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Mad Men Episode Review and Recap, "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency"

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So how did this year's Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series follow up its win? With a shocking turn of events that made me stop and wonder if I was on the right channel.

Even the pun-y title, "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency," was sort of un-Mad Men-like. But with an episode loaded with the visit from Sterling Cooper's British owners, Joan's last day, and Sally's aversion to her baby brother, there was a lot going on.

To see what I thought of this week's episode (spoilers ahead!), just


  • The bloody British invasion: Eeeeeeeeeew! In the grossest Mad Men scene ever, secretary Lois runs over visiting Guy's foot, splattering blood all over employees and the walls. (Did it really need to spray like that?! It was like an episode of Dexter.) I wanted to make like Peggy and pass out, though Sterling does get points for his "foot in the door" joke.
  • The Mad Men laugh factory: The second funniest joke of the episode is Joan's "One minute you're on top of the world, the next minute some secretary's running you over with a lawn mower." Don laughed! A full-on chortle! And early on, John dryly punks Kinsey by telling him he should shave his beard. "That was a joke," he tells an irate Kinsey. I needed the assurance myself — and for the whole episode. I was thrown off; this is usually a giggle-free hour of TV.
  • More Joan, please: I was happy to see so much screen time for Joan. Even though I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop with her husband, I like that he's humanized when he doesn't receive his residency. Likewise, that prompts more of Joan without her standard her steely office manager facade as she offers sympathy and comfort to her devastated husband. It's an obvious contrast to Don and Betty's relationship, where communication is not a strong point. Later, she tears up when Sterling Cooper celebrates her contribution, and then once again shows how much the office needs her when the accident strikes.
  • Don and Roger's barbershop date: Sure, Don tells Roger he looks like a fool earlier in the season, but unlike Burt Cooper I didn't really sense that they need to patch things up. I still love that Burt sends Don and Roger on a date in an effort to get them to be buds again.
  • What's in a name? Sally's inability to gain closure over Grandpa Gene's death is all wrapped up in her new brother. I gotta say, I was a little weirded out myself that Betty chose to name the baby after her father. There's a clear winner in parenting this week — Betty tries to solve Sally's problem with a Barbie doll "from" baby Gene, while Don tenderly shows Sally that the baby's life is a new start. I couldn't help but swoon.

What moments stood out to you in this week's episode? Were you as beside yourself as I was over the foot/lawnmower scene? And what did you make of Conrad Hilton's summoning Don to a meeting?

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JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
Annalisa I think you bring up a good point. Sure as leslievanhoute brings up (so nicely) there are a lot of " a blank walks into a blank"....Matt Weiner did a lot of work on the Sopranos so it is interesting in the least. Loved this episode. They will obviously make a way to keep Joan in the show, or at least they better! I absolutely enjoy every scene she is in, and it is sad to see how upset she is about leaving, when most women in this time would be thrilled to start having babies etc etc. I am curious what will happen with Roger's job or if the organization chart really was just a mistake. Overall very good episode. Oh and the preview showed Peggy opening up what appeared to be a gift and Pete says something like, "its from him isn't it?" I wonder if Duck is trying again to woo some Sterling Cooper employees over to work with him.
buckley9383 buckley9383 8 years
This episode was great! This season is really starting to pick up speed and I love it!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
annalisa- there's a whole genre of [blank] walks into a [blank] jokes a priest and rabbi walk into a bar a horse walks into a bar a naked blond walks into a bar, with a poodle under one arm and a two foot salami under the other I loved this episode. Lois is suck a walking train wreck, the brits were so completely heartless and Roger & Joan belong together.
annalisa annalisa 8 years
I was wondering if the title made reference to the Soprano's " A guy walks into a psychiatrist's office"...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I predict that Joan don and Peggy leave and go work for Duck.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I LOVED this episode, but it left me wanting more. What happens next week?!?!
Home Home 8 years
I loved Joan in this week's episode, and everything about Joan this week reaffirmed by belief that she is this show's biggest pragmatist. I really don't think that her comforting of her jerky husband (he raped her, remember?) came from a place of love as much as a place of necessity. Joan has to pull things together, and in order to do that, she needs her husband to get his business in order. As if to pound this point home, it was Joan who dealt (amazingly, calmy, swiftly) with Guy's severed foot. I bet Joan's fingers might have the brains of a surgeon, even if her husband's don't. Poor Joan. I love her so much. I also loved it when Sally threw her barbie out her window. Loved it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
my favorite quote. When peggy gave Don her baby gift "its clothes, but please dont return it, I was the youngest and you hardly ever get anything new" Totally can relate to that!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
When Kinsey says "who the hell are you people?!" after he tells him to shave his beard, I was laughing out-loud. Overall this weeks episode was greatness. Love seeing Joan do anything basically and her husband was really sad this week. :( Sorry, I think he's hot. haha
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