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Recap of Mad Men Episode "The Beautiful Girls" 2010-09-20 06:30:00

Mad Men's 5 Maddest Moments: Episode "The Beautiful Girls"

On this week's Mad Men, Don (and his voice over) take a backseat to the ladies of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Faye comments that not having kids was her decision; Peggy's concerned that her new male copy writers could easily unseat her; and Joan struggles to stay collected with her husband about to be shipped to Vietnam. Then there's Miss Blankenship, the office spinster and shining example of what you don't want to happen to you.

Feminist perspective aside, there are plenty of shockers from the evening as well. Don has a girlfriend? Sally runs away from home? Roger has sex in a dirty alley with...?! Well, I don't want to spoil everything just yet. If you're ready to talk about the big moments just


  • Don adds another notch to the belt: You didn't really expect Don to keep up his chastity act with Faye, did you?! Apparently that didn't last, because the latest episode kicks off early with a particularly, er, vocal display of Don and Faye's relationship. The two are now sleeping together, but it looks like Don's in it for more than just sex, letting Faye lock up his apartment and exchanging knowing looks in meetings. Sally asks if he's going to marry his new paramour, to which he responds that Sally might see her more often. The outlook seems good for Faye, but do you think Don will keep around for long?
  • Little girl lost: Sally continues her wild streak and runs away from home to find Don, showing up at the agency unannounced. With his two worlds colliding — father and businessman — Don doesn't know what to do, asking Faye to watch her at his apartment (Faye may be able to smooth talk with focus groups, but her awkward "hello" makes it obvious that she does not do well with children). Later, Sally revels in being close to her father again, spending the night eating pizza and making french toast for him, even though (oops!) she mixes up the rum and Mrs. Butterworth's bottles. But the next day, Don still tells Sally that she'll have to go back to Betty, sending her into a screaming fit. She sprints down the office hallway and falls flat on her face. One of the secretaries tries to make her feel better by saying "it's going to be alright," to which Sally replies a devastating "No, it's not." I hate to say it, but I think Sally may be right as far as she's concerned, the poor kid.
  • Very public displays of affection: I know I'm supposed to feel bad for Joan with her husband Greg going to Vietnam, but she's been particularly irritable the past couple of episodes. You just knew she was going to snap, and well, it happens. Roger makes a few suggestive comments, she gets angry, he apologizes by sending her a masseuse, and soon they're having dinner to discuss what's going on with her. Finally, her wall comes down a little, and the two leave the restaurant — where they get held up by a mugger. Roger sends him away with their belongings, and then tries to calm down Joan who goes in for a kiss. But it doesn't stop there, as Joan hikes up her dress, and they get it on right there by the street! Whoa. Nothing like a near-death experience to bring people together. Then the clincher: when Roger apologizes the next day, Joan says she's not sorry.
  • You say you want a revolution: Peggy's progressive friends are back! Her lesbian pal Joyce returns and she plays matchmaker for Peggy and Abe — the guy that she kissed a few episodes ago. Abe gets opinionated on Peggy, telling her about a protest happening with her Fillmore Auto Parts client where they won't allow "negroes" in their Southern stores. The debate flusters her, so she leaves their arranged date, but then Abe shows up at her office the next day with an article stating his argument. Peggy's furious, concerned that if he publishes it, she'll get fired. But his statements don't fall totally on deaf ears; in a meeting with Don and Ken, Peggy suggests that they hire Harry Belafonte to sing a jingle for the auto parts company (which of course, Don shoots down).
  • Miss Blankenship, R.I.P.: Yes, Miss Blankenship bites it, keeling over right at her desk. With an important meeting with the auto parts company going on, the secretaries have to band together to wheel Blankenship out of the office with a blanket over her body. Their back-and-forth removal and cleanup was perhaps the funniest part of the night (morbid, but true). Let's all take a moment to recall Blankenship's mean and often-inappropriate quips. Even the line she had in this episode where she asks Don if he's going to the bathroom made me laugh out loud. May she rest in peace.

What did you think of the episode? Were you happy to see Joan and Roger knock boots once more? Surprised to see Don and Faye hop in bed so quickly? Still bummed about Miss Blankenship's departure? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, or join the group It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Men World in the BuzzSugar Community to chat some more!

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LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 6 years
casasugar, I will never forget the rape scene ever! I don't understand how Joan can just act like it never happened. And the truth is that Roger really does love Joan. I love Joan/Roger. They are so hot. A HOT ging and a silver fox lol. It really was devastating when Sally said, "No it's not" because you know she's right. Does anyone else think that Betty was a way more interesting character in season 1??
care0531 care0531 6 years
I loved Joan in this episode! I loved her with Roger and I agree with you CasaSugar...who can forget that rape scene! I was shocked she still married him! I never really thought about it but Onlysourcherry I agree with you...I can see Joan ending up pregnant from this evening and with all her struggles to get pregnant to begin with! I am wondering when we are going to learn more about the troubled past of Betty.....lets face it she isn't as perfect as she may seem and you can see it more with all the issues that Sally has...that poor little thing.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
i just want to give sally draper a big hug! that poor little girl is desparately seeking love and affection from her parents and its just so sad to watch on screen. i never really thought much about the roles of the main women (peggy, joan, betty, even sally). they are all such different characters, but they are all trying to make it in a "man's world".
Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
such a good episode- I am also loving Joan and Peggy's relationship lately although I wish they were getting along better, but I get the friction. I'm so sad Ms. Blankenship died. I loved her and her interactions with everyone. Sadly missed
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
I love Roger and Joan together. She's been a real pitiful thing this whole season, it's nice to see some of the old Joan back. I want them together for real, not in hiding. Don's response to Sally's rum french toast was funny...he really didn't mind them! :rotfl: I really liked that they gave Sally more time this episode, you can tell she's suffering because of her living situation, and it's only going to get worse as she gets older. I'm sad Mrs. Blankenship died. :cry: She was hysterical, and the interactions between her and Don were super funny.
Home Home 6 years
I've been enjoying the way that the writers have been playing Peggy and Joan off of each other in the past few episodes, with Peggy representing the more forward face of women in the workforce, and Joan representing the old guard. Joan has worked so hard to acquire her small modicum of power in the office (as has Peggy, but her rise has been very quick), and I can see how they can be portrayed as natural adversaries. I hope this doesn't become the case, as it seemed to be episode before last with the firing of Joey . . . As far as Roger and Joan goes, good for Joan! Her husband may be on his best behavior, but who can forget the rape scene? Not me. Roger may be a cad and a fool, but he genuinely cares about Joanie for who she is, which I don't think is the case with Joan's husband. Plus, Roger and Joan make a really hot couple.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
To me, Roger's comment didn't necessarily mean that he will be buying Joan new rings. I loved seeing so much Sally in this episode; I think that her storylines are getting more and more interesting each season. I also think it's interesting to look at her in relation to Betty, whom I also think is a very interesting character.
Entertainment Entertainment 6 years
Thank you for the catch guys — cannot believe I misspelled her name, especially since I loved her so much!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
First of all, it's Miss Blankenship. Have a little respect for the dearly departed! Roger says that "everything can be replaced," which is really interesting because it means Roger will be buying Joan her new engagement and wedding rings. I half suspect that Joan will have a bun in the oven from this encounter. This was such a good episode! Poor little Sally :(
HaterTot HaterTot 6 years
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