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Mad Men Episode: "Marriage of Figaro"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Pete's return from his honeymoon stirs up conflicted emotions about his bachelor-party dalliance with Peggy; Don and Rachel's business relationship shifts; Betty sets tongues wagging when she invites the neighborhood divorcée to her daughter's birthday party.
Original Air Date: Aug 2, 2007
Guest Cast Darby Stanchfield: Helen
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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 44:13
Aired: 8/2/2007
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"Marriage of Figaro" Season 1, Episode 3

Is Don Draper an alias for Richard Whitman? That was a very interesting interaction on the train. Don just gets more complicated by the week and I have to admit... I like it. I was hoping Rachel would turn up again. She is such an interesting paradox. She's the president of a department store, she's Jewish and she's smart. In the 1960s. There is something about her that draws Don in, and they share a kiss on the roof of Menken's. I thought it was hot. Even though he's married and already has a mistress, I still enjoy seeing these two together. They make for very compelling television. On the other end of the spectrum (in more ways than one), Pete returns from his honeymoon a changed man. He persuades Peggy that their night together "never happened" and forgoes a night out on the town with his coworkers for a quiet night at home with the wife. He's astounded that his wife will have his dinner on the table for him when he gets home. I can't wait until he returns to his bad-boy ways. His wedding ring is catnip to the ladies, and you just know he'll eventually feel the need to put the moves on someone. Married life is all rainbows and butterflies at the Draper home, even though it's Sally's birthday. Playing the role of the dutiful husband, Don puts together his daughter's playhouse before her birthday party. Helen, the divorced mother of two, gets an invitation to said party out of pity; Betty doesn't want to be rude. It's a good thing she was there because Helen ends up saving the day with her frozen Sara Lee cake. Why did Don disappear? He's doesn't seem to be happy with his career or his home life. He was raised not to "wear jewelry." I'm sure he's asking himself if "this is it." Product placements of the week: the Volkswagen beetle and Secor laxatives. Don's creative team claims to be unimpressed by the marketing campaign for the new Bug, yet they talk about it in his office for over 15 minutes. Meanwhile, they are "blocked" on their pitches for the laxative. Some highlights (warning: some are offensive): - Peggy telling Don there's an "oriental" family in Pete's office to which Don replies, "Someone will finally be working in there." - Roger demanding that the China man be out of the building by lunch to which Don retorts, "I'm still waiting for my shirts." - "He's got more degrees than a Russian protractor." - "It wasn't a lie. It was ineptitude with insufficient cover." - Rachel's hair and wardrobe change between the meeting at Don's office and the meeting at her store. She tells him the store is her "closet." - Rachel telling Don she grew up without a mother. Don doesn't think that's so bad until Rachel admits that her mother died while giving birth to her. - Don afraid to wipe his wet hands on any of the frilly, pretty towels in the powder room. - Don "taking some movies" during the party and seeing one of the married guys hitting on Helen and one of the other couples sharing a passionate but sweet kiss. - One of the adults slapping a child - not his child - for spilling a drink. And both men expect one of the women to clean up the mess. I loved that the women didn't understand the purpose of Helen walking nowhere. I know exercise was a foreign concept, but their confusion was priceless. And the moment Helen was perceived as a threat to Betty, the women were all over it. Calm down ladies. Just because she's single doesn't mean she wants your man. But Don does have a wandering eye so.... Questions - Who is Molly Goldberg? Pete refers to Rachel by that name. - I'm familiar with Saks and Henri Bendel, but what was that other department store they referred to? I've never heard of it and even backing my DVR up a few times didn't help me decipher the name. - Can you imagine eating a rib eye cooked in the pan with butter? Sounds gross to me. - Was Don drunk when he came home with the dog? There's always so much going on in every episode. I hope you'll share your favorite lines or scenes. Until next week, check out our Online Video Guide. show less
Is Don Draper an alias for Richard Whitman? That was a very interesting interaction on the train. Don just gets more complicated by the week and I have to admit... I like it.I was hoping Rachel would turn up again. She is such an interesting paradox. She’s the president of a department store, she’s Jewish and she’s smart. In the 1960s. There is something about her that draws Don in, and they share a kiss on the roof of Menken’s. I thought it was hot. Even though he’s married and already has a mistress, I still enjoy seeing these two together. They make for very compelling television.On the other end of the spectrum (in more ways than one), Pete returns from his honeymoon a changed man. He persuades Peggy that their night together "never happened" and forgoes a night out on the town with his coworkers for a quiet night at home with the wife. He's astounded that his wife will have his dinner on the table for him when he gets home. I can’t wait until he re... read more

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Premiered: July 19, 2007, on AMC
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