Mar 23, 2015

Mad Cap: "For Immediate Release"

Left to right: John Slattery and Jon Hamm
Welcome to Mad Cap: a daily rundown of every episode of the acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. During this time, I will be compiling my thoughts and highlights as we travel through every moment and season of the Emmy-award winning drama that has come to define modern TV. The goal is to be a refresher on every moment for Don Draper and his band of advertisement executives leading up to the final season. Stay for all of the shocking moments and the brilliant acting performances, and make sure to chime in with your thoughts and criticisms on why the show means something to you.

Season 6, Episodes 6
"For Immediate Release"

"Don't act like you had a plan. You're 
Tarzan, swinging from vine to vine."
- Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser)


Roger Sterling (John Slattery) mysteriously disappears as a lot of tragedy goes down at Sterling Cooper Draper. For starters, Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) runs into Trudy Campbell's (Allison Brie) father at a brothel and is forced to cancel the accounts as a bribe. Meanwhile, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) loses a major account over dinner with a client and Megan Draper (Jessica Pare), who is also growing disinterested in her husband. Everyone is mad, especially Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) who sacrificed a lot for the company. Sterling returns with news that he landed a deal with Chevy and is sending Don out to see them. Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) is doing likewise. Megan tries to fix her relationship with Don with advice from her mother, though she still thinks that Don is distant. Pete tries to tell Trudy about her father, but ends up making her mad. While out in Detroit, Don meets Peggy's man and decides to start up a different agency with him. Peggy writes a memo that will announce their partnership.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Vincent Kartheiser
Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser)

Depending on your thoughts of the weasely Pete, this was yet another blow to him. In fact, he did nothing but lose everything once again and he is likely frustrated with Don forever after this. Even then, it only works because of his outbreaks and desperation to be accepted by the company. He does well when he has power and control, but loses it unprofessionally when the smallest changes happen. While people like Sterling are calm, his choice is to overreact, causing unnecessary grief for the company. Along with a lot of personal issues developing with Trudy and her father, this is just another tough week for him and it does raise interesting prospects on where things will go from here.

Left to right: Hamm and Kartheiser
Best Scene

It may as well serve as Don's resignation letter. As he returns to the office, he is met by Pete, who discovers that Don cost them a major client. The incident escalates as everyone else gets involved. Joan is rightfully upset and nobody seems to be sympathetic to Don's belief that they're better off without him. Don is now disaffected from the company. He doesn't care about the business. Meanwhile, Pete steps up in uproarious ways, leaving plenty to wonder what is going to happen when he takes over Don's position. Will he still be a slimy weasel, or will there be something more professional to him? We'll have to wait until the next episode.

UP NEXT: "Man with a Plan"

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