Mad Men Season 3 Episode 4 Recap

By far the best episode of this short season. Yikes. Plus, Don closing up the cot makes 2 iconic last scenes in 2 weeks. I’m not going to be able to make it if the rest of the episodes are this good. Let’s get to it.
-I usually like to do these note sections in chronological order, but hell, let’s just start off with Gene. Gene letting Sally drive, Gene yelling at Bobby about eating an English muffin in the car and then yelling at Bobby again when he said peaches give him a rash, Gene telling Bobby not to listen to Don. And this one deserves it’s own sentence, Gene eating chocolate ice cream with a sprinkle of salt. That’s coming back around you, you know. When he said he was smelling oranges, I knew it was a precursor to dying, but I couldn’t remember where I’d heard that before. This seems to open the door for Betty to have the baby, but we all thought the baby would be out before the first episode, didn’t we? In any case, for a death we all expected, it certainly took up a lot of air in the episode.

Moving along to other major points:
-Horace, the tan Pete Campbell, wants to start a jaialai league, but can’t stop saying things like, “I’m terrified of him catching balls in the face.” This is all obviously a set up for the idea that Don hates how PPL is running Sterling Cooper.
-Someone needs to tell someone, that they may think they’re making a movie and making a show made to be watched on DVD, but almost every single break to commercial is too abrupt. This has the jarring effect of reminding you you’re watching the show on TV, like the channel wants you to. Why is this hard for them?
-Joanie dropping Ibsen. Classy.
-Don breaking the ant farm and then saying, “Bill it to the kid.” Why not?
-Recognize Peggy’s new roommate played by Carla Gallo. You probably saw her last in Undeclared or Californication.
-Sal getting to be a director is meh, as is Peggy getting an apartment in the city, but not bad for what seemed to be the 5th and 6th plot line of the show.
What did you think?

Mad Men Season 3 Episode 4 Recap

0 thoughts on “Mad Men Season 3 Episode 4 Recap

  1. I believe this was the first episode that ever revealed exactly where the Drapers live (Ossining, NY – according to the squad car that pulled up in front of their house). I’m not familiar enough with the NYC metro area to know if that information is significant, but I’ve always wondered where they live since I’m kinda obsessive about geography.


    1. aaron cohen says:

      That’s a really great point. I think you might be right. I remember people were excited last year when Don gave the cabbie Freddie Rumson’s address. Good catch.


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