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Mad Men Season 3 Episode 3 "My Old Kentucky Home" Recap

Mad Men: This Week's 5 Maddest Moments

We're in that sweet spot now with Mad Men, where the season's exposition has been set up by the first two episodes, so that this week's episode, "My Old Kentucky Home," got to dig into more meatier situations for the characters.

To see what I thought were the five best or most interesting moments and discuss (spoilers ahead), just


  • Peggy's first marijuana experience. We seem to all be in agreement that more Peggy is a good thing, and to hear her saying "I'm so high" is a hilariously quintessential '60s moment.
  • All that singing! Not only do we get to hear Kinsey's college-honed pipes, we are also treated to Joan's lovely vocals (in French, no less).
  • Um, Roger Sterling in blackface. Mad Men has never had any qualms about showing the social landscape of the era, as offensive as things are to us now, but I was still pretty taken aback by Roger's performance.
  • Betty's pregnant sexuality. That flirtatious encounter with the stranger at the Sterling shindig is interesting, and her makeout with Don in the last seconds of the episode is surprising, sweet, and sexy.
  • The happiness/foolishness conversation between Don and Roger. It's awkward and even borderline inappropriate on Don's end, but by far one of my favorite parts of this episode.

What other moments from the episode shocked or pleased you? Sally being a thief? Joan's uncomfortable dinner party?

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dcist dcist 7 years
Tom Cruise look-alike is Miles Fisher.. he actually graduated in the same class as my husband at Harvard. He's definitely on the rise and I liked his performance on MM this week
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
Smorzalli- I was thinking the same things about the Tom Cruise lookalike!
smorzalli smorzalli 7 years
Did anyone else think that Jeffrey (the drug dealer) looked kind of like a young Tom Cruise? Who is that actor?!
cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
Pete and Trudy dance was a hoot, I thought it was adorable and hilarious. I really like Trudy and it was nice to see her and Pete enjoying themselves!! also Don's reaction to Roger's performance was priceless, hahaha I'm really intrigued with Joan's storyline, really like her and hope she leaves her man. Don and Betty were sweet and sexy at the end!
suzpuz suzpuz 7 years
Caterpillargirl, i don't think lylpookie is talking about Kinsey's princeton friend (aka the drug dealer) but the other character who was brought into sterling cooper last season to get a fresh perspective on the creative team. I definitely picked up on the same vibe lylpookie, especially when he mentioned going up to the roof with her. i also loved the trudy and pete dance scene, hilarious.
tiabia tiabia 7 years
I loved the parallel that was drawn between Roger's dinner party and Joan's. Roger happily played the buffoon for his party guest, while Joan was quite hesitant in performing for hers. The different reactions from their respective partners...Jane getting drunk, Harris trying all avenues to please his guest...LOVE IT!!! I also loved the Pete and Trudy dance, although I wonder why Harry Crane's wife left the dance-floor in such a tizzy. I'm all for more Peggy scenes. I just love her...she sure is starting to work that "Women's rights" doubt she's a burgeoning feminist.
vlada vlada 7 years
I liked the Pete and Trudy dance was cute, I don't think that it was uncommon back then for couples to practice their moves to show off at social events. Betty's flirting gave me the impression that her quickie last season opened up a whole other side of her instead of just being revenge sex as she probably intended.
pargie pargie 7 years
Right-- Pete and Trudy's dance number was too much. Only they would have a dance choreographed. They are both such tools. I'm happy to see more of Joan's personal life, it is so awesome. I love all of the awkwardness of her husband's coworkers wives teaching her the ropes. I had no idea she was considered lower class. Love the way that woman carries herself and exerts her power. The pregnant Betty flirting was great too. I secretly want Betty to have an affair after all of Don's escapades. I hope we see him later, there was so much chemistry!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Lyl, he isnt the new guy, he was the drug dealer........
Angelica Angelica 7 years
I thought Peggy smoking with the boys was priceless. I am excited to see if that co-worker (whose name I don't know) and her hit it off later. Don telling Roger "no one thinks you're happy" was really intense too. I had crazy uncomfortable moments with the stealing, black face and Joan's dinner party. Such a dramatic episode.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
Great episode!
lylpookie lylpookie 7 years
Yes, I also loved the Campbell dance. It was cute but just perfect because it was so choreographed and scripted, just like Pete tries to live his life. I also loved the whole Peggy high scene. Was it just me or was there definitely new interest that was shown from the young creative (not Kinsey, but the other guy that asked her up on the roof.) I hope that kind of unfolds to see how it goes.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
I loved the dance between Pete and Trudy. Too cute!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I havent laughed like I laughed when Roger did his black face in a long time, it was combination of shock and just laughing at the ballz on the mad men people had to show that.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'm in the 10% that's not in agreement that more Peggy is a good thing. So, I guess I'm not included in "we all." I find her irritating and I'm sometimes tempted to fast forward through the scenes that include her. I'm glad I didn't this week, because I did wind up liking some of the bits with her secretary. I thought Don and Betty each had some great scenes this week, including Betty flirting with the stranger and Don's interaction with the stranger at the bar. I also enjoyed seeing Don's reaction to Roger's blackface and I thought the Roger/Don showdown/interaction was interesting. I hate to see Joan so unhappy. It's interesting to see how her personality differs in different situations.
RK2590 RK2590 7 years
The showdown between Jane and Joan in the office was the best. Totally made my blood boil!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
oh, and also. Can we have a Do, Dump or Marry for Sam Page?! Because good Lord is he hot or what?!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I was a little shocked at Roger's face paint, but it is set back before the civil rights and everything. so I let it go. Joan is amazing. LOVE her. Betty is so unemotional about her kids, I kind of feel like once the new baby comes, she's going to have a really awesome story with post-partum depression or something. The grandpa storyline was wonderful. You could tell that the adults all knew she had stolen the money and Carla was scared of what Grandpa was going to do. Was a tender moment I thought when he asked her to read with him. Loved Peggy getting stoned!
buckley9383 buckley9383 7 years
Great episode! I loved all of Peggy's scenes. And I wish we could have had a scene where she shows all the ad copy she came up with while she was stoned. That would have been a treat! lol
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