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Mad Men Episode: "Indian Summer"

Season 1, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Peggy is assigned a difficult project; Don seizes the opportunity provided by Roger's latest work woes; a frustrated Pete develops more problems at home and in the office; Betty seeks new relief for her mounting frustrations.
Original Air Date: Oct 4, 2007
Guest Cast Talia Balsam Rebecca Creskoff Adam Kaufman John Cullum Joel Murray Aaron Hill Jay Paulson Andy Umberger Anne Dudek
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Season 1, Episode 11
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Length: 47:58
Aired: 10/4/2007
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"Indian Summer" Season 1, Episode 11

Poor Adam. He seemed like such a sweet kid, although I'm sure he bore some pretty serious psychological scars from having the mother he did. I didn't see the suicide coming although maybe that's because we didn't get to know him very well. I guess he had problems Don's money couldn't fix. I'm even more afraid of what Adam might have put in the box and how Pete might use the box's contents - if he opens it, and we know he won't be able to help himself - against Don. Cue the foreboding. The more Don has the more he has to lose. I thought after Jim Hobart tried to woo Don away from Sterling Cooper we would see Don leave the ad game before accepting any more responsibility at the firm. Maybe eventually he'll move on to something else, but I think he might actually be enjoying his life right now. The power, prestige and money finally got to him. Can you blame him? Being one of the Mad Men in those days was probably pretty heady stuff. But he keeps true to himself by insisting on no contract. The women in and out of the office seem to be taking more on as well. Betty lets a complete stranger into her house. I'm sure the '60s were a much more innocent time - in some ways, at least - but letting a stranger into your house in the middle of the day in your housecoat? First of all, it looked like she was wearing lingerie. Second, I think years of living in Manhattan warned me to never let any stranger into my home, even if it is a very cute young man. With Don refusing to meet her physical needs, I can understand her need for a little excitement. And I think Betty chose to let Don know the salesman was in the house to get a reaction out of him. Maybe she wanted to make him angry just to make sure he was still feeling something toward her. Ultimately she had her needs met by the unbalanced washing machine. Hey, if Don's been denying her, I think she should be allowed to do what she needs to for some satisfaction. And since she can't ask for what she wants Peggy is also expanding her horizons, and in more ways than one. I have to admit I'm ecstatic she isn't knocked up. Well, I guess she could still be pregnant, but they're playing it as your standard run-of-the-mill weight gain. She's also getting more responsibility at work, which is nice to see. Her testing of the P.E.R. (passive exercise regime) also known as the "Electrocizer" and the "Rejuvinator" was comical. Now she just has to figure out how to sell orgasms as a way to lose weight without being obvious about it. With the urging of Don and the boys, I think Peggy will be able to get that copy just right. In the meantime, she's got to test it out a little to enjoy all its benefits, see if it's satisfying. Now that Peggy's professional life is going so well, her personal life is in shambles. I'm glad she didn't settle for her truck-driving blind date though. That was just a disaster waiting to happen. Why was she putting on airs? Instead of coming off sophisticated and worldly, as she intended, the guy called her out on it. She's so great as she is and maybe after she gets jerky Pete completely out of her system, she'll be able to see that. In the meantime, she'll have to settle for a better job and a raise. Back in the office, Roger's highly anticipated return wasn't the great triumph everyone hoped it would be. The fears of the Lucky Strike men, still nervous from losing their lawsuit, are probably not assuaged when Roger collapses right in front of them. Before that meeting, Roger was so pale that Joan was called in to make him look like a member of the living. The simple way Roger reveals his relationship with Joan to Don and Cooper is touching. Even if he has a lot of be sorry for, he tells Joan he can never be sorry he was with her. I will admit I was pleasantly surprised to see Joan so vulnerable. She's not the raging bitch Pete accused her of being at the top of the hour. I feel like she might punish either Roger or herself for that little show of emotion. I think she might do something a bit reckless, but I like the dangerous Joan. She isn't to be messed with. Pete, on the other hand, is scary when he's been pushed too far and that's exactly where he seems to be heading with Don. What I have to admire about Pete is his ability to capitalize on opportunities. Maybe his family name and Trudy's parents' money create those opportunities, but he manages to impress the right people at the right time. Afraid he'll get fired if Don moves up at the company, he pounces on his chance to pretend he's always been Don Draper's man. Please, like Don could be fooled by the likes of Pete. But I think that's where Don is making his fatal flaw. Pete really wants to prove he's just as good if not better than Don and he'll do anything to make it happen. Sitting at Don's desk and pretending to be the boss just illustrates the point. I think Pete wants to know what it feels like to be adored and respected like Don and he's willing to get that feeling by any means necessary. I didn't write down that much dialogue, but here are a few lines I enjoyed: Peggy: "It's hard to put into words." Don: "Then you have failed." Roger: "I feel like I should make a speech. Get back to work." I know I didn't mention much about Rachel this week but I want to see more of where that's going before I weigh in. I'll say I'm cautiously optimistic, especially since Don seemed so disappointed in Betty's reaction to his promotion. You could just tell he knew he would be enjoying himself so much more if he were celebrating with Rachel. Check out our Online Video Guide for more on Mad Men. show less
Poor Adam. He seemed like such a sweet kid, although I’m sure he bore some pretty serious psychological scars from having the mother he did. I didn’t see the suicide coming although maybe that’s because we didn’t get to know him very well. I guess he had problems Don’s money couldn’t fix. I’m even more afraid of what Adam might have put in the box and how Pete might use the box’s contents — if he opens it, and we know he won’t be able to help himself — against Don. Cue the foreboding.The more Don has the more he has to lose. I thought after Jim Hobart tried to woo Don away from Sterling Cooper we would see Don leave the ad game before accepting any more responsibility at the firm. Maybe eventually he’ll move on to something else, but I think he might actually be enjoying his life right now. The power, prestige and money finally got to him. Can you blame him? Being one of the Mad Men in those days was probably pretty heady s... read more

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