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Mad Men Episode Review and Recap, "The Fog"

Mad Men: This Week's 5 Maddest Moments

Peggy asks Don in this week's episode of Mad Men, eyes shining with tears, "What if this is my time?" and I thought, man, Elisabeth Moss, this could be your time.

Indeed, the episode belongs to not just Peggy, but also to the other female force of the show: Betty Draper. "The Fog" of the episode's title is the drug-induced indignity of '60s childbirth Betty has to endure, along with her mismanaged grief over her father's death.

But that's just the beginning of the madness. To see what I thought were the best moments from this week's episode (spoilers ahead!), just



  • The entire 1960s birthing experience. God, poor Betty, I thought, throughout her hospital stay (check out what Lil had to say about the traumatic scene). Oh, and also: so glad I don't have to give birth in the '60s. The fun stuff just piled up on Betty, starting with her isolation: the scary drugs that brought on the "twilight sleep" of creepy hallucinations, the enema (yick!), her sad struggle with the nurse in the delivery room.
  • The blood motif: First, there's the weird splice of Sally's blood-covered face during the parent-teacher meeting, then Betty's disturbing dream that features her father mopping up blood and her mother wiping the blood off of a suited African-American man (most likely Medgar Evers).
  • Pete and Peggy reunited: But it didn't feel so good. The Pete/Peggy storyline is one I've been super eager to get back into after last season's emotional confession from Peggy that she'd given up Pete's baby for adoption. Unfortunately, it's not the reunion I was hoping for — Duck's surprise lunch to woo them to his agency is a total misstep. Still, hearing him acknowledge P&P's "secret relationship" is somehow gratifying.
  • Integration at Sterling Cooper: Pete Campbell becomes the unwitting face of integration when he proposes a blended race strategy for Admiral televisions. His conversation with Hollis, reprimand from the partners for his bold suggestion, and Betty's aforementioned hallucination all indicate the coming storm of racial issues.
  • Peggy and Don's office chat: When Peggy tells Don, "I look at you and think, I want what he has," shortly after fingering a baby's slipper, we know she's not just talking about his salary and status. We've always known that Don doesn't appreciate all he has, but his hollow answer to Peggy's proclamation that he has everything, "I suppose that's probably true," cements it.

It was a heavy time-period episode, with the mention of integration, equal pay for women, and the archaic delivery room methods, but the character evolutions continue to crackle. What parts of the episode got to you the most?

P.S. Dear Don Draper. Your interaction with the PYT of a teacher worries me. Please keep it in your pants.

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JCP0240 JCP0240 7 years
Pargie, I believe Buzz was referring to having a family, especially since she gave up Pete's baby. Another great episode. Buzz thought your comment at the end about Don keepign it in his pants was funny but so true! Remember the episode before the way he was watching the teacher out in the schoolyard with the children.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
such a great recap
pargie pargie 7 years
Buzz, what did you mean Peggy was alluding to more than Don's salary/status? Is there something I didn't pick up on? Terrible how the husbands weren't allowed to go in the delivery room with their pregnant wives. Sometimes I hate Don, he seems so heartless about his wife and kids sometimes. It really showed, when the new father to-be was gushing on and on and Don was just super calm like it was no big deal. But I guess that's Don for you. Yes, and please keep it in the pants Don! That's just wishful thinking though.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Thanks for the info Curlywhirl. I did not pick up on the mention of Medger Ever's name. Don never keeps it in his pants.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
That's right, I bet that's who it was supposed to be.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 7 years
I meant to write Medger Ever
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 7 years
Oh yeah while I was watching Don w/Sally's teacher I was hoping it wouldn't lead to anything...
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 7 years
Buzz - i think the black man with blood was supposed to be Medger Even's. Remember Sally's teacher said that she'd been asking questions about him. He was a civil rights worker that was killed.
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