Mad Men

Season 3 Episode 4

The Arrangements

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 06, 2009 on AMC

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  • Don clashes with his father in law, Peggy looks for a roommate, a new wealthy client comes to the firm, Peggy gets proved right with Patio.

    This episode had some laughs with little Sally Draper driving, Peggy getting pranked with her ad for a roommate, and the spoiled wealthy kid of a shipping magnate and his dream of making Jai Lai the next big sport.

    This episode had a theme of generational conflict as Don's father in law and Horace Sr. both have some troubles with the younger generation. If last episode's Sterling in blackface signaled the decline of a generation, this episode may be the "older generation strikes back" episode.

    A super wealthy client dismissively named "ho ho" (reminded me of JFK Jr.'s "John John") a trust fund baby, wants to pursue his dream of making Jai Lai the next great sport and is willing to spend a million dollars to do so. He has a man crush on the star player (again ridiculously named "Pasci") that the guys of Sterling Cooper can barely keep the smirks from their face. Even the Brits, although they love the money, are dismissive of their wealthy client.

    They set up a meeting with Ho Ho's father, and he is clearly dissapointed with what his son become, but tells Sterling Cooper to take the business, as if they don't, someone else will. This story was the high point of the episode, as Horace Sr.'s embarassment with his son was hard to watch in a good way. Don actually tries to impart fatherly advice to Ho Ho over dinner and risks the account, but the kid is too spoiled to take it and too stupid to see it for what it was. (thankfully for Pete)

    This episode also continues to show what an asset Pete is to the firm. Last episode, with his mean Charleston, showed he is very at home with the WASP culture of the rich (Sterling will never fire him, he is one of "them") This episode, Pete is shown to be a long term scheemer, as his friendship with Ho Ho lands a whale for the firm. He was reveling in showing off how his connections can bring business, and the Brit was impressed.

    Elsewhere, Don's father in law parallels this storyline, as he thinks his son in law is a joker and was intent in imparting wisdom to his grandkids before his death. He tells Sally she can be whatever she wants, lets her drive, and also tells his grandson, over Don's objections, about his experience in WW1. He, like Horace Sr. is clearly dissapointed with his daughter's choices in life. He puts down Don when talking to Betty, and it was telling she did not contradict him. (shows the state of their marriage.) Betty acts spoiled and petulant when he wants to talk about the arrangements of his death, but is shown to be very practical as he dies and the arrangements are needed.

    Peggy is again stretching her wings as she wants to move to Manhattan, and the firm has fun pranking her bookish ad for a roommate. She takes Joan's advice to create a sexy persona for herself to get a roommate, and I'm sure laughs will be provided as her new roomie is a party gal and is the opposite of Peggy. I loved the line with her roommate saying she hated her last roomie because she always kept the door closed (exactly what Peggy would have done) and saying the door should be closed for "only one thing" to which Peggy can only dumbly ask "what?" (should have been a red flag to the, she is proved right with the Patio spot, as the client clearly did not know what they want, as they insisted on the ad then hated it. She proudly walks by Don with an "I told you so" look on her face, and Don understood.

    The weaknesses of the episode were Sal's wife finally getting what the problem with her marraige is . Really? It took Patio for her to finally see it, not complete lack of sexual interest in her? Also, the child actors are over their heads with the material the writer's wanted of them to deliver, and it came off as stiff.