Mad Men (2007–2015)
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The partners discover that the firm is losing its independence and there's nothing they can do about it. Peggy is not sure if she wants to come along. Meanwhile, Pete and Trudy have trouble getting their daughter into private school.


Jared Harris


Matthew Weiner (created by), Erin Levy | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Francis (credit only)
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Harris
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
Kiernan Shipka ... Sally Draper (credit only)
Jessica Paré ... Megan Draper (credit only)
Kevin Rahm ... Ted Chaough
Christopher Stanley ... Henry Francis (credit only)
Jay R. Ferguson ... Stan Rizzo
Mason Vale Cotton ... Bobby Draper (credit only)
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Alison Brie ... Trudy Campbell


While working on an account with Stan that involves children, Peggy muses about how terrible a mother she would be. Trudy is facing a difficult time getting Tammy into the pre-school she wants - a school at which a Campbell has attended for as long as Pete can remember - and as such, Pete decides to help Trudy smooth the waters with the school's administration to get Tammy a placement there. These and other personal issues take a back seat when a crisis occurs at Sterling Cooper from what looked to be a simple but devastating clerical oversight. It was not an oversight, but rather a calculated move. The Sterling Cooper partners want the crisis placed under wraps from the staff until they decide how best to handle it. Through the worries of the partners, Don believes he has stumbled onto a solution, which may take some maneuvering to achieve. One of those more difficult manoeuvrings entails getting Ken on side, he who still has hard feelings about being let go by Roger. As they deal ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

26 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jared Harris, who played the role of Lane Pryce, makes his directorial debut on this episode See more »


When Don and Roger are in the bar, Roger tosses a folded bill onto the counter top to pay the check. Roger and Don keep talking and between different camera angles, the bill changes orientation from shot to shot. See more »


Peggy Olson: I don't hate kids.
Stan Rizzo: Look, you got to a certain point in your life and it didn't happen. I understand you're angry about it, but you've got a lot of other things.
Peggy Olson: Don't do that.
Stan Rizzo: I mean it. You couldn't have done all you've done otherwise.
Peggy Olson: I guess that's the secret to your spectacular career? The fact that you don't have kids?
Stan Rizzo: Not that I know of!
Peggy Olson: That's funny to you. Because it wouldn't matter if you did. You can walk away.
Stan Rizzo: I would never do that.
Peggy Olson: But you may not even know. That's what you said. ...
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »


Money Burns A Hole In My Pocket
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Hilliard
Performed by Dean Martin
[Played over the closing credits]
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