Mad Men

Season 5 Episode 3

Tea Leaves

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2012 on AMC
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  • I'M NOT FAT, I'M RETAINING CANCER

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    "Tea Leaves" felt tonally and rhythmically off, from the random fortune-lady sequence to the choice of closing song.

  • Episode Summary

    As Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce tries to build upon its current business, Peggy is given new responsibility. Don and Harry indulge a client.

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    • Generation Gap

      7.0
      In one scene when Don and Harry were backstage at a Rolling Stones concert they meet two teen girls who were smoking. In the background I saw a couple of men walking around with long hair ( Don't get it twisted , I like women) showing the times have changed. Even this is 1966,that generation is rebelling just like the girls in that scene. Don might have been a teen back in the '40's.But in the '60's there were a group of people called Generation X. Born after WWII,they're the ones would change America in the late '60's with the counterculture and protesting against Vietnam. Now today we got generation Y and Z and some have no knowledge on the 60's. Young people in 1966 were beginning to change.moreless
    • Tea Leaves

      7.0
      Tea Leaves is a slight improvement over the season premiere, but I think that the show is still not doing enough this year. Way too much invested in January Jones tonight who simply cannot act, although in a weird way I still found her quite fetching, fat suit and all. A love triangle with Betty, Henry and Don is not something I hope the show puts too much time in though.



      The Roger/Pete feud is good though. Give us more of that and I'll be happy. A good episode tonight, but I know Mad Men can be better.moreless
    • Everyone getting older and the youth is eating their old in this episode

      7.0
      The theme seemed to be being replaced by the young in this episode that tied Roger's increasing lack of role in the agency, Peggy's finding the next her and Betty's depression all into one episode. Don and Harry's trip to the Rolling Stones also showed them out of place with the teeny boppers. What is funny is Harry is still relatively young and is still out of place in that world.



      Betty got the main story as she is now getting fat and seems to have thrown in the towel being married to Henry. He is presented as pretty loving and doesn't seem to mind her weight, which also might explain why she is getting big. He is too accepting and he does not seem to challenge her in the right ways to make her a better person. Last season he did call her out on firing Carla and seemed to put his foot down, but Betty seems stuck as wanting to be Don's wife. I don't think she wants Henry, although he is better than she had a right to expect being divorced with three kids to another man. She wanted to be Don's wife and be a team with him, but his constant cheating made that unbearable. She is stuck in the past.



      Unlike Betty who chooses to be stuck in the past, Roger doesn't like it, but it doesn't look like he can do much about it. Pete is practically throwing him out the door and steals the credit for Mohawk. He is someone who doesn't want to retire, but may be shown the door anyway, especially in the youth movement 60's.



      Don is increasingly out of his element in the youth culture too, being more fatherly than Don Draperish to the young girls at the concert. He married Megan because he was attracted to her youth, but it seems to be slowly dawning on him that instead of making him feel young, its making him feel old.



      Finally, Peggy hires a new copyrighter and she is warned to not hire the talented guy, but someone mediocre to protect her turf, but she ignores the advice. Stan's warning may be like Faye's to Don last year about being married in a year. Mad Men likes prophetic pronouncements so the new guy might end up being her boss.moreless
    Adria Tennor

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    Joyce Darling

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    Robin Pearson Rose

    Robin Pearson Rose

    Alice Geiger

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    Stephen Mendel

    Stephen Mendel

    Morris Ginsberg

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    Mason Vale Cotton

    Mason Vale Cotton

    Bobby Draper

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    Teyonah Parris

    Teyonah Parris

    Dawn Chambers

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    Ben Feldman

    Ben Feldman

    Michael Ginsberg

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      • In this episode Don and Harry try to get the Rolling Stones to endorse Heinz Beans.


        In 1967, The Who released an album titled The Who Sell Out in which the cover art has Roger Daltrey bathing in Heinz Beans.


        I don't think this is a coincidence. What was Matt Weiner trying to say? Don did not think it was a good idea and the band agreed?

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