Mad Men

Season 1 Episode 3

Marriage of Figaro

9
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 02, 2007 on AMC
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Upon returning from his honeymoon, Pete is troubled by what happened with Peggy at his bachelor party. Don's professional relationship with Rachel undergoes significant changes.

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  • Don's daughter has a birthday party and Pete returns from his honeymoon

    8.0
    Another slow episode of Mad Men here, but yet another example of how well Matthew Weiner and crew are at taking these characters and making them completely interesting. We're just three episodes in, but the focus on character over plot is making it possible for us to care about these characters even if it's not moving at the same pace as we're used to.



    In this episode, there were quite a few things going on with multiple characters that helped define them a little bit more. Don Draper continues to be an interesting and mysterious person, and this episode just adds layer upon layer onto that claim. The first scene where a former Army man approaches him and refers to him under a different name was strange and it should be interesting to see if that comes back up again. We also see Don deal with inferior workers in his department and forming more of a connection to Rachel Melkin (I may have gotten the spelling wrong). Draper also seems to be a man who cares little for his family.. in fact, that makes it a little difficult to figure out exactly what he cares for. The scene at the end where he sits near the traintracks instead of returning to his daughter's birthday party was subtle but strange at the same time. What is Don's problem? What kind of a person is he?



    Hopefully we'll learn these things over time. It appears that besides Don and his wife, the rest of the focus is on Peggy Olsen and Pete Campbell. Peggy is a strange woman as well, hard to figure out, and I think that might be what makes her so much different than the rest of the women there. It should be good to see how we're shown more about her and Campbell as well.moreless
  • The Lady and the Tiger

    8.0
    This episode was a little slow, but we did see a little character development regarding Don. A little I said. We find out Don has seemingly no feelings. He's there drinking a bit too much, wanting a piece of the Jewish department store owner, practically ignoring his wife, leaving his birthday kid cakeless. It's how we see a lot of today's dramas, how self centered many characters can be.



    Meanwhile Pete, the young account executive returns from his honeymoon and he suddenly (hopefully not temporarily) finds he's enjoying married life and is perhaps on the road to a straighter life. He apologizes to Peggy for the one night of lust. Perhpas this is damage control too. We'll see.



    The Tiger I refer to can be looked at two ways. The department store exec, although she is more vulnerable than we're initially led to believe. The other tiger is the divorcee that just moved in up the street from Don and his wife. Right now she's the suspected tiger.moreless
Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

George Pelham

Guest Star

Kristoffer Polaha

Kristoffer Polaha

Carlton Hanson

Guest Star

Josiah Polhemus

Josiah Polhemus

Ernie Hanson

Guest Star

John Slattery

John Slattery

Roger Sterling

Recurring Role

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek

Francine Hanson

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Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield

Helen Bishop

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    • Volkswagen ran ads in the early 60's for the VW Beetle labeled the "Think Small" campaign. The VW ads had a great impact in magazine advertisements with no adornment, no flash, no models and plain looking Beetles. The effect was astounding. Even to this day, Madison Avenue still gives credit to the campaign as a classic clever motivator.
      Doyle Dane Bernbach was the ad agency given credit for a creating simple sales pitch, black and white product photos and starting a brand ID and loyalty. William Bernbach of DDB is mentioned as the creative leader for this series of ads that ran for several years. Also mentioned for the "Think Small" tag is famous ad man George Lois who designed many iconic ad campaigns over the years and created many of the provocative Esquire Magazine covers of the 1960s.
      Little mentioned about the success of the VW Beetle was the low price, easy maintenance and gas mileage in a time of big cars and Cadillac fins

    • (the men in the office refer to Rachel as "Molly Goldberg.")

      Gertrude Berg wrote and produced "Molly Goldberg" and portrayed her on the radio starting in 1929. The Goldbergs were a hardworking, loving, Jewish family and the program showed their everyday lives and struggles. "The Goldbergs" was broadcast for 17 years. The show was then picked up for television by CBS in 1949 and then to went NBC in 1952. After several incarnations with different actors, formats and networks it left the air in 1955.

    • (The women in the office are seen reading D. H. Lawrence's, "Lady Chatterley's Lover.")

      "Lady Chatterley's Lover" was often either censored heavily or banned outright in the US. In 1959, Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield and President Eisenhower were both opposed to the book. When Summerfield denied the books from the mail, the publisher sued in the Federal District Court. Judge Bryan, after reading the book and hearing the arguments of both sides, found the book as "an honest and sincere novel of literary merit." He ordered the book be allowed all the privileges of the mail.

    • (Joan and the office staff are talking about "hope chests".)

      Wedding boxes were a tradition in Eastern Europe and the "Old Country" for centuries, but these hope chests became popular in the US during the 1950s and signified the anticipation of marriage. They're also known as glory boxes in the UK and Australia. Items included in the chests, often lined with cedar to help preserve the items, might be linens, needlework, bedding, glassware and dinnerware. All tucked away to be used in a bride's first home.

    • Elvis' return from Germany is mentioned in this episode. Elvis Presley was drafted into the Army in January 1958, but it was deferred until March 1958. This enabled Elvis to star in the film, "King Creole." He left for overseas service in Germany in October 1958, and returned to the US in March 1960.

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