Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5 revived old sources of tension. Before Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5, the Draper family and Roger faded from the spotlight. Episode 5 gave them more than enough to make up for it, to make Don’s life extra miserable. The changes in work and home have already taken their toll this year, which hasn’t often reflected well on Don. But, while the home front is worse than ever, work is something that Don can still salvage. Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5 let Don get back to saving the day at SCDP, regarding a particularly challenging new client.
Warning: Spoilers follow.
Don’s old, difficult new secretary was the least of his problems, as rival company CGC took another of SCPD’s former clients. But the Honda motorcycle company offered a big new opportunity — provided that embittered WWII vet Roger is kept out of the loop.
Although Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5 had more inappropriate — and ugly — Roger one-liners than ever, the Internet went on fire for one particular quote. Roger mentioned a Dr. Lyle Evans in one of his anti-Japanese tirades, who doesn’t appear to be a historical icon. The Internet couldn’t find anything on Dr. Lyle Evans, leaving fans wondering if the name foreshadows anything, or if the show was pulling their leg.
In the meantime, Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5 had Roger’s other rants cross a new line — although Pete figured that racism was only one part of it. Nevertheless, it left the agency scrambling to save face, or, at the least, to keep the competition from taking advantage.
Meanwhile, Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5 returned to the Francis home for the first time in two weeks. To mark the occasion, Sally’s unstable behavior was taken to a new level, twice over. It certainly did no favors for Don and Betty’s arguing, although Henry stepped in with a solution — albeit one that Betty explored for herself years ago.
As is customary nowadays, Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5 put Don in an unflattering light more than once, which contributed to at least one of Sally’s stunts. However, while his family and single life frustrated him again, he had time to pull out the old Draper magic at work.
In the middle of all the chaos, the show worked in a long con from Don and company, reminiscent of the jaunty agency move in “Shut The Door, Have A Seat.” Once Don roped the old gang in for one more job, he proved there was still some genius in his increasingly black soul.
Mad Men Season 4 Episode 5 had fans’ undivided attention, but that won’t be the case next week. The show is up for more Emmys next Sunday, yet is airing a new episode alongside them – which worked well last year.
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