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Crisis at the agency
jotix10013 June 2011
Warning: Spoilers
The big secret about Lucky Strike leaving the agency comes to haunt Roger big time. Kent Cosgrove learns about the fact at a dinner where a colleague stops by to tell him. Ken goes to see Pete Campbell, who is at the hospital where Trudy has been taken with labor pains. Pete goes into a panic, excusing himself to go see Don Draper, who has not been told anything by Roger.

Bert Cooper wants Roger to be on the first plane to Raleigh to talk some sense into Lee in considering what he is about to do. Roger never goes, he calls from his room as the Statler pretending the decision is irreversible. That does not mean he does not call Joan to tell her what is going on and asking her to come to the hotel.

Peggy has a new boyfriend, Abe. As they return from the beach, she takes her to her apartment. ABe is shocked at the way Peggy's room looks, but the sexual attraction proves to be stronger. Peggy, arriving to work late, misses most of Bert Cooper's announcement to the staff and at the changes at the agency. Don asks her to do the Playtex presentation. Everyone must come to the help of the agency.

Later on, Faye Miller stops at Don's office. She notices how tense he is. She is concerned, when Don asks her to get her influence in drumming new business for the agency, something that upsets her greatly because she is unprepared to compromise her integrity as an independent source for the people she advises. Faye leaves in a frenzy, after all, how can Don use her? Things are getting uglier as different clients begin to cancel their accounts. Don has no idea how to contain the hemorrhage at the heart of the business. Later on, his secretary, Megan comes to say good night, bringing him files he wants to go over. One thing leads to another, and they have sex at the office. When Don gets home that night he finds Faye trying to slip a note under his door. Still upset, Don asks her to come in. In her note, she has arranged for a meeting with Heinz as a prospective client for the agency.

Directed by Phil Abraham, this was another good episode of the series. Written by Erin Levy, the chapter is charged with emotion as the end appears to be closer than anyone could have predicted. Loyalty is the main idea behind the action, as companies react at the possibility of having the agency go under. The other main idea is about how Don wants to use Faye, however good intentioned he is, because of the desperation of getting new business for the agency.
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nothing is going to change..
Arth_Joshi31 July 2018
Mad Men

Mad Men; one of the most acclaimed series by critics, loved by the fans and buzzed at the award shows, is a character driven series created by Matthew Weiner depicting the inner world of an ad agencies set in '60s in New York. The writing is sharp, elaborative, adaptive and exquisite that keeps the audience tangled in its not-so-likable and faulty world on the edge of their seat.

It is rich on technical aspects like projecting the chemistry among the characters, stunning cinematography, beautiful camera work, references mentioned in the conversations and the classic tone of the series that makes it supremely watchable.

The primary reason why the series stands alone is not only its nature to work in a metaphorical way but to weave out a poem from the sequence, is the genuine soul behind it that attains a certain closure in each episode. The performance objective is score majestically by the cast especially by the protagonist Jon Hamm who is supported convincingly by the cast like Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and John Slattery.

The practical conversations, the whistle-blowing dialogues, three-dimensional characters, excellent execution, finely detailed set-pieces, alluring costume design are the high points of the series that helps it enter the major league.

Season 04

As much as aware they are of their each character's perspective, the fourth act seems to have unexpected and bold decisions that leads to both disappointing and an exhilarating experience especially the track that depicts the repercussions that Hamm's divorce breeds on his family.

Chinese Wall

The office politics and issues that it dealt with at the stage, is aptly depicted but it also seems to be out-of-time and on few aspects repetitive for it to disenchant the viewers and on Hamm's perspective there has been few inessential calls.
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