Mad Men (2007–2015)
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The Forecast 

Don decides to sell his apartment, Joan stumbles into a relationship while on a trip to Los Angeles, Glen tells Betty and Sally that he is going to Vietnam, and a copywriter gets in trouble for his rude behavior to a client.

Director:

Jennifer Getzinger

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Jonathan Igla | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

Don has several opportunities to reflect on the state of his life and his future. First, he's in the process of selling his apartment. Melanie, his real estate agent, tells him what the state of his apartment displays to the outside world. Second, he's asked by Roger to prepare some materials for a McCann retreat that Roger is attending in the Bahamas, those materials which is to include a look into Sterling Cooper's future. That reflection is influenced by unofficial discussions he has on the issue with among others Peggy and Ted. Third, he has dinner with Sally and a group of her friends, before they are heading off on a summer educational tour. Sally opens up to Don about her feelings toward their family based in part on that dinner. And fourth, he gets caught up in some internal strife on those working on the Peter Pan cookie account, those people being Peggy, Pete, Mathis and Ed. Meanwhile, Betty learns that Sally has maintained a friendship over all these years with Glen Bishop,... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard communicates to Joan that the fact that she has a young child doesn't fit into his retirement plans, and then later in the episode Joan tells him, "I thought about it and I'm sending my son away." Richard's reaction is an incredulous "what?!," and Joan continues, "no, I thought about what you said and I like you, too. And if I have to choose between you and my son, I choose you." Richard's response is to backtrack by saying, "that's not what I said," and Joan scolds him by saying, "that's exactly what you said." Richard's conciliatory reaction is, "well, I thought about it and I want to be a part of your life and your little boy, too." Some viewers were confused by this exchange and assumed that Joan was being serious when she offered to send her (four-year-old) son away. However, on the DVD commentary track for this episode, showrunner Matthew Weiner clarifies that Joan is absolutely being sarcastic when she says this, and furthermore, when he first heard that some posters on the internet couldn't discern that, he was very surprised. Weiner says that given Joan's tone and the context of the conversation, he had a hard time believing that anyone could watch that scene and not understand that Joan was being sarcastic. See more »

Goofs

In Sally's bedroom, there is a BIC 4-Color Ballpoint Pen on the nightstand. That pen wasn't introduced in the US until 1971. See more »

Quotes

Sally Draper: You know what I'm going to write down for my dream? I'm going to get on a bus and get away from you and mom and hopefully become a different person than you two.
Don Draper: Hey! I'm your father. And you may not want to listen to this, but you are like your mother and me. You're going to find that out. You're a very beautiful girl. It's up to you to be more than that.
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Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

A Beautiful Mine
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Composed by RJD2
Performed by RJD2
Series theme music performed over opening titles
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A comical exploration of the future
20 April 2015 | by sportello29See all my reviews

Don is woken up by Melanie, his real estate agent. She is unsuccessfully trying to sell Don's weirdly deserted apartment. Yet another chapter is about to close in Draper's empty(ing) life.

At one point Don get impatient and lashes out at Melanie for not being able to quickly sell his apartment.

''Why don't you tell the buyer that someone lived here who made a million dollars inventing a Frisbee and they had to move in a hurry to a castle in France' - quickly suggests Don.

It provides a good contrast into the fact that Melanie can't imagine and make up stories like a magician, much like Don have been trying for the past years. She has to "show it to people with their eyes open", accurately summarizing that the eyes tell the clients that the apartment 'reeks' of a sad, lonely, and careless person, Don.

Meantime Joan travels to LA to meet with Lou to interview potential work candidates. By accident she encounters Richard Burghoff, a real estate big shot, divorced retiree, who has transitioned his life into having no plans and responsibilities. What starts as an innocent one night stand quickly turns into Richard following Joan to New York, where he finds out about her child. Overcoming the initial shock, this might be a start of a promising relationship, even though Richard is much older, which again points to Joan's shining 'foxiness'.

Roger assigns Don a task to perform a speech at the Mccan's retreat in Bahamas, giving a foray into the firm's future plans and ambitions. A very sarcastic task for Don who can barely figure out what the next day might bring. Having no idea what to say, in his subtle and at times comical way, Don asks for everyone's opinion, even his assistants.

Sally gets a visit from Glen Sharlock, Drapers' old neighbor who has always had a crash on Betty. In another sad parallel to the current events at the time, Glen announces he is shipping out to Vietnam. The irony is that we don't know what will happen to him but somehow assume the worst; we subtly feel the sadness feeling closure to the character we saw 'grow' up from the beginning of the show, however secondary. This is most likely the last time we see Glen.

In his failed attempt to kiss Betty, we see all the sadness of the situation, where a sweet silly kid who acts tough and strong, really has no idea what to do with his life.

The forecast conveys the thought that no one knows what will happen in the future. Like Don, Glen, Peggy and Joan we are left making uneducated guesses that at best are backed up by judgment, facts and experience.


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