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The Grown-Ups 

On the weekend of the John F. Kennedy assassination, Pete finds out that he lost the promotion to Cosgrove, Roger Sterling's daughter's wedding goes off as planned, and Betty musters up the courage to respond to Don's confessions.


Barbet Schroeder


Matthew Weiner (created by), Brett Johnson | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Draper
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Bryan Batt ... Salvatore Romano (credit only)
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Robert Morse ... Bertram Cooper
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Jared Harris ... Lane Pryce
Mark Moses ... Duck Phillips
Talia Balsam ... Mona Sterling
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper


It's November 21, 1963, and no one seems to be particularly happy. The heating/cooling system at Sterling Cooper isn't working properly, so people are either freezing to death or sweltering in the heat. That is nothing compared to the news Pete receives: Ken has been made sole Vice-President of Accounts. This news makes Pete contemplate his future. Don is upset that no one has been hired to replace Sal, and it doesn't look like Lane is in any hurry to do so. Margaret Sterling's wedding is in two days and she is still upset that her step-mother, Jane, is planning on attending. Jane, on the other hand, is angry that Roger dotes on his daughter more than he pays attention to her. The unlikely allies in the Sterling family feud are Roger and Mona. But none of these unfortunate goings-on compare to the news the world hears the following day: that President John F. Kennedy has been assassinated. This news places a pall over the world, and makes people reconsider attending the Sterling ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


In the reception scene, a guest commented to Margaret "You are so beautiful, like Natalie Wood or something". Elizabeth Rice who plays Margaret Sterling played a teenage Natalie Wood in the mini series The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) See more »


After Duck and Peggy have sex in the hotel room, Duck plugs in the TV and turns it on, whereupon the picture shows up instantly. Television sets in 1963 used vacuum tube technology and required several seconds to warm up before the picture would appear. The TV used in the show was likely a modern set made to look like a vintage set. See more »


Peggy Olson: What are you doing here?
Don Draper: The bars are closed.
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


The End Of The World
Music by Arthur Kent
Lyrics by Sylvia Dee
Performed by Skeeter Davis
[closing credits]
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The Inevitable JFK is Jesus Christ Episode
23 October 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

The only different being the latter rose. My God this JFK stuff is just too much. Every movie and TV show of this era treats the assassination like it was something more than it was, and goes into a religious level, and is so predictable and boring. This episode is marred by too much of that sentiment while, true at the time, makes this a filler episode that doesn't move the story except for one very important aspect: Don's back in the dog house because Betty, having found the truth about Don/Dick, has had too much. Plus she's in love with the guy with the face of a nose.

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1 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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