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Mad Men Episode: "Babylon"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Peggy offers superb suggestions during a focus-group session, and her ideas are so well received that her future at the agency looks much brighter; Don asks Rachel's advice about an ad campaign for Israeli tourism.
Original Air Date: Aug 23, 2007
Guest Cast Elizabeth Rice Rebecca Creskoff Irene Roseen Ian Bohen Joel Murray Talia Balsam
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Season 1, Episode 6
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Length: 15:31:36
Aired: 8/23/2007
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"Babylon" Season 1, Episode 6

Babylon. Zion. Utopia. Is there anyplace Don and Rachel can go to be happy? She's weakening towards his advances, calling her sister Barbara and telling her she might have met someone. For some reason I'm very invested in this relationship and I think you are, too. My romantic sensibilities seriously run away with me. Sigh. OK, back to reality. Don's about to have some serious woman trouble. His wife's so hot for him all the time, all she really thinks about is being with him. They seem to be connecting on a physical level (very important), but is that it? Does Betty really think all she adds to their relationship is her looks? I think (hope, really) he married her for more than that. Later Don and Midge are interrupted as things are about to get hot and heavy. She urges him to be patient, promising to "wear a skirt and nothing else" when they have to go out. And Rachel, of course. He's interested and she's thinking about overlooking his "serious limitations." Don is not hurting for female companionship. Roger, too, is being kept extremely busy by all the women in his life. His daughter is petulant when she visits the office, and his mistress isn't what you'd call predictable. I was surprised, although I know I shouldn't have been, about Roger and Joan. I haven't deluded myself into thinking he wasn't like most of the other men in the office - always trying to get something on the side - but Joan? I mean, I think she's hot. Even though she can be manipulative and mean, like I've said before, I still have to admire her for living her life pretty much the way she wants. It's hard to tell how vested she is in this relationship because Joan always seems to be playing every angle. Will sleeping with the boss get her a promotion, a raise, a better job? If she works it right, I think she'll get a lot out of Roger. She just has to keep him interested and satisfied, for now. And I think she's really smart not to let him put her up in an apartment. He might even admire her independent streak and moxie, if she doesn't take it too far. The happenings in the rest of the office: " We were introduced to a new character tonight: Freddy Rumsen. What an unfortunate (or maybe auspicious) last name considering what a lush he is. Everyone makes jokes but he's on the bullet train to alcoholism. I mean, if you drink spiked OJ every morning, that's saying something. But I liked him noticing that our girl Peggy didn't "want to be one of a hundred colors in a box." I'm even more excited she's going to get to try her hand at copywriting - on her own time and for no extra money, of course. " The guys go out of their way to one-up each other when insulting the ladies in the office during the brainstorming session. I can't be that offended, I guess, but some of the things they said were pretty horrible. It's as if they don't think women have brains. Or if they do, it's an anomaly. As always, there's a lot of great dialogue. Here are some lines I enjoyed: "Mourning is just extended self-pity." Betty: "I want you so badly." Don: "Shhh. You have me. You do." Roger: "This is Urine." Yuram: "It's pronounced Yuram." "...if Beirut is the Paris of the Middle East, Haifa can be the Rome." "Roger, I know as much about men as you know about advertising, and I know that the sneaking around is your favorite part." "Honey, it's hot. And I have to read this book about the desert." "Did you know lipstick was invented to simulate the flush on a woman's face after you treated her right?" "Maybe we should exploit the danger instead of fighting it. Travel as adventure." Ken: "They're brainstorming." Paul: "I wouldn't expect more than a few sprinkles." "'Zion' just means Israel." "I'll visit but I don't have to live there." "Bet you wish you could pour that in a glass and drink it." "I try to avoid eye contact to avoid being blinded by the earnestness." Barbara: "We can marry for love." Rachel: "I'm not sure people do that anymore." "You know what they say: The medium is the message." "Oh, busy dance card huh?" Roy: "Perpetuating a lie. How do you sleep at night?" Don: "On a bed made of money." Some new things we learned: " Joan doesn't like hospitals. She won't eat the room-service food because it's "too close to the bed." Maybe a loved one met an untimely demise in a hospital? " Don's a "shicker." Product Placement of the Week: Israel tourism. Oh, and I loved the opening scene where Don took a tumble down the stairs and we saw a flash of his past. We've now met his Uncle Mac, his stepmother Abigail and his baby brother Adam, both as a grown man and as an infant. I really liked that little peek into Don's past. I hope we get more soon. Thanks for all your great comments. If you're like me, it's torture to wait a whole week for more Mad Men. Assuage your longing by checking out our Online Video Guide. show less
Babylon. Zion. Utopia. Is there anyplace Don and Rachel can go to be happy? She’s weakening towards his advances, calling her sister Barbara and telling her she might have met someone. For some reason I’m very invested in this relationship and I think you are, too. My romantic sensibilities seriously run away with me. Sigh. OK, back to reality. Don’s about to have some serious woman trouble. His wife’s so hot for him all the time, all she really thinks about is being with him. They seem to be connecting on a physical level (very important), but is that it? Does Betty really think all she adds to their relationship is her looks? I think (hope, really) he married her for more than that. Later Don and Midge are interrupted as things are about to get hot and heavy. She urges him to be patient, promising to "wear a skirt and nothing else" when they have to go out. And Rachel, of course. He’s interested and she’s thinking about overlooking his "serious limita... read more

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