Mad Men

Season 4 Episode 5

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 22, 2010 on AMC



  • Trivia

    • Although credited, Rich Sommer (Harry Crane) and Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove), do not appear in this episode.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Pete Campbell tells Don Draper that the meeting with the Honda executives was a "Margaret Dumont" sized disaster.
      Margaret Dumont (1982-1965) was a large actress who played the buffoonish foil in seven Marx Brothers comedies. Using a haughty voice, with ladylike civility and apparently clueless to all of Groucho Marx's better satirical lines, Dumont added a comedic version of social stability to Marx Brothers comedies while Groucho, Chico and Harpo trashed her expensive high society parties, a ship's stateroom or an opera. Groucho always credited her for adding to the comedy and she was sometimes called the fifth Marx brother.

    • Phoebe: She probably wanted to look older, like Hayley Mills. Hayley Mills was a popular young actress in the 1960's known for her roles in several Walt Disney films, such as Pollyanna, Parent Trap and Summer Magic.

    • Roger: This Selma thing is not going away. This is referring to the three marches marking the political peak of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama.

    • The Chrysanthemum and The Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture is a book about a study of Japan by author, Ruth Benedict.