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Mad Men Episode: "The Wheel"

Season 1, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Peggy's colleagues are irked when she's given a new job opportunity; Don's work responsibilities get in the way of his home life; Betty uncovers a surprising secret.
Original Air Date: Oct 16, 2007
Guest Cast Maura Soden Katherine Boecher James Keane Anne Dudek Sheila Shaw Andy Umberger Richard Willgrubs Ross Mackenzie Deborah Lacey Gregory Wagrowski Mark Moses Joe O'Connor Alison Brie
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Season 1, Episode 13
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Length: 48:25
Aired: 10/16/2007
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“The Wheel” Season 1, Episode 13

Well, I guess I should start at the end. A few reviewers I read regularly warned me that something would happen in tonight's storyline with Peggy that might derail my enjoyment of the entire episode. I was surprised (as I'm sure most of you were) to discover she's pregnant and apparently in labor when she goes to the hospital with a stomachache. I had assumed her weight gain was just the manifestation of her sublimated desires, but I was obviously wrong. I guess we all were. But I do have a few questions: Didn't she notice she was no longer having periods? Weren't there other signs to clue her in? I know it's possible, even today, to be pregnant and not know it, but I'm just not buying it. I liked the rest of her storyline, though, so maybe I'll focus on that for a bit. Peggy is really coming in to her own at the office. I liked her interplay with Ken during the casting and recording sessions for the Relaxacizor. Even more impressive is the promotion she gets. Junior copywriter has a very nice ring to it, and she even gets an office and her first assignment - the Clearasil account. Too bad Pete doesn't think Peggy's good enough to work with him and his father-in-law. He really doesn't think she's good enough for anything these days. Speaking of Pete, I am continuously impressed (and not in a good way) by his ambition. If nothing else he definitely knows how to rattle the cages at work. He proves to Cooper and Don (but mostly Don) that he can land the big accounts when he's challenged and offered incentives. And he got a bonus and an Ayn Rand book for his trouble. Unfortunately Don undercuts Pete's triumph at work and that disappointment spills over into his home life. Trudy's meddling parents want a grandchild, and Pete's father-in-law isn't shy about voicing his opinion on the subject. In other domestic news, quite a few wives either had suspicions or confirmations of their husbands' philandering ways. Harry has been relegated to spending his nights in the office. He tells his wife he's staying with Ken but it sure looks like he's sleeping at Sterling Cooper. Francine, in what looks like a serious bout of postpartum depression, discovers her husband is having an affair. The proof is in the phone bill. Betty talks her down off the ledge somewhat, but now Betty can't help put examine her own phone bill for proof of Don's wrongdoing. She discovers Don's been talking to her psychiatrist behind her back. I hoped Don hadn't been careless enough to call Midge or Rachel from his home phone, but I completely forgot about the calls to the doctor. I'm glad Betty found out about the doctor. She has a right to know. And I like how she gets her revenge. I'm sorry, but Don kind of deserves it. He's got to be hurting, though, with Rachel taking a three-month break from New York to get away from him. The most important revelation of the night, though, happens when Don finally feels some appreciation for what he has in Betty and his kids. True, it doesn't come until after he's discovered his brother is dead, but I've got to give him a little credit. He uses those feelings to give an inspired sales pitch to the Kodak guys. Never one to dwell on the past or even all that willing to relive or revisit it, it was very interesting to see him sell it. Harry is moved to tears, and the Kodak guys are so impressed they cancel all their other meetings. If only Don had realized how much he wanted to be with his family and celebrate the holidays with them before they left for Betty's parents'. Don's not batting 1,000 right now; he's just doing the best he can. And I do feel for him. I thought I might end with some of my favorite lines: Pete's father-in-law: "Did you know there's a surge in adolescence right now?" Ken: "The juiciest gazelle is the easiest to catch." Pete: "It matters to me that you're impressed." Don: "Nostalgia. It's delicate but potent." Were you surprised by these turns of events? What storylines would you like to see continued or dropped when the series returns next summer? Check out our Online Video Guide and this feature for more on Mad Men. show less
Well, I guess I should start at the end. A few reviewers I read regularly warned me that something would happen in tonight’s storyline with Peggy that might derail my enjoyment of the entire episode. I was surprised (as I’m sure most of you were) to discover she’s pregnant and apparently in labor when she goes to the hospital with a stomachache. I had assumed her weight gain was just the manifestation of her sublimated desires, but I was obviously wrong. I guess we all were. But I do have a few questions: Didn’t she notice she was no longer having periods? Weren’t there other signs to clue her in? I know it’s possible, even today, to be pregnant and not know it, but I’m just not buying it. I liked the rest of her storyline, though, so maybe I’ll focus on that for a bit.Peggy is really coming in to her own at the office. I liked her interplay with Ken during the casting and recording sessions for the Relaxacizor. Even more impressive is the pro... read more

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