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Review of Mad Men Season 3 Episode 4, "The Arrangements"

Mad Men: This Week's 5 Maddest Moments

The title of this week's Mad Men, "The Arrangements," refers to the main devastating event of the episode, but it's not the only disastrous thing to go down. I've put together my top five moments from the episode to get this chat started, so to see what I thought (spoilers ahead), just


  • Grandpa Gene's dangerous games. Mad Men's not usually one of the shows that stresses me out, but the scenes of Gene letting Sally drive and then letting Bobby open a box with a giant knife are so foreboding. The following interaction between Gene and Don after Gene educates Bobby about war, shooting people, and the Clap, is deliciously uncomfortable.
  • Jai alai draws a line in the sand at the agency. Young millionaire Horace's silly idea thrills some of the ad men with the idea of easy money, but Don pushes back in a show of integrity, first at the meeting with Horace Sr., and then at dinner with Horace and Pete. The cracks at Sterling Cooper are getting bigger.
  • The slow realization of Salvatore's wife Kitty that something is amiss in her marriage. Poor Kitty, in her wasted, discounted negligee. Her building bewilderment while Sal dances out the Patio commercial is hardly subtle; she knows he's not straight. Will she stay in her marriage?
  • Peggy's roommate hunt. From the prank call to Joan giving Peggy advice, this subplot is one of the light spots of the episode. It also produces two eyebrow-raising quotes. New roomie Karen Ericson: "I think you should only close your door for one reason." And Mama Olson: "You'll get raped, you know that."
  • Don and Betty's inability to comfort their grieving young daughter. The dramatic scene of Sally collapsed on the living room rug in her tutu, the adults out of focus in the background, is heartbreaking.

What parts of the episode are your favorites? Are you surprised by Grandpa Gene's death, despite all the foreshadowing? Are you excited to see more of Salvatore and his struggle with both career and sexuality?

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cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
the little girl who plays Sally was terrific in this episode, in the last scenes when she was yelling at her parents. Her and Grandpa Gene were getting close :( Kitty and Sal scene was amazing and heartbreaking, her expressions changing when she realizes about her husband-no words, her face says it all. sigh.
Whitfield517 Whitfield517 7 years
Poor Sally, Don and Betty are not good parents. It kills me how Betty is always putting her needs and feelings before the kids. She never once held Sally and said that everything would be ok. I also think that the news story is foreshadowing something to come for the Draper family. The Sal song and dance was too funny, I know his wife has put her finger on why they are not having sex. So the only question is what will she do next?
shmoo15 shmoo15 7 years
Sally scares the crap out of me. Maybe it's her Cindy Brady lisp, or her creepy looks and random acting out, but the girl is just straight up unhinged.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
I thought Kitty's face was devastating too! Something is up for poor Sally too, and it doesn't look good.
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
Kitty's face when Sal was dancing was great. I loved grandpa Gene's line about the peaches "Your sister likes 'em!" I was kinda sad they killed his character off so fast in the season. I thought we would see more gene/sally interaction.
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