    Betty: "I'm sorry. I am."
See also: You Don't Know Dick



EPISODE VIDEO Sterling Cooper

EPISODE PHOTOS Mad Men photos

Don & Susan before the weekend getway

Don and Betty with his box of secrets

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

  • Still looking for work to support her husband, Joan calls Roger for help.

  • Joan finally gets fed up with Greg's whining and self-pity, and cracks him on the noggin with a vase.

  • Betty confronts Don over the secrets she discovered in his desk.

  • Greg "solves" his professional crisis... by joining the army.
  • Don cries when finally recounting his past to Betty.

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

  • The characters Pete, Paul, Harry, Ken, and Sal don't appear in this episode at all.

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

  • This episode takes place over the week leading up to Halloween, 1963.

  • The 1961 film The Misfits (referenced as the film that revealed that horse meat was the primary ingredient in dog food) also features the final performances of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable.

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

  • An old client returns to Sterling Cooper -- a dog-food company now owned by Annabelle Mathis, an ex-flame of Roger's.

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

  • What will happen with Don and his most recent mistress, Sally's teacher?

  • Will Don and Betty's marriage be stronger, now that she knows his secret? Or will it eat away at them?

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

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