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Mad Men: Severance – Season 7 Episode 8

After half a year on hiatus, Mad Men returns with it's final 7 episodes. To be honest, I struggled to jump back into the storyline after such a long break, but I think I'm finally back on track. Recap After Roger's bold move to save Don's job and his control over his own company, things seem to have gotten back to normal. The episode opens with Don and the rest of the SC&P guys (I'm assuming the company is still called that) interviewing sexy models for a fur coat ad. It looks like Megan and Don are going through with a divorce after their weird conversation in the last episode. Don's wasting no time in resuming his philandering ways in light of his new freedom. Then Don and Roger take out some of those models to a diner after the auditions. The newly mustachioed Roger manages to insult the waitress, who seems to remind Don of someone. To make up for it (and to show off to his dates), Roger leaves her a huge tip. Still, Don can't keep his eyes off the woman, whose name is Diana. The firm is also handling several different clients. Joan and Peggy are working with Topaz pantyhose, who are being beaten out by the Leggs brand. They can't come up with a plan at first, but Don gives Joan the idea that they could help by making Topaz a store brand instead of trying to market them on their own. That sends Peggy and Joan into

Mad Men: Waterloo – Season 7 Episode 7

Everything starts to fall into place in the mid-season finale of the AMC's Mad Men. With Cutler seemingly becoming more and more determined to get Don out of the agency, Roger makes a big play to try to save him and control of the company. Meanwhile, Peggy is put front and center on the Burger Chef campaign. All of this happens over the backdrop of American astronauts landing on the moon for the first time. Recap When the episode starts off Bert is at home watching the Apollo 11 launch. Ted is flying an airplane with the representatives from Sunkist. As the clients remark about the launch, Ted cuts the engines in the plane and makes it sound like he wants to die. This leads to a very concerned call from Cutler followed by angry shouting from Pete about not trying to kill their clients. Ted tells Cutler that he doesn't want to do advertising anymore and that he wants him to buy him out. After that meeting, Cutler's approached by Lou who tells him that the Commander cigarettes deal is dead. Lou complains that this (and Don) are ruining his reputation in the tobacco industry. Cutler lashes out at him and tells him that he's just a hired hand and to get back to work. Pete, Harry, Don and Peggy are doing actual work and putting together their presentation for Burger Chef. Harry's moping because they're not showing a picture of the new computer (because I guess that's important) and Peggy is

Mad Men: The Strategy – Season 7 Episode 6

Don's still walking a fine line at SC&P and Peggy's getting caught up in the inner-office politics. Even so, this episode sees Don and Peggy rekindling their relationship in the midst of the secret war. In other news Bob Benson's going to be moving on and he wants to take someone else with him. Recap Peggy is at the forefront for the Burger Chef campaign which, along with Philip Morris, is the biggest focus of the SC&P employees this season. Pete's come back into town to hear the pitch and help come up with a strategy. On his way in he grabs Don and asks him to sit in on the meeting, which doesn't sit well with Lou. Peggy gives the pitch and it seems to go over well but, at the end of the meeting, Pete asks Don for his opinion. Don supports the presentation Peggy gave and says it's just what the client wanted. After the meeting, Pete meets with Peggy and Lou to suggest that Don be the one to present the pitch and tag line to the client, with Peggy supporting him as the "voice of mothers". Peggy tells them directly that she's not comfortable being in this situation but Lou, Pete and Ted (who, unbeknown to Peggy has been listening on the phone) all support the idea based on the apparent chauvinism of their client (and their own). Peggy delivers the news to Don who seems genuinely surprised by the idea although he has a little celebratory

Mad Men: The Runaways – Season 7 Episode 5

Every now and the Mad Men breaks from it's usually subtle tone and gives us some big "WHAT!!!!" moments. This episode gives us two: one with Don & Megan and another with Peggy and Ginsberg. There's going to be some weird/uncomfortable morning afters for the characters after this episode. Recap When the episode starts off Don gets a phone call from Stephanie (played by Caity Lotz, aka Sara from Arrow), the niece of his late friend and namesake, Anna Draper. Stephanie is pregnant and broke in California and calls Don for help. Don sends him to Megan (who seems oddly hospitable) to give her a place to stay until he gets there. Megan and Stephanie talk for a while and Megan does her best to take care of Stephanie. When Stephanie mentions (and not in a malicious way) that she knows all of Don's secrets, Megan gets uncomfortable and writes Stephanie a check for $1000 and sends her away. At SC&P, Stan and the other creative guys find a comic drawn by Lou on the copier. It's a source of entertainment for them until Lou overhears them mocking it in the bathroom. During their next meeting Lou, goes on a tirade about people making fun of someone with a dream, or some other such self-important tripe. Trying to flex his "boss muscles" he has everyone working late, including Don who was on his way to see Stephanie in California. After turning down managerial advice from Don, Lou finally calms down and lets everyone

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