Who got scrooged on 'Mad Men'?
May 21st, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Who got scrooged on 'Mad Men'?

It's Christmastime in New York and surprise, everyone's miserable!

Well not everyone, exactly, just Lane. When confronted with jail time in the U.K. for failure to pay back taxes, he went to extreme measures to pay off his debt to Her Majesty.

After persuading the firm's banker to turn on the ol’ cash spigot to the tune of $50,000, Lane played off the influx of cash to the partners as a surplus and suggested the money be parceled out to SCDP employees as Christmas bonuses.

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'Mad Men's' dysfunctional family Thanksgiving
May 14th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

'Mad Men's' dysfunctional family Thanksgiving

[The following post contains spoilers from the May 13 episode of AMC's "Mad Men."]

This week's episode kicked off the 1966 holiday season and served as a reminder that families – whether nuclear or professional – are almost always rife with drama.

We opened with Don putting together a portfolio of work to submit for a New York Times profile on "hip" ad agencies. In doing so, he realized how much of an impact Ginsburg's had on the firm's recent business.

He was also impressed with Michael's pitch for a Pepsi product called “Sno Ball,” but appeared just the slightest bit put out when the guys – Pete and Cosgrove – declared Michael's pitch funnier than his own, a play on the expression “a snowball's chance in hell.”

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'Mad Men': Megan moves on
May 7th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

'Mad Men': Megan moves on

[The following post contains spoilers for the May 6 episode of AMC's "Mad Men."]

After the excitement of the past few episodes, Sunday's "Mad Men" was kind of a slow burn.

However, if you’re a fan of either "Gilmore Girls" or "Saved by the Bell," it was more like Christmas morning with a dash of your birthday thrown in. But I digress.

After work one evening, Pete met Rory Gilmore Beth, a housewife of the Betty Draper variety with an intense dislike of hobos.

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'Mad Men' gets down and dirty
April 30th, 2012
01:38 PM ET

'Mad Men' gets down and dirty

[The following post contains spoilers for the April 29 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]

Good news everyone! Those “adult content” advisories that ran throughout Sunday night’s episode? Completely justified!

But before we get to what scarred Sally for life, let’s talk about what else happened last night.

Glen returned – all grown up and 50 percent less creepy – and it was sort of sweet to see that he and Sally had maintained their friendship over the years.

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'Mad Men's' long, strange trip
April 23rd, 2012
11:36 AM ET

'Mad Men's' long, strange trip

[The following post contains spoilers for the April 22 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]

So that was weird, huh? Turn on, tune in and drop out, indeed.

Peggy, who was left rattled after a fight with Abe and a misplaced good luck totem, established the air of unease that settled over Sunday's episode.

Her encore presentation to the Heinz delegation fell flat, and when the company’s rep expressed his displeasure, she laid into him in a manner that was reminiscent of Don's confrontation with Jantzen several seasons back.

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'Mad Men' delivers a knockout punch
April 16th, 2012
01:01 PM ET

'Mad Men' delivers a knockout punch

[The following post contains spoilers for the April 15 episode of AMC’s "Mad Men."]

Sunday's show opened with a screening of the old drivers ed chestnut, “Blood Runs Red on the Highway,” and it could not have been more fitting for Pete, who had a rough go of it in this episode.

On his quest to obtain a driver’s license, he attempted to woo Jenny, a high school student (ew) in his class. The flirting was coming along creepily until a chiseled meat tower nicknamed "Handsome" (a play on “Hanson,” get it?) swooped in and usurped Pete as Jenny's crush of choice.

Elsewhere, Peggy ran into Ken during her lunch break and he was cryptic about his reason for being at the diner. He later confided that he’d met with a literary agent about turning his collection of sci-fi short stories – written under the nom de plume Ben Hargrove – into a book.

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