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Mad Men Episode: "Five G"

Season 1, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Don wins a prestigious award and gets his face splashed on a prominent industry periodical, which triggers some fallout from his past; Ken gets a short story published in a national monthly magazine, inspiring jealousy among his colleagues.
Original Air Date: Aug 16, 2007
Guest Cast Jim Abele Andy Hoff Jay Paulson Alison Brie Anne Dudek
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Season 1, Episode 5
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Length: 48:03
Aired: 8/16/2007
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“5G” Season 1, Episode 5

# 5G vs. 5Gs. Clever. This show keeps me on my toes. We don't know Dick about Don. I guess changing your name was once all the rage. But what he really wanted was for his family, and in particular his horrible stepmother, to believe he was dead. Did you catch his reaction when Adam told him Abigail died from stomach cancer? Yowsa. She must have done a number on him. He wouldn't or couldn't even bring himself to refer to her as his mom or stepmom. I can't wait to learn more about her. The insight it will give us into Don's personality and his relationships will be interesting. We know he can turn it off and on, often charming and disarming his critics. I think it's most interesting to observe him when he's unguarded and can't control the situation - we saw that tonight with Adam and we've seen it in the past with Rachel. I mean, if Don's own brother can't convince him to open up, I have my doubts about Rachel being able to do it. I guess we'll see. Things are just going to continue getting more complicated for Don and I couldn't be happier to be along for the ride. Maybe because of that strained relationship with his stepmother during his formative years, all his relationships with women are starting to suffer. Midge is bucking her independent-girl routine and showing signs of wanting to spend more time with him. She playfully threatens to become needy but there's a bit of truth in every joke, as the saying goes. I think she might want to take their relationship to the next level but it doesn't seem like Don has any interest in that. Things are working as is, so he's happy with their arrangement. Things at home are going pretty well, but Betty is picking up on Don's preoccupation. Like a lot of you, I'm intrigued by Betty. I think there is a sense of entitlement with her, especially when she's somewhere with Don. She expects to be treated a certain way because of his status. I think it's hard for her to get any respect independent of him, and that's taking its toll. But she needs to cool it with Sally. With as much attention as Betty is paying to Sally's looks and her weight, I'm hoping she grows up normal. The other important woman in Don's life, Peggy, no longer seems to be the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed secretary she once was. She's getting a front-row seat to Don's personal life and the cracks in the façade are beginning to show. I loved it when she accidentally picked up Don's phone line and couldn't force herself to hang up. With a conversation as juicy as that, who can blame her? But Peggy probably didn't pick the best confidante in Joan, although it's not like we've really been introduced to any of the other girls in the office. I do enjoy their sometimes-cordial and often-antagonistic friendship. Joan provided help to Peggy during her crisis but made Peggy tell her Don's secret in the process. Joan's a smart girl with a good head on her shoulders. Sure, she can come across as unlikable, but she's living her life pretty much the way she wants. The only thing Don has to worry about now is if Joan or Peggy let his secret out. I'm curious to see how he'll react when he finds out they know. And if someone like Pete gets a hold of that information, Don had better prepare for war. Highlights from the rest of the office: - Kenny published a short story in The Atlantic Monthly and set off a firestorm of jealousy and envy among the other account executives. - Pete wasn't Trudy's first. That honor goes to her ex-fiancé Charlie, who Pete made her see about publishing his story. Charlie misses Trudy and wants to spend time with her. Trudy refuses. Multiple times. More interesting facts about Don: - Don met Midge in the ticket line at Grand Central. - According to Midge, he's a different person when he's below 14th Street. - Betty thinks Peggy knows more about her husband than she does. If she only knew. Product placements of the week: - Liberty Capital Savings. Their "executive accounts" will help husbands keep their private lives private from their wives. The client is delighted because now he can charge his customers more money for their "privacy." - Maytag. They seem to be having a money-flow issue. - Rio de Janeiro. The ad is a success. The client wants to enlarge it and move it to Reader's Digest. - Lucky Strike. Sales are great but there's a lawsuit pending. Some memorable dialogue: - "I want you to pull my hair and ravish me and leave me for dead." - "I like being your medicine." - "Escalating the toaster wars." - "Roman candle of an idea." - "Liberty for the libertine." - "I like the torch. It says, 'Don't get burned.'" - "If you're even thinking about passing judgment you're in the wrong business." - "I liked your girl Peggy. She's fresh." - "I have a life and it only goes in one direction: forward." - Adam: "I don't even know what you drink." Don: "Whatever you have." What did you think about that great setup with Don in his home office (that was his home office, right?). Just for a second I thought Don might have a gun in that locked drawer. And maybe he does, although that's not what he put in his briefcase. But the fact that I even thought he could do serious harm to his baby brother makes me want to get to know Don even more. Is that twisted? Maybe. But I'm OK with that. As always, let me know what you found the most fascinating/interesting/disturbing. If you can't wait until next week's episode, check out Matt Mitovich's Mad Men Q&A and our Online Video Guide. show less
# 5G vs. 5Gs. Clever. This show keeps me on my toes.We don’t know Dick about Don. I guess changing your name was once all the rage. But what he really wanted was for his family, and in particular his horrible stepmother, to believe he was dead. Did you catch his reaction when Adam told him Abigail died from stomach cancer? Yowsa. She must have done a number on him. He wouldn’t or couldn’t even bring himself to refer to her as his mom or stepmom. I can’t wait to learn more about her. The insight it will give us into Don’s personality and his relationships will be interesting. We know he can turn it off and on, often charming and disarming his critics. I think it’s most interesting to observe him when he’s unguarded and can’t control the situation — we saw that tonight with Adam and we’ve seen it in the past with Rachel. I mean, if Don’s own brother can’t convince him to open up, I have my doubts about Rachel being able to ... read more

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